On the 13th May 2018, the curtain fell on yet another season of Premier League football. Despite the title being wrapped up quite early by the magnificent Manchester City, who will rightly receive their well-deserved plaudits from critics and fans alike, there was individual brilliance throughout the league as a whole. A quick word on Manchester City; not only did they become the first team to reach 100 points in a season, they did it in extreme style, steam rolling the opposition. Hats off to them and Pep Guardiola – https://www.theguardian.com/football.
Anfield found a new hero with the widely dubbed Egyptian King, Mohammed Salah. The man who joined the reds for £36.9 million in the summer, a bargain in the current market, became the highest goal scorer ever in the Premier League (in a 38 game season) with a return of 42 goals – https://www.liverpoolfc.com. A remarkable feat for even the most renowned of marksmen in the world. Liverpool’s season petered out in the league as their attentions turned to the Champions League final.
One of the biggest surprises of the year has to be Sean Dyche’s Burnley side who comfortably finished 7th, clinching a Europa League spot next year. Dyche’s side were well drilled and set the tone for their season with a 3-2 away win at Chelsea on the opening day of the season. Although these kinds of results were not easily repeated, Burnley continued to pick up points against those around them and frustrated teams above them. Dyche’s resourcefulness saw him pick up a lot of praise from his fellow managers.
The top four battle went down to the last day of the season with Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool respectively slotting in below Champion’s Manchester City. Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United found themselves on the losing side of a pivotal FA Cup final clash with his former employers Chelsea, and finished up the season trophyless. They will be disappointed, but many argue that fans have much to be positive about as they look to add more to their already impressive squad during the summer.
The amount of managers sacked in the 2017/18 season hit an all-time high of 12. It felt like a season of Game of Thrones at times, with your favourite characters getting the chop every other week but alas, this is the rat race of Premier League football. Frank De Boer lasted just FIVE games as Crystal Palace manager until he was unceremoniously relieved of his duties – https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41219627. The cut throat attitude of clubs continued right until the end of the season, with David Moyes being let go by West Ham and ‘Big Sam’ Allardyce given the boot at Everton at the end of a chaotic 9-month season. We also waved goodbye to Swansea City, Stoke City and West Brom, who all after very disappointing seasons have been relegated to the Championship.
Next season welcomes Wolverhampton Wanders, Cardiff City and Fulham to the League. Until then, we have a wonderful Summer of World Cup football to fill that football shaped void in our hearts.