Premier League 16/17 Grades! Part 4

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!

Swansea City – 15th – Grade: C-

It was a nervy season for the Swans who managed to pull off an escape from relegation following a 13 point haul from their last 5 games. They looked in deep trouble through large parts of the season, particularly when Bob Bradley was in charge, they looked doomed. However Paul Clement has inspired them to enough victories which means despite the bigger picture not being positive then can at least go into next season with a fresh chance having at least avoided relegation. Llorente and Sigurdsson were crucial in their season and now they must build on their squad to avoid such a dramatic ending again.

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Tottenham Hotspur – 2nd – Grade: B

Spurs continue to be a very impressive outfit under Mauricio Pochetinno but once again they have nothing to show for it. First of all they were never convincingly in a title race despite putting Chelsea under pressure, they were knocked out in the Champions League group stages and then left embarrassed by a Europa League exit at the hands of Gent. So for all the good work done the fans can be left frustrated that they can’t go that bit further so their fine play gains some reward. An FA Cup Semi-Final was the closest the club came to winning a trophy but they couldn’t get the job done against Chelsea. So many positive steps forward again for the club but they need to win something for how good they are and can be which is why I’ve not awarded a higher grade.

Watford – 17th – Grade: C

The Hornets secured another year of Premier League football but a 17th place finish marks for a poor season for the club and fans. As a Watford fan I can tell you it was a miserable season as a whole, Walter Mazzarri really didn’t have a clue and he was a massive influence on the clubs struggles which made it an ugly watch far too frequently. That being said the club realistically were safe with games to spare barring incredible circumstances which is what the club would have wanted, with the Hornets never in real danger of being relegated throughout the season and a whole host of injuries to contend with the grade has to go down as a solid one because in terms of results Watford got the job done and even secured victories over Arsenal and Manchester United. So despite what is deemed a poor season by fellow fans like myself and of course the board following the dismissal of Mazzarri, the league position doesn’t paint the true reflection that Vicarage Road was witnessing a relegation battle.

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West Bromwich Albion – 10th – B+

Tony Pulis once again has done a great job in making sure his side are no where near the drop. The Baggies occupied 8th place for an awfully long time and no win in their last 9 games meant they dropped down to 10th which suggests that before that awful spell they were having a cracking season in terms of results. We all know Pulis causes divide with the way his teams play football however it gets results and for me he has pushed West Brom above and beyond where they should be. He has spent a fair amount on players but they are all well calculated buys that will push them on. I do think they have got lucky with injuries though and should they have picked up a few more I think their squad would have been exposed. Either way it’s been a productive season for West Brom although losing out in the cups to Derby and Northampton is really poor and something they need to look at.

West Ham United – 11th – C

The Hammers looked in a real mess in the opening stages of the Premier League season. Despite having all the potential they fluffed their chances in the transfer market and had to contend with their star name making a fuss. Slaven Bilic has really showed his grit though this season and walked away with an 11th place finish which is a credit to him. I think overall though its not been good enough with countless abject displays shown particularly at their new home which must have depressed supporters too many times. West Ham are a side that on their day will cause teams real trouble, that’s probably where you would expect them to be with their squad however there is more potential with the club not being fulfilled but despite alarming circumstances at the start of the season they did well to completely eradicate that danger.

Do you agree with your clubs grade? Let us know in the comments below!

Part 1 Here

Part 2 Here

Part 3 Here