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 By Paddy Davitt

Young blood at the heart of Norwich City's transfer strategy

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson and Paul Mariner assess Norwich City's chances of avoiding relegation this season.

Given that Alex Neil will be the youngest Premier League manager by some distance this season at 34, it should come as no surprise Norwich City's transfer strategy has veered towards youth.

Robbie Brady's protracted move from relegated Hull City was the saga of the summer in Norfolk. Steve Bruce labelled City's initial valuation "embarrassing", but the public nature of his frustration merely illustrated that the Tigers had reluctantly accepted Brady was going to be collateral damage in their Premier...

 By John Crace

Kane in fine form, but Spurs still need another striker

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino is pleased with Harry Kane's maturity and his ability to handle the pressure of being a high profile player.

The result was of little consequence. The 2-1 defeat to the MLS All-Stars in Colorado was Spurs' first proper preseason outing and building match fitness was the key objective. Up against players who are already midway through their own season, Tottenham understandably looked a little under-cooked at times; but with another two friendlies in Germany to squeeze in before the opening Premier League game against Manchester United on August 8, Spurs look in reasonable shape -- certainly better than...

Manchester United preseason tour reveals improving squad still has holes

ESPN FC's Dan Thomas and Craig Burley discuss Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal's recent comments on Luke Shaw, and how this might be Shaw's breakout season.

One popular explanation for why Manchester United finished fourth last season was because of the substandard quality of the defence. The counter argument to that was to look at how few goals the team conceded (37), which was one more than Arsenal, one fewer than City and just five more than champions Chelsea.

So, if it couldn't be the fault of the defence, then the attack must be to blame. There were certainly more statistics to support this argument, with United scoring just 62 goals, their second-lowest...

 By David Mooney

Man City Premier League campaign will hinge on defensive improvement

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he expects Raheem Sterling to show he is worth the 49 million pounds the club paid for him, after the forward grabbed another two goals in preseason.

It's understandable that confidence has returned to Manchester City supporters ahead of the 2015-16 season. The disappointments of the previous campaign have been swallowed in a wave of optimism, which began to arrive as the club announced the signings of Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph.

The former seemed to be the answer to offensive problems encountered in Manuel Pellegrini's poor title defence. The side frequently looked like it couldn't break down opponents, and they had an alarming lack of...

 By Nick Miller

Premier League consistency: How does being in Europe affect clubs?

Roberto Martinez's sophomore season at Everton has taken a turn for the worse in 2015.
Everton need to find consistency if they are to improve in the league.

In 2013-14, Roberto Martinez's first season in charge at Goodison Park, Everton finished an impressive fifth place in the Premier League, above Tottenham and Manchester United.

Last term, they finished 11th but were closer to the relegation zone than the European spots in terms of points. The challenges facing teams like Everton, West Ham and Southampton -- sides in that "middle range" of the top flight -- are significant. How do they maintain more consistent league finishes with the various...

 By Alex Crook

Ronald Koeman key to Steven Caulker redemption at Southampton

Steven Caulker has the potential to be a fine addition.

Only three years after having the world at his feet, Steven Caulker has arrived at Southampton on a season-long loan hoping Ronald Koeman can help restore his damaged reputation.

It was June 2012 when Caulker signed a new four-year contract at Tottenham, having impressed during a loan spell at then-Premier League newcomers Swansea. Caulker's form at the Liberty Stadium also earned him a place in Great Britain's Olympic squad for the London games and a maiden England cap in the 4-2 friendly defeat...