Premier League 16/17 Grades! Part 3

The Premier League season is over as each side has completed their 38 game campaign which ended with Chelsea as Champions and Hull City joining Middlesborough and Sunderland in the drop zone. Many sides would’ve had high hopes going into the season so now is the time to assess each club’s performance over the whole term taking into account all competitions. Links to all other parts can be found at the bottom of each article!

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Manchester United – 6th – Grade: B

It was an embarrassingly poor showing from the Red Devils in the Premier League this season. To end the campaign 24 points off the top is staggeringly bad and is a travesty for the investment and squad Mourinho has got at his disposal. Despite all of this, they walk away with two trophies in the EFL Cup and Europa League title, this in itself makes it a productive season which cannot be disputed. Even if those two competitions are not the pinnacle of the sport they represent achievement and add to the club’s history so in many ways it’s an odd situation where despite the alarming failures in the weekly grind of the Premier League, I think they’ve still managed to find a way out and with it all about winning trophies, two makes it a good start to the Mourinho era.

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Middlesbrough – 19th – Grade: E

A really miserable effort from Middlesbrough this season who went down in depressing fashion. To score 27 goals in 38 games makes for grim reading and it couldn’t have been much fun to have been a part of. Many expected Boro to be the most competent of the promoted sides, having a real grit about them with a few well known signings arriving. Personally I thought they would struggle with a lack of distinct quality in the final third but not to the extent to which they went down. They recruited poorly in January and that made life harder when the door was wide open for the bottom sides to find a way out, a truly awful season when you look at it.

Southampton – 8th – Grade: B-

An 8th place finish and reaching a cup final on the face of it looks like a very decent season for the Saints and it’s a sign that the club are really on the right track as I believe Claude Puel has struggled to make a good impression at the club, having to follow some tough acts in Koeman and Pochettino. Following a poor standard of football from the surrounding teams I would have expected Southampton to have led the pack more comfortably joining Everton as the leading sides behind the top six. They can certainly do more I think for the squad that they have however it’s hardly a bad time to be supporting the club. It’s hard to argue with their final outcomes.

Stoke City – 13th – Grade: C

Probably couldn’t be an easier grade to award than a C due to the nature of Stoke’s season. They occupied a mid table spot all season being consistently inconsistent. On their day they’ll cause teams real problems and they still look to operate well in the market from time to time, they can give more so it’s just another standard season for Mark Hughes and his side.

Sunderland – 20th – Grade: E

Relegation had an air of inevitability about it but the Black Cats were far and away the worst side in the league. It was a shambles only far too often although David Moyes has my sympathies to a degree as the squad he had to work with was poor. That being said the transfers made were awful and that meant it would have taken an extraordinary effort for the club to avoid relegation yet again. A 4-0 win at Selhurst Park was one of very few positives and now with Defoe gone they are going to be facing a very challenging season next time in the Championship.

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Part 1 Here

Part 2 Here

Part 4 Here