There was one final throw of the dice from Liverpool in their attempt to claim their first Premier League title, but it was Manchester City who ultimately came up trumps securing a second title in three years. For one last time in the 2013/14 season, it’s the PA Team of the Week, lining out at 3-5-2.
GK – Simon Mignolet:
It may not have ended in a title but Liverpool did all they could on Sunday, beating Newcastle 2-1. They went about it the hard way playing poorly in the opening stages but Mignolet made some fine saves to keep the score down, His save from Gouffran was one that particularly stuck out.
DF – Vincent Kompany:
The captain scored his side’s second of the afternoon, ultimately securing the title in Manuel Pellegrini’s début season. An excellent player, Kompany rallied his troops throughout the season, and is the type of player Liverpool are lacking.
DF – Ryan Shawcross:
Stoke wrapped up their season with an away win over West Brom, with Shawcross picking up the man of the match award. The Stoke captain has been instrumental in getting his side into the top ten, finishing 9th and his display against West Brom was typical of his performances all season.
DF – Carl Jenkinson:
Jenkinson scored Arsenal’s second goal and his first senior goal and generally played well against Norwich. Got forward well and was solid at the back. With Sagna seemingly heading for the exit door, he may see more playing time next season.
MF – Paulinho:
The Brazilian showed a glimpse of just how good he can be against Aston Villa, dominating the midfield from start to finish. You feel if he had played like he did on Sunday all season Spurs might have had a better season. Paulinho opened the scoring for his side in the 3-0 and will now be looking toward the World Cup with Brazil.
MF – Aaron Ramsey:
How different a season it would have been had Ramsey been fit all season? He was superb against Norwich and his goal, a sublime volley from an Olivier Giroud cross opened the scoring for Arsenal as they consigned Norwich to relegation to England’s second tier.
MF –Samir Nasri:
The Frenchman opened the scoring at the Etihad with a superb strike firing home in off the post. The goal caused an eruption of celebration amongst the Manchester City and he set up his side’s second. He got the party started and put City on their way to victory over West Ham.
MF – Adam Lallana:
It was another excellent performance from the Saints captain as he was at the heart of all that was good for Southampton. He looks set to be heading for Rio, but is he also set for the St Mary’s exit door? If this was his last game for Southampton, he has certainly given them a reason to smile after his performances this season.
MF – Nathan Dyer:
Garry Monk celebrated being given the Swansea job on a permanent basis with 3-1 win over Sunderland to wrap up the season. Nathan Dyer played excellently, opening the scoring for has side and causing Sunderland all sorts of problems. Wilfried Bony also starred, but Dyer gets the nod in this week’s team.
FW – Dwight Gayle:
Another brace for Crystal Palace’s forward as he ends the season in rich goal scoring form. It looked like his two goals were going to be enough for Palace to end their season on a high with three points but Fulham fought back to earn a 2-2 draw.
FW – Romelu Lukaku:
The Belgian striker heads back to London after a superb season with Everton. Hull looked uninterested, focusing on the FA Cup Final, but that did not stop Lukaku from enjoying a fine final game for the Toffees.
He scored his 15th goal of the season in the 2-0 win and will look forward to leading the line with Belgium in the World Cup. The big question is, where will Lukaku be playing his football next season and will Roberto Martinez be able to tempt him back to Goodison?
Steve Neville, Pundit Arena.
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