Our feature columnist, John Newsome previews the oncoming EPL with his unique and insightful commentary. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday.
Please note all prices quoted below were correct at the time of publication
The 2022/23 Premier League Runners-Up have gone big in the Summer Transfer Window, bringing in Declan Rice for £105 Million, Kai Havertz for £65 Million and Jurrien Timber for a reported initial £40 Million.
A few have departed the Emirates, most notedly Granit Xhaka who has headed to Germany to join Bayer Leverkusen.
Pablo Mari, who was one of Mikel Arteta’s first signings has also left North London, signing permanently for AC Monza.
Although not playing many games in an Arsenal shirt, Pablo is remembered fondly by the Gooners after a horrific knife attack whilst at a shopping mall in Italy, which left one person dead.
Look after yourself, Pablo.
Arsenal did put out a strong team against Manchester United in a pre-season friendly over in the United States, with all of Declan, Jurrien and Kai starting, however, it was United who gained the victory by a 2-0 scoreline.
What was noticeable whilst watching the game was one of the goals conceded came from the fact that Arsenal had a high backline and were caught by the speed of the United attack.
Other teams could pick up on this so maybe this can be a way to beat the famous Arsenal off-side trap.
Whilst it will always be a tough ask to overhaul Man City, as Pep 2 and his Young Guns found out last season, the incoming players are of quality and should definitely enhance the squad, however, there is the Champions League to navigate so it’s unlikely that Arsenal will win the 2023/24 Premier League Title but will be there or thereabouts.
Opening Game Fixture-
Betfred offer Arsenal at 5/1 to Win the 2023/24 Premier League.
Betfred offer Arsenal at Odds On 4/9 to Finish in the Top 4.
(Added to that Betfred offer Arsenal at 5/4 NOT to Finish in the Top 4).
Premier League Finish 3rd
Unai Emery went early in the Window, bringing in the ex-Fox Youri Tielemans who allowed his contract to run down at the King Power and sign for Villa as soon as the Summer Transfer Merry Go Round commenced.
The good thing about Youri’s move is Tuffnells weren’t needed as The Tielemans didn’t have to move far, with Villa Park and the King Power Stadium being just 43 miles apart.
The French Midfielder Moussa Diaby arrives from Bayer Leverkusen in a deal worth around £52 Million which is an Aston Villa club record fee.
Unai Emery had already raided his old club Villarreal and taken Pau Torres to Villa Park, paying the ex-employers £33 Million for the Big Centre Back.
Pau is not only one helluva player but also one L off a Paul.
Opening Game Fixture-
Betfred offer Aston Villa at 200/1 to Win the 2023/24 Premier League.
Betfred offer Aston Villa at 10/1 to Finish in the Top 4.
Premier League Finish 7th
The Bournemouth hierarchy decided to get rid of Gary O’Neil at the end of the season and have brought in Andoni Iraola, a Spaniard who was in charge of Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.
Hamed Traore has come to the Vitality from Sassoula for a fee of around £20 Million.
Also heading to the South Coast is Justin Kluivert signed from Roma for just short of £10 Million.
The name Kluivert might sound familiar as Justin’s Dad is none other than the great Dutch Striker Patrick.
Big Pat was the guy who scored against England back in 1996 when the Three Lions were leading by 4 goals to nil against the Netherlands.
Whilst the goal appeared to be insignificant and just a consolation, it actually meant that Scotland were knocked out of EURO’96 based on the fact that the Netherlands had scored more.
If Patrick had not scored, Scotland would have progressed with a superior goal difference, however, when Justin’s Dad notched against England, Netherlands and Scotland had the same 4 points and the same minus-1 goal difference but The Orange progressed due to scoring more goals than the Jocks.
The Cherries have signed a new Goalkeeper, with the Inter Milan stopper Andrei Radu coming in on a season-long loan deal.
Regardless of who the Manager is now, it will probably still be a tough old season at the Vitality.
Opening Game Fixture-
Betfred offer Bournemouth at 1000/1 to Win the 2023/24 Premier League.
Betfred offer Bournemouth at 15/8 to be relegated.
Premier League Finish 15th
The biggest problem facing the Bees this season is the omission of Ivan Toney for the first half of the campaign due to IT being banned until January 2024.
There was talk that Ivan would leave and be the target for a few of the so-called Big Boys, however, for the time being, Mr T is going nowhere.
The ex-Stoke and Wolves Defender, Nathan Collins comes into the GTech Stadium for a fee of £23 Million.
There is also a Youngster called Romeo Beckham who the Bees have signed.
Romeo is the son of David Beckham and heads to Brentford initially to start his career in the Under/23’s.
If he’s anywhere near as good as his Dad then it won’t be long before the Bees have a star on their books.
Mark Flekken, a Danish Goalkeeper, is another coming into the West Londoners, signed from Freiburg for £11 Million.
One player that departs the club is the enigmatic ex-Leeds United Defender, Pontus Jansson who has gone back home to Sweden to play at the Back for Malmo, the club where Pontus started his career.
It’s a while off yet but Brentford’s fixture against Man City due to take place in December, has been postponed due to City’s involvement in the World Club Cup.
If one has forgotten, Thomas Frank’s Bees got the better of Pep Guardiola’s Treble Winners, both home and away last season, with the final game of the campaign resulting in a victory for Brentford over Man City by a 1-0 scoreline.
That was following the 2-1 away win at the Etihad back in November 2022.
It could be a tricky first couple of months if the Bees find the loss of Ivan Toney difficult to overcome.
Opening Game Fixture-
Betfred offer Brentford at 500/1 to Win the 2023/24 Premier League.
Betfred offer Brentford at 40/1 to Finish in the Top 4.
Premier League Finish 10th
As well as players such as Bart Verbruggen arriving from Anderlecht for £17 Million and Mahmoud Dahoud from Borussia Dortmund for the dreaded Undisclosed Fee, Brighton have brought in James Milner.
The ex-Leeds, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Man City and Liverpool legend, arrives at the Amex on a Free Transfer and despite being almost 38 years old, will enhance the Seagulls.
