Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Best & Worst of the Premier League 2013/14

The 2013/14 Premier League is now over and has crowned Manchester City as Champions for the 2nd time in 3 years. Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal occupied 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively, whereas Everton and Tottenham grabbed the Europa League spots in 5th and 6th. At the other end Norwich City, Fulham and Cardiff City all got relegated. It's been a much more unpredictable season this time around, so I'm going to give my verdict on some of the best and worst players, moments etc...of the season.

Player of the season: Luis Suarez
You can hate him all you want and despise his constant diving, this guy is the best player in the Premier League at the moment. I'd rate him slightly above Yaya Toure as the best in the league simply because, to be fair, he plays with inferior players week in, week out, and still manages every single week to cause trouble to defences across the country. I can't think of a better striker in world football at the moment. I feel dirty saying that...

Best Signing of the season: Romelu Lukaku
The Belgian striker was on loan all season at Everton from Chelsea and he performed brilliantly. To think that Chelsea's biggest problem this season was not having a proper out-and-out striker is ridiculous considering they shipped Lukaku off so easily. Let's see what his future plans are because his 16 goals this season will definitely get him some interested suitors.

Worst Signing of the season: Erik Lamela
There are quite a few candidates in here (Fellaini, Osvaldo, Soldado, Aspas...), but Lamela takes this title. Having cost Tottenham 30 million (yes 30!), he hasn't played a single game in 2014 and when he did play, he looked completely out of his depth. Hashtags such as #FreeLamela have done the rounds and it's fair to say that he's been by far the biggest flop of the season considering he was brought in to replace Gareth Bale.

Match of the season: Manchester City 6 - 3 Arsenal
This game was just ridiculous. Horrible defending was met with glee by both sets of attacking sides, making it an incredibly enjoyable game for a neutral. Let's not forget to mention that there were 2 goals in added time and that this was probably the game that announced to the Premier League just how good Fernandinho is.

Moment of the season: Paolo Di Canio in front of Sunderland fans
This was entertainment at its best. You could almost feel like he was acting in a Hollywood movie when Di Canio stood out there in front of Sunderland's fans who were booing him and telling him to leave the club. Subsequently he did leave the club and Gus Poyet took over and saved them. A close second would be Steven Gerrard's "300"-like speech that made everyone believe that this was going to be their year until he slipped.

Disappointment of the season: David Moyes

Having won the Community Shield and then his first game in charge in Swansea, you could imagine that Moyes must have thought the job was going to be a piece of cake. He was so incredibly useless that he makes Roy Hodgson's tenure at Liverpool feel like a success.

Losers of the year: Manchester United
I'm trying to think of what can be said that hasn't been said already by everyone (including United fans like myself). The whole "Chosen One" banner was a farce, not to mention the "Wrong One" banner which followed, as well as the poor management by the newly-appointed David Moyes which went hand in hand with the poor decision-making by Ed Woodward. To put it into one solid sentence: Manchester United were terriblethis year and have got no one to blame but themselves. Sir Alex's handpicked successor proved to be a horrible choice and the blind faith United's superiors put in him was shocking at times. It's all over now and United's fans can breathe a sigh of relief and hope for better days ahead. All in all, it was an embarrassing season to be a United fan.

Manager of the year: Tony Pulis

You can talk about Brendan Rodgers or Manuel Pellegrini, but the job that Pulis did in bringing Crystal Palace back from the dead was incredible. They were a laughing stock at the beginning of the season, but somehow he managed to revitalize them and get them out of the drop zone and into safety while performing quite admirably. I'd also say that Gus Poyet deserves a mention given his final month "miracle" which saved Sunderland.

Young Player of the year: Seamus Coleman
There were a few candidates in here, but Coleman was quite simply superb. His 7 goals this season were priceless and he was an instrumental part in what made Everton's defence one of the meanest all season (conceding only 39 goals - only Chelsea have a better record).

Goal of the season: Wayne Rooney / Jonjo Shelvey
Both equally and similarly impressive, I can't seem to decide which one I prefer. Both of them were purely instinctive making them both brilliant goals.

What are yours?