26 May, 2014 - 15:01

A glance at Leicester City, Burnley and QPR, promoted to Premier League

Harry Redknapp’s QPR joined Leicester City and Burnley in Premier League promotion after a narrow play-off win over Derby County and we would like to take a look at the three clubs.

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1. Leicester City

The Foxes only lost six games in the season, earned over 100 points and were comfortable winners of the Championship. Having lost to Watford in dramatic promotion play-off last year, Leicester have worked on mistakes and never let anyone come close throughout the season. The team from Leicester returns to the top division after a ten-year absence which also saw them slip to League One in 2008. The last trophy they won was The League Cup in 2000, when Neil Lennon, Emile Heskey and Robbie Savage starred for the Foxes.

Who are the leaders of the squad?
In the successfull 2013/2014 season Leicester had the third best defence in the League, guided by Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, son of the notorious Peter Schmeichel, who was between the sticks in all 46 matches. Another player, who did not miss a single match, was David Nugent. The English striker netted 20 goals and became the team’s best goalscorer.

Nigel Pearson will need to reinforce his roster before starting the Premier League season and already secured the services of experienced defender Matthew Upson, former Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton and ex-Manchester United youngster Jack Barmby.

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2. Burnley
The two-time Divison One winners return to the top-flight after being relegated in 2010. Sean Dyche stands behind this season’s success as The Clarets only lost five times and conceded 37 goals during the entire campaign, the best result of all Championship teams.

Who are the leaders of the squad?
Danny Ings and Sam Vokes scored a combined 40 goals to push Burnley to the runner-up position in the league. Tom Heaton, Jason Shackell and David Jones featured in all 46 matches of the season, Scott Arfield played one match less.

Few of the players have Premier League experience and Sean Dyche will probably embark on profound squad change before Premier League starts in August.

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3. Queens Park Rangers
Harry Redknapp has been missed in Premier League and will now entertain us with his sharp comments in the coming season. It only took QPR one season to get back to the top flight after 2012/2013 season woes. The London club finished fourth and beat Wigan Athletic and Derby County in promotion play-offs.

Who are the leaders of the squad?
Charlie Austin was the top-scorer with 17 goals. Harry redknapp has not had a constant set-up, with goalkeeper Robert Green being the only regular player. QPR will now try to avoid transfer mistakes they made last time they played in Premier League, such as Christopher Samba. Besides, the club is yet to figure out the future of loaned players Loic Remy and Julio Cesar.

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Author: Leon Smolski

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