Ludo's Warning

Ludek Miklosko warns that next season's first division opposition is going to be made of even sterner stuff than in the campaign just gone.

Norwich, West Bromwich Albion, and Crystal Palace have been replaced by Leeds, Wolves, and Leicester, the latter two of whom spent one season in the top flight after promotion, while West Brom themselves went back up after one season down.

Says Ludo:

"I think it will be a harder season than last season because the teams that got relegated can maybe keep their whole squads.

"Perhaps they were thinking after promotion the previous season they would go down straight away, which they did."

It is an interesting point; the theory being - and West Brom arguably set the precedent - that if you get promoted to the Premiership it is a dangerous game to then invest what you can't afford, only to go back down anyway, stuck with Premiership wages.

"I think, then, that Leicester and Wolves will be strong teams, though Leeds will be in the position we were a year ago and having to sell players," adds Ludo.

"But I still think we can be one of the teams that can go up."