Back in May 2020, at the start of the first Coronavirus Lockdown, the following was part of an EveryTip column entitled-
Liverpool 1990 vs 2020 Team Comparison
May 9, 2020, by Every Tip’
Still available to peruse.
‘It’s probably fitting to match Ronnie Whelan with the up-to-date version of Ronnie Whelan, James Milner.
Whilst, James hasn’t been at Liverpool for as long as Ronnie, Jim has put in the same kind of performances that Ron was famed for.
Wayne Rooney was the youngest Premier League goalscorer when he scored his famous goal for Everton against Arsenal back in October 2002, 5-days before Wayne’s 17th birthday.
James Milner is 2-months younger than Wayne and whilst at Leeds United, scored a goal against Sunderland on Boxing Day in 2002, which made him, by a mere 4-days, the youngest Premier League goalscorer, taking the short-lived record that Wayne had held for a couple of months.
A year after signing a 5-year contract at Leeds in 2003, James was signed by or sold to Newcastle United for a fee of about £3.5 Million, following Leeds United’s relegation at the end of the 2003/04 season.
After a loan spell at Aston Villa, Villa took Milner on a permanent deal, paying around £13 Million for Jim’s services.
His performances lead to a move to Man City in 2010, again another large fee was paid in the region of £26 Million, giving Milner a 5-year contract at the Etihad.
Following the move to City, the trophies started to arrive at James 2-Bedroom-Semi, where he won the Premier League in 2011/12 and 2013/14 plus the FA Cup in 2010/11 and the League Cup in 2013/14.
Milner joined Liverpool at the start of the 2015/16 campaign, on a free transfer after his contract at City had run out and Pep thought him surplus to requirements.
Although a favourite of Jurgen Klopp who relies on Jimbo’s tremendous professionalism, it was actually Brendan Rodgers who brought him to Anfield.
After a total of £42 Million spent on transfer fees for James, Liverpool got the experienced player for nothing.
As Liverpool look set to eventually win their 1st-ever Premier League title, Jimbo is the only one out of the team that has a medal already, albeit with City.
However, Jim has achieved something that Man City haven’t and that is becoming a Champions League winner, getting the last half-hour of the 2018/19 final against Tottenham.
**Obviously that has been updated now following Man City’s Champions League Win in June 2023.***
James actually started the previous season’s Champions League defeat against Real Madrid, so has bittersweet memories of the top European competition.
As with the rest of the Liverpool Champions League winners, Mr Milner followed that up by winning the Super Cup against Chelsea and the World Club Cup against Flamengo.
With the ability to play in any position, even as a goalkeeper, James Milner is not only one of the best players at Liverpool but is one of the best players that have graced the Premier League and it will be fitting for him to win the Premier League Crown, with 2-different clubs, in the twilight of a tremendous career.’
Igor Julio, a Brazilian Centre-Back, signs for Brighton from Fiorentina for a fee of around £15 Million, maybe just slightly under that amount.
One person that won’t be at the Amex is the World Cup Winner Alexis Mac Allister who has swapped places with James and headed to Anfield.
Chelsea are after Moises Caicedo but at the moment there is a difference in opinion regarding the fee, Brighton want £100 Million for Moises, however, that’s a bit more than the Blues want to spend.
Usually in these situations, a fee will be agreed so expect MC to be at Stamford Bridge sometime soon.
Opening Game Fixture-
Betfred offer Brighton at 66/1 to Win the 2023/24 Premier League.
Betfred offer Brighton at 9/2 to Finish in the Top 4.
Premier League Finish 9th
After a year’s hiatus in the Championship, the Clarets are back for another stint in the Promised Land.
Vincent Kompany took over as the Burnley Manager at the beginning of the 2022/23 campaign and oversaw the Turf Moor outfit to Title Winners of the Championship and an immediate return to the Premier League after relegation at the end of the 2021/22 season.
It’s probably fitting that Burnley’s opener is against Vincent’s old team Man City, however, the 2 clubs did meet in the FA Cup Quarter-Finals in March, where Pep’s High Flying Blues gained a victory over Vince’s Clarets by a 6-0 scoreline.
Mr Kompany has brought in a few so far, Jordan Beyer from Borussia Dortmund, Michael Obafemi from Swansea, Dara O’Shea from West Brom and Lawrence Vigouroux from Leyton Orient, all for the anonymous Undisclosed Fee, apart from Lawrence who cost nothing.
Regular readers will know that John Newsome’s opinion of an Undisclosed Fee is ‘4 Bob and a Blackbirds Egg!’
Coming in on a season-long loan deal from Hoffenheim, is the Danish Winger Jacob Bruun Larsen.
Another potential player is Andros Townsend who played in a friendly for Burnley against Benfica recently but despite playing for the full 90-minutes, was named on the team sheet as,
Someone else whose name was actually on the team sheet against Benfica was Wout Weghorst.
If one remembers, Wout was signed for Burnley by Sean Dyche in the January 2022 Transfer Window.
Following the Clarets’ relegation at the end of the 2021/22 campaign, WW then went off on loan to Besiktas until January this year, where the lad entered a competition and won the top prize of a chance to play for Manchester United.
Cart Carthorse, as the Dutch Striker is affectionately known, played 17 times for United in the Premier League but failed to score a single goal.
It’s not sure how long Wout will be at Turf Moor as Sean Dyche has hinted he might try to take him to Goodison Park.
Burnley have paid £19 Million for the ex-Man City Goalkeeper James Trafford.
James was out on loan with Bolton last season and played in the England Under/21s successful Euro Championships held over the summer.
(Plus, Jim also played for Bolton in the League 1 Play-off Semi-Final where the Trotters suffered a devastating defeat against the Super Reds of Barnsley!)
There hasn’t been much news about the England Under/21s winning the tournament that was held in Romania and Georgia.
None of the TV channels, whether council telly or subscription services, showed any of the games, apart from the Final, when Channel 4 took ownership and aired the game against Spain where the Young Three Lions got the victory by a 1-0 scoreline.
Let’s just look at that from a different perspective, if those Young Lads were Young Lasses, the Country wouldn’t have heard the last of it with every outlet on TV, Radio and written press shoving the Women’s Game down our throats, yet the England Men’s Under 21s have won the Euros and it’s more than likely that the majority of people in England are not aware but are aware of the poor little girls playing over in Australia in a World Cup.
