Three Come Up, But Who Will Survive?

Posted on: July 8th, 2011 | by Flaviu | 2 Comments

Queens Park Rangers are finally back in the Premiership for the first time since 1996 thanks in part to Adel Taarabt, the Moroccan international helped QPR secure promotion to the Premier League with some very impressive performances last season. Scoring 19 goals and winning the football league player of the year award, his performances and awards have not gone unnoticed in the football world with a host of European clubs interested in signing him, fees of up to £13 million have been mentioned but will it be enough to persuade QPR to part with their star man?

Championship winners QPR are yet to make any new signings in the transfer window, are the club going to have to make some big signings to try and keep hold of Adel Taarabt? Or are they going to let him go and use the cash to sign replacements to try and stay in the Premiership? On the plus side for the club veteran keeper Radek Cerny, striker Heidar Helguson and defender Peter Ramage have all signed contract extensions.

Play-off  winners Swansea City will become the first Welsh team to play in the Barclays Premier League when they kick off on August 13th. After beating Reading in the final of the Championship Play-offs it will be interesting to see how the Welsh outfit fair in their first Premier League experience. After Dorus De Vries and Darren Pratley left the club to join Wolves and Bolton respectively, Swansea announced the signing of Danny Graham from Watford for a club record £3.5 million, the club also secured the services of 19 year old defender Steven Caulker from Tottenham on a year long loan deal.

Championship runners up, Norwich City have already indicated their intentions in the transfer window  by signing a host of players. Two of which will have to make the step up to the top League from League 1 last season, Anthony Pilkington from Huddersfield Town has signed a three year contract with the club, also moving up two divisions will be former Brighton youngster Elliott Bennett. Bennett was one of Brighton’s best players last term scoring 8 goals and assisting over 20 more, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year for League One. Will the two of them manage to step up to the top level of English football? The other signings for the newly promoted club are defender Richie De Laet from Manchester United on a season long loan, James Vaughan has been signed from Everton and Welsh international striker Steve Morrison from Millwall, with all these new signings to add to the squad will Norwich be able to survive in the Premier League after back to back promotions?

PENDLE VERDICT – We think that out of the three newly promoted clubs QPR are the strongest and will stay up and if they can hold onto Adel Taarabt it will be interesting to see how he gets on. We also believe that with Norwich spending money and improving their current squad they could stay up with them, but we feel as though the Swansea squad isn’t quite good enough at the moment to fight against relegation, with the right investment on players to strengthen the squad they could survive but we think that it is unlikely.

YOUR VERDICT – What do you think?

2 Responses

  1. Norwich4eva says:

    This is a good blog, it clearly outlines the strengths of the 3 teams and what they need to do to stay up aka QPR keeping Adel Taarabt. Also for me i think Norwich will be the strongest team to move up as they have looked the strongest as a whole and not any complete shiners amoungst them. They will probably get some of there loaned players back, for example tudor jones to pop up with some 40 yard screamers to keep them up. For me Tudor Jones is a key player for norwich. Cmon you canaries!!!

  2. Carlos Vela says:

    I would just like to take this opportunity to announce I will be joining QPR on loan from Arsenal for the season and am really looking forward to the challenge of keeping them in the Premier League. Speaking to the chairman he is convinced we can get a champions league place next season.

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