Unfamiliarity Makes This Premier League Season the Most Exciting in Years
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Every Premiership season begins with a whirlwind of excitement, and each is touted as the most exciting yet.
In the most popular football league in the world, just a few mere weeks without action makes us all almost salivate at the prospect of it's return.
I know I've missed it. The Confederations Cup was fine, preseason friendlies a novelty, even the Championship and Football League were enough to get me turning the sports channels on, but nothing is as good as Premier League football.
This season is one of change. Familiarity is gone, really gone, in a way the Premiership generation has never experienced. And that's why it is the most exciting season we will have ever have had.
As a man of 24 years, I do not know football in this country without Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Emperor of Old Trafford (I would copyright that phrase, but I fear I am not the inventor) was as big as Manchester United's identity.
He won them trophies in a way no manager has won their side trophies in the modern era, really driving them on and grinding out extra points with his mere presence in the changing room.
Now, the dynasty is over. Welcome to Manchester, Mr. Moyes. No pressure. And try to enjoy these last few days of the transfer window, I know your fans aren't.
The Champions are not the only side full of change. Stability is a word only a handful of Premier League clubs have taken to this summer.
Manchester City have brought in new manager Manuel Pellegrini to the club.
Arriving with him are a host of new City signings.
Stevan Jovetic, Alvaro Negredo, Fernandinho and Jesus Navas all take their place amongst the multi-millionaires of Manchester City, with the last of those names the most intriguing for the side.
Navas offers things City lacked under Mancini, width and pace on the counter. Their style will not alter drastically, but it will be interesting to see how Pellegrini implements new tactics, especially as Navas' inclusion is likely to force David Silva away from his favoured side, tucking in from the right.
Chelsea have gone back to the future, bringing the Special One home to Stamford Bridge.
Suddenly, the side have a feel of title contenders, and this is really down to Jose Mourinho's presence.
Sadly for Arsenal, the change has not come when it was promised so.
The wallet has stayed closed, no ink has dried on the Arsenal cheque book. The Suarez saga has blighted their activity, and we can soon wonder whether Higuain should have been left to get away.
Tottenham have evolved, whilst their North London rivals have stagnated.
Gareth Bale may or may not leave, but Spurs have twice broken their transfer record regardless. Paulinho and then Roberto Soldado came to join Andre Villas-Boas' exciting side, the latter not only their biggest transfer in history not only in terms of fee, but possibly in stature too.
The pedigree suggests Tottenham may have found that real top-class striker they lacked, and surely fourth is now the least of their ambitions.
Which of last season's top five will miss out on Champions League football come the end of the season?
Beyond the titans of Champions League targets, the league sees new arrivals in many shapes and forms.
Liverpool shadow the sides fighting at the top, hoping that they can interrupt their five-way battle for Champions League places.
Brendan Rodgers continues to adapt the squad to his needs and has shorn his side of players he deems unworthy. Pepe Reina leaves after a long spell, Downing was almost thrown to West Ham at a reduced fee, alongside the permanent transfer of Andy Carroll to the East London side.
Jamie Carragher's influence no longer remains, but if Luis Suarez stays at the club then there will be expectations of a far closer challenge to the "big boys club" they feel they should be a part of. There is clearly still money in the pot to make a marquee signing, links to Diego Costa and Willian suggest as much, but all the good work will be for naught if their talisman and only world-class talent Suarez leaves.
The three promoted sides bring a mixture of Premier League rookies and experience, as well as the top flight's first big Welsh derby sure to add fireworks.
Sunderland will adapt to a first (hopefully) full season of Paolo Di Canio's management, and the Italian has taken gamely to dismantling and rebuilding a squad that lost its way last season. A host of unproven Premier League names come in, it will surely be a roller-coaster ride at the Stadium of Light.
So too for rivals Newcastle United, who added to their French revolution with the loan signing of Loic Remy from QPR. Sadly, the ship is never left to steady itself, with the Toon and Joe Kinnear's presence at the club leaving things looking a little uneasy.
Which side will adapt worst to their new manager?
Everton and Stoke both look to adapt to new managers after long reigns came to an end at their clubs. Each side will expect a better brand of football at their clubs, although on completely different scales. Will the wheels come off completely now there are new hands on the helm?
Norwich, Southampton and Swansea have spent noticeable money this summer, raising expectations at each club.
Can Swansea handle the challenge of Europe alongside Premier League football?
Will Norwich's gamble on a host of new signings pay off?
Are Southampton paying big fees for players dedicated to their cause, and will Pochettino get more time than the man he took over from if things do not go exactly to plan? Victor Wanyama looks an incredible signing, the Saints should be looking at the top ten.
The real stability has laid with Aston Villa, Fulham, West Brom and West Ham, but still questions remain for these sides.
Can Villa really go another season depending on youth?
What will new ownership mean for Fulham? And was the side's form come the end of the season just a dip in motivation of signs that Jol could be under early pressure?
Can Anelka replace the goals of last season's loanee Romelu Lukaku at West Brom?
And do West Ham have enough in their locker to stave off the dreaded second-season syndrome if Andy Carroll's fitness record remains a concern?
There are real questions at every club, and at most these are new and exciting ones.
Past seasons have often left many sides overlooked and disinteresting to the neutral, but there is not a side in the league this year without a fresh level of intrigue draped around them, with new stories expected at each and every one of them.
Enjoy ladies and gents, I really cannot wait.
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