Another Premier League season has come to an end and it has been quite an extraordinary one. Vincent O’Shea is here to dish out the end of season awards.
Manchester City have won their second title in three season and deservedly so. Liverpool just fell short at the final hurdle, while Manchester United have had a forgettable season. Arsenal won their annual fourth place trophy and Mourinho entertained off the pitch but ended up trophyless.
Meanwhile, Sunderland produced the great escape of the season while Norwich, Fulham and Cardiff suffered relegation. Throw into all of that the mind games, controversial incidents and of course the managerial merry-go-round and it’s been another vintage Premier League season. Let’s pick out the best bits.
Team of the Season
GK: David De Gea
The Spanish goalkeeper is the only Manchester United player that deserves to be near this team. He deservedly won United’s Fans Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year. He has continued to improve this season and firmly shut his early critics up by becoming one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.
The excellent shot stopper has gotten used to the physicality of the Premier League and is unlucky that Spain are currently blessed with so many world class keepers. David Marshall, Hugo Lloris and Petr Cech are unlucky to miss out.
DF: Seamus Coleman
Coleman has proved himself to be the best right back in the Premier League and has thrived under Martinez. He has been wonderful going forward and reliable in defending. All this bodes well for the Irish national team, and it is great to see such a talented Irish player. It is all the more impressive when he has overshadowed the likes of Pablo Zabaleta and Branislav Ivanovic.
DF: John Terry
The Chelsea veteran looked back to his best this season and was the key man in a very solid Chelsea defence. Chelsea need to keep Terry at the club for as long as they can. He is one of the best centre backs to have graced the Premier League era whether you like him or not. England could certainly do with him.
DF: Vincent Kompany
The winning City captain is in many ways their most important player, with him in their team they look so much more assured on and off the pitch. Despite that mistake against Liverpool, the Belgian is a great leader on and off the pitch. Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka have also had great seasons.
DF: Luke Shaw
There is no doubt about it this young man is going to have a big future. For an 18-year-old, the Saints left back is a big threat going forward and an incredibly composed defender for such a young man. Southampton will struggle to hold onto him for next season. Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with a move.
MF: David Silva
They call him the Spanish magician and he is an absolutely outstanding footballer. Silva provides vital assists and goals for his team, he would be overlooked for this team by many people and wrongly so. He is a crucial part in the Manchester City machine.
MF: Yaya Toure
The Ivorian is a beast blessed with ferocious strength, pace and skill. He is the third highest scorer in the league with 20 goals and that is very impressive for a central midfield player. Toure is by far the best central midfielder in the Premier League. A truly awesome sight to behold.
MF: Steven Gerrard
The Liverpool captain will be gutted to have missed out on his dream title and that slip against Chelsea was crucial. However, he has been a great player for Liverpool over the years and was a key driving force in their title bid. He deserves his place on the team. His teammate Jordan Henderson isn’t far away.
MF: Adam Lallana
The 25-year-old has been the surprise player of the season. He has impressed many with his ability on the ball and will surely be another Southampton player in England’s World Cup squad. Lallana has taken the Premier League by storm, surprising many and edges out the fantastic Eden Hazard.
CF: Daniel Sturridge – Another player that has surprised many with his goals tally and he is guaranteed a place on the plane to Brazil. His partnership with Luis Suarez has been brilliant. He will be vital to England’s World Cup hopes.
CF: Luis Suarez
The Uruguayan striker walks into this team and deserves his title as PFA Player of the Year. His footballing ability and goals tally have been an invaluable asset to Liverpool. He has also improved his attitude this season and Liverpool need to keep him away from the clutches of Real Madrid if they are to be successful next season. A truly world class player who comes closer than most to Ronaldo and Messi.
Game of the Season
Liverpool 3-3 Crystal Palace
With eleven minutes to go Liverpool were cruising to a 3-0 win and looking good to keep the pressure on Manchester City. However, their inexperience and naiveté when pushing for more goals told and they were duly punished in a frantic finish.
Goals from Delaney and a brace for Dwight Gayle broke Liverpool hearts and had Luiz Suarez in tears. Palace and Pulis deserve credit for their season but this game was where Liverpool threw away the title.
This was one of the most shocking and incredible Premier League comebacks. Liverpool’s 3-2 win over Man City deserves special mention also.
Goal of the season
Jack Wilshere vs Norwich
There have been cracking goals this season but team goals are special and this one from Wilshere seriously was. You could watch this goal again and again:
Wayne Rooney vs West Ham
Jonjo Shelvey vs Aston Villa
Other Notable Awards
Manager of the Season
Tony Pulis. Brendan Rodgers is unlucky here but the impact Pulis had on Palace was very impressive.
Defining Moment of the Season
Steven Gerrard slip vs Chelsea. There could be no other moment.
Flop of the Season
Marouane Fellaini. Very much a symbol of Moyes’ reign at United. Other notable mentions include Tom Cleverley, Erik Lamela and Ricky Van Wolfswinkel.
Shock Result of the Season
Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea.
Worst Refereeing Call
Andre Marriner’s decision to send off Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was horrendous. It was almost as bad as the Gunners’ defence as they suffered a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Chelsea.
Header of the Season
Alan Pardew’s decision to headbutt Hull’s David Meyler was disgraceful, great header though.
Meyler’s decision to mock the incident during his goal celebration against Sunderland was brilliant.
Vincent O’Shea, Pundit Arena.
Featured Image By John Urquhart (Flickr: Manchester City v Real Madrid 21/11/12) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.