The best EPL ever in prospect

JOHANNESBURG - The global showpiece which is the English Premiership kicks off this afternoon with lots of intriguing promises from various clubs.

Champions Manchester City have once again gone into the overdrive when it comes to recruitment by making use of billions from the oil money being poured in by the UAE Sheikhs.

The noise neighbours have made sure that last season’s success is once again achieved through hook or crook and manager Manuel Pellegrini has taken advantage of his massive riches.

Liverpool who finished close second last season, have also made huge signings though the loss of Luis Suarez who joined Barcelona might prove too big for the once conquering Reds keen to return to the top.

Most Liverpool fans are worried though that coach Brendan Rodgers make some panic signings and those players he brought in might not fill in the gap left by the maverick Uruguayan who won the Golden Boot and was named the best valued player in the EPL last season.

This is despite the fact that he missed almost 10 games of the start of the season due to suspension.

Chelsea under one of the most colourful managers in modern football, Jose Mourinho are keen to stretch this season’s championship contenders to the limit and have also made some expensive and wise buys.

The Portuguese who prefers to call himself the Special One has brought in 25-year-old Diego Costa from Spanish champions Atletico Madrid and has recalled goalkeeper Thibaut Cortois from the same club.

He has also brought in former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fàbregas and Filipe Luis to bolster his already strong squad.

With such buys, Chelsea might be the team to beat in the English Premiership but with all teams having left nothing to chance, this might be one of the most competitive editions of the English league in years.

Arsenal who led the league log for most of last season, have broken with tradition and spent quite a lot in the transfer market with the biggest acquisition being Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez who is likely to lead the London side’s attack.

Who will be elbowed off the top four Champions League position is a question on many critics’ mouth hence the Gunners have seen the writings on the wall and purchased wisely.

Manchester United who ended last season on an embarrassing seventh position are unlikely to miss the Champions League position for the second season running.

In Louis van Gaal, many United fans think they have acquired a manager whose credentials are closest to that of Alex Ferguson.

The Dutch mentor is reputed to be arrogant and a man of his own and has promised a new revolution at United who sacked listless manager David Moyes towards the end of last season.

Tottenham Hotspurs have also gone into the market and made their intentions clear that they don’t want to remain in perpetual shadows of the ‘Big Brothers’.

If one of Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal or Man U slips up, Spurs are ready to seize the opportunity.

This is promising to be another blockbuster of a season and soccer fans can’t wait for the English league to kick off.

While there might be debate on which is the best league in the world among the Spanish, Bundesliga and English Premiership, the later is by far the most watched league in the world and evokes global passion.

I will also add my voice and say let the games begin.

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