The 2017/18 Premier League season has been another entertaining 38 rounds of football of the highest quality. We have seen one of the best ever Premier League sides smash record after record on their way to winning yet another Premier League title under the guidance of the outstanding Pep Guardiola. We’ve seen 3 newly promoted teams enjoy unbelievable seasons by their standards with all 3 escaping relegation and bringing some new flair to the league. A team that has also been superb is Burnley, with one of, if not the lowest transfer budget out of the 20 teams, Burnley have worked their way into 7th securing European football for next season. Individually, David de Gea has proven his worth once more, Kevin de Bruyne has played out of this world and Mohamed Salah has become a worldwide phenomenon with his ridiculous goal tally. I’ll look back at the entire season and essentially give my general opinion on lots of things; transfers, individual performances, goal of the season, and more.These are all my opinion, they are not official awards.
Player of the Season: Mohamed Salah (2. Kevin de Bruyne, 3. David De Gea)
Mo Salah has been simply outstanding this season, written off by Chelsea a few years ago he has come back for a fee just under 40 million. Not much was expected of the Egyptian and many doubted him, he proved his worth and more scoring 31 goals across the season with many more in all competitions and helping his side on their way to a Champions League final for the first time in a decade. He has given Liverpool something they have lacked since Luis Suarez departed in 2014; a goal scorer. Winning the PFA Player of the Year, not much can be argued about this man winning this award.
Young Player of the Season: Leroy Sane (2. Raheem Sterling, 3. Ederson Moraes)
I’ve opted to agree with the PFA decision once more and stick to Leroy Sane for winning the young player of the year. Having had a fairly average year last year at times restricted to a more defensive wing back roll, Leroy Sane has blossomed with the freedom and space given to him playing as a winger being able to cut inside in the final third. His ability to adapt to Guardiola’s play style at such a young age shows his maturity and his goal and assist figures speak for themself.
Manager of the Season: Sean Dyche (2. Pep Guardiola, 3. Roy Hodgson)
Many would go for Pep Guardiola to win manager of the season which is completely justified. He’s taken a young team, improved every single player, and made them into the winning team they are now. However, Sean Dyche’s achievements with Burnley this season have far exceeded what anyone expected of them this season. Qualifying for European football is fantastic for such a small club and while he plays a traditional English style of play, he must be given credit for his ability to adapt to problems mid game and come out on top against some of the best managers.
Team of the Season:
Goalkeeper: David de Gea – only reason Manchester United are 2nd.
Left Back: Andy Robertson – fantastic debut season with a promising future ahead
Centre Back: Jan Vertonghen – consistent across the season with solid performances
Centre Back: James Tarkowski – one of the keys to Burnley’s success this season
Right Back: Kyle Walker – brilliant first season under Guardiola
Midfield: Kevin de Bruyne – out of this world
Midfield: David Silva – rolled back the years, wonderful to watch
Midfield: Christian Eriksen – outstanding for Spurs, passing genius
Forward: Mohamed Salah – no explanation needed
Forward: Harry Kane – goal machine as always, although shouldn’t have claimed the goal.
Forward: Roberto Firmino – completely underrated, his work for the team is phenomenal
Bench: Nick Pope, Nicolás Otamendi, César Azpilicueta, Pascal Groß, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero
Goals of the Season:
- Charlie Daniels vs Manchester City
- Victor Wanyama vs Liverpool
- Mohamed Salah vs Tottenham
- Jermain Defoe vs Crystal Palace
- Jamie Vardy vs West Brom
Player of the Season for Each Team:
Manchester City – Kevin de Bruyne
Manchester United – David de Gea
Tottenham Hotspur – Harry Kane
Liverpool – Mohamed Salah
Chelsea – César Azpilicueta
Arsenal – Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang
Burnley – James Tarkowski
Everton – Jordan Pickford
Leicester City- Riyad Mahrez
Newcastle United – Jamaal Lascelles
Crystal Palace – Wilfried Zaha
Bournemouth – Nathan Ake
Watford – Abdoulaye Doucoure
Brighton – Pascal Groß
West Ham – Marko Arnautovic
Huddersfield – Aaron Mooy
Southampton – Ryan Bertrand
Swansea City – Alfie Mawson
West Bromwich Albion – Ahmed Hegazi
Stoke City – Xherdan Shaqiri
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