Premier League: 5 areas for improvement this season

The Premier League is back and expectations from one of the most competitive leagues in world football are sky high, but there is always room for improvement.

football Updated: Aug 11, 2017 17:09 IST
Shayne Dias
Shayne Dias
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
2017-18 Premier League,Chelsea F.C.,West Ham United F.C.‬
The Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world, but it can improve in some departments. (AFP)

The Premier League is back for its 26th edition, a milestone year for England’s top league. A summer of heavy spending by clubs both big and small means expectations from fans are at an all-time high.

But despite the cash-rich league being touted as a place where any team can win on any given day, there are still areas that could use improvement. Here are 5 areas which the league must improve on in the upcoming season.

Competitive title race

The Premier League is undoubtedly more competitive than most other top-flight football leagues. However, the teams that have gone on to win the league over the last few years have done so in relatively comfortable fashion.

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The last time the title race went down to the wire was in 2012, when Manchester City won the title on the final day thanks to Sergio Aguero’s last-gasp winner against QPR. More of the same is required to maintain the league’s reputation as the most competitive in the world.

Better Champions League performances

Given the wealth of talent present in the Premier League, it is surprising just how badly English sides have performed in the UEFA Champions League in recent years. Only two English sides have made the semi-final since Chelsea lifted the trophy in 2012.

Whilst Premier League teams have no problems attracting quality players, it is now time for them to upgrade their tactics.

Rise of a new team

Leicester City’s title win was a feel good moment for the ages and a true underdog story. However, they failed to build on that momentum in the subsequent season. They currently look like a mid-table side at best, their title win a distant memory.

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Given the equitable revenue distribution of the league’s television fees, it isn’t unrealistic to expect a new club to rise above their current standing. Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and even West Ham are prone to upsetting the usual title contenders. Some smart team building can easily see them become and remain title contenders.

Keep top tier talent in country

One of the Premier League’s biggest issues is that most world-class players who play in England eventually end up leaving for greener pastures. Not a summer goes by without the likes of Eden Hazard, David De Gea and Philippe Coutinho being linked with a move to either Real Madrid or Barcelona.

In order to maintain the league’s star power, English clubs need to take a tougher stance on selling their best players. This has a two-way benefit for the league: the standard of football will remain high, and so will the ratings.

Encourage local talent

As the country’s top football competition, the Premier League is essentially duty-bound to provide the England national football team with as large a talent pool to choose from as possible. The ground reality, however, is quite different.

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Whilst England’s lack of talent is a problem that runs deeper than the league’s never-ending pockets, the clubs must also do their part. Simply giving talented youngsters a few chances to flourish will ensure the country produces more talent like Harry Kane and Dele Alli.

First Published: Aug 11, 2017 16:09 IST