Well done to the Young Mens Three Lions!
Another player that has arrived under the radar at Turf Moor is the ex-Saint Nathan Redmond who comes in on a Free from Wout’s old club Besiktas.
The Clarets old timer, Ashley Barnes has left Turf Moor and headed to Carrow Rd with the faithful wishing the lad well for the future.
All the best Big Ash.
All Vince and the Clarets will be hoping for is there are 3 worse teams in this season’s Premier League and from the looks of things, there probably are.
Opening Game Fixture-
Betfred offer Burnley at 1000/1 to Win the 2023/24 Premier League.
Betfred offer Burnley at 2/1 to be relegated.
Premier League Finish 16th
Todd Boehly has spent a massive £600 Million on players since purchasing Chelsea and some of that Dollar was to bring in Graham Potter as Manager, resulting in a finish of 12th last season, being the worst of the 3 West London clubs that included Fulham and Brentford.
There was only West Ham out of all the Londoners that finished lower than the Blues.
Arsenal, Tottenham, Brentford, Fulham and Crystal Palace were higher than Todd’s Flops.
Mauricio Pochettino was sat by his phone all year waiting for the Tottenham hierarchy to ring and ask him to go back to the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium.
However, despite the phone ringing and a London number coming up on Poch’s Nokia 5532, it was Chelsea that rang and persuaded the Argentinian to head to Stamford Bridge to try and sort out the mess.
The only positive the Chelsea faithful can take from a disastrous season is because the Blues finished so low, the Passports are not required and Mauricio and his Boys can concentrate wholly on the Premier League.
Kai Havertz has gone, making the short journey over London to the Emirates to join up with Mikel’s Young Guns.
Whilst Kai might not have been a fan favourite at the Bridge it’s generally assumed that the lad was played out of position by Graham Potter and subsequently Frank Lampard and should be remembered as the guy who scored a Champions League Winning Goal against Man City a couple of years ago.
Mateo Kovacic has also left Stamford Bridge and headed up the M6 to the Etihad to join Pep’s High Flying Blues, which is a superb move for the Croatian who will definitely enhance an already formidable Man City team.
At the moment, France’s Christopher Nkunku and the Senegalese Striker Nicolas Jackson are the only real significant additions, along with a few youngsters who are obviously for the future.
Kendry Paez, Alex Matos, Diego Moreira and Ishe Samuels-Smith hoping to impress Mo Po.
As mentioned above, Chelsea are discussing a fee regarding Moises Caicedo but don’t want to pay the £100 Million that Brighton want.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has headed to Italy to join his ex-Blues mate Fikayo Tomori at AC Milan.
Christian Pulisic is another player that is off the wage bill, with the American joining Ruben on the plane to AC Milan.
N’Golo Kante has sadly decided to take the Saudi Arabian Riyal and head to the desert joining Al-Ittihad.
Joining N’Golo on Saudi Arabia Airlines is Edouard Mendy who has joined Al-Ahli and Kalidou Koulibaly who heads to Al-Hilal.
Cezar Azpilicueta is leaving London too to head back to Spain and Atletico Madrid.
Probably the biggest surprise move away from Stamford Bridge is Mason Mount who has joined Manchester United for a fee of £65 Million.
In total, Chelsea have recouped close to £200 Million from the sale of those players mentioned.
A quick note regarding the players who have gone to Saudi Arabia, on a personal level it is a shame that these lads have decided to take the exorbitant amounts of money on offer to go and live in the Sunshiiine of Saudi instead of the Rain of England.
Mason obviously prefers the Rain of Manchester!
However, if someone is going to be paid vast amounts of money to play football then one can’t complain.
The ‘vast amount’ being in the region of £700,000 a week (a week!).
The question to probably ask is not why go over to Saudi Arabia but how long will these players stay out there?
For example, it’s good to have the Saudi Riyal but these guys can’t nip down to the local pub to have a sneaky pint.
Plus, how long will the wives and kids last before they are ready to come home?
Chelsea did get a pre-season victory over Brighton in America with the Blues gaining the win by a narrow 4-3 scoreline.
With Christopher Nkunku, Mykhailo Mudryk, Conor Gallagher and Nicolas Jackson all scoring.
Opening Game Fixture-
Betfred offer Chelsea at 14/1 to Win the 2023/24 Premier League.
Betfred offer Chelsea at 5/4 to Finish in the Top 4.
(Added to that Betfred offer Chelsea at Odds On 4/7 NOT to Finish in the Top 4).
Premier League Finish 6th
As mentioned earlier, somehow, Roy ‘Mi Boy’ Hodgson oversaw the Eagles’ finish higher than Chelsea last season and Mr Hodgson is back for another year, like Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.
One just can’t keep a good old ‘un down!
Palace have brought in Jefferson Lerma from Bournemouth, which is the only newcomer at the moment.
Jack Butland has left and gone up to the Pub League in Scotland as the new Goalkeeper of Rangers.
Luka Milivojevic and James McArthur have both been released which will be a shame for the two who the Eagle Ultras hold in high esteem and wish the pair well for the future.
Wilfried Zaha’s contract ran out at the end of June, however, despite Big Wilf being offered a new deal at Selhurst Park at a reported £200,000 a week, the lad has left London and signed for the Turkish club Galatasaray, who will compete in this season’s Champions League after winning the Super Lig last term.
One person who is happy that Roy is staying on as the Gaffer is Mrs Hodgson, who was dreading the thought of watching Bargain Hunt and Snooker all day and trying to stop the Old Man from adopting another Donkey.
As she says, Odsonne Edouard is enough for anyone!
Opening Game Fixture-
Betfred offer Crystal Palace at 500/1 to Win the 2023/24 Premier League.
Betfred offer Crystal Palace at 7/1 to be relegated.
Premier League Finish 14th
Sean ‘Gingerbread Man’ Dyche somehow kept Everton in the Premier League and is back for the start of this 2023/24 campaign.
Last season, Everton were close to signing the Dutch Striker Arnaut Danjuma, however, Tottenham scuppered the deal and took the lad to North London on loan.
