The 2015-16 Premier League campaign has now passed the halfway point and this season has certainly had its fair share of surprises up to this point. Nobody expected the defending champions, Chelsea, to spend the majority of the early season fighting at the bottom of the table. Even fewer could see their legendary manager Jose Mourinho fired and attempting to entice an offer from Manchester United.
Football is a sport that is constantly in flux. The form and quality of players on the pitch is perpetually evaluated and can be affected by everything from their current injury status, the teammates that surround them, and their current levels of happiness with their club. In recent seasons, it has been shown even more than ever that success requires much more than buying a squad of proven professionals. The delicate balance of personalities, tactical discipline, and club ambitions must be maintained.
While certain clubs on this list may be satisfied with their performances up to this point in the season, none have won silverware as proof of their quality. For the clubs struggling to meet expectations, there are still 18 matches remaining in the league schedule for them to turn their fortunes around. The battle for the coveted top four spots in the league is as intense as ever before, while the relegation battle features several clubs well acquainted with the drop. Here are the 2016 New Year’s Resolutions that each club should make to better achieve their goals.
20 20. Aston Villa - Find Goals
19 19. Sunderland - Improve by Playing Younger Players
18 18. Newcastle United - Sign a Striker
17 17. Swansea City - Return to Early Season Form
16 16. AFC Bournemouth - Avoid Relegation
15 15. Norwich City - Keep Robbie Brady and Nathan Redmond
14 14. Chelsea - Secure Champions League Football for Next Season
13 13. Southampton - Stick with Ronald Koeman
12 12. West Brom - Stay the Course
11 11. Everton - Find their Next Goalkeeper
10 10. Stoke City - Keep Jack Butland Happy
9 9. Watford - Continue Living the Dream
8 8. Liverpool - Play with Consistency
7 7. Crystal Palace - Live up to Selhurst Park’s Reputation
6 6. West Ham - Enough with the Scoreless Draws
5 5. Manchester United - Fire van Gaal, Appoint Ryan Giggs
4 4. Tottenham Hotspur - Stay in the Top Four
3 3. Manchester City - Win the Premier League
2 2. Leicester City - Show Vardy and Mahrez the Money
1 1. Arsenal - Don’t Slip Up
Everything is going as well as could be expected for the Gunners. Mesut Ozil is having an amazing season, with an astonishing 16 assists in his 19 matches played in the Premier League. Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud are lighting up the score sheets on a routine basis. Their shaky defense from the last few seasons has looked dominant at times. They are rightfully sitting atop the Premier League table and rumors have circulated of Arsene Wenger even smiling on occasion. Their fate likely rests on an away trip to Manchester City on Matchday 37, where all of their hard work could be undone.
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