Since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, only five teams have won the league title: Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers. That's not a whole lot of variance amongst teams. But there could be a new champion added to that list after this season, and that's Leicester City.
Yes, the Leicester City that went on a 13 game winless streak last season and finished 14th in the final table. Leicester took to the offseason and were poised to make a statement. Most didn't realize how big of a statement their next season would be. They signed a top manager in Claudio Ranieri and have been able to find success in players like Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy.
Leicester City is where every team would like to be right now positional-wise. They're flying high at the top of the league and getting great value for their money while their future looks bright as well.
So, why is this good for a club like Southampton?
Well, Southampton has been the model club as of late. Coming through the ranks, finding undiscovered talent and getting good bang for their buck, so to speak. One thing was always missing though, the ability to slay more than their share of big dogs and keeping pace with them throughout an entire season.
A Leicester City Premier League title accomplishes a few things. For starters, players may begin to realize that the grass isn't always greener at the bigger clubs. Sometimes, you're meant to stay where you are at for a reason. Sure, this won't happen every season, but it proves that it can be done and that if quality players will stick together, a team can accomplish whatever they want, regardless of their badge.
Something that ties into players leaving isn't always the trophies, but the money. Ah yes, that beautiful paycheck. Teams like Southampton and Leicester can't afford to spend like Manchester City and Chelsea, that's not a secret. But if players were to realize that success and titles could be had with their current, less-paying team, then maybe the Premier League would be an even more balanced competition.
Sure, these are a lot of 'what-ifs' and this article could be useless if Leicester finish 6th, but the point is that a little ambition to take a team higher can a long way.
One thing I'll tell you that bigger club's fans won't is that those big clubs are terrified of smaller club success. They don't want the competition because their fans are glory hunters and clubs don't like more competitiveness. When a team like Leicester or Southampton challenge that, they become afraid, usually buying or at least unsettling said team's players to render them irrelevant again (Looking at you, Liverpool).
A Leicester title would show the big boys what the smaller clubs, with a bit of ambition, are able to do. If a team like Leicester, who were on the cusp of relegation last season, are able to win the league. Think about the doors that could open up for other clubs, like Southampton, with some ambition and bit of cash.
Leicester City winning the Premier League would be great for the league, the country, and the sport itself. And don't you let anyone tell you otherwise.
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