Thierry Henry reckons the Premier League title is very much a five-horse race as he feels results have so far indicated that all of the so-called big teams have under-performed, according to an article he wrote in The Sun.
Manchester City momentarily lead the table following their win over Southampton on Saturday, while Leicester City, Manchester United and Arsenal are within touching distance.
Tottenham Hotspur are just outside the top four, an improving Liverpool side under Jurgen Klopp are further back and reigning Premier League champions Chelsea are closer to the bottom three.
But what Henry gathers from the opening set of results is how open the title race is, largely as a result of the so-called bigger clubs underperforming and losing games they perhaps shouldn’t.
“With the exception of Leicester, every Premier League team should have done better this season. But, as well as they are playing, it’s unlikely Leicester will stay top and win the title,” Henry explained.
The former Arsenal man is perhaps overlooking Tottenham Hotspur and their fabulous form of late, such as their 12-game unbeaten run including a 4-1 win over Manchester City.
Henry, however, highlights the fact that Spurs’ current positon could just be a result of poor form elsewhere and says how in previous years no champion could expect to lose more than three matches.
“Back in the day it was felt a team couldn’t win the league if they lost more than three games. It is possible someone could lose five or six games and still be champions,” Henry added.
While the usual 85+ points is needed to win the title, that figure could be much lower this season and it certainly makes it interesting for the neutral and offers fresh hope to the underdogs.
Henry feels there are five clubs in contention to land the title, including a Liverpool side who have only won five of their 13 Premier League games to date, saying:
“For me, the teams in contention are Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and maybe Liverpool. Chelsea should not even be in the conversation.
“If they get back into the top four it will prove nothing more than how poorly the top teams are doing.”
While most Liverpool supporters will be delighted with Henry’s assessment, the Reds have an awful lot of improvement still to go in order to realistically challenge for the title.
Spurs and Arsenal, however, seemingly have as much chance as anybody at present while Manchester Unite are quietly picking up points and doing it almost under the radar.