With the transfer window ending earlier than usual in England and a number of the Premier League’s top talents just getting back from an altered summer vacation, it’s safe to say the 2018-19 season will be different than most years.
The World Cup always affects the top leagues across the globe, whether that be in the transfer market or the injury department, so with a short turnaround Pro Soccer Talk decided to take a look at a few of the club’s that will be most affected by the World Cup, which saw France hoist the 2018 edition.
The clear favorites to repeat as PL champions don’t have many things working against them outside of a large portion of their squad having played in Russia.
While some other clubs benefitted from having their players having a summer vacation and time to rest, City had a full compliment of squad members in Russia, including Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho and Kyle Walker.
Players like De Bruyne, Walker and Vincent Kompany, who made deep runs in the World Cup, have had less than a month to prepare for the new PL season, which will really test their physical capabilities over a grueling nine-month season.
For a player like Paul Pogba, the World Cup should have greatly helped the Frenchman’s stock. After all, he did win a World Cup with France — the country’s second in its history.
However, a strained relationship with Jose Mourinho has caused more questions than answers to be raised at Old Trafford, and now with about a day to go in the transfer window the Red Devils could lose one of its biggest stars.
Meanwhile, a similar situation has transpired between Mourinho and Anthony Martial — a teammate of Pogba’s on the French national team. Martial left United’s preseason tour of the U.S. due to family reasons, which left Mourinho displeased with the attacker.
An early exit for Senegal and Egypt might have been the best thing for Liverpool.
The duo have looked to be in fine form throughout preseason, and while some of their teammates like Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson had to deal with lengthy stays in Russia, this Reds side looks a major threat to topping Man City at the top of England.
The World Cup helped the promoted sides greatly because it took the attention off the clubs and allowed them to handle their business in the transfer market.
It’s probably unfair to just single out Fulham because Wolves and Cardiff did their fair share of spending as well, but Fulham did a tremendous job to improve itself in every facet of their game.
That includes a deal for Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, which could prove to be one of the best pieces of business this summer, after he was linked with moves to several bigger clubs across Europe.Follow @MattReedFutbol