I've done this every year @Batard has created it, but I'll find it hard to beat last season's tip of Mason Greenwood being the youngster on everyone's lips
Yes the season has started but I'm not one for judging 38 weeks off the back of one.
Anyway, as some bloke on Twitter says, "here we go..."
Team - Tottenham
Head tells me "Don't say it, don't say it..." and then my mouth says it. Tottenham are the team to watch. Done. I've said it.
Do I think they can challenge for the title? No. They are not in the City/Liverpool bracket yet. But they can bridge that gap.
22pts they finished behind Man City last season. I expect Spurs for only the 2nd time in their PL seasons to hit the 80pt mark which would be a massive improvement for them. They'll have had a great season if they manage that, probably nailing 3rd in the process.
Player - It would be very easy to say Haaland but I won't. But I think Gabriel Jesus will have an excellent season at Arsenal in a team where he will be made to feel like the main man, and every striker craves that.
I fully expect him to be hovering around the top of the Golden Boot charts come May.
Manager - Antonio Conte. As said before, I think Spurs will have a good season, I like their signings, and I think his winners mentality will push this squad to break boundaries they aren't used to
It is all about changing the mindset of the players at the club and if anyone can, he can. 3rd and a cup would be a brilliant season for him.
Team - Wolves
I feel like the wheels are slowly coming off at the club. Lage has changed systems for the first time in about 5 years to what the players were drummed into under Nuno which could be dangerous.
The goals seem to dry up as each season goes by for them, just too over reliant on Jimenez for me, especially when he is out. And I actually wonder if the clean sheets will be less now they have moved from the back 3 system. Losing club captain Coady could be a disaster, not just on the pitch but what he brings off it more so in his captaincy and personality.
Player - Jesse Lingard. I just don't buy he's that interested in being at Forest. I think he's simply gone for the money and with the thought of getting a World Cup place being a regular. If they go down, he wont care because he'll be off so will he really push that hard to save them? I think he'll regret not going West Ham in a more competitive environment personally.
Manager - Frank Lampard. Just don't rate the guy tactically and think he got extremely lucky to get away with the drop last season, it certainly wasn't his doing. The fans saved him.
Everton are making some canny signings defensively but I really think scoring goals is a bigger issue. And I am not sure Lampard is the right person to get the best with the players he has. I am sure 9 months will be more than enough for him to get found out there.
The flattering to deceive
Team - Aston Villa. Each year they spend and bring in players expecting to make that next jump and yet, they serve up some pretty average football. If any team has underachieved last season it is them and they should be under some serious scrutiny if they languish in that 14th - 18th zone again given their outlay.
Player - Phillipe Coutinho. Got the permanent move to Villa now so he can relax and disappear into the background, becoming anonymous for three quaters of the season before two great obligatory performances against Leeds of course.
I think Coutinho is one of those that runs in and out of form over the season and finds it particularly hard to remain at a consistant level. Coupled with a habit of picking up niggly injuries, I feel like he'll end up fading into the background this season. There's no way he will be Villa's player of the season, I'll tell you that now.
Manager - Steve Gerrard. It's a Villa hat trick, sorry. I'm just struggling to buy into the Gerrard hype.
Come from Rangers with a lot of credit, been backed already quite well by Villa and should be getting more from the squad he has. No excuses really.
I think his biggest issue is he doesn't know his best team and his record completely backs up their inconsistancies.
If Villa have another mediocre season, it puts a serious black mark against Gerrard as a potential successor to Klopp, which as we all know, is the job he would ultimately want one day.