That move didn’t work out, so the Toffees are back in and have signed AD initially on a season-long loan agreement.
Arnaut must just like loan deals.
The old boy Ashley Young joins the Toffees from Aston Villa on a Free which despite Ashley having just turned 38 years old, will enhance a struggling Everton team.
There are some notable exits from Goodison Park before bringing players in.
Tom Davies, who came through the Toffee ranks was offered a new contract but declined and has left the club, possibly going abroad to play for PSV Eindhoven.
The lad did show early promise coming through the Academy but hasn’t trained on, so a move away from his comfort zone could be a good thing.
At the minute, Young Tom is training with Bristol Rovers who are Managed by Joey Barton.
There isn’t any talk of a move to Bristol and it’s more than likely that Tom is there just to keep up the fitness level but it would not be that much of a surprise to see TD in League 1.
Andros Townsend is away, as is Yerry Mina, with both players being released.
Andros recently played 90 minutes for Burnley in a friendly against Benfica but as yet, no deal to join the Clarets has been agreed.
From the outside, it does look like it will be another tough season for Everton and the Toffee faithful will be in high spirits (well high pitched voice) throughout the campaign, with the local Scouse Dogs covering their ears.
The opening fixture should be lively with the ex-Boss Marco Silva back at Goodison Park, surely expecting a warm reception.
Opening Game Fixture-
Betfred offer Everton at 500/1 to Win the 2023/24 Premier League.
Betfred offer Bournemouth at 10/3 to be relegated.
Premier League Finish 17th
As mentioned, Marco Silva takes his Cottagers up the road to his old club Everton for the season’s opener, having faced the Red side of Merseyside in the first fixture last season.
Raul Jimenez comes in from Wolves for a fee of around £6 Million, possibly as a replacement for Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Aleksander has stated that he won’t play for Fulham again having had a move to Saudi blocked by the hierarchy at Craven Cottage, however, for the time being, is still in London
Whilst a lot of players are heading to the desert, most moves are being allowed by the departing team, however, if a player is under contract and the holding club doesn’t want to sell, then it’s just tough luck on the player.
It’s then whether Fulham hold firm and wait for the appropriate Transfer Fee (£52 Million in Alek’s case) or cave into Big Mits’ demands and allow him to leave on his terms.
The ex-Rangers Defender Calvin Bassey arrives at Craven Cottage, for a fee of around £19 Million, give or take a few shilling.
The lad must be nicknamed Shirley, surely by his new Cottage mates.
Expect a few more new faces at Craven Cottage before the end of the Transfer Window.
Opening Game Fixture-
Betfred offer Fulham at 750/1 to Win the 2023/24 Premier League.
Betfred offer Fulham at 4/1 to be relegated.
Premier League Finish 11th
Jurgen Klopp is in the process of revamping his Liverpool team bringing in Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton for £35 Million and Dominik Szoboszlai from RB Leipzig, paying around £60 Million.
Not only will Dominik enhance a previously ageing Reds Midfield but is also worth 86 points in Scrabble.
Southampton’s Romeo Lavia is wanted by Jurgen Klopp but the two clubs are around £10 Million adrift in the Transfer Fee.
The Saints want £50 Million and Liverpool have initially offered £40 Million.
It’s more than likely that a deal will be agreed upon come the end of the Window as Romeo won’t want to strut his stuff in the Championship.
James Milner has left Anfield and headed to the South Coast, the rumours that he’s going to an Old Folks Home in Brighton have been quickly dismissed as the legend has been seen kicking a ball around.
Jordan Henderson, who stated his support for the LGBTQ community is now going to a country where it’s an offence to be gay.
As mentioned earlier, morals are morals but money is money and the £700,000 a week that Jordan will earn does change morals.
Martin O’Neil recently stated the brilliant Marx Brothers’ quote,
‘If you don’t agree with my Principles, I do have others!’
Once again just to repeat what was mentioned in the Chelsea preview, how long will Jordan Henderson last out in Saudi?
How long will the wife and kids last in the desert before they want to come home?
Added to that, the Promo sent out by the club Al-Ettifaq, turned the Rainbow Armband that Jordan regularly wore, black and white, just the square where the Armband is.
The rest of the Promo shows Jordan’s Red Liverpool shirt.
One doesn’t want to get moralistic as life is life, however, if or when Mr Henderson scores his own goal for Al-Ettifaq, it will be his second one!
One will revisit this particular scenario in a few months.
Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita had already said their Scouse goodbyes with Bobby F heading to Saudi Arabia and NK going back to Germany to join up with Werder Bremen.
Another player leaving Anfield that has appeared to have gone under the radar is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who has been released by Liverpool.
As yet Alex hasn’t found a new club but shouldn’t be out of work for too long as a host of teams will be vying for his signature.
Alex has been unlucky with injuries but if he can remain fit, will be a decent addition to any club.
In the Brighton preview above, there is a paragraph or three taken from an old EveryTip column published back in the horrendous Coronavirus outbreak.
Another section that is worth revisiting is the following, enjoy.
‘John Barnes v Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
In the 1989/90 First Division title-winning season, John Barnes was Liverpool’s leading goal scorer with 22 goals.
The goal tally from Mr Barnes is quite remarkable considering that John wasn’t the main striker, Ian Rush was, in fact, Mr Rush, the Reds’ goal machine, played in 2 more games throughout the campaign than John.
Throughout the season, JB played 35 of the 38 league fixtures racking up the goals.
A month after the title victory, John headed out to Italy and joined England for Italia’90.
In EveryTip’s Liverpool All-Time Premier League Best Eleven, John made the team and it was detailed about Barnes in the 1986 World Cup.
In 1990, Sir Bobby Robson picked John in all-3 of the initial Group Games against the Republic of Ireland (1-1), Holland (0-0) and Egypt (1-0)).
In the Last-16, against Belgium, John lasted 73 minutes before being replaced by Steve Bull, who at the time was playing in the 3rd-tier of English football for Wolves.
After David Platt scored the winner in the 119th minute, which sent the whole of England wild, the Three Lions were in the Quarter-Finals.
John Barnes started the game against Cameroon, however only lasted the 1st-half and was replaced due to injury, which may have proved pivotal later, in the game against Germany.
