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March 31 2013 1 31 /03 /March /2013 00:19

Arsenal -

Finished: 4th

Best Player: Santi Cazorla

How I think they did: Giroud had a solid season, he did not start well but got into his stride. Should be great next season. He scored more than his  the amount of goals he got in his debut season of Montpelier with 15 goals and his target which was the same. Wenger deserves credit, yes it was his worse start as manager of Arsenal and yes they came out 4th as people have said this is the poorest squad they have ever had under Wenger. If this is his worse and he came in the top 4 that is very impressive. I don't think losing RVP was the worse thing for the club as they did bring in strength with Santi Cazorla, Oliver Giroud and Lukas Podolski who all are goalscorers.   

 

Aston Villa -

Finished: 15th

Best Player: Christian Benteke

How I think they did: Abysmal if I am honest, yes they had one of the youngest squads in the premier league and were expected to go down, and although they did stay up and did end 15th in the league there was sparks of brilliance in the future but in my opinion they deserved to go down instead of Wigan. Benteke was a bright spark in a poor season, his power, strength and ability to take on a defender is one of the best for someone of the age of just 24 years of age, and he deserves to stay in the premier league. Another bright young starlet they have is Andi Weinmann who has adapted his game to move out to the wing and run up and down the pitch all game. Finally I think if Paul Lambert had gone with Darren Bent down the middle they would have been safe sooner than they were and could have fort for a top half finish by the end of the season. 

 

Chelsea - 

Finished: 3rd

Best player: Juan Mata

How I think they did: With there change of manager, I think Chelsea did well this season. After the Chelsea fans were holding 'RAFA OUT' signs it shocked me and I was disappointed by them, Rafael Benitez has a very good CV and him winning the Europa League shows how good a manager he really is. But on the pitch with Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar playing just behind Torres or Demba Ba were 3 of the best attacking players that play together I had seen all season. The way they played together and just interchanged with each other to watch was just amazing and titillating. The only thing they were missing out on was a 30+ goal striker this year. 

 

Everton - 

Finished: 6th

Best player: Maourine Fellani

How I think they did: For a team who document that they don't have a lot of money shows you, you don't have to have superstars all over the field to have an amazing team. Everton are a team who have a very strong wing play to their side, with players such as Baines, Pienaar and Mirallas all playing on the wing shows their strength. Also Fellani had the best season he has ever had in a blue shirt, one of the main reasons was him being pushed forward to a more attacking position scoring more goals and being involved in the play a lot more. Finally a stat, and impressive one this is Baines created the most chances throughout Europe this season, more than Iniesta and Ozil, for a Left back that is amazing. 

 

Fulham - 

Finished: 12th

Best player: Dimitar Berbatov

How I think they did: Poor season if you look at the team they have had this season, they looked like a team who were on the beach by April, luckily Wigan's FA Cup final was just too much for them this season and Fulham were safe. Dimitar Berbatov was a bright spark in an otherwise ordinary season, I will be surprised if he does decide to stick around at Fulham, I can see him going abroad and if that does happen where will Fulham get their goals from? Martin Jol has got away with being so poor this year just because he is such a calm manager who doesn't cause controversy at all. 

 

Liverpool - 

Finished: 7th

Best player: Luis Suarez

How I think they did: They have done well for a recent Liverpool side. Luis Suarez has been phenomenal this season, and deserved to get in the PFA team of the year. This has been their best points return since Benitez penultimate season. The style of play Brendan Rodgers has brought in has made watching the side very attractively, but they can always do better. The summer signings of Coutinho and Sturridge have been inspired. Although before January came Liverpool did have a nack of playing poor and could not kill off teams. 

 

Manchester City - 

Finished: 2nd

Best player: Zabaleta

How  i think they did: Comparing them to last season they have been substandard, they have had a good season, but players such as Silva, yaya Toure, Kompany and Tevez have not hit the heights that they did the season before. Joe Hart has had another good season and it is good to see an proper English gentleman and I enjoy watching him play so well. It was a little bit of a shock when they did not win the FA Cup after getting all the way to the final, but they were out played on the day. After wrongly sacking Mancini in my opinion, they will look to get back the BPL title, and fly high in Europe. 

 

Manchester United - 

Finished: 1st

Best player: Robin Van Persie

How I think they did: Although I don't think they have had their greatest season, they won the trophy with 4 games to spare. Robin Van Persie was the hub of the team this year, which annoyed Rooney, which ultimately got him asking for a transfer request. Manchester Untied had a usual season, on the front foot most game and always looked like winning, although they did go behind a lot at the start of the season, but you should never write them off when they are losing, and they won a lot of points this year from losing positions. They were the best team in the league this year and deserved to take the title back to Old Trafford. A final mention for Sir Alex Ferguson, as he has now retired as a manager, he is one of the best the game has ever had. It is just unreal what he has done, moving along with football as it changed and keeping ahead of everyone as well whilst he was doing it, he will be missed a lot!

 

Newcastle - 

Finished: 16th

Best player: Yohan Cabaye

How I think they did: Newcastle's played like their main competition was the Europa League, that was probably their downfall in them staying in the league. With Cisse not hitting the heights that he did last season and Demba Ba leaving the club they were short up top. Also they were hit with important injuries throughout the season with Cabaye, Collocini, Ben Arfa and Tiote all missing a reasonable chunk of the season. They struggled to stay up this year, but they fought on till the end, and they will look to build next season. I think Newcastle fans will be happy with the Quater-Finals and losing the finalists Benfica. But Newcastle fans will be wanting them to hold onto their best players and rebuild. 

