Today marked the end of another fantastic Barclays Premier League football season. Although the title was decided in April it has still been an intriguing campaign.
Chelsea have had a memorable season, with stand out performers Hazard, Courtois, Fabregas and Diego Costa carrying them over the line for their first title since 2010. The blues way to the title never seemed in doubt after being earmarked as the favourites before the season began. Their new signings have shone for them this season and they have made a huge impact to the Chelsea outfit, and the future looks promising for the club for future trophies under Jose Mourinho’s leadership. Star Player: Eden Hazard
Manchester City have looked like a different side to the team that triumphed to a second title a year ago. A lack of consistency and injuries to key players along the way, City have looked a shadow of the team that granted the club it’s first two titles. A player reshuffle during the summer is most likely to occur to try and regain their former glory. Star Player: Sergio Aguero
Arsenal have been much improved this season with a more assured and consistent team claiming 3rd place in the league. If Wenger brings in the right signings this summer as he did last summer with Alexis Sanchez and keeps hold of his best players, a title challenge may be on the cards as the club currently look to defend their F.A Cup crown against Aston Villa later this month. Star Player: Aaron Ramsey
A new look Manchester United side for 2014/15, have been guided back into the Champions League by Louis Van Gaal after a much needed improvement in performance. The club reportedly have £150 million to spend again this summer and they are being linked with every player possible. With the right signings, United could make a four way race for the title. Star Player: David De Gea
Tottenham have had a quiet season on their way to making the top five. Star performer Harry Kane has had a break through season scoring for fun. Whilst Spurs are another team looking at a summer reshuffle, this season has been considerably kind to the North London based club after it was expected to be a poor season for them. Star Player: Harry Kane
Liverpool have had an awful season considering how close they went in 2013/14 to the title, but that was always going to happen after they failed to replace Luis Suarez and with Daniel Sturridge having a injury plagued season the team lacked goals. In fact their overall top scorer and club captain Steven Gerrard is leaving the club for The MLS after the club failed to established a contract renewal. The club need a major team change and a good summer in the transfer window otherwise their dismal season will continue onto the next and having said that current wonder kid Raheem Sterling also looks set to leave the club in search of trophies. Star Player: Philipe Coutinho
Southampton , Swansea and Stoke have had promising seasons after being written off during the last summer transfer window. Ronald Koeman, Gary Monk and Mark Hughes have turned these clubs around into solid Premier League outfits destined for Europe. These teams will be more than satisfied with this season and will be looking to continue their development further up the table next season although it may be a struggle to match the buying power of the top clubs. Star Players: Morgan Schneiderlin, Nathan Dyer and Ryan Shawcross
Crystal Palace are another team that will be more than satisfied with their teams contribution this season, a more assured team under Alan Pardew’s stewardship could mean a challenge to the three teams above them next season after finishing this season ahead of well established Premier League teams with many believing at the start it would be difficult for the club to beat the drop. Star Player: Jason Puncheon
Everton, West Ham and West Brom will certainly be disappointed with their efforts this season. Everton’s most expensive signing Romulo Lukaku has failed to make an impact, whilst Big Sam has stepped down as the Upton Park manager. Tony Pulis’ West Brom are sure to improve into next season so long as they keep hold of their young English forward Berahino. These clubs have been overtaken this season by the four clubs above them and they will seek to regain those positions next season. Star Players: Ross Barkley, Alex Song and Berahino
Leicester City have been impressive this season with wins over some of the top teams in the league including a 5-3 victory of Manchester United earlier on in the season. The blues will seek to enhance their squad over the summer to establish a stronger team in order to maintain their status as a Premier League club. Star Player: Esteban Cambiasso
Newcastle, Sunderland and Aston Villa have had a turbulent year. With John Carver’s reign as Newcastle head coach leaving the club dangerously close to relegation, whilst Advocaat and Sherwood have resurrected both Sunderland and Aston Villa respectfully after looking down and out months ago. Star Players: Time Krul, Connor Wickham and Cristian Benteke
Hull City, Burnley and QPR have had poor seasons. Hull have been reasonably caught out this season with not winning games that they should have in the final months of the season to maintain position in the league and allowed other teams below them to overtake them after looking in a healthy position around Christmas. Burnley and QPR meanwhile never looked like staying in the league after suffering many defeats all season long. Star Players: Tom Huddlestone, Danny Ings and Charlie Austin.
This season has certainly been an intriguing one, with many ups and downs along the way. The up and coming transfer window looks set to shape the teams for next season as many of the teams are competing for the signatures of the same players such as; Bale, Sterling and Cech amongst many others. Many teams are looking to re-shape their sides over this summer more than any other time with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham looking to do so whilst other clubs are seeking to spend big in order to add strength in depth to their squads with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal looking to do this.
Star Team: Chelsea
Unsung Heroes: Southampton
Star Player: Eden Hazard
Young Player: Harry Kane
Team of the season:
(GK) David De Gea Manchester United
(RB) Branislav Ivanovic Chelsea
(CB) John Terry Chelsea
(CB) Ryan Shawcross Stoke City
(LB) Daley Blind Manchester United
(RM) Ashely Young Manchester United
(CM) Aaron Ramsey Arsenal
(CM) Cesc Fabregas Chelsea
(LM) Eden Hazard Chelsea
(ST) Diego Costa Chelsea
(ST) Harry Kane
Finally legends Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba have all played their final games in the Barclays Premier League today after many years, many goals and many trophies in England they have decided to part company and head for pastures new in America.
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