Middlesbrough tipped to do best out of promoted clubs

Date published: Thursday 4th August 2016 2:57

MIddlesbrough: Back in the big time

Burnley, Hull and Middlesbrough will all soon finally kick off their Premier League campaigns after earning promotion at the end of last season.

For all three the immediate goal is survival, but each will be looking to really make their mark on the top flight.

More than 58,000 fans responded to a 90min poll asking which of the trio would perform best back in the Premier League this season, or if the unthinkable could happen and all three make a swift return to the Championship instead.

Given how the summer transfer window has panned out so far, it’s not surprising that Middlesbrough are by far the most favoured to do well. More than half of everyone who voted (56%) believe that Aitor Karanka’s side will be leading the way.

Boro have worked quickly and efficiently to add high calibre players to a squad that was arguably already much better prepared to cope with life back in the Premier League than the others.


Three-time Champions League winner Victor Valdes has arrived, Alvaro Negredo has been brought in from Valencia, as has Antonio Barragan. Gaston Ramirez is back after last season’s loan, while it was all kicked off when Viktor Fischer left Ajax and the bright lights of Amsterdam for Teesside.

Despite managerial trouble following the sudden departure of Steve Bruce, a lack of any major signings, and terrible injury problems, 17% of Premier League fans actually seem to think that Hull have a better chance of finishing highest, favouring them over Championship winners Burnley. Only 14% are backing the Clarets.

Burnley are actually yet to survive in the Premier League in two previous attempts (2009/10 and 2014/15), but have largely retained the core of the squad that was relegated just over a year ago and have replaced Danny Ings with the firing Andre Gray.

Just 13% of fans believe that all three will be back in the second tier again next season after suffering immediate relegation. The last time that happened was 1997/98 when Crystal Palace, Barnsley and Bolton all went straight back down, to Division One as it was then known.

Jamie Spencer

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