Unfortunately, although England eventually beat Cameroon, with a couple of Gary Lineker penalties, Mr Barnes was ruled out of the Semi-Final against the Germans and as everyone knows, England lost in a penalty shoot-out.
What might have been if JB had been able to supply the firepower for Gary against Germany?
John Barnes never really got to showcase his talent on the European stage in his prime, due to the ban imposed on English teams following the Heysel tragedy.
After the ban was lifted, John did play a few games in the UEFA Cup for Liverpool as well as the Champions League whilst at Newcastle but it’s fair to say that the European football fans would have liked to see JB in the late 1980s and early 90s.
One of John’s most iconic moments not only from Italia’90 but throughout his career actually didn’t take place on the pitch but in the recording studio.
The old England World Cup tunes usually were just the 23 players, standing in front of the Top of the Pops cameras, with Big Jack Charlton and Nobby Stiles singing, mostly out of tune about being,
Or Bryan Robson and Kevin Keegan involved in Ron’s 22.
‘This time, more than any other time, this time, we’re going to find a way’
After a few dodgy tunes, as well as dodgy perms, the 1990 World Cup song was taken to another level, with the original Manc group New Order joining forces with Keith Allen to produce ‘World in Motion’ which, in the words of Tina Turner, is Simply The Best.
The tune itself is top-notch, however, is enhanced in the middle when John Barnes does his now-legendary rap.
‘You’ve got to hold or give but do it at the right time, you can be slow or fast but you must get to the line,
They’ll always hit you and hurt you
Defend and attack
There’s only one way to beat them, get around the back
Catch me if you can cause I’m the England man and what you’re looking at is the master plan
We ain’t no hooligans
This ain’t a football song
Three lions on my chest
I know we can’t go wrong’
‘We’re playing for England,
En-ger-land, we’re playing the song’
At the time, maybe JB didn’t know how much the rap would take off but 30 years later, it’s still going strong, even making an appearance on the popular BBC programme, Gavin and Stacey.
We’re playing for England-
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has to be included in the Liverpool 2020 team for several reasons.
The first is a tenuous link between John Barnes and himself.
In 1985, JB scored one of his and England’s greatest goals at the Maracana in Brazil, taking on the whole of the Brazilian defence and slotting the ball, with his Right-Foot, past the goalie.
What’s probably not known is that Alex’s dad, Mark Chamberlain, played alongside John in the Maracana, that afternoon in June 1984.
For the YouTube youths, type in John Barnes Brazil Goal, simply outstanding!
Alex made his debut for his 1st club, Southampton back in 2010, aged just 17.
Most will think that this was a remarkable achievement to play in the Premier League aged 17, however, at the time, Southampton weren’t in the Top Flight, not even the Championship, the Saints were actually in League One, the 3rd-Tier of the English pyramid.
After just a season, it was time for the Premier League, with a host of clubs after OC’s signature.
A few years earlier, Theo Walcott made the move from Southampton to Arsenal at a similar age to Alex, so maybe that was a deciding factor in the youngster heading to the Emirates, for a fee in the region of about £14 Million.
Between 2011 and 2017, Alex made just 198 appearances in all competitions, for the Gunners, which is simply not enough for a young footballer, an average of just 33 games per season.
As a 20-year-old, a top-class footballer, which is what Alex is, should be playing 40-50 games a season.
Injury has been a big factor, in the lack of appearances and Alex has been unlucky, which is a real shame for the lad and a real shame for the football fans who are missing out on seeing him showcase his talent.
Without delving into the boys’ private life, the Ox is Little Mixing it up with his girlfriend Perrie Edwards, let’s hope Alex is a bit deaf, the last thing a Liverpool player needs at the minute, waiting impatiently for the season to reconvene, is listening to Perrie and her mates warbling on Spotify.
New Order is a better choice, however, it’s unlikely the Liverpool boys would be singing Blue Monday.
Before the lockdown, OC was getting a run of games in the Liverpool team, scoring the odd goal and more than likely would have added to the 35-England Caps at this year’s Euro’2020.
Whilst his Liverpool career has been blighted with another set of injuries, Alex has a European Champions League winners medal in his cabinet, however, only as an unused substitute in the 2-0 victory against Tottenham, not seeing game-time.
In the follow-up UEFA Super Cup, Alex started and played the 1st-half but got his hands on a winners medal following the penalty shootout victory against Chelsea.
In Liverpool’s first World Club Cup triumph in December 2019, the Ox again started and lasted slightly longer, with Jurgen taking Alex off with 15 minutes of normal time to go.
Roberto Firmino scored the solitary winner against Flamengo, meaning another medal to go in OCs cabinet, along with his League 1 Runners-up medal from his Southampton days.
Alex’s dad, Mark was a top-class winger too, gaining 8-Caps for England and many at the time, had Mark up there with John Barnes, with JB just getting the nod.
Although Mark played in the old First Division with Stoke and Sheffield Wednesday, he never got the chance to play in the Premier League.
As well as having a dad as a top-flight footballer, Alex also has an Uncle that was an exceptional player in his time.
Neville Chamberlain, Mark’s brother, also played at Port Vale and Stoke.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain certainly has the football gene running through his veins.
Liverpool certainly have the World in Motion.’
As for Little Mix, keep on keeping on!
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Betfred offer Liverpool at 8/1 to Win the 2023/24 Premier League.
Betfred offer Liverpool at Odds On 4/7 to Finish in the Top 4.
(Added to that Betfred offer Liverpool at 6/5 NOT to Finish in the Top 4).
Premier League Finish 2nd
A few readers might be bamboozled by not only the football club but the actual word ‘Luton’ and some will not know the team that has been promoted to the Premier League.
Regular viewers will know that this EveryTip contributor is a Barnsley FC fan and over the last few years, the Super Reds have been a feeder club for The Hatters, which is the nickname of Luton Town.
In the Play-Off Final game at the end of the 2022/23 Championship campaign, between Luton and Coventry, there were 3 ex-Barnsley players on show.
Jordan Clark, who scored in the Final, is a Barnsley lad and was a youngster at Oakwell but was deemed not good enough to have a successful career and let go back in 2014.
