With a busy christmas schedule fastly approaching for the Barclays Premier League, the question of whether the league leaders; Chelsea, can continue the trend of the team at the top on Christmas day winning the league? This comes a year after the anomaly that was the 2013-2014 season, where Liverpool became the only team to not do so in recent times.
With only one minor blemish on their record this season coming a few weeks back with a 2-1 loss to Newcastle, Chelsea have looked nothing but too good for anyone else in England, and possibly Europe. However, with both Manchester clubs on their tail, one can only hope that Chelsea slip up a few more times in order to install some excitement into the current season.
I’m sure that Rooney and co at United, as well as Kompany and co at City (including Frank Lampard) will love nothing more than to wipe that arrogant smirk off of José Mourinho’s face in the new year. With United seemingly finding their feet again under new boss van Gaal, they are instilling some of the fear into other Premier League clubs which was their most powerful weapon under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Along with the busy Christmas schedule, the January transfer window approaches, and even though the team looks flawless in just about every part of the pitch, including the bench, one would be juvenile to think that Mourinho is at least content with his squad. I for one would not be shocked to see him splash out on an over-priced second string player, if not to strengthen his squad, then to prevent other teams from doing so. Mourinho enjoys doing that, just ask Mo Salah.
Obviously, one team that needs to mix things up January is Liverpool. With £100 million spent in the summer, the new signings have yet to of made an impact at Anfield as they currently lie 11th the league. Whether or not Rodgers spent well in the summer is in the past, what he needs to do now is not buy, buy, buy, because that hasn’t worked. He needs to assess his squad and fill in the places in which they lack quality and experience, ironically, centre back (a position which he intended on strengthening in the summer) is number one priority. With the recent indefinite dropping of Belgian ‘keeper Simon Mignolet, it seems that he has to buy a goalkeeper not only who is actually good in goal, but also with his feet. Again, the irony lies within the club as they sold one of the best ‘footballing’ goalkeepers around in the summer.
Another team who’s summer spending spree seemed a positive piece of business is Hull. With the influx of talented players being brought in including Abel Hernandez, Hatem Ben Arfa, Mohamed Diame, Robert Snodgrass and Gaston Ramirez, Hull seemed like they would be a certain in the battle for Europe. However, with just 8 days until Christmas, they sit 19th in the league with only 13 points, three ahead of Leicester who sit bottom, and two from safety.
It will surely be interesting to see what happens in the next month or so in the Premier League.