Premier League Review Part 2

NEWCASTLE

What a nightmare. A team with so much history brought down by a bitter rival. Newcastle were poor for much of the season and deserved to go down, but sadly for them it was by the hand of Sunderland. Steve McClaren had no answers at the start of the season other than pulling positives from games which there weren’t any. There is a beacon of hope for Newcastle though. With Rafa Benitez showing McClaren how it should be done towards the end of the season he will hope to bring the team straight back up to the Premier League again.

Final position – 18th

NORWICH

A team tipped for relegation this season lived to expectations. They had some high points, beating Manchester United 2-1 in December was probably a highlight of a frustrating season for the Canaries. Alex Neil did all he could with a weak squad which housed some potential talent but it wasn’t enough.

Final position – 19th

SOUTHAMPTON

A decent second for Ronald Koeman saw his team struggle with only one win from their opening six games. However with wins such as a 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal The Saints marched on to a Europa League spot. Sadly for Southampton however was that their manager has been snapped up by Everton. On the other hand Southampton have a habit of getting great managers, just look at where Pochettino ended up.

Final position – 6

STOKE

Stoke had an unremarkable season even with some great signings. Xherdan Shaqiri seemed a good buy from Inter Milan at £12m. The Swiss international showed some promise as well as Arnautovic who also had a decent season. Nothing remarkable from Stoke but a mid-table finish is probably good enough for Mark Hughes going forward.

Final position – 9th

SUNDERLAND

From the depths of despair arrives a hero. Arise Sam Allardyce to save a team once again. Big Sam does it what it says on the tin: Never get relegated. He’s done it again, with a team forwarded by thirty-three year old Jermaine Defoe. At the start of the season they seemed a team unable to win, nine games and not much to show for it. Dick Advocaat soon resigned and in stepped Big Sam to get the defence ticking and get Defoe scoring and it worked… Just about. Sunderland fans will be thrilled to not only survive but to have shown Newcastle the trap door in the process.

Final position – 17th

SWANSEA

Swansea began the season after losing their best player in Wilfried Bony, however they began their campaign undefeated after four games beating Chelsea and Manchester United. The Welsh side struggled for the rest of the season however and Gary Monk became another casualty as it appeared he had lost the dressing room entirely. Francesco Guidolin took over in January to save Swansea from a close spell with the relegation zone and managed to get them to mid-table.

Final Position – 12th

TOTTENHAM

So close and in the end so far. Nobody saw this coming, Leicester just ahead of Spurs for the title but it happened. Pochettino created one of the most exciting sides in the league and through a lot of English players as well. Dele Alli is the main stand out, coming from the youth team and into Tottenham fan’s hearts, the young midfielder was a dynamo in the middle of the field, tackling, pestering players and scoring goals as well. However the wheels slightly came off at the end. A 2-1 loss to Chelsea saw them lose the title and in explosive fashion as most of the players seemed intent on getting themselves sent off. In the last game of the season the players seemed to have given up as they were beaten 5-1 by an already relegated Newcastle to finish behind their rivals Arsenal once again.

Final position – 3rd

WATFORD

A strange season for the newly promoted side as at the beginning of the season they were riding high with an Odion Ighalo scoring goals left, right and centre. But when you look at the back-end of the season they did look like a team straight from the Championship. Quique Sánchez Flores decided to leave the club at the end of this season after a poor end to his campaign.

Final position – 13th

WEST BROM

Tony Pulis has had a strange season, mainly for scenarios off the field. Saido Berahino seemed intent on moving to Tottenham but Pulis wasn’t having it. So for most of the season Berahino seemed to have destroyed his relationship with the club and wasn’t playing. On the field however Pulis kept calm and did his usual style of play. Defend and score the odd goal to win enough games to survive and he did. Berahino seems to be back in the team now and scored a few goals for The Baggies. Let’s see if another transfer requests appears next season.

Final position – 14th

WEST HAM

Dimitri Payet is arguably the signing of the season. The French wizard appeared for The Hammers and had a miraculous season. Slaven Bilic has got the London team playing exciting and entertaining football which almost brought them Champions League football next year. And with the Olympic Stadium waiting, West Ham fans will be looking forward with optimism.

Final position – 7th

 

All in all the season was a breath of fresh air. Leicester winning the league, Chelsea and Mourinho struggling, and a new team to be taken seriously going forward- Tottenham. Looking forward we have Pep Guardiola coming in as one of the best managers in the world as well as Mourinho heading to Manchester United for a stab at emulating Sir Alex Ferguson, so 2016/17 looks very interesting indeed.

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