With a dramatic Summer of international football behind us, a new Premier League season looms and anticipation is heightening as transfer activity continues to grow.
Looking ahead to the season, bettingexpert’s ‘The Big Stage’ podcast returns with Joe Ryan, Lord Ben Dinnery and Rory Jennings as they analysed where the campaign will be won and lost and just how big Manchester City’s moves in the market could be.
The whole panel were eager to laud England captain Harry Kane, who seems like he may be headed to the Etihad, a move that the panel agreed would significantly bolster the already fearsome frontline of the champions.
Evaluating the contenders for player of the season, Jennings backed City’s other new signing in Jack Grealish, who is leaving his hometown team Aston Villa after several impressive seasons and a strong performance in the UEFA 2020 European Championship.
He stated: “There’s a chance that if the City move didn’t happen, I would have said my player of the season would have been Jack Grealish, but the fact that he is now going to go and benefit from the tutelage of Pep Guardiola, from the brilliance of Kevin De Bruyne – his entire surrounding have elevated I think he is going to go from strength to strength.”
Host Ryan, however, backed outside N’Golo Kante to take Premier League player of the year, in a season when Chelsea will be looking to challenge for the league title, especially following the impending signing of Romelu Lukaku.
It was the reemergence of players that Dinnery outlined he was looking forward to, highlighting Adama Traore as a having potential to shine on the pitch in the new campaign and under management, as well as Burnley’s Ashley Barnes, who the injury expert backed to have a strong season.
In terms of the top goalscorer market, both Ryan and Jennings couldn’t look past Liverpool’s Mo Salah, who they believe will take the top crown. Nonetheless both added that Kane is a real threat to him for the honour.