Barclays Premier League Review

The Premier League season has finally come to an end after Manchester United played host to Bournemouth at Old Trafford in a 3-1 victory.

This season has been an up and down exciting campaign, with many surprises along the way. Here is my review of each team and the season as a whole.

Arsenal

Surprisingly enough, The Gunners actually finished 2nd this season. An up and down campaign that many feel Arsenal have thrown away. With Chelsea and City faltering at the beginning it looked like Arsenal could be in with their best chance of winning the title for 12 years, however The Gunners could not keep pace with Leicester and their bitter north London rivals Tottenham.


A disappointing campaign for Arsene Wenger’s team, despite having their best finish for a number of years, the fans are getting tired with the lack of success in the league and the number of home defeats this season has only added pressure on the French boss, with many fans calling for a new manager.

No cup glory this time around hasn’t added much hope for the next season.

Best Player: Mesut Ozil -A shining light this season, with 19 assists overall, many in the early period of the season before then going missing during their big games. It speaks volumes that he has still been their stand out player, Petr Cech also deserves a mention for an excellent season after his summer move from Chelsea.

Aston Villa

It has been an absolute woeful season for Villa. Defensively they have been a shambles, no structure, effort or organisation when without the ball has left them open to an onslaught of goals. Going forward they haven’t been much better, again with no effort or creativity.

Deservedly so, they are relegated to The Championship. And to be honest I can’t see that it will be easy for them to get straight back up. The club entirely is on a real low, many players seemingly don’t care for the teams fortunes. A radical change is needed over the summer, keep an eye out for Jordan Ayew and where he may be next season.

Chelsea

Its been a season of two halves for the former champions. A terrible first half with suspensions and poor results occurring almost every week, and a sacking for Mourinho before results picked up with Guus Hiddink in charge. The Dutchman has had a reasonably good second spell in charge of the Blues, improving their league position and getting better performances out of the players most notably Diego Costa (who missed out on a Euro spot a few days ago). Surprisingly, the player of last season Eden Hazard has been missing throughout having a terrible season. His last three matches to end the season however have seen him back at his best, hitting the crucial goal against Tottenham to crown Leicester champions of England.


No silverware though for Hiddink, a new manager in place for next season and I’m sure an improvement on this seasons forgettable season.

Top Player: Willian, the Brazilian has been the one positive of an awful season for the Blues.

Everton

This has been a season to forget for The Toffees. A team with an exciting manager, and a great squad, but an overall disappointment.

Romalu Lukaku has still managed to score 16 goals this term, but overall the team haven’t been good enough with their home form being poor throughout which has finally succumbed to the sacking of Martinez.

Who in next for Everton? Quite a difficult answer as to who is more suitable than Martinez. Simply he lost the players and they were no longer playing that fast and exciting football that paved so well for them last season.

Top Player: Romalu Lukaku

Leicester 

What an incredible season it has been for the Foxes. Throughout they have played for each other and for the fans. Claudio Ranieri has masterminded a brilliant title charge.


Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and Kasper Schmeichel have been key players for them this season, but to be honest they have all worked as hard as one another. They have all equally done their bit throughout.

The PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez has been outstanding in his own creative ability, moving Leicester through the gears at the right times this season. Those not in the starting 11 have also had huge parts to play, those that have come in whilst others have been injured have equally produced the same quality and the right quality.

A terrific achievement this season, when many wrote them off they dug deep and continued to push on towards a rewarding Premier League Title.

Top Player: Riyad Mahrez

Liverpool

Quite a mixed season for the reds this year. Brendan Rodgers gone and a new manager in charge in Jurgen Klopp. Who, has seemingly made some steady improvements to their fortune. Two cup finals and a mediocre season in the league, must however be improved upon next season.

It will be interesting to see who Klopp chooses to improve his squad over the duration of the summer..

Top Player: Emre Can, a player who has filled Steven Gerrard’s absence in the midfield well this season.

Manchester City

A rather disappointing season for City, only the Capital One Cup to show for a team with the stars that the sky blues have within their ranks. A league challenge that never seemed to materialise, but a break through in the Champions League has certainly given the fans hope for a better season next year under Guardiola.


City need to revamp their squad, numerous players have let them down this season most notably in defence with Kompany missing most of the season. Yaya Toure seems on his way out, I wonder who else will follow?

Top Player: Kevin De Bruyne, a clearly key player for City who missed a key part in the season for them but once back brought life back into the team. Should he stay fit for them next season, a title could well be on.

