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Can Leicester, Wolves, Everton and West Ham break into the PL 'Big Six'?

  /  autty

The Premier League's 'Big Six' operates as a closed club where membership is only for those who tower over the rest both commercially and in the transfer market.

The dominance of Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United seems more powerful than ever but can one of those lingering just outside the division's elite break through.

Here, Sportsmail assess the chances of Wolves, Leicester, Everton and West Ham as they try to upset the Premier League's natural order.

Wolves

How has their summer been?

Wolves' pre-season preparations have been tailored around their Europa League qualifiers but it has been impressive nonetheless. They smashed Newcastle 4-0 in the Premier League Asia Trophy before overcoming Manchester City in the tournament's final.

That has been their only friendly action of the summer though because they are in European competition. They eased past Northern Ireland's Crusaders 2-0 in the first leg and play the return on Thursday night.

Who have they bought?

They have made the signing of impressive Mexican striker Raul Jimenez permanent from Benfica and added another front man in Patrick Cutrone from AC Milan.

Real Madrid starlet Jesus Vallejo has come in on a season-long loan while Leander Dendoncker made his switch from Anderlecht permanent too.

Reasons they can do it

There was a sense that Wolves would adapt quickly to life in the Premier League and so it proved. A strong squad breezed through the Championship and were certainly not out of their depth, proven by the fact they either beat or drew with five of the top six sides last season and knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup.

Reasons they can't do it

Despite their record against the big boys, Wolves were guilty of slipping up against teams they should have beaten with ease. They lost twice to Huddersfield and were beaten by Southampton, Cardiff and Burnley. A Europa League run also takes its toll on the legs and the deeper they go in that competition will affect progress in the league.

Chances out of 10

6/10

Leicester

How's their summer been?

Four wins out of a possible five in friendlies would suggest the Foxes have had a good summer. It is Brendan Rodgers' first pre-season to get to grips with his squad and he'll be happy with how things have panned out.

Constant rumours of Harry Maguire leaving may have affected preparations but the damage will not be obvious until the play Wolves on the opening weekend of the season.

Who have they bought?

Youri Tielemans was very impressive during his loan spell at the back end of last season from Monaco and to won the race for his signature, beating off elite clubs like Manchester United, was good business.

Leicester have also welcomed Ayoze Perez, who showed with Newcastle late last season just how good he can be in attack, as well as former Luton Town right back James Justin.

Reasons they can do it

Rodgers is arguably the best manager outside of the top six and his vast experience working in the Premier League will be beneficial. He showed after arriving from Celtic in February how he sees this Leicester team playing and, with a summer on the training ground under his belt, he will have expected to fully implement his style.

Reasons they can't do it

If Maguire does leave for Manchester United then it will leave a huge void in the defence. It remains to be seen if they can find a player of adequate quality to replace him before the transfer window shuts which would be a problem. The likes of Wilfred Ndidi, James Maddison, Demarai Gray and Harvey Barnes all have huge potential but it could still be a season too early for them all to flourish.

Chances out of 10

7/10

Everton

How's their summer been?

Everton have only won one of their six friendlies this summer. They lost to Kariobangi Sharks of Kenya on penalties and both Sevilla and Mainz on the same day, drew with FC Sion and Wigan but defeated Monaco.

They have one final game, against Werder Bremen on Saturday, before the season kicks off.

Who have they bought?

You feel as though Everton's best pieces of business are yet to be completed. They have agreed a permanent deal for Andre Gomes, bought Fabian Delph from Manchester City for just £8m and welcome Jonas Lossl on a free from Huddersfield.

However, a move for Moise Kean from Juventus is imminent and they are said to be keen on four other deals for players. A move for Wilfried Zaha broke down with no room for negotiation on Crystal Palace's asking price.

Reasons they can do it

Marco Silva has a very capable squad at his disposal with quality in every area. He will be hoping Kean can be the long-awaited replacement for Romelu Lukaku while midfield flair from Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bernard, Gomes and Richarlison will be key.

Reasons they can't do it

Idrissa Gueye's departure for Paris Saint-Germain could leave a huge void in midfield. The 29-year-old has been the club's midfield linchpin for years, shielding the defence and winning back possession. The club will need to replace him and add a centre back of real quality to have a chance at competing for sixth place.

Rating out of 10

6/10

West Ham

How's their summer been?

Two wins and two defeats for West Ham so far this pre-season. They lost both games in the Premier League Asia Trophy and won matches either side of that against SCR Altach and London neighbours Fulham. They have friendlies against Hertha Berlin and Athletic Bilbao before opening the season against Manchester City.

Who have they bought?

They've spent big on two names who caught the eye in Spain and Germany last season. Pablo Fornals, an attacking midfielder, arrived from Villarreal for £25m and then they splashed out £36m on Sebastian Haller from Frankfurt. The Hammers will be hoping he can fill the exit of Marko Arnautovic and hit the ground running.

Reasons they can do it

If everybody can stay fit then West Ham actually have a very good core. Lukasz Fabianski is a very good goalkeeper, Issa Diop is an imposing centre back and plays well alongside Fabian Balbuena, Declan Rice is the ideal midfield anchor and then you have the creativity of Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and Fornals behind Haller. All the elements are there for success.

Reasons they can't do it

West Ham need to find consistency that will enable them to go on lengthy runs without defeat and consistently pick up points. They lost their first four games of last season and that is not the form of a top six side. Manuel Pellegrini's side also won just nine of their 19 home games last season and that needs to drastically change for them to have any chance.

Rating out of 10

4/10