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Thomas Frank to Potter: PL Managers With Impressive Starts in 2021-22

As much as the press loves picking on managers who are under pressure constantly, it is only fair that the ones who have got things right at the start of the season, like Brentford’s Thomas Frank, should be lauded with appreciation.

In this piece, we are going to celebrate five such influential figures from the Premier League who have had a promising start to the new season.

THOMAS FRANK (Brentford)

Talking about an impressive start, one cannot look beyond what Thomas Frank and his coaching staff have achieved at Brentford. This is their first season in the Premier League and with the start they have had in the season, they seem like league veterans already. In just six games so far, they have shown that they belong at the highest level and can be competitive against the best teams in the league. The vibe around the club is that of a community and the scenes of the crowd singing ‘Hey Jude’ at the end of every home game is a refreshing new addition to the Premier League. Credit needs to go to Thomas Frank with the way he has set his team up and the passion with which he talks about the club in general.

JURGEN KLOPP (Liverpool)

The favourite song for the Liverpool supporters currently is, “the Reds have got no money but we’ll still win the league.” This line just tells you the impact Jurgen Klopp has had on this massive club. Klopp has had very little to spend in the previous couple of seasons due to the financial difficulties the pandemic has put on the club but still, his Reds are as competitive as ever. They sit top of the table with six matches gone and the next match against Manchester City would be their real test of the season.

DEAN SMITH (Aston Villa)

Many felt that Aston Villa would struggle post the departure of club captain Jack Grealish, but Villa this season have been outstanding so far. They have found different ways of scoring and the addition of Danny Ings and Leon Bailey has helped in that aspect. Their recent win over Manchester United away from home tells you what a great job Dean Smith has done at the club as just two seasons back they were on the brink of relegation.

RAFAEL BENITEZ (Everton)

This is surely not a match made in heaven but Everton fans are slowly starting to like what Rafael Benitez is doing at the club. Given his history with Everton’s local rivals, Liverpool, people were waiting for a poor start from Rafa and then the pressure of the sack would have been intense. On the contrary, Benitez has had Everton play some decent football and the team are currently fifth on the table, eyeing for a European spot at the end of the season.

GRAHAM POTTER (Brighton and Hove Albion)

It would have broken the internet had Brighton managed to win against their arch-rivals Crystal Palace to take the top spot on the Premier League table.  But having secured a draw with the last kick of the game, Graham Potter’s Seagulls are currently sixth on the table. Brighton were fighting a relegation battle in the previous season but for the majority of the season, they didn’t get what they deserved. They played some excellent football throughout the season but lacked composure in front of the goal. This season the whole situation has turned around. They have still played some decent football but the main difference is their lethal nature in the opposition box. Credit to Graham Potter and his team for this turnaround.