Twenty seats filled: Ranking the classes of Premier League managers

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The hirings of Nuno Espirito Santo, Rafa Benitez, and Patrick Vieira mean that all 20 Premier League managers’ seats are filled.

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There are plenty of bosses with more questions than answers on their CVs, while even the most proven and celebrated coaches have questions entering the 2021-22 season.

(Relative) unknowns

This doesn’t mean these managers are poor at their jobs or won’t be successes in the Premier League. We just can’t know yet.

Thomas Frank, Brentford — Decent with Brondby and exciting with Brentford, what’s next after getting the Bees over the promotion hump. Odds of being in the job come May 2022: 8/10

Patrick Vieira, Crystal Palace  — Did a very good job at NYCFC and just fine at Nice. Palace’s roster presents a lot of challenges, but what he might do with Jairo Riedewald is intriguing. Odds of being in the job come May 2022: 7/10

Bruno Lage, Wolves — Took over Benfica in middle of 2018-19 season and didn’t lose the rest of the way In winning the Portuguese Super Liga. Odds of being in the job come May 2022: 5/10

Xisco, Watford — Heck of a player. Had a short but decent run with Georgian powers Dinamo Tbilisi. Took over Watford and got them promoted. That’s all we’ve got, and Watford does not exactly like manager stability. Odds of being in the job come May 2022: 3/10

Steve Bruce

There’s only one. And we’re all grateful for that. But also genuinely grateful for his existence.

Steve Bruce, Newcastle — Not particularly good. Not abject. Seems like a guy you’d like to talk to at a bar. He’s 13 days away from two years on the job, and that feels about 18 months longer than anyone expected. Your 2021-22 Newcastle United manager, everybody. Odds of being in the job come May 2022: 3/10

Newcastle
“I’m still here.” (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Something left to prove

Daniel Farke, Norwich City — Received plenty of praise for playing the game the right way, at least managerial speaking, and has led two promotion campaigns… but might some more pragmatic play have helped the Canaries avoid relegation in the first place. Odds of being in the job come May 2022: 6/10

Dean Smith, Aston Villa — Solid, demanding, and not boring, but what happens if Jack Grealish leaves Villa Park? Because the few months without him last year were… not ideal. Odds of being in the job come May 2022: 6/10

Ralph Hasenhuttl, Southampton — Definitely decent, but can he produce a top-half side? Odds of being in the job come May 2022: 5/10

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United — He’s got more than a few feathers in his caps in terms of single-game results, but still no trophies and no set system other than, “Well, this is Manchester United. It must be a certain standard.” Odds of being in the job come May 2022: 5/10

Graham Potter, Brighton and Hove Albion — Is it weird to call him the statistician’s Bielsa? Potter’s teams play great football and produce huge advanced stats, but we’ve yet to see the Seagulls finish chances in a manner befitting their stats. Odds of being in the job come May 2022: 7/10

He’s got a system (allegedly or proven), but is it good?

Mikel Arteta, Arsenal –What do we really know about Mikel Arteta as a manager after a season-and-a-half? He took over Arsenal with the Gunners in 11th, then led them through Project Restart to an eighth-place finish and the FA Cup. They then finished eighth again despite dipping as low as 15th in December. The defending has improved. Odds of being in the job come May 2022: 5/10

Sean Dyche, Burnley — You a back or a keeper? Kick the ball far away. You a wide man or a midfielder? Find a forehead! The embodiment of statistical defiance. Took Burnley to EUROPE. Gave the world the best press conference banter in some time with his “Looky-likeys” discussion. Pristine goatee. Odds of being in the job come May 2022: 9/10

Nuno Espirito Santo, Tottenham — Led Wolves to promotion and Europe, which are the main accomplishments of his managerial tenure (and quite good ones). Basically, it feels like a good hire if only because he’s not Tim Sherwood or Harry Redknapp. Odds of being in the job come May 2022: 9/10

Respected elders

David Moyes, West Ham — The Irons’ boss saw his star fall from a single-season at Man United through several wayward campaigns, but what he did at West Ham was nothing short of wonderful in driving it back into Europe. Now what? Do it again. Odds of being in the job come May 2022: 9/10

Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds United — The apple of seemingly every other manager’s eye, he’s got Powerpoints and a great reputation. Led Athletic BIlbao to Europa League and Copa del Rey finals and Argentina to Olympic gold and a Copa America final. Now can he get Leeds into Europe? Odds of being in the job come May 2022: 8/10