 

Norwich - 

Finished: 11th

Best player: Sebation Bassong

How I think they did: Chris Houghton will be very happy with 11th place. They had a poor run after Christmas and new year, but when it came to vital stage of the season, they pulled themselve together and started to get momentum right at the end of the season. With a final day with at Manchester City, the fans will be happy. With the signing of Ricky Van Wolfswinkel they will be looking to sneek into the top half of the table next season. With their defensive style this year the likes of Grant Holt and Hoolhan struggled to show their potential this year. 

 

QPR - 

Finished: 20th

Best player: Julio Ceasar

How I think they did: Abysmal. There isn't much to say that already hasn't been said about this QPR team, good team on paper, poor on the field. Mid-way through the season they got rid of Mark Hughes, and brought in Harry Redknapp hoping for a miracle to happen and for them to get that 17th position again. They had a point when they brought in Samba and Remy, who are both very good players, yet Samba was poor in most games he played and Remy brought pace and goals up front but not enough goals, but he has quality to get into the premier league next year with a move. QPR could go two ways next year, they could hold on to there important players or could lose a lot of their players and get back to back relegations. I think the latter will happen. 

 

Reading - 

Finished: 19th

Best player: Adam Le Fondre

How I think they did: I think if you compare QPR and Reading they are two complete opposites. Reading were a club who came up and did not add premier league quality to their team, they were a championship side in the premier league. They would never survive like this, they lacked a lot of quality and that was their main problem. Brain McDermott was a very good manager and sadly was sacked he would have done well with Reading next year in the championship I believe that. Adam Le Fondre was their bright spark in a lacklustre season, he showed that he can come from Rotherham all the way up and get goals at the highest level in England. 

 

Southampton - 

Finished: 14th

Best player: Rickie Lambert

How I think they did: Southampton did better than most people thought they would do, Rickie Lambert was the main reason for that, his power and ability to get passed the defenders is just very English striker. Gaston Ramirez hasn't lived up to what I thought he would be, but this is only his first season in English football so next year he may adapt and improve on his stats. With their continuous changing of goalkeepers I think they should now stick with Boruc he has done very well when he was between the sticks. I think Southampton will want to build on this season and will be looking at a simply bettering their position by 3 if they can. 

 

Stoke - 

Finished: 13th

Best player: Asmir Begovic

How I think they did: They have done average this year, not much to shout about and the fans were worrying before the QPR game having won only 2 games in 2013. They got away from the bottom 3 in the end and finished in a safe 13th position. Now Tony Pulis has gone I hope that they bring in a manager who likes to play football instead of kicking the ball 100ft in the air and hope for the best. Their best player undoubtedly was Begovic their keeper he was outstanding at the start of the campaign and got better over the year. He could be on his way as they have Butland coming in. 

 

Sunderland -

Finished: 17th

Best player: Steven Fletcher

How I think they did: They had a very stop start season this year, Martin O'Neil is a good manager and did very well the previous season, although this season they struggled, when they lost their top scorer Steven Fletcher through injury I did have my worries for them but with their controversial new manager Di Canio, they got to safety. Sunderland took a risk which rarely works. But this time they sacked their manager got their new man in and got the wins they needed to stay up and fight on next season. I think Sunderland will struggle next year as their manager will not be up to this standard of football.

 

Swansea - 

Finished: 9th

Best player: Michu

How I think they did: They had a great start to the season. Migel Michu arguably one of the signings of the season for only £2m and was banging the goals in left right and centre. They had great success possibly due to their new manager Michael Laudrup, who has the best hair in football. The ex-Barcelona player brought the style of Barcelona to Swansea's already tika taka style of play and adapted it, the Swans then went on to win the League Cup and get a top half finish to the season. 

 

Tottenham - 

Finished: 5th

Best player: Gareth Bale

How I think they did: They had a good seasons, racking up more points than any Spurs team have reached in the premier league history. They still missed out on the Champions League place again, but Gareth Bale was the outstanding player in a very good side. I think Hugo Lloris was very underrated this season due to the spot light that was on Bale this year. Another player who did very well in his first season at Spurs was Moussa Dembele. Spurs had a very good season but sadly it was not enough to get their Champions League place, all they need in the summer is 2 strikers and to hold on to Bale. 

 

West Bromich Albion - 

Finished: 8th

Best player: Romelu Lukaku

How I think they did: It was a great season for West Brom this year down to two important characters in the team, Steve Clarke, manager and Romelu Lukaku, striker. Lukaku was different class this season up top, although he wasn't first choice every week he showed his desire to be in it, he also showed how much he loves playing football by saying he wanted to go back on loan at West Brom next season, which would be a good move again for both. As he is still  a youngster he has a very good future ahead of him and did very well. This was their best season in English football and they will look to build on it next season. 

 

West Ham United - 

Finished: 10th

Best player: Kevin Nolan

How I think they did: They did the best of all the promoted teams. They had a great season and Big Sam will be very happy with the hammers. The way they had Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan play together was one of the best partnerships this season. If West Ham don't sign big Andy Carroll it will be a huge loss for their strike force next year. They have adapted from their punting the ball up to the big man style and have got the ball down on the pitch a lot more and have played some really attractive football this year. I think they have cemented their position in the premier league for the next few seasons after this year. 

 

Wigan - 

Finished: 18th

Best player: Arouna Kone

How I think they did: I think Wigan just did a little too much this season. Winning the FA Cup was what relegated the club. Obviously it was great for a side the size of Wigan to win the FA Cup and to beat Manchester City in the cup was amazing for them and their fans. I just think that the great escape that happens every season just couldn't stand a cup run as well. Young Callum McManamann was a bright spark in their season as he played very well and could be back in the premier league next season. I think holding onto Roberto Martinez is a big factor if they can next season. 

 

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