Reaching the promised land of the Premier League is one of the hardest tasks that a team can be asked to perform, such is the chaos of the Championship. Staying in the Premier League is arguably even tougher, however. One slip-up can send any team spiraling uncontrollably to the eventual heartbreak of their top-flight bubble being ruthlessly burst.
The question is, who’s in danger of relegation from the Premier League?
Leicester City Football Club has reached a mutual agreement with Brendan Rodgers that will see him leave the Club after four years as our Men’s First Team Manager.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) April 2, 2023
If anyone ever enquires about just how dramatically football changes, inform them that Leicester City lifted the FA Cup just two years ago and finished inside the Premier League’s top eight just one season ago.
The Foxes were, quite simply, comfortable; they were neither amongst the best that English football has to offer, nor were they fighting for their top-flight status season after season. However, a lack of smart investment in the squad over the past few windows has cost them and they are now a popular pick to go down in the football forecast with odds of 2.7. If their next appointment can bring a quick turnaround in results and, most importantly, bring confidence back to the team then they should be fine as they still have quality in the squad and there are plenty of teams around them performing poorly.
As simple as it sounds, things just became stagnant under Brendan Rodgers, who saw a drop off in form for previously key players such as Jamie Vardy, resulting in a slide down to as low as 19th and a deserved departure from the Foxes.
Whilst there’s still time for Leicester to avoid the drop, they may well finally be out of miracles in the Premier League.
West Ham United
Like Leicester City, West Ham United – on paper – should be nowhere near the bottom three. They spent a total of £182 million in the summer after finishing as high as seventh in the Premier League last season. Yet, here they are, new players, European football to enjoy, and somehow in with a worryingly realistic chance of swapping trips to Gent for Coventry City.
The quarter-finals are set 😍
🇵🇱 Lech vs Fiorentina 🇮🇹
🇧🇪 Gent vs West Ham 🏴
🇧🇪 Anderlecht vs AZ Alkmaar 🇳🇱
🇨🇭 Basel vs Nice 🇫🇷
*RSC Anderlecht’s match has been reversed in accordance with the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee. #UECLdraw pic.twitter.com/KSsoUaI3bz
— UEFA Europa Conference League (@europacnfleague) March 17, 2023
David Moyes could turn things around before the season reaches its end, but the Hammers may run out of patience with the former Manchester United boss before too long.
Whilst Everton has shown glimpses of improvement under Sean Dyche, the truth is that the Toffees remain far from good enough to justify avoiding the drop. Similar to those already mentioned, too, they should be enjoying the comforts of mid-table and not the panic of a relegation battle, such is the quality that Everton possesses on paper.
Add to that the stress of their off-pitch struggle and things begin to look extremely bleak for Everton when it comes to both the near and long-term future.
Things will undoubtedly get even spicier in the Premier League’s relegation battle, too, as we enter the most important stage of the campaign. A lot can change very quickly in England’s top flight, and this relegation battle is likely to go until the very end.