Who will be the big movers and shakers in the Premier League? Sportsnet presents 10 newsmakers who will define the 2018-19 season.
The Egyptian had a career campaign in 2017-18, scoring a Premier League-leading 32 goals and winning player of the year honours in helping Liverpool to a fourth-place finish. Salah came into his own last season, firmly establishing himself as one of the top players in the world, and he’s rightly being talked about as a possible Ballon d’Or winner. As for Liverpool, they’re being touted as a title contender in 2018-19, and central to their chances of winning their first league championship since 1990 will be Salah. In order for the Reds to finally end their league title drought, the Egyptian will once again have to be at his very best.
August, 1996. That’s the last time someone other than Arsene Wenger served as manager of Arsenal. One era ended at the conclusion of last season when Wenger was finally pushed out, and a new era started with the appointment of Unai Emery. The Spaniard is well-respected in the club game, and he has a track record of success – he won three Europa League titles with Sevilla, and helped Paris Saint-German pull off a domestic treble last season. But the task ahead of him is a big one: reinstalling the Gunners as one of the top teams in the Premier League, and qualifying for the Champions League.
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West Ham United paid a club-record £36 million transfer fee for Anderson, who had many other suitors across Europe. The Brazilian has been one of the best attacking players in Serie A over the past five seasons, winning plaudits for his technical ability and creativity as Lazio’s chief orchestrator. Possessing blinding speed, Anderson can be used either as a playmaker or a forward, and is known for his prowess from dead-ball situations. Look for Anderson to be the central figure in the Hammers’ attack, and for Austrian forward Marko Arnautović to be the biggest beneficiary of the Brazilian’s sublime service.
Maybe even more than Harry Kane, no England player acquitted himself better at this summer’s World Cup than Pickford. The young goalkeeper was simply fantastic between the posts for the Three Lions, coming up a with a number of highlight-reel saves. It was his composure and shot-blocking ability that were major reasons why England reached the semifinals for the first time since 1990. Everton will hope he can duplicate his World Cup form at Goodison Park and help the Toffees, who finished eighth last season, climb the table and clinch a European spot.
From one Italian to another at Chelsea. Out goes Antonio Conte, in comes Maurizio Sarri, the well-travelled manager who restored Napoli as one of the …read more