Barely a week has surpassed since the end of the Premier League season and we’re already looking ahead to next season.
So yeah, sorry about that.
But there’s no harm whatsoever in hypothesising about a campaign which is already taking shape quite nicely.
Here’s hoping it’s the most open Premier League campaign to date dominated, we predict, by these seven stars.
Liverpool fans have had plenty to shout about this season but, without wanting to sound like a broken record, next year really could be their year.
That’s because the imminent arrival of Naby Keita provides the Reds with the midfield linchpin they’ve sorely missed since Steven Gerrard’s retirement.
Keita is Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante rolled into one player, a stunning combination of creativity and dynamism.
In tandem with Liverpool’s fearsome front three Keita could take Liverpool to the next step.
Mendy was cruelly denied the opportunity to stamp his authority on the field this season by a horrible knee injury last Autumn.
Sure he made an impact off the field with his regular hilarity on social media but Man City sorely missed his relentless buccaneering runs from left back.
In fact it’s scary to think how much better the runaway champions could have been with Mendy fully fit.
Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce royally fudged any chances of attacking intent at Everton this season, so you’d hope a new manager would bring a new lease of life.
The Toffees have the forward options at their disposal and in Lookman have a man returning from a loan spell in the Bundesliga with his tail up.
The winger registered five goals and four assists in just 11 Leipzig appearances and surely has to be unleashed at Goodison Park next season.
Bakayoko arrived at Chelsea off the back of a commanding season at Monaco but he really struggled to settle.
The Frenchman was in and out of Antonio Conte’s side more often than you can say ‘Ashley Barnes to Chelsea’ and was regularly scapegoated for some inconsistent performances.
But there were signs in recent weeks of a return to form and, with a proper pre-season, he could be a real force in 2018/19.
Winks was meant to be the answer to England’s midfield problems at the World Cup this summer but an ankle injury just before Christmas changed everything.
Instead he will watch the tournament from home as fitness issues continued to plague him for the rest of the season.
But, with a number of Spurs midfielders’ futures in doubts, Winks could be central to Mauricio Pochettino’s plans as his pivot in the centre.
He’s a very different player to Mousa Dembele but, if he can keep fit, can be just as effective.
Arsenal fans will be hoping their new manager – whoever he turns out to be – can find a way to get their two goal machines playing and scoring together.
Pierre-Emerick Aubmeyang’s arrival in January marginalised Lacazette a bit but he still managed 14 goals in his debut season in England.
It’s no secret that players look better with good players around them and Aubameyang and Lacazette can certainly benefit each other next season.
If defences are distracted by one it creates space for the other.
What happens when you put a Champions League player in the Championship?
Well, surprise surprise, it was all rather easy for Neves who orchestrated Wolves’ easy promotion back to the big time of the Premier League.
Neves has the maturity of a seasoned professional and whether he’s still at Wolves or elsewhere he really is one to watch next season.
Dream Team World Cup has landed
The greatest show on Earth just got that bit more exciting.
That’s because the Dream Team World Cup game is coming ahead of this summer’s tournament.
Dream Team World Cup
- Completely free to enter
- £50m budget and 20 transfers throughout the tournament
- £175k total prizepot (for UK players only)
- PRE-REGISTER FOR DREAM TEAM WORLD CUP NOW
The game officially launches on June 1 – but you can pre-register for the game now.
If you’re an existing Dream Team customer the World Cup game now appears in the app or you can enter here, but if you’re not follow these simple steps:
- Download the Dream Team app
- Create an account
- Click on the World Cup banner below in the app and follow the pre-registration instructions
From Russia with a whole lot of love.