For some teams, promotion to the English Premier League signals the start of a new era. For others, it is merely a short break from the almost inescapable bear pit that is the Championship League.
Few promoted teams go on to make themselves Premier League mainstays. The Championship is widely considered the hardest league in the world to gain promotion from, but the disparity in quality between it and the Premier League often means that teams who made being promoted look easy can suffer once they reach the dizzying top-tier.
In recent seasons the Queens Park Rangers and Reading have been prime examples of this: Both took the Championship title at a stroll in 2011 and 2012 respectively but are now propping up the PL table, badly needing a few teams around them to collapse if they are to have any chance of survival.
As evidenced by these teams, surviving is not all about buying big in the summer. While Reading’s poor season can be attributed in part to a lack of signings during the leap between leagues, QPR have spent tens of millions bringing in top (if a bit beyond their sell-by date) players from the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United, yet they find themselves odds-on favourites to go down.
So will this year’s new arrivals make the mistakes of those before them or can some of them become stalwarts in the Premier League?