Premier League Teams
English Premier League teams consistently rank amongst the creme de la creme of world football both financially and in terms of success on the European stage. The fact that the Premier League is awarded four automatic qualification spots to the Champions League is an indication of its elite status. The promise of Champions League football, along with the financial benefits that the Premier League has to offer is a large part of what attracts such an enormous amount of high quality players from all over the world.
Over the previous decade a core of “Top Four” Premier League teams consisting of Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal emerged who would consistently finish in the top four places of the Premier League. However, with an even greater influx of cash and talent in more recent years has seen the emergence of a “Top Six” of Premier League teams, with the gap growing ever larger.
- Manchester City
- Manchester United
- Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs)
Wherever a Premier League team finishes at the end of the season, they will be awarded prize money, regardless of whether they are declared Premier League champions, qualify for a European competition, or even if they are are relegated.
Spurs are the most recent team to have broken into the Premier League elite
As we’ve said, three teams are relegated from the Premier League every season. But who was relegated from the Premier League in the 2017-18 season and was promoted from the Championship.
The new Premier League teams that will be taking part in the new season are Welsh outfit Cardiff City, London-based Fulham and midlanders Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Swansea, Stoke and West Bromwich Albion going in the other direction.
Premier League Transfers
Like we said, the Premier League attracts some of the best players in the world, and that talent certainly doesn’t come cheap. Over recent years the Premier League has consistently and collectively spent more on player transfers than any other league in the world.
Last season Premier League clubs spent over a whopping £1 billion on player transfers alone.
The Premier League like other football leagues in Europe has two transfer windows, the summer transfer window that takes place before the season begins over June and July and usually has the most activity and number of transfer.
Paul Pogba (Man United) is currently the Premier League's most expensive player
The second window takes place in the winter and is usually called the ‘January transfer window’ which allows clubs a chance to make vital additions to squads following injuries or after having had time to consider what else their squad is lacking, they can snap players up, usually at a massively inflated price.
Although the transfer record that’s been paid for a player by a Premier League team is less than half of the overall world record, Premier League teams still hold the collective overall record for transfer spending.
- Paul Pogba (Juventus to Manchester United) £89 million
- Romelu Lukaku (Everton to Manchester United) £75 million
- Virgil van Dijk (Southampton to Liverpool £75 million
- Ángel di Maria (Real Madrid to Manchester United) £59 million
- Kevin de Bruyne (Wolfsburg to Manchester City) £55 million
Premier League Top Scorers
Although the general trend over recent years has seen less goals scored per game with defences becoming ever tighter, we may be seeing a change in the that trend. One of the key battles in last season’s Premier League 2017/18 edition was the battle for Premier League top scorer between Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, and Tottenham’s Harry Kane. Mohamed Salah eventually went on to win and even broke the record with an incredible and unprecedented 32 goals over the 38 game campaign.
Mo Salah (right) broke the Premier League goalscoring record last season with 32 goals
- Alan Shearer (1992-2006) 260 goals
- Wayne Rooney (2002-2018) 208 goals
- Andrew Cole (1993-2008) 187 goals
- Frank Lampard (1995-2015) 177 goals
- Thierry Henry (1999-2007) 175 goals