Top of the Pops

Brendan Rodgers, Leicester City — He’s got an FA Cup and his work with Celtic was well-documented. Now can he do it for a full year at Leicester City without his Foxes faltering and fading out of the top four? Odds of being in the job come May 2022: 9/10

Rafa Benitez, Everton — He’s led some of the biggest clubs in Europe to glory and won admirers for sticking around at Newcastle after relegation and proving he was more than a guy who runs top clubs. Will it be defense-first at Goodison Park? Odds of being in the job come May 2022: 7/10

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool — Make no mistake about it, he’s still a genius and has cajoled Liverpool into spending more to deliver another squad capable of winning the Premier League. Odds of being in the job come May 2022: 10/10

Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea — Sure he gets plenty of credit for taking over Chelsea and, you know, just playing the good and experienced players that Frank Lampard thought were beneath the task of the great Chelsea rebuild, but he also made Chelsea a bonafide title contender and won the Champions League. Odds of being in the job come May 2022: 9/10

Pep Guardiola, Man City — Still one of the greatest to ever do it. But is he going to do it in the Champions League with Man City? Odds of being in the job come May 2022: 10/10

Premier League transfer news, live! Complete list of January transfers so far

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The January transfer window is again seeing big-name imports into the Premier League, and the final hours of the window are seeing a flurry of deals take place.

Chelsea’s signed Benoit Badiashile and Andrey Santos, Newcastle’s formally welcomed Garang Kuol, and Liverpool’s reinforced its forward ranks with Cody Gakpo joining the Anfield set.

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There’s plenty of discussion about Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur making additions to deepen their squads’ top-four pushes, but nothing complete yet for either big name side.

The same is true for title-fighters Arsenal and Manchester City, though their top-end footing is a lot more stable.


Latest transfer deals developing – January 30

Weston McKennie to Leeds United is a done deal as the American midfielder has joined on loan until the end of the season, with Leeds having an option to buy him for $36 million.

Arsenal are pushing hard to sign Moises Caicedo, with the Ecuadorian midfielder not playing for Brighton in the FA Cup against Liverpool amid a reported new $86 million bid from the Gunners. Anthony Gordon has signed for Newcastle from Everton for a fee believed to be around $60 million.


AFC Bournemouth

In
Dango Ouattara (Lorient)
Darren Randolph (West Ham)
Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City)

Out
Ferdinand Okoh (Dorchester) Loan
James Hill (Hearts) Loan
Will Dennis (Slough) Loan
Noa Boutin (Gosport) Loan


Arsenal

In
Leandro Trossard (Brighton)
Jakub Kiwior (Spezia Calcio)

Out
Brooke Norton-Cuffy (Coventry) Loan
Miguel Azeez (Wigan) Loan
Arthur Okonkwo (Sturm Graz) Loan
Ovie Ejeheri (SJK Seinajoki) Loan
Harry Clarke (Ipswich Town)


Aston Villa

In
Aaron Ramsey (loan recall)
Tyreik Wright (loan recall)
Alex Moreno (Real Betis)
Jhon Duran (Chicago Fire)

Out
Cameron Archer (Middlesbrough) Loan
Tyreik Wright (Plymouth Argyle)
Frederic Guilbert (RC Strasbourg)
Indiana Vassilev (St. Louis City SC)
Danny Ings (West Ham)
Jan Bednarek (loan recall)
Morgan Sanson (Strasbourg) Loan


Brentford

In
Byron Wilson (Coventry)
Conor McManus (Bray Wanderers)
Fin Stevens (loan recall)
Mads Bech (loan recall)
Beaux Booth (Dorking)
Kevin Schade (Freiburg) Loan
Paris Maghoma (loan recall)
Romeo Beckham (Inter Miami) Loan
Nathan Young-Coombes (loan recall)

Out
Myles Peart-Harris (Forest Green Rovers) Loan extension
Aaron Pressley (Accrington) Loan
Lachlan Brook (Crewe) Loan extension
Edon Pruti (Hartlepool)
Mads Bech (Groningen) Loan
Ellery Balcombe (Bristol Rovers) Loan
Tariqe Fosu (Rotherham) Loan
Paris Maghoma (MK Dons) Loan
Charlie Goode (Blackpool) Loan


Brighton & Hove Albion

In
Facundo Buonanotte (Rosario Central)
Jamie Mullins (Bohemians)
Mark O’Mahony (Cork)

