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With a new year right around the corner, there are a number of Premier League clubs that will have resolutions, as the league enters its second half. From teams that have found themselves in a surprisingly good place to teams that have flopped badly, there are many resolutions to be found. The new year, and second half of the season, will allow teams to better understand what is needed to succeed in the Prem.


The new year is a time of renewal where one will look at the mistakes or successes of the past year to make the most of the future. The same is true for clubs in the Premier league, especially with the latter half of the season on the way and the end coming faster than many realize. Teams that have had great seasons and poor ones will try to set resolutions that will help them in the coming year.

Amongst all the teams in the Prem, there are a few teams that have flopped despite hype in the preseason and a few that have succeeded beyond their expectations. These are the teams with the most interesting resolutions for the new year.

There are a number of teams that have had good seasons so far, but the ones that are the most interesting are Crystal Palace and Brentford. While the biggest flops of the season so far have been Everton and Leeds United, as they both hover the relegation zone. These are the teams whose resolutions for the new year will be the most interesting.


CRYSTAL PALACE

After finishing in 14th place last season, Crystal Palace decided to go with Premier League legend Patrick Vieira as manager. This at first seemed like a weird choice, as Vieira didn’t have any real success with his time at both New York City FC and OGC Nice. However, he has quickly dispelled any doubts, as he has proven to be an excellent manager and is looking to guide Palace to a top half finish this season.

Photo: Crystal Palace

Along with Vieira, the scouting staff has done an excellent job with player acquisition with players such as Conor Gallagher and Odsonne Édouard putting in great performances for the team. With so many areas of success, the biggest resolution for Palace should be continuing the fine player development that they have had.

Gallagher has already been called up to the English national team and is among the best players in the league while Édouard and Marc Guéhi are showing potential as quality Prem players. If Palace can keep hold of Gallagher permanently, they will have a truly exciting prospect to develop. Getting these players to continue their development should be the priority of the club in the new year. 


BRENTFORD

At the start of the season, Brentford were seen by many as one of the favorites to be relegated with a lack of Prem level talent being a massive concern. Brentford’s inexperience at a top tier level was also a concern, as the team hadn’t played in the top flight since the end of World War 2. Now at the halfway point of the season, Brentford looks safe in the Prem and has had some great performances.

While a middle of the road team on the attacking side, Thomas Frank’s side has been elite defensively, giving up only 24 goals so far. Their resolution for the latter half of the season should be to continue their defensive prowess, as they settle into Premier League life.

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The pairing of Ethan Pinnock and Pontus Jansson has been amongst the best in the league while their third partner has usually struggled. Finding the proper third defender in the back three should be the goal of the club in the new year. Be it Kristoffer Ajer or a January transfer, there should be a way to find the solution and continue building that defensive solidity.


EVERTON

After manager Carlo Ancelotti returned to Real Madrid in the summer, Everton opted to bring in Prem mainstay Rafael Benítez to bring the club back to competing for a European spot. Despite spending big in previous summer windows, the team limited themselves in transfers with the only transfers of note being Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray. At this point in the season, the team is towards the relegation zone and is closer to relegation than safety.

A lot has gone wrong for the club with Dominic Calvert-Lewin missing time due to injury and Richarlison regressing among other issues. Going into the new year, Everton’s resolution has to be getting Richarlison to perform and Calvert-Lewin to full fitness.

Both players have shown the ability to be game changers for Everton, with Calvert-Lewin being the more interesting of the two prospects. Especially going into the final stages of this current season and the summer, it’s imperative that Everton make them the focal point of any future projects. Of course, Benítez’s future should also be under review, as he has largely been a disappointment for Everton. 


LEEDS UNITED

One of the more exciting teams to have been promoted, Leeds have been managed by one of the most influential managers in Marcelo Bielsa since 2018. Bielsa has influenced managers across the world and turned Leeds into a fun time to watch. However, this season has gone horrible for the club with the team being unable to score and leaking goals.

A team that last year was scoring at will, it is shocking to see them struggle for goals despite the incredible performance of Raphinha. While the team should avoid the drop, Leeds’ biggest resolution for the new year should be to sell off Raphinha and use the money to bring in more attacks to solidify the attacking side.

Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Raphinha has been one of the best performing wingers in the Prem this season and should draw quite a few bidders. With Bayern Munich being among the teams interested in him, Leeds would be wise to strike a deal this window in order to bring in help. Bringing a striker like a Danny Ings or winger like a Jesse Lingard may better serve Leeds in the present.

The new year is always an exciting time where one sets themselves goals for the future that they hope to accomplish. Prem clubs are the same and with this set of clubs, their resolutions seem set for the next year. However, it will be seen at the end of the season if these clubs keep to their resolutions or like so many, give up after a few weeks.

 

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