Each English Premier League Fanbase's Biggest Concern Right Now

Dusan LucicCorrespondent IISeptember 8, 2012

Each English Premier League Fanbase's Biggest Concern Right Now

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    Although the English Premier League season has just started, each club's fans have reasons for concern.

    Can Tottenham avoid the Chelsea scenario? Can Fernando Torres and Olivier Giroud return to form? Can Swansea, Norwich and QPR avoid the second-season syndrome?

    Continue reading and find out what concerns plague Premier League fans.


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    Biggest Concern: Olivier Giroud's Form

    After seeing Giroud score 21 goals in Ligue 1 last season, Arsene Wenger quickly moved to sign the former Montpellier man as a possible replacement for Robin van Persie.

    Nevertheless, Giroud has so far struggled in the Premier League, missing chance after chance after chance. Needless to say, the Frenchman is still looking for his maiden goal in an Arsenal shirt.

    Will Giroud be the new Van Persie or the new Marouane Chamakh?

Aston Villa

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    Biggest Concern: The Misfiring Forwards

    In the first three rounds, Aston Villa players shot 35 times, but only nine of those shots were on target, and just two of those nine shots hit the back of the net. A disappointing conversion rate.

    However, the biggest reason for concern is the misfiring forwards, who still haven't managed to get on the score sheet.

    No wonder Aston Villa are still winless in the league.


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    Biggest Concern: Can Fernando Torres Lead the Chelsea Attack?

    This summer, Chelsea once again invested heavily in new players, but Roberto Di Matteo decided against signing a replacement for Didier Drogba, leaving the Blues worryingly low on striker backups.

    Victor Moses, one of this summer's arrivals, is not your conventional striker and usually plays as a winger. Daniel Sturridge, on the other hand, usually played as a winger during his time with the club, but the former Manchester City forward has publicly declared his desire to play in a more central position.

    However, Di Matteo isn't a huge fan of Sturridge's sometimes-selfish style of play, and the England international still hasn't started an official game this season.

    Torres will have to regain his old form and lead the attack if the Blues are to challenge the Manchester clubs for the Premier League trophy.


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    Biggest Concern: Can the Club Carry on with the Good Form?

    In the last couple of years, Everton have been notorious for their poor form during the first parts of seasons. The Toffees have often hovered around the relegation zone in the first couple of months but always managed to ensure a mid-table finish by the end of the season.

    For the first time in who knows how many years, Everton have started their Premier League campaign brightly, and if they can continue with this excellent run of form, the Toffees could once again break into the top six.

    Everton may have lost to West Brom in their last outing, but David Moyes' men should be able to recover quickly.


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    Biggest Concern: Can Fulham Overcome the Losses of Several Key Players?

    Fulham started their season with a bang, recording a 5-0 home win over Norwich City. However, two defeats soon followed.

    Despite making several notable signings (Dimitar Berbatov, Mladen Petric), the loss of both of their star players, Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele, to Tottenham Hotspur might be too much for the Cottagers.

    Once the new signings settle into life at Fulham, the Cottagers will probably have no problems ensuring a mid-table finish, but until the new arrivals settle in, Fulham can expect a couple of tough months.


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    The attack is a huge concern for the Reds right now, but their defence might be an even bigger reason for concern.

    After a disastrous transfer-deadline day, the Reds are now left with only two senior forwards, and none of them is the goal-scoring machine they so desperately need—Liverpool has scored only two goals so far.

    The fact that the club failed to score a goal from open play in the first three games is reason enough for fan's concern. But it only gets worse for Liverpool fans, as the Reds also have one of the worst defensive records in the league.

    The once-stalwart Liverpool defence has been turned into a laughing stock, with defenders regularly making silly and unforgivable mistakes.

    Liverpool are a shadow of the side they once were.

Manchester City

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    Biggest Concern: Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli

    Manchester City probably have the most formidable attacking force in the league.

    However, their temperamental attitude and inconsistency are a huge worry for both the fans and the manager. If Roberto Mancini manages to keep the duo satisified, Manchester City fans can expect their club to retain the league title. 

Manchester United

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    Biggest Concern: Robin van Persie's Fitness

    Although Van Persie had little fitness problems last season, the Dutchman has a long history of injuries, and with Wayne Rooney out for at least three more weeks, Manchester United need Van Persie to stay fit for as long as possible.

    Sir Alex has solid backup options in attack, but the front line of Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez is not an intimidating one and will likely struggle against defense-oriented teams.

    The Red Devils need at least one of their first-choice strikers fit to be able to challenge for the Premier League title.

Newcastle United

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    Biggest Concern: The Poor Forms of Demba Ba and Papis Cisse

    It's hard to judge any player's form after only three games, but the fans expected more from the Senegalese duo in the first three rounds. After all, the attacking duo had one of the highest chance-conversion rates last year—this year the duo has converted only one of 17 shots.

