EPL: The Three New Boys & Their Seasons so Far...
It is always a difficult task for any newly promoted club to stay in the Premier League, but this year's new boys have an excellent chance of doing just that.
Queen's Park Rangers, Norwich and Swansea have all started the campaign better than anyone predicted and all lie in mid table.
Despite not possessing the greatest of squads in their premier league weight class, in either quality or depth, all three sides boast managers of the highest quality.
With a good run of results early in the new year, all three sides could potentially secure their survival and extend their Premier League status for another year.
Here's a run down of their seasons so far, and why they find themselves in such a solid position.
The Canaries have enjoyed a reasonably successful return to the top flight, and it all comes down to their manager, Paul Lambert.
The ex-Celtic and Borussia Dortmund player joined Norwich in 2009 and has since led them to two successive promotions leading back to the Premier League.
Good performances from keeper John Ruddy and front man Grant Holt have spurred the team to good results against established premiership sides.
Spirited performances against Man U and Chelsea, and a draw at Anfield, has helped their status as a decent side, and will have endeared Norwich to the neutrals.
With little financial backing, the Scot's team lie tenth in the league and the onus is now on them to build on their solid start to the season and secure their place in next season's premier league.
Queen's Park Rangers
At the beginning of the season, QPR were in a period of transition.
Despite gaining promotion from the Championship, owner Flavio Briatore was despised by the fans for cranking up ticket prices and generally leading the club astray.
Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes took a controlling stake in the club in August of this year, and instantly sparked a flurry of signings before the transfer deadline.
The acquisition of midfield hard man Joey Barton was seen as a marquee signing, and was quickly followed by the arrival of Anton Ferdinand and Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Despite heavy losses to Bolton and Fulham, the Rangers find themselves in mid-table and, if they continue their form, could comfortably stay in the league.
However, at the end of the January transfer window the murky waters of relegation will be much clearer.
Swansea were given the cursed title of relegation favourites at the start of the season, but the first Welsh side have proven they are no pushovers.
The Liberty Stadium has been established as one of the toughest away days for any team, with the Swans only losing one of their seven home matches, and conceding only two goals in the process.
Solid performances from key players Nathan Dyer and Scott Sinclair have helped them garner 14 points and they sit proudly at 13th place in the table.
Summer signing Michel Vorm has been great between the sticks for Brendan Rodgers' side, and is another reason they are doing so much better than predicted.
Due to Rodgers' side philosophy of passing football they have won over numerous fans, and no one would begrudge them staying in the league another season.
December could shape their season, with a run of tricky ties to contend with, and their future will look much clearer come January.
A run down of Swansea's December schedule: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/955101-swansea-city-fc-5-predictions-for-swanseas-december-schedule
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