Avoiding relegation in the first season of Premier League football can be a daunting prospect and often leads to the demise of the manager who worked tirelessly to get that club out of the Championship in the first place. This coming campaign sees Norwich, Sheffield United and Aston Villa prepare to face the gauntlet that saw Huddersfield, Cardiff and Fulham go the opposite way in 2018-19.
So which of the promoted trio are best equipped to adapt to the new Premier League campaign in 2019-20. We take a look at all three and give our opinion on how we think they will fare in the coming campaign.
Manager: Daniel Farke
Position in 2018-19: 1st in the Championship
The Canaries played some amazing football last season and had a group of quality attacking players that cut apart Championship defences. Daniel Farke threw off the shackles and negativity that was thrown his way after a tricky start in Norfolk, to lead his side to glory.
Those players will be important next season with the club unlikely to throw silly money on the purchase of new players. If Teemu Pukki, Emi Buendia, Onel Hernandez and Marco Stiepermann can carry on the form that saw them play some devastating football in the Championship then Norwich are already looking pretty solid.
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Whether Pukki can be as prolific in the top flight remains to be seen but with the player signing a new three-year contract, it is clear that the coaching team have faith in the Finnish forward. The main additions for the new campaign have been Josip Drmic on a free from Borussia Monchengladbach, Ralf Fahrmann on loan from Schalke and Patrick Roberts on loan from Manchester City. They need more if they are to stay up you feel, but they have a solid base to build from.
Survival chances: 6/10
Manager: Chris Wilder
Position in 2018-19: 2nd in the Championship
Sheffield United have not been given favourable odds of staying up in Premier League betting markets ahead of the new campaign and with good reason. The Blades had a slow start to the summer because of a legal battle between current owner Kevin McCabe and Saudi Prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. This has hugely hampered transfer activity with Luke Freeman and Phil Jagielka the only incoming business so far.
If Wilder is to have a successful campaign he needs all the off-field issues sorted which could be a while yet. The longer that goes on, the less chance he has of keeping them in the top-flight as they already up against the odds considering they only got promoted from League One back in 2017 and they haven’t spent heavily in the last few windows.
Survival chances: 2/10
Manager: Dean Smith
Position in 2018-19: 5th in the Championship (promoted via the playoffs)
We are delighted to welcome Brazilian striker Wesley to #AVFC ahead of his first day of pre-season training tomorrow. ✍️
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) 2 July 2019
Dean Smith worked wonders to get Villa promoted last season and the local-boy come good will have an excellent chance to continue his good work in the Premier League. Owner Nassef Sawiris has plenty of money to spend and they have started their transfer business by bringing in new players: Brazilian forward Wesley from Club Brugge, Southampton defender Matt Targett, Jota from Birmingham and winger Anwar El Ghazi from Lille for a combined £48 million. Tyrone Mings and Kortney Hause have joined the club permanently, after loan spells, for £23 million.
Not a bad start at all but you certainly feel there is more to come which will put Villa into a great position to survive.
Survival chances: 8/10