    Newcastle have poor backup options in attack, and the duo has to start scoring goals soon if the Magpies are serious about making a push toward a top-four finish.

Norwich City

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    Biggest Concern: Getting Back on Track

    Norwich started the 2012-13 season in the worst possible way, losing 5-0 on the opening day. The defeat was followed by two draws, but one can feel that Norwich deserved more.

    The Canaries have to start picking up points against the so-called smaller teams, or a second-season syndrome will follow.

    Norwich play their next game at home against West Ham—a perfect opportunity to get back on the track with a first win of the season.

Queens Park Rangers

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    Biggest Concern: Can the Newcomers Fit In?

    This summer was a busy one for QPR. A total of 12 players joined the Loftus Road outfit, while 10 others left the club. 

    The owners fulfilled almost every one of Mark Hughes' wishes during the transfer window, and now it's up to him to prove that he can make QPR a winning team. Unless they secure a mid-table finish, Hughes probably won't be around for much longer.

    High expectations have been placed on QPR. Can they handle them?


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    Biggest Concern: The Schedule

    The schedule is Reading's biggest concern at the moment. The Royals will play Tottenham, high-flying Swansea and West Bromwich, Newcastle, and Liverpool in the next five games, and failure to come up with a win in the first seven games will be a huge blow to the players' and the fans' morale.

    It's almost ridiculous to say that Reading is facing a crucial month so early in the campaign, but that's how it goes in the Premier League. Once you fall behind your rivals, it's hard to bounce back.


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    Biggest Concern: Conceding Late, Late Goals

    The Saints conceded four goals in the last 10 minutes in the first three rounds, leaving themselves at the bottom of the table and without a single point in the standings. A daunting statistic.

    Nigel Adkins has a talented squad at his disposal, but he needs to make sure the players don't lose their concentration before games are over.

    Failure to do so will get Southampton relegated. It's simple as that.

Stoke City

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    Biggest Concern: None

    Stoke fans have no reasons for concern at the moment.

    The fans know what to expect and what they will get from the club. Perhaps it's tough to watch, but it is a successful style of play, nevertheless.

    After three draws in the first three games, the Potters look set for another 10-15th-place finish.


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    Biggest Concern: None

    Injuries are now a minor concern, but Sunderland fans can be satisfied with the way their team started the new campaign, nonetheless.

    After two games, the Black Cats are undefeated. The opening-day goal-less draw with Arsenal was followed with a 2-2 draw with high-flying Swansea, and the club is currently sitting in the middle of the table.

    Moving back to injuries, and the Black Cats have five injured players at the moment, but all are expected to return to full training soon, and some of them are likely to feature next week when Sunderland take on Liverpool.

Swansea City

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    The Swans fans have only one sweet concern: How long can we keep winning?

    No need to say Swansea are flying high at the moment.

    After the first three rounds, they have scored more goals than any other Premier League team and are sitting just behind Chelsea at the top of the table.

    The fans can now only hope that their excellent form doesn't wear off rapidly.

Tottenham Hotspur

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    Biggest Concern: Can Tottenham Avoid the Chelsea Scenario?

    Last season, Andre Villas-Boas left the Blues in ruins before eventually being replaced by Chelsea's current manager, Roberto Di Matteo.

    And even he couldn't save Chelsea's Premier League season, despite winning the Champions League for the first time in the club's history.

    Tottenham look eerily similar to the disappointing Villas-Boas Chelsea team.

    The Spurs need to improve their attack and, more importantly, their defense. The club have conceded goals in the last 10 minutes in each Premier League game so far and have scored only a goal per match.

    After a disastrous start, Harry Redknapp managed to rejuvenate his side last season. Can Villas-Boas do the same, or will Tottenham fans experience a Chelsea scenario?

West Bromwich Albion

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    Biggest Concern: None

    Similar to Swansea fans, The Baggies can revel in their success. The Albion is on par with some of leagues finest, and there aren't any injury or suspension concerns either.

    West Brom have already beaten both Merseyside clubs and can now expect a much easier schedule.

    Don't be surprised if the Baggies finish in the top seven.

West Ham United

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    Biggest Concern: Andy Carroll's Fitness

    West Ham were delighted when they secured the services of Carroll on a season-long loan.

    Although Carroll failed to get on the mark in his first game with the Hammers, the Geordie proved just how good he can be when the tactics suit him.

    The former Newcastle forward was on top of his form against Fullham but was also, unfortunately, forced off with an injury in the 68th minute of the match.

    The Hammers will need all of their players fit in order to avoid relegation.

Wigan Athletic

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    Biggest Concern: The Defense

    Wigan's attacking potential has long been overshadowed by their defensive deficiencies.

    After beating Celtic to the signing of Ivan Ramis for an undisclosed fee (via the BBC), Latics fans will hope Roberto Martinez can finally find a solution for their traditionally poor defending.


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