Analysed! Your club's biggest strength and weakness going into 2016/17

Ahead of the new campaign's kick-off this weekend, Alex Keble casts an analytical eye over all 20 teams...

Leicester City’s title win has shaken the Premier League’s richest clubs out of their slumber, with many still in transition as as the new season approaches.

As in 2015/16, a little bit of early chaos is to be expected: a remarkable eight managerial changes have taken place over the summer, and it could take those bosses a few weeks to fully get their ideas across.

Here is a rundown of each club’s biggest strength and weakness for the season ahead.

Leicester City

Leicester won the Premier League last term, but who'll have their hands on the trophy next May?

Arsenal

The addition of Granit Xhaka adds considerable composure to an already well-stocked central midfield

Strength: Central midfield

For much of the last decade, Arsenal’s lightweight midfield has been their Achilles’ heel, but the addition of Granit Xhaka adds considerable composure to an already well-stocked central midfield. Before Santi Cazorla’s season-ending injury in November, he and Francis Coquelin had forged a wonderful relationship which could be reignited in 2016/17, while Aaron Ramsey will be looking to bring his Euro 2016 form to the domestic game.

Weakness: Lack of signings in key positions

Arsenal need a striker and a central defender; everyone, including Arsene Wenger, knows this. Per Mertersacker’s age and growing injury concerns make him an unreliable partner to Laurent Koscielny – who needs a powerful player alongside him - while the jury remains out on the injured Gabriel. At the other end of the pitch, Olivier Giroud's hat-trick on the final day of the 2015/16 campaign typified his propensity to perform only when the stakes are low. Imagine how many assists Mesut Ozil would have recorded had Gonzalo Higuain been leading the line for the Gunners...

Santi Cazorla

Cazorla's injury last November was a huge blow for Arsenal

Bournemouth

The striker missed most of 2015/16 after picking up an injury early on, with Max Gradel also sidelined for the majority of the campaign, but both have now returned to action and will be chomping at the bit to get going

Strength: The return of Wilson and Gradel

Bournemouth have made a host of interesting signings, but fit-again Callum Wilson could be their key man this season. The striker missed most of 2015/16 after picking up an injury early on, with Max Gradel also sidelined for the majority of the campaign, but both have now returned to action and will be chomping at the bit to get going.

Weakness: Tactical openness

Tommy Elphick’s departure has left Steve Cook as the only recognised centre-back in the squad, which is a serious concern given how open Bournemouth often are. Eddie Howe’s commendable desire to play an attractive brand of football often meant midfield was not compact enough last term, with the Cherries regularly overrun in the centre of the park. Howe's tactics are unlikely to change, so a strong central defensive pairing is imperative to their chances of survival.

Burnley

Sean Dyche’s side battled valiantly against the drop in 2014/15 but their endeavours were in vain; they enter the Premier League as champions this time, not sixth-placed play-off winners, but the story is likely to be a similar one

Strength: Fighting spirit

Burnley’s position looks very similar to the one they found themselves in two years ago. Sean Dyche’s side battled valiantly against the drop in 2014/15 but their endeavours were in vain; they enter the Premier League as champions this time, not sixth-placed play-off winners, but the story is likely to be a similar one. The Clarets' resilience and team spirit helped them grind out valuable wins at the back end of last season, and they'll need to be more dogged than ever in the coming months.

Weakness: A quiet transfer window

Charlton pair Nick Pope and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are the only signings Burnley have made in what has proved to be a deeply frustrating summer for Dyche. Gudmundsson amassed 11 assists in the Championship last season (the joint highest) but is not of the calibre required to survive in the world’s richest league. 

Sean Dyche

Dyche has been left frustrated by Burnley's transfer window

Chelsea

His impeccable ball-winning skills will significantly improve Chelsea’s resilience in midfield and give Cesc Fabregas the creative freedom he requires

Strength: N’Golo Kante

Antonio Conte’s aggressive and energetic philosophy is tailor-made for N’Golo Kante, signed for £30 million from Leicester City. His impeccable ball-winning skills will significantly improve Chelsea’s resilience in midfield and give Cesc Fabregas the creative freedom he requires, but equally important will be Kante’s distribution. An under-appreciated aspect of the Frenchman’s game is his ability to wriggle away from trouble and play the first pass of a counter-attack; Conte’s Chelsea, with so much speed on the flanks, will come to depend on their new recruit in both defence and attack.

Weakness: The back four

Chelsea’s defence is arguably the weakest of this year’s title-challengers. Cesar Azpilicueta is a sturdy left-back but Branislav Ivanovic proved last season that he can no longer be relied upon, while Gary Cahill's not a championship-winning central defender and Kurt Zouma remains raw. John Terry may surprise his critics given Conte’s track record with getting the best out of ageing centre-backs, but Chelsea still need two new defenders.

Crystal Palace

You always know what you're going to get from Alan Pardew's side, whose absorb-pressure-and-break-down-the-flanks model of play has remained unchanged for the last couple of years

Strength: A defined tactical identity

You always know what you're going to get from Alan Pardew's side, whose absorb-pressure-and-break-down-the-flanks model of play has remained unchanged for the last couple of years. This has given Palace a valuable identity, with every player fully aware of what's expected of him.

Weakness: No established striker

Pardew’s system relies on a strong central striker who can hold the ball up and get on the end of crosses. Christian Benteke has been linked with a move to Selhurst Park but Liverpool are refusing to budge on their asking price, leaving Palace short at the top of the pitch ahead of their opening match on Saturday.

Scott Dann

Centre-back Dann was Palace's joint top scorer with five goals last season

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