Having played for several lower league clubs, Jordan found his way to Kenilworth Rd, where hard work and determination helped the lad score in the Play-Off Final that resulted in a draw by a 1-1 score then converting in the penalty shootout to gain The Hatters promotion to the Promised Land.
All the best Jordan!
The other ex-Reds are Luke Berry, Carlton Morris, Cauley Woodrow, and the latest being Mads Anderson who has just left Division 3 Barnsley and is now a Premier League player.
All the best Boys!
Previous players at Luton from Barnsley were James Bree, Martin Cranie, Jacob Butterfield, George Moncur and Elliot Lee.
Going back a few years, twins Paul and Ron Futcher, who are the ex-Liverpool player Danny Murphy’s Uncle, came to Barnsley from Luton.
Unfortunately, Paul is no longer with us.
Rest in Peace Paul.
Luton just missed out on the inaugural Premier League season of 1992/93 when relegated from the old Division One in 1992.
Back in 2009, the team had a few financial problems and were eventually relegated to the Conference League.
It’s taken 14 years to go through the different leagues to reach the Promised Land under the guidance of Rob Edwards.
Rob was appointed the Manager of Watford at the beginning of the 2022/23 Championship campaign and lasted 10 games at Vicarage Rd before being sacked by the Pozzo Family (Rob didn’t take this personally as he was the 108th Manager sacked by the Pozzo’s!)
The irony in that is Watford’s fierce local rivals are Luton Town with just 19 miles between the 2 clubs.
Luton took Rob as their boss and are now in the Premier League, with Watford still in the Championship.
Rob himself had a brief spell playing for Barnsley so is held in high esteem by this EveryTip contributor.
For the younger audience, Luton won the League Cup back in 1988, gaining a victory over Arsenal by a 3-2 scoreline.
In the following year’s League Cup Final, Luton were once again there, this time taking on Nottingham Forest but suffered a defeat by a 3-1 scoreline, with Mick Harford getting the consolation Hatters goal.
Mick is still at the club sorting stuff and players out.
Don’t mess with Mick Harford!
Along with Mads Anderson from Barnsley, Luton have signed Tahith Chong from Birmingham paying the Brummies £4 Million for the ex-Manchester United Youngster.
Marvellous Nkamba, who was on loan at Kenilworth Rd from Aston Villa, has signed on a permanent deal.
Chiedozie Ogbene comes in from Rotherham for Free as well as Issa Kaboure loaned from Man City.
Luton, at 5000/1, are the same odds as Leicester were to win the Premier League Title back in 2016, however, as this is a prediction site, one predicts that if a pound was put on Luton to win the title at 5000/1, one would lose a pound.
All the best for the season Barnsley 2, John will definitely be following the fortunes of Luton Town, having a soft spot for The Hatters.
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Betfred offer Luton at 5000/1 to Win the 2023/24 Premier League.
Betfred offer Luton at Odds On 1/3 to be relegated.
Premier League Finish 20th
The Treble Winners are back to defend their Premier League Title and hope for 4 in a row which has never been achieved before.
Pep’s High Flying Blues have won the title in 5 of the last 6 campaigns with Liverpool getting the gong in 2020.
There have been a few departures from the Etihad, most notably Ilkay Gundogan who has joined Barcelona.
Riyad Mahrez has left for a Money Move to the Saudi Desert, signing for Al-Ahli, with City receiving around £30 Million and Riyad getting close to £750,000 a week (a week!) which appears to be the going rate for Wages in the Sun.
There is talk that Kyle Walker is off to Bayern Munich, however, that’s not necessarily a done deal.
Not to tell the Sheffield lad what to do but Manchester or Munich?
No contest, it’s the Manc Rain every day of the week!
Bernardo Silva is another still in Manchester but for how long?
As the Transfer Window edges closer to the end with just a month left, the Citizens are hopeful that Bernie S will be at the Etihad for at least another season.
Pep Guardiola has brought in Mateo Kovacic, paying Chelsea £30 Million, which could prove to be the signing of the season.
Mateo is simply class and will definitely enhance an already brilliant team.
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Betfred offer Man City at Odds On 8/11 to Win the 2023/24 Premier League.
Betfred offer Man City at Odds On 1/25 to Finish in the Top 4.
(Added to that Betfred offer Man City at 8/1 NOT to Finish in the Top 4).
Premier League Finish 1st
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Manchester United have been relatively quiet in the Transfer Market up to just, with the only arrivals being Mason Mount from Chelsea for a fee of £65 Million, Andre Onana coming in from Inter Milan at £47 Million and Rasmus Hojlund for £72 Million.
There is a connection between Andre and Erik Ten Hag when both were at Ajax, with the Goalkeeper playing close to 150 games for the Amsterdam outfit.
United finally won the race for the Atalanta Striker Rasmus Hojlund, who is a 20-year-old Danish International, ahead of Paris Saint-Germain who made a late bid.
It really is a shame for all of the Red Devils out there that Manchester United cannot persuade Tottenham to sell Harry Kane as HK is just what United need.
There was a story about Harry Maguire losing the Captaincy, however, in truth, it wasn’t really ‘Breaking News’ as Harry M didn’t Captain United that many times last season and now the stand in Bruno Fernandes has been confirmed as the new Manchester United Skipper for the upcoming season.
In a recent pre-season friendly over in America, United gained a victory over Arsenal by a 2-0 scoreline with Bruno and Jadon Sancho scoring the goals.
Both Erik Ten Hag and Mikel Arteta put out a strong starting eleven with Declan Rice, William Saliba and Jurrien Timber in the Arsenal set-up and Mason Mount, Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane in the United team.
What maybe came as a surprise is Jadon Sancho started as the Number 9, up top and through the middle.
Was that just a one-off or has Erik The Red got a new plan for Jadon this season?
Real Madrid did inflict a defeat on United a couple of days after the game against Arsenal.
It’s been a constant narrative in this column over the past few years regarding the enigmatic Fred.
It does look like the Brazilian won’t be at Old Trafford much longer which needs to happen, however, John Newsome just wants to mention that if Erik Ten Hag keeps Fred then there will be an amnesty and Fred won’t be mentioned again.
