2016/17 Premier League end of season report

With the new season drawing near and the transfer window about to kick into gear we thought we would look back at how each side fared last season in our Premier League end of season report.

Each side get’s a mark out of five football’s and their form in the league, both domestic cups, as well as Europe should they have been luckily enough to have qualified all count towards their final rating.

Arsenal

Arsenal’s season ended on a high note after winning the FA Cup against the new Premier League champions Chelsea, however a disappointing league campaign saw them finish 6th, outside the Champions League places.

Speaking of the Champions League, Arsenal’s Champions League campaign came to an end in the Round of 16 to Bayern Munich, although this year they were humiliated after losing 10-2 on aggregate.

A lot of work is needed to be done in the transfer window for Arsenal. One of the most important things they need to do though is keep hold of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. Keeping them will help them next season, it will show their intent, and it should help them attract good players, after all what message does selling them send out?

Arsenal get a 3 football star rating.

AFC Bournemouth

Bournemouth finished in the top half of the table, which is a great second season for them. This season was all about taking a step to establishing themselves as a Premier League club by avoiding  relegation which they more than achieved.

They had a dip around February time, when they went on a run of four losses in a row, however after a draw away at Old Trafford their season picked up again, winning their next two games against West Ham and Swansea to lift them clear of the relegation battle.

They have a big summer coming up though, as they have to replace Jack Wilshere (and Nathan Ake who left in January although it looks like they will be replacing Ake with Ake), but they have already signed Asmir Begovic to strengthen their goalkeeping position.

Bournemouth get a 4 football rating.

Burnley

A tale of two sides for Burnley, at home they were one of the best sides this season, but away from home they were one of the worst.

However, ultimately Burnley stayed up, which was their sole aim at the beginning of the season.

If they can keep their good home form from last season and improve their away form then they should do alright next season.

Burnley get a 3 football rating (it was a 5 for their home and 1 for their away form).

Chelsea

Chelsea won the Premier League this season after a disastrous 2015/2016 title defence campaign.

After a blip early on in the season, a 13 match winning streak saw them rise to the top of the table, where they would remain.

The disappointment from the season would be losing to Arsenal in the FA Cup final, where they just didn’t perform well at all, although they weren’t helped by a poor refereeing decision which saw them go 1-0 down early on.

An EFL Cup defeat away at West Ham early in the season was also a bit of a disappointment.

Before the season though not many would have expected Chelsea to win the Premier League, the aim was to finish in the top four and get back into the Champions League.

Chelsea get a 4 football rating.

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace finished in 14th place and seven points clear of relegation at the end of the season which seems incredible when you consider they were in the relegation battle until the last couple of weeks of the season.

The club’s decision to sack Alan Pardew in December and replace him Sam Allardyce, allowing him to have the January transfer window to strengthen the squad how he wanted worked out well even if it did get off to a slow start as they avoided the drop which they didn’t like they would with Pardew at the helm.

Crystal Palace get a rating of three football’s.

Everton

A transitional season for Everton after a poor league campaign the season before and a new manager. Everton started the season brightly, their best start since 1978 in fact, and finished the season 7th and are in the qualifying rounds for the Europa League.

The main bright spot for Everton was some of their young players shining and establishing themselves as part of the first team squad, or in Tom Davies case a place in the starting eleven consistently.

Everton need to sort out the futures of Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku quickly this summer, but the future does look bright for Everton.

Everton get a three football rating.

Hull

Hull started the season brightly beating the then Champions Leicester on the opening day and following that up with a win over Swansea before going on a run of eight games where they picked up just one point. That set the tone for the rest of their season.

They conceded more goals (80) than any other side in the Premier League and only Middlesbrough and Sunderland, who finished below Hull, won fewer games than Hull.

While you can never say that an entire season boils down to one result, the 2-0 defeat to Sunderland in their third to last game really was the turning point as it allowed Swansea to move above them in the relegation fight.

However, they did go on a good run in the EFL Cup, getting to the semi-finals before being knocked out by the eventual winners, Manchester United.

Hull get a two football rating.

Leicester

A mixed season for the reigning Champions. They put in the worst title defence since, well since Chelsea the year before, finishing in 12th, however considering that in February they were 17th and one point above the relegation zone having lost five games in a row isn’t terrible. Just a shame that Claudio Ranieri had to be sacked for the turnaround to happen.

Leicester had a better time in the Champions League, they got the furthest of any of the Premier League clubs reaching the quarter-finals where they were knocked out by Atletico Madrid.

Leicester get three football’s.

Liverpool

They qualified for the Champions League which was the aim before the start of the season, so in that respect they achieved their aims. However, they will be disappointed that it took until the last day of the season to qualify for the Champions League and that they finished fourth given where they were around Christmas time.

Liverpool’s FA Cup campaign was also a disappointed, going out in the fourth round against Wolves after scraping through an FA Cup third round replay against Plymouth Argyle. They did better in the EFL Cup however reaching the semifinals before losing out to Southampton.

Liverpool get a three football rating.

Man City

A transitional season for Man City you can say, after all they had a new manager in Pep Guardiola come in. However, ending the season trophyless means it is a disappointing season. I wonder if Pep regrets fielding a weakened side in the EFL Cup now.

After the start they had in the league, it is surprising that they fell out of the title race pretty early on. Although I think the biggest disappointment was the Champions League, getting knocked out having won the first leg 5-3 at home against Monaco.

Gabriel Jesus being available from the start of the season, as well as the signing of Bernardo Silva and new full backs coming in, Man City are one of the favourites for the title next season.

Man City get a two football rating.

Man United

Man United won two trophies this season, the EFL Cup and Europa League, and qualified for the Champions League through winning the latter.

However those two trophy wins, as great as they were, mask a disappointing league campaign that saw Man United finish in 6th, 24 points behind Champions Chelsea and seven points off Liverpool in fourth. This after they set a new record transfer fee when they signed Paul Pogba from Juventus.

Man United get a rating of two football’s.

Middlesbrough

Sound defensively but very poor going forward cost Middlesbrough dearly in their long awaited return to the Premier League that ended with a rather meek relegation.

There aren’t many highlights for Middlesbrough as they finished the season with the fewest wins and fewest number of goals, at least they weren’t spanked by any of the Big Boys in the league.

Middlesbrough get a rating of one football.

Southampton

Southampton finished in 8th place, the best of the rest. Pretty much where they would have been expected to finish at the start of the season as they have finished in that part of the table the last couple of years now.

The highlight of the season for Southampton was reaching the EFL Cup final where they were somewhat unlucky against Manchester United. However, failing to progress from their group in the Europa League will be of particular disappointment along with the style of football which has cost manager Claude Puel his job.

Southampton get a three football rating.

Stoke

We’ve said all season in our Premier League weekend wrap ups that this will be a big summer for Stoke and Mark Hughes and we stand by that.

They finished in 13th place, 10 points clear of the relegation zone after having flirted with the relegation fight early in the season, but also just two points short of Southampton in 8th. That could be seen as comfortably mid-table, but Stoke are an established Premier League side now and a lot of that toughness normally associated with Stoke just wasn’t there this season.

Stoke get a two football rating.

Sunderland

David Moyes conceded very early on that Sunderland