The Premier League season is inching closer with each passing day. These are exciting times we are in during the offseason, as intriguing international competitions go hand-in-hand with transfers and speculation as clubs look to bolster their ranks.
While the teams on top are doing so to stay on top, the teams below them are looking to improve as much as possible to try to challenge the top dogs. Last year's Premier League saw the top five teams sort of separate themselves from the pack, with a nine point gap between fifth and sixth places.
Sixth and seventh were just two points apart, followed by a whopping 12-point dropoff after that. But the next nine teams were separated by just eight points, a good indicator of the high level of competitiveness in England's top tier.
And while the upper echelon of the top tier look comfortable enough, the teams below them are certainly looking to make a statement of their own. Read on to see some of the teams who finished outside the top five who look likely to try to get in the hunt for Champions League berths.