It’s just worth adding for a final time, Erik chose Fred for the FA Cup Final back in June.
John Newsome was disappointed with ETH playing Fred in the FA Cup Final (this column has been down this Cul-De-Sac before), however, John has to be true to one’s own convictions.
Erik’s hands are sometimes tied with the owners but that’s not new now and doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon, so the lad should be true to his convictions too.
United are a good team if the first 11 are playing but Man City are better in every department, Liverpool will be stronger this year, so will Arsenal and Tottenham have some great players but were under the wrong guidance last season, as were Chelsea.
Brighton have a decent team, Newcastle have the Riyal, so if one loos at it logically, have United dramatically improved with the new signings?
Only time will tell.
There was a headline recently which stated,
‘Hojlund- the New Haaland!’
Manchester United need more than Rasmus Hojlund to get anywhere near Man City and also need Marcus Rashford to continue last season’s form, as well as the others such as Jadon Sancho, Alejandro Garnacho, Christian Eriksen, Casemiro and Bruno Fernandes all playing at least as a 9/10 each game.
West Ham want Harry Maguire, Fred and Scott McTominay, with Newcastle also supposedly interested.
It’s fair to say that all 3 need a fresh start and Manchester United won’t progress with these in the squad.
The ex-United and Leicester Defender Jonny Evans has been on tour with Manchester United over in America and has reportedly impressed Erik Ten Hag, which could throw up the scenario of United selling Harry Maguire for a few quid and offering Jonny a contract to play in the Cup Competitions.
Anthony Elanga has headed to the City Ground, joining Nottingham Forest for a fee of £15 Million.
A final note regarding Manchester United is the Glazers still haven’t sold the club so the ditty,
‘We want the Glazers out!’
Will again be a constant throughout the season.
Betfred offer Manchester United at 10/1 to Win the 2023/24 Premier League.
Betfred offer Manchester United at slight Odds On 4/5 to Finish in the Top 4.
(Added to that Betfred offer Manchester United at slight Odds On 10/11 NOT to Finish in the Top 4).
Premier League Finish 5th
The was a rumour that Leicester’s Harvey Barnes was on his way to St James Park.
The rumour was then confirmed when Young Harvey came on as a substitute for Newcastle in a pre-season friendly against Aston Villa in America.
The Foxes have received a fee of £38 Million for Harvey’s services, which will enhance the Magpies.
All the Best Mr Barnes, who is remembered fondly by the girls and boys at Oakwell.
Sandro Tonali had already headed to Newcastle, signing from AC Milan for around £55 Million.
At the moment those two are the only new recruits but it has to be noted that Eddie Howe did bring in a few players last season so doesn’t want to upset the Apple Cart so to speak.
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Betfred offer Newcastle at 16/1 to Win the 2023/24 Premier League.
Betfred offer Newcastle at 5/4 to Finish in the Top 4.
(Added to that Betfred offer Newcastle at slight Odds On 4/7 NOT to Finish in the Top 4).
Premier League Finish 4th
Before the start of this Tricky Trees Preview, EveryTip wants to pass on their condolences to the family of a true legend.
Trevor Francis sadly passed away on Monday the 24th of July 2023, aged 69.
As a youngster growing up in the 1970s and a mad football fan, the news that Trevor Francis was going to Nottingham Forest from Birmingham for £1 Million was sensational.
One Million Pounds for a Footballer!
Within months of signing for Brian Clough’s Forest, Trevor scored the solitary winning goal in the 1979 European Cup Final against Malmo at the Olympic Stadium in Munich.
John Newsome remembers the goal well, a cross by John Robertson and Mr Francis diving in at the far post to head home then rolling onto the Concrete Shot Putt base.
Back then, there weren’t many Live Football Games shown on telly so it was a real treat for any avid fan.
As well as being an outstanding Footballer and then a brilliant Manager, Trevor Francis is synonymous with the brilliant BBC programme, Only Fools and Horses.
‘Some Trevor Francis Track Suits
From a Mush in Shepherds Bush, Bush, Bush!’
Added to the loss of Trevor, is another ex-Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest player, Chris Bart-Williams who sadly passed away on the same day aged 49.
Rest In Peace, Trevor and Chris!
Anthony Elanga comes into the City Ground, with Forest paying £15 Million to Manchester United.
Another ex-Manchester United Striker, Jesse Lingard leaves Forest after an unsuccessful season playing for the Tricky Trees.
It will once again be an up-and-down campaign for the Boys in Red and White.
Mull of Kintyre!
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Betfred offer Nottingham Forest at 1000/1 to Win the 2023/24 Premier League.
Betfred offer Nottingham Forest at 5/2 to be relegated.
Premier League Finish 18th
The Blades are back in the Promised Land after 2 seasons in the Championship.
It’s worth adding that Sheffield United needed a Barnsley Boy to guide them back to the Premier League, with the ex-Red Paul Heckingbottom at the Bramall Lane helm.
James from Swinton, nowhere near Bramall Lane is like a kid at Christmas waiting for the new season to start and has already renewed his Passport for trips to the Etihad, Emirates and Molineux.
The Little Blunts’ lovely girlfriend Jade is still waiting for the Haribo Engagement Ring that’s been promised for a few years now.
There’s not much money about in the country at the moment and that’s evident in Sheffield where Paul has signed a couple of players for £2 Million, with the club paying on the ‘Never Never’ at £50 a month over a number of years.
Little Jim has offered to give £10 of that money towards the repayment plan.
Benie Traore and Anis Ben Slimane head to the Steel City with BK Hacken and Brondby being the recipients of the ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ deals.
The Blades legend Billy Sharp’s time at Bramall Lane comes to an end with the lad being released by Sheffield United.
The Blunts no doubt wish Old Billy well for the future.
James, from Swinton, will have a great year but it’s more than likely that the Blunts will be One Season Wonders and back in the Championship.
All the Best Jimbo!
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Betfred offer Sheffield United at 2000/1 to Win the 2023/24 Premier League.
Betfred offer Sheffield United at Odds On 4/6 to be relegated.
Premier League Finish 19th
Tottenham have brought in the ex-Celtic gaffer Ange Postecoglou to try and resurrect a Spurs side that stalled last season after Antonio Conte’s departure.
