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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Everton – 7th – Grade: B
Everton are exactly where you would expect them to be however they are nearer to the top six than the pack below them which suggests a season of progress for the Toffees who had some rebuilding to do under Ronald Koeman. They were unconvincing for spells but they came into their own as the season grew and of course possess one of the finest strikers in the league in Romelu Lukaku. Koeman continues to blood fresh talent into the squad and looks the man to take Everton forwards. The disappointment for me is their exits in the 3rd round of both cups, this has to dent their overall campaign, losing to Leicester and Norwich respectively, they must look to push for these cups as a key objective next time.
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Hull City – 18th – Grade: D+
Hull looked dead certs to be relegated when the season kicked off, a depleted and unorganised squad was a shambles so to come so close to surviving is sadly more than I expected. If anything I would have predicted them to be comfortably relegated in similar fashion to Sunderland so the Tigers deserve credit for battling until they were confirmed down a game before the end. When Marco Silva came in he transformed everything, giving the club a real chance and playing convincingly in many games which means despite earlier circumstances, they missed a great opportunity to pull clear.
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Leicester City – 12th – Grade: C
Relegation threatened for a fair chunk of the season, it looked more than on until Ranieri got the sack. Ultimately it proved to be the right decision as the club pulled well clear of danger. They were shocking before this change was made but realistically at a level you would expect. They did also invest heavily into players such as Slimani which haven’t generated a return on investment so a tale of two halves leading to a solid outcome in the end.
Liverpool – 4th – Grade: B-
A difficult season to assess for Liverpool, they’re superb on their day but really they are a broken record, losing silly games numerous times against bottom half sides, conceding cheap goals along the way. It is for that reason you feel they’re never going to be anywhere near the title and that proved to be the case this season. Cup competitions is where they can really do damage and an EFL cup semi-final defeat completed contrasted to an awful FA Cup fourth round exit to Wolves. The squad is improving and very small steps are being made but I think the Reds can offer more.
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Manchester City – 3rd – Grade: E
To finish 15 points off the top is shocking for the ability and spending power Manchester City possess. Guardiola has failed in his first season and his acclimatisation should not be used as an excuse when you look at what Conte has done at Chelsea. They have however had a series of injuries to deal with but that should not excuse their performance this season. An FA Cup semi-final defeat was the closest they came to winning a trophy, being knocked out by Monaco in the Champions League conceding a host of goals in the process.
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