The transfer window for the English Premier League has shut, meaning teams have finalized their lineups for the first half of the season. With a full month of the championship already played, which included four-game weeks, it’s the perfect time for an evaluation.
In this article, we’ll focus on the league’s current bottom four, occupying positions 17th through 20th. If you’re feeling confident about a team’s prospects, consider placing a bet on their next match at MostBet BD.
Everton fans’ fears at the start of the season materialized as they failed to score in their first three matches, succumbing to defeats at home against Fulham and Wolverhampton, and enduring a 4-0 loss to Aston Villa. At least they notched their first points with a 2-2 draw against Sheffield United, but it’s hardly a confidence booster.
Sean Dyche has brought in two Portuguese forwards, Youssef Chermiti and Beto, aiming to address the goal drought. The unpredictable Beto might be their best hope, given he’s registered double-digit goals in the last two Serie A campaigns. Jack Harrison has also joined on loan from Leeds to inject some creativity, following Arno Danjuma’s arrival from Villarreal earlier this summer.
The Toffees find themselves in the relegation zone after four matches and haven’t shown signs that this will be anything other than another survival fight.
18. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Manager Julen Lopetegui departed at the start of the season when it became clear limited funds would be available for squad reinforcements. Gary O’Neil was brought in with the mandate to replicate his successful relegation escape with Bournemouth the previous season.
The Wolves’ sole points came from a late win against Everton. A 4-1 home defeat to Brighton and a loss to Crystal Palace aren’t promising signs for O’Neil. A lot may hinge on forward Sasa Kalajdzic, who signed 12 months ago, but who missed almost the entirety of 2022-23 due to a major injury.
The Wolves will face a season-long battle to stay in the top flight.
19. Sheffield United
Sheffield United suffered a significant blow ahead of the new season with key midfielder Sander Berge moving to relegation rivals Burnley, though they did strengthen with the acquisitions of Gustavo Hamer from Coventry City and Cameron Archer from Villa. Both newcomers have netted goals early in the season, but the Blades only have a single point to their name.
Luke Thomas (Leicester) and James McAtee (Man City) have joined the club on season-long loans, but the squad looks thin and lacking in depth. What’s next for them? Tottenham, Newcastle, West Ham, Manchester United, and Arsenal in their next six fixtures. Considering the modest outlay and the departure of their best player, Sheffield United’s prospects have dimmed over the past month.
20. Luton Town
Luton was never set to splash the cash in the Premier League, opting instead to invest in their future squad. The loan of Albert Lokonga from Arsenal and the signing of free agent and former England international Ross Barkley were the most notable deals in the past month.
The Hatters lost all three of their opening matches to Brighton, Chelsea, and West Ham. Not the easiest of starts, albeit slightly encouraging.
The upcoming matches against Fulham, Wolves, Everton, and Burnley will give a clearer picture of whether manager Rob Edwards has any hope of keeping the team in the top division. Luton hasn’t shown anything in the first month to suggest they can defy predictions of an immediate return to the EFL.