The Aussie/Greeks’ first job is to try and keep Harry Kane at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium, however, it could be out of Big Ange’s hands.
There’s ongoing talk that Bayern Munich are close to taking HK over to Germany and whilst this is a great story for Sky Sports or Talk Sport or even TNT which is the new name for BT Sport, it’s not a certainty that will happen.
At the time of publication of this column, Harry is still a Tottenham player and whilst Bayern Munich are supposedly convinced Mr Kane is heading for the Alliance Arena, this EveryTip contributor isn’t so sure.
Daniel Levy won’t sell to a Premier League team which is a shame for Manchester United.
Harry’s old boss Mauricio Pochettino and Chelsea would take the boy in a heartbeat.
Man City don’t need Harry Kane due to having Erling Haaland.
Here is what John Newsome thinks,
Harry stays at Tottenham for another year then depending on the fortunes and how Mr Postecoglou improves Spurs, possibly moves on to Manchester United or Chelsea.
There is a real chance that Harry will see out his career at Tottenham if things improve this season and Ange can get them back into the Champions League.
There’s talk from everyone other than HK that the lad needs to win stuff.
Realistically, Tottenham won’t win the Premier League Title anytime soon and not many other teams will either, so there’s only the Cup competitions to have a go at, so why leave Spurs to try and win a Cup?
Harry Kane wants the Premier League All Time Goal Scoring Record, currently held by Alan Shearer who has 260, so will stay in the Promised Land and not move to the Bundesliga.
That’s just a personal opinion and John could be proved wrong but with 213 goals up to now, Harry Kane only has another 47 to equal Alan and 48 to surpass Mr Shearer, so it’s too close of a decision to suddenly leave the Premier League.
If Harry stays fit, come the end of the 2024/25 campaign, the record will be either nearing or broken, considering that Mr Kane has scored 47 goals in the last two seasons.
James Maddison comes into Tottenham from relegated Leicester for a fee of £40 Million, with Harry Winks going in the opposite direction for £10 Million, meaning James has effectively cost £30 Million.
That’s another incentive for Harry Kane to stay, with James Maddison supplying the assists.
Guglielmo Vicario, who is an Italian Goalkeeper, has been signed from Empoli for £18 Million and should be vying for the Number One spot with Hugo Loris now coming to the end of his spectacular career.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjurg looks set to jet off to Spain to join up with Atletico Madrid for a fee of around £40 Million which considering Tottenham gave Southampton £15 Million for the Dane’s services a few years ago, is another nice bit of business from Daniel Levy.
One player that has sneaked into Tottenham under the radar, is the Israel Striker Manor Solomon.
If one remembers, Manor was at Craven Cottage last season and scored a few goals but was only on loan at Fulham from Shakhtar.
With the loan agreement finished, Ange and Tottenham have nipped in and taken Mr Solomon on a permanent deal.
To the Manor Born.
The Harry Kane saga will likely continue until the end of the Transfer Window with a few other players coming and going from the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium.
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Betfred offer Tottenham at 40/1 to Win the 2023/24 Premier League.
Betfred offer Tottenham at 3/1 to Finish in the Top 4.
(Added to that Betfred offer Tottenham at Odds On 2/9 NOT to Finish in the Top 4).
Premier League Finish 8th
The Hammers come into this new season as holders of the Europa Conference League following a Jarrod Bowen winning goal late on against Fiorentina back in June.
Said Benrahme had given West Ham a lead in that game which was cancelled out by the Italians before Jarrod scored the winner, sending the Bubbles crazy after securing their first Trophy in 43 years.
That should give the Hammers the confidence to push on and sees David Moyes Boys compete in this season’s Europa League.
Doctor Declan Rice has left the London Stadium, moving to the Emirates for a fee of £105 Million.
The question now is, how much of that will David be able to use to bring players in?
Added to that, the prospective purchases will probably have a Rice Tax with clubs knowing that West Ham have a few bob extra.
Man City’s Young Striker Carlos Borges is on his way South to London for a fee of around £14 Million.
Jumping into the same Vauxhall Chevette from Manchester to save on juice could be Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay and Fred.
United supposedly want £40 Million for Scott (really?)
Forty Million Pounds for Mr McTominay, as the great Chris ‘Kammy’ Kamara would say,
James Ward-Prowse could come in if a fee with Southampton can be agreed.
That fee being around £45 Million.
Forty Million for Scott or £45 Million for James, no contest!
(Mateo Kovacic cost £30 Million!)
There will be a few incomings before the end of the Transfer Window as well as the possibility of some other players leaving.
Manuel Lanzini has already been released and there’s talk that Michail Antonio could be heading to the desert joining up with Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson at Al-Ettifaq.
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Betfred offer West Ham at 250/1 to Win the 2023/24 Premier League.
Betfred offer West Ham at 12/1 to be relegated.
Premier League Finish 12th
Julen Lopetegui gets the chance to have a full pre-season with his Wolves players which will certainly benefit both himself and the lads.
Matt Doherty, who was at Molineux before moving to Tottenham in the Summer of 2020, returns to Wolves after a disappointing time on the books of Atletico Madrid.
In January 2023, Tottenham cancelled Matt’s contract so the Irish Defender could have 6 months in Spain, however, after only playing twice in the Sun, he is now back home in the Midlands.
Wolves initially received £14 Million from Tottenham and now get Matt back for free.
Not a bad bit of business that!
The Molineux hierarchy have paid £10 Million for the Malian Midfielder Boubacar Traore who was on loan at Wolves but has now signed permanently.
Conor Coady who technically left last year spending the season on loan at Everton has now been officially transferred to Leicester with Wolves receiving around £8 Million.
Conor will definitely enhance the Foxes, especially in the Championship.
Nathan Collins has headed South to join Brentford and Ruben Neves has headed even further South to join Al-Hilal in the Saudi League, with Wolves receiving £70 Million in total for the pair.
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Betfred offer Wolves at 500/1 to Win the 2023/24 Premier League.
Betfred offer Wolves at 4/1 to be relegated.
Premier League Finish 13th
The 2023/24 Predicted Premier League Final Positions-
1-MAN CITY- 1st