Out
Aaron Connolly (Hull) Loan
Reda Khadra (Birmingham)
Ed Turns (Leyton Orient) Loan
James Beadle (Crewe Alexandra) Loan
Leandro Trossard (Arsenal)


Chelsea

In
David Datro Fofana (Molde)
Benoit Badiashile (Monaco)
Andrey Santos (Vasco da Gama)
Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid) Loan
Mykhailo Mudryk (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Noni Madueke (PSV Eindhoven)
Malo Gusto (Lyon)

Out
Bashir Humphreys (Paderborn) Loan
Malo Gusto (Lyon) Loan

Chelsea transfer news
Benoit Badiashile (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Crystal Palace

Out
Killian Phillips (Shrewsbury) Loan
Jack Butland (Man Utd) Loan
John-Kymani Gordon (Carlise) Loan
Malcolm Ebiowei (Hull) Loan
Ryan Bartley (Eastbourne Borough) Loan
David Boateng (Dover) Loan


Everton

In
Ellis Simms (loan recall)
Nathan Broadhead (loan recall)
Niels Nkounkou (loan recall)

Out
Salomon Rondon (released)
Nathan Broadhead (Ipswich)
Tom Cannon (Preston) Loan
Niels Nkounkou (Saint-Etienne) Loan
Sebastian Quirk (Accrington Stanley)
Tyler Onyango (Forest Green) Loan
Anthony Gordon (Newcastle)


Fulham

In
Anthony Knockaert (loan recall)

Out
Idris Odutayo (Maidenhead) Loan extension
Anthony Knockaert (Huddersfield) Loan
Ibane Bowat (Den Bosch) Loan


Leeds United

In
Max Wober (RB Salzburg)
Georginio Rutter (Hoffenheim)

Out
Mateusz Klich (MLS pending)
Alfie McCalmont (Carlisle) Loan
Leo Hjelde (Rotherham) Loan
Max Dean (MK Dons)
Cody Drameh (Luton) Loan
Joe Gelhardt (Sunderland) Loan


Leicester City

In
George Hirst (loan recall)
Victor Kristiansen (Copenhagen)
Tete (Lyon)

Out
George Hirst (Ipswich) Loan
Ben Nelson (Doncaster) Loan
Jakub Stolarczyk (Hartlepool) Loan


Liverpool

In
Cody Gakpo (PSV)
Billy Koumetio (Austria Vienna) Loan recall
Max Woltman (loan recall)
Jakub Ojrzynski (loan recall)
James Balagizi (loan recall)
Fidel O’Rourke (loan recall)
Rhys Williams (loan recall)

Out
Jake Cain (Swindon Town)
Jarell Quansah (Bristol Rovers) Loan

Liverpool transfer news
Cody Gakpo photo vis twitter.com/LFC

Manchester City

In
Liam Delap (loan recall)
Maximo Perrone (Velez Sarsfield)

Out
Josh Wilson-Esbrand (Coventry) Loan
Liam Delap (Preston) Loan
Kayky (Bahia) Loan


Manchester United

In
Jack Butland (Crystal Palace) Loan
Wout Weghorst (Burnley) Loan

Out
Martin Dubravka (loan recall)
Shola Shoretire Loan (Bolton Wanderers)
Charlie Savage (Forest Green) Loan


Newcastle United

In
Amadou Diallo (free) 
Garang Kuol (Central Coast Mariners)
Martin Dubravka (loan recall)
Anthony Gordon (Everton)

Out
Garang Kuol (Hearts) Loan
Chris Wood (Nott’m Forest) Loan
Dylan Stephenson (Hamilton) Loan


Nottingham Forest

In
Gustavo Scarpa (Palmeiras)
Danilo (Palmeiras)
Alex Mighten (loan recall)
Chris Wood (Newcastle United) Loan

Out
Loic Bade (loan recall)
Dale Taylor (Burton Albion) Loan
Aaron Donnelly (Port Vale) Loan


Southampton

In
Mislav Orsic (Dinamo Zagreb)
Carlos Alcaraz (Racing Club)
Jan Bednarek (loan recall)
James Bree (Luton)

Out
Dynel Simeu (Morecambe) Loan
Dan Nlundulu (Bolton) Loan
Nico Lawrence (Torquay) Loan


Tottenham

In
Arnaut Danjuma (Villarreal) Loan


West Ham United

In
Luizao (Sao Paulo)
Armstrong Okoflex (loan recall)
Danny Ings (Aston Villa)

Out
Thierry Nevers (Bradford) Loan
Craig Dawson (Wolves)
Pierre Ekwah (Sunderland)
Darren Randolph (AFC Bournemouth)
Will Greenidge (Colchester) Loan


Wolverhampton Wanderers

In
Matheus Cunha (Atletico Madrid) Loan
Joe Young (loan recall)
Louie Moulden (loan recall)
Theo Corbeanu (loan recall)
Christian Marques (loan recall)
Lewis Richards (loan recall)
Mario Lemina (Nice)
Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain)
Craig Dawson (West Ham)
Dan Bentley (Bristol City)
Ki-Jana Hoever (loan recall)

Out
Leo Bonatini (released)
Joe Young (Telford) Loan
Goncalo Guedes (Benfica) Loan
Theo Corbeanu (Arminia Bielefeld) Loan
Leonardo Campana (Inter Miami)
Connor Ronan (Colorado Rapids)
Fabio Silva (PSV) Loan
Matija Sarkic (Stoke) Loan
Ki-Jana Hoever (Stoke) Loan
Jackson Smith (Walsall) Loan

Premier League transfers
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Matheus Cunha  (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)

Transfer Deadline Day, live! Join our show, send questions, analysis

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Transfer deadline day is here for January 2023, as the winter window shuts at 6pm ET on Jan. 31 for Premier League clubs.

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The clock is ticking late in the window and we will have all angles covered for you here at Pro Soccer Talk.

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From clicking on the links above to read the latest reports and analysis, having Sky Sports News live on Peacock all day long and to our own Pro Soccer Talk live deadline day show which starts at 5:30pm ET on Jan. 31, you won’t miss a thing.

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Click on the video below to send in your questions for the PST crew for our deadline day chat where we will round up all of the deals happening late in the window, dish out grades to Premier League teams based on their business and give our analysis on the best signings of the January window.


Premier League table, 2022-23 season

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If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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After the break for the 2022 World Cup, the Premier League is back with a bang and the start to 2023 has delivered plenty of fun.


Who’s looking like title contenders and/or favorites?

Almost at the halfway mark of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest though Newcastle is not going away and Manchester United has surged into contention.

The Gunners will have their hands full for the duration of their title challenge, as Erling Haaland continues to take the Premier League by storm with an almost impossible goal-scoring record.

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Uneven Tottenham are hanging in the top four battle, while Liverpool is struggling to stay in the Champions League scrap. Chelsea has some work to do while surprising Fulham and Brighton are hanging around on the periphery with fine campaigns.


Who are the candidates for relegation?

Everton, Bournemouth, and Southampton currently occupy the relegation places.

But Leicester, West Ham, Nottingham Forest, Wolves, and Leeds all find themselves within a few points of the bottom three after a topsy-turvy start.

Below you will find the latest Premier League table.


Premier League table – January 23

Premier League schedule
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Weston McKennie joins Leeds: Is this a good move for the USMNT star?

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USMNT star Weston McKennie has signed for Leeds United from Juventus.

“Leeds United States of America” continues to grow with McKennie to join fellow Americans Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson playing for Jesse Marsch and newly-appointed assistant Chris Armas.

Who will be next to turn up at Elland Road, Christian Pulisic?

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Juventus boss Max Allegri confirmed that Juventus and Leeds have completed the deal and that the USMNT midfielder will not be available to play for the Italian giants against Monza on Sunday.

“There’s an agreement ready between clubs to sell McKennie. He won’t be available tomorrow,” Allegri said.


Would a move to Leeds be a good fit for Weston McKennie?

Stylistically the Premier League is a great fit for Weston McKennie and Leeds are probably one of the best teams he could move to.

He loves to fly into tackles and drive forward from midfield and playing just in front of Tyler Adams and Marc Roca or to the right of them would be a perfect spot for him at Leeds.

It would give Leeds more control of games and the Yorkshire club also play to his strengths. it’s a really good fit.

McKennie has struggled to have a big impact at Juve this season as injuries have taken their toll on him over the last few years. That would perhaps be the one concern about his move to the Premier League, as McKennie seems to pick up quite a few knocks.

However, looking at his stats below from this season at Juventus, the chances he creates per game and the shots per game will improve and his accurate passing will help Leeds become less susceptible on the counter.

McKennie is a player who rattles into tackles, feeds off the energy of his fans and his mentality is perfect for the aggressive side Jesse Marsch has created at Leeds.

The Texas born midfielder has always wanted to play in the Premier League and he’s got his wish at a club where he will play week in, week out and one which suits his style of play perfectly.

Weston McKennie
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