In Part two of our group piece we look at some of the below average run Premier League clubs.
West Brom Owner Guochuan Lai – Credit The Guardian
15. West Bromwich Albion
It’s a running joke on the Pupcast that we aren’t the biggest fans of West Brom. It’s not because we think there terrible, they are fully functioning premier league team. Which would make you think fans would be happy but, you would be wrong. Last Saturday’s game against league leaders Manchester City attracted a crowd of just 22,270 – the third lowest gate for a Premier League game at the Hawthorns. When looking at their squad they have one of the oldest starting elevens in the league and their hottest young prospect (Saido Berahino) hardly ever plays after a dispute last year about a transfer out of the club. In a league where a couple bad decisions could be your demise (just ask Leeds, Wigan or Charlton) West Brom seem to be walking the tight rope of disaster.
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14 – Crystal Palace
Palace are now an established premier league team, but maintaining that status has not been easy. They have consistently had to sell their best players, from Zaha to Bolaise, and spent money on under performing players such as Dwight Gayle (who is now enjoying a great resurgence in Newcastle). You could say being in the premier league and last years FA Cup final is an achievement when, they are surrounded by other big London clubs like Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal but on the field they have consistently failed to get the best out of their players, and the loss of Tony Pulis led to the appointment of Alan Pardew, a man many Palace fans want to see kicked out the door.
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13 – Watford
Watford have done reasonably well since appointing Walter Mazzari, but a lack of stability at the club, and the possibility of shady financial dealing behind the scenes means Watford do not rank highly. They have taken advantage of the system over the past few years under the ownership of the Pozzo family and a network of loan deals throughout Europe, but their future is far from safe with rumours of probes and financial sanctions.They also lose points for turning down a £25 offer for Troy Deeney in the summer from Leicester, something which is nothing short of madness.
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12 – Liverpool
One of Englands most successful clubs, Liverpool have had there moments of brilliance and moments of madness. Since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s transfer policy has improved and they are only slightly overcoming being the laughing stock of England. After spending over £50m on Balotelli and Benteke and continuously missing out on European qualification, at least Liverpool have a really big stand now right? On a positive note unlike a lot of Premier League clubs Liverpool have a steady ownership, a good youth system and big fan base which leads to lot of commercial money going into the club. Don’t be surprised if Liverpool are further up the list next year.
Adrian and Kieran discuss Liverpool in depth in the latest edition of The PupCast.
11 – Everton
Its always difficult to be a city’s second club (Just ask RCD Espanyol and Sunderland) but Everton have really progressed since David Moyes first took over. They have went from having Duncan Ferguson and an old Paul Gascoigne to having Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku. That’s a lot progress in fourteen years. In recent years The £55m for John Stones and the £32m for Maroune Fellani was poorly invested and resulted in an inconsistent squad that struggle to break into the top half. Arguably, Everton should be competing in Europe.
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