Surprise Player: Kelechi Iheanacho, the young player has made a brilliant impact for City when used, the future looks bright.

Manchester United

Another Manchester club who have had a dismal season, and somewhat worse than their City neighbours.

Old Trafford has seen dull football throughout this season,unlike the Manchester United of old, they have shown the lack of fight to the finish mentality that brought Alex Ferguson such success.

Many fans want Mourinho, but will it actually happen? No Champions League football next season for the Red Devils, but an FA Cup Final to look forward to, which they haven’t won since 2004 could put some light on an overall poor season.


More spending is expected to occur over the summer, and who this time? Memphis Depay, an expensive and exciting signing last summer has seen little football this year.

One thing that has been positive for the Red Devils is the young talent being brought through by Van Gaal, who has kept Rashford in the side since his debut in the Europa League. But are the youngsters enough to challenge the top teams? I would think not.

Top Player: Anthony Martial, many questions were asked about his large fee last summer, but the striker turned winger has been a real treat to watch for the fans whilst also being their top scorer in the league this season.

Newcastle United

No matter what the club have tried this season, nothing has worked. Spending big in the summer, replacing McLaren with Benitez too late..

It would seem that the structure of the club simply does not work, the manager does not have full control when in the transfer window and that has seemingly been the Magpies biggest error.

A lack of fight prior to Benitez’ arrival, seemed to turn in recent weeks but it was too little too late and The championship awaits for them next year in which they will surely come straight back up.

Norwich City

A side that looked quite safe early on in the year from relegation. Their form fell towards the end of the campaign which ultimately resulted in them being in a relegation battle that saw them go down to The Championship. Another rebuilding job needed.

Tottenham Hotspur

A great season that faltered at the end, arguably they could have kept the title fight until the last weekend, but they buckled and lost their nerve away to rivals Chelsea.


Key players throughout their squad this season have been instrumental including Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld to name a few.

Unfortunately, they somehow got battered by Newcastle on the final day meaning that they could only finish 3rd in what has been their best Premier League campaign to date. Better to come from them next season?

Top Player: Harry Kane. Alli let himself down against West Brom which followed with this 3 match suspension. But Kane has been consistent throughout to bring home the Golden Boot and dig them out of holes this year, it will be key for Spurs to keep hold of him if they are to mount a challenge next season.

Sunderland

They showed the fight that other relegation rivals lacked and dug themselves out of trouble, I imagine they will be around the bottom next season and will need more fight once again to escape.

West Ham United

A brilliant season for The Hammers, with Dimitri Payet being a huge figurehead in their campaign. I imagine they will be strong once again next season, Billic will need to spend intelligently once again this summer. A much improved West Ham this year with brilliant results against the top teams.


Top Player: Yep you guessed it, Dimitri Payet, he has been instrumental this season, with his free-kicks being a spectacle to admire to add to his passing and creative ability.

Roundup of the other teams

Southampton and Stoke City have quietly gone about their business this season. With Southampton actually finishing 6th and above West Ham. Ronald Koeman has done a brilliant job after many key players have left the club over the past 2 years, more to come next season I’m sure. Stoke have some quality players within their ranks. They have gone unnoticed for much of the season but they have done brilliantly to finish 9th and above Chelsea. 

Swansea and West Brom have also had quiet seasons with Swansea actually changing their manager half way through the year. Both finishing mid table outside of the top ten, reasonably they should both be happy that they were comfortably safe of relegation.

Watford began the season very promisingly, with their strike force one to be reckoned with. Their form faded however in the second half of the campaign and they began to slip down the table. They might find it a real fight to stay in the league next season.

Crystal Palace and Bournemouth. Both clubs were slightly fortunate in the end to stay up. Despite Bournemouth having a pleasant campaign throughout, never really looking like they were up for relegation. I can see it being a struggle for them next year as the funds are not quite there for the club.

Palace have struggled throughout but they found form midway through and managed to maintain their league position.

My team of the year:

GK – David De Gea

RB – Hector Bellerin

CB – Chris Smalling

CB – Toby Alderwiereld

LB – Danny Rose

RM – Riyad Mahrez

CM – Dele Alli

CM – N’Golo Kante

LM – Dimitri Payet

ST – Jamie Vardy

ST – Harry Kane

Best Player – Rihyad Mahrez

Sources: Sky Sports, talksport, Daily Mail, BBC, The Independent. 

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