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Season with Potential – West Ham into Europe

Posted by Daniel Stone on August 8, 2007

uefacup.jpg This is part 2 to this series of Premiership predictions. Click here for Part 1. 

6th Position – West Ham 

After a disastrous season last year I think West Ham have a point to prove, and that being they deserve their status in the Premiership. They have rung major changes to the squad and to be honest I think they have made some major coups, most notably Freddie Ljungberg, Scott Parker and Craig Bellamy (if he can just concentrate on his football). I don’t think Kieron Dyer will be a good signing for them though as they may have too many hot heads in the squad, and it would also mean him being reunited with Lee Bowyer (we all know what happened last time!). Alan Curbishly has had money to spend, the pressure is on.

Key man: Scott Parker  

7th position – Portsmouth 

Another team who have added to an already good squad. Defensively they look very solid and they seem to have spent big on fire power this season bringing in David Nugent and John Utaka. Lomana Lua Lua has also had a great pre-season so he is another one to watch out for. I can see Portsmouth improving on last season but just missing out on Europe.

Key man: Sol Campbell 

8th Position – Blackburn 

Roque Santa Cruz will be a brilliant signing for Blackburn and there is lots of potential to establish a great partnership with Bennie McCarthy. As well as signing Santa Cruz the next best business Blackburn have done this summer is keeping McCarthy. I think stability is a key factor for Blackburn and I can see them having a similar season to last year. Still don’t have enough to cement a European place though.

Key man: Bennie McCarthy 

9th Position – Newcastle United 

Sam Allerdice had a reputation at Bolton for playing ugly football but grinding out results. It took Sam many years to get to the level he achieved with Bolton having fought many dog fights not so long ago. I think he will need time with Newcastle. They will play ugly football but will be more consistent in comparison to previous years. I am not sure this is what Newcastle fans will be looking for though as they normally ask for more than just results. However, they have been let down immensely over the years so they might just be satisfied with a top ten finish. If Allerdice is given time (a couple of years) Newcastle will be able to compete for Europe, not sure if time is on his side though!

Key man: Michael Owen (if he can stay fit) 

10th Position – Bolton 

Bolton will not change much under Sammy Lee considering he spent so much time under Allerdice’s tenure. They have signed quite a few low key players and have lost the influential figure of Ben Haim at the back. Considering other teams have improved I think Bolton will fall a few places from last season. Don’t expect Bolton to change their style of play either. Ironic that in the first game of the season the Bolton fans will see Sam Allerdice back, in the opposition dug out. You just wouldn’t be able to write that script up!Key man: Nicolas Anelka

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