Yeah gonna be an interesting season next year, especially with Charlton, Sheff Weds and AN Other coming up as well. I don't see having a lot of strong teams as a bad thing though, they all beat each other and suddenly it becomes a very level playing field...
It's a lot more exciting when no one is running away with it, I agree. I'm hoping Huddersfield come up - if not, Sheffield United so we get the derby to go with the Blackburn/Bolton/Burnley hatefest.
Man City's wages are actively preventing them from selling anyone they don't want (Bellamy, Santa Cruz, Tevez*). Anyone really see UEFA coming down on them over FFP though? Or any big side for that matter? I don't.
As for England's striking options.... you've got no hope of anything whatsoever. You could finish bottom with no points. There's only one man you can really take. With Rooney out, he's the leading English forward in the country and has consistently stepped to every level from non-league to Premier League. He is captain of his team and incredibly consistent, 15 goals or more for the last 3-4 seasons. Andy Carroll had 25 minutes of glory in 18 months. Crouch is a flat-track bully. You want a big man - Grant Holt.
*The worst part of City winning/buying the league is seeing that git with a medal and the trophy. Obnoxious mercenary who stands out in a league full of them.