The Premier League Summer Series has drawn to a close, and the table has ended with Chelsea on top on 7 points, winning two and drawing one. However, there were many things we could take from the Summer Series ahead of the new season, including how new signings fared and how new managers' tactics are working!
1. Chelsea have solved their striker issues.
Chelsea have struggled with strikers for years now, with their last successful strikers being Diego Costa in 2016 and Olivier Giroud in 2018. However, it seems that their issues up top have *finally* been solved with the signinga of Nicolas Jackson and Christopher Nkunku. Whilst their only time starting together was in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle, the pair were able to garner 2 goals each in the Summer Series, looking clinical and sharp with their finishes. Plus, they'll be holding the numbers 43 and 45 so no more of that "number 9 curse"!
2. Aston Villa have only strengthened.
The signings of Moussa Diaby and Youri Tielemans have looked very promising for Aston Villa (especially when we got to see the bodycam footage of Tielemans against Newcastle). Villa will be playing Conference League football and, as someone who watched a lot of my own team in the competition last season, I can comfortably say that Villa have a great chance of going the whole way. Diaby really does look a great coup from Bayer Leverkusen and was one of the best players in their 22/23 Europa League campaign, where they reached the semi-final before being knocked out by eventual winners AS Roma.
3. Brentford are struggling without Ivan Toney.
Losing a key player like Ivan Toney for a prolonged period due to suspension is undoubtedly going to have a significant impact on Brentford's performance. Toney was one of their top strikers and a vital attacking asset, contributing goals and assists to the team. If Brentford fails to sign a top-quality striker to replace him during his suspension, they could struggle to maintain the same level of attacking prowess and goal-scoring threat in the upcoming season. Although they have Mbuemo, signing a top striker should be a priority for Brentford.
4. Brighton are noticing the loss of Alexis Mac Allister.
Losing Alexis Mac Allister to Liverpool at the beginning of the window (and for such a low fee) has undoubtedly hurt Brighton, and they are certainly noticing it. His absence leaves a void in the midfield, impacting Brighton's ability to control the game, create scoring opportunities, and contribute to their attacking play. Mac Allister's passing ability, vision, and technical skills make him an essential asset in orchestrating Brighton's attacks. Losing a player of Mac Allister's quality could harm the teams' tactical approach too, and De Zerbi might have to make adjustments to the team's formation or playing style to adapt to his absence. Mac Allister's contributions on set-pieces and his ability to score goals from midfield will also be missed.
5. Newcastle have a gem in their midfield.
Elliot Anderson is considered a highly regarded young talent with the potential to break into the first team. His versatility as a midfielder and his technical skills could make him an exciting prospect for Newcastle United under Eddie Howe's management. Given a chance in the Summer Series, Anderson has looked great in the midfield for Newcastle and even scored three goals in the competition - two being late goals against Brighton in a 2-1 win. If Anderson can break into Newcastle's side, whether it be in the Premier League or Champions League, Eddie Howe will have a real good player on his hands.
What did you make of the Premier League Summer Series? Is it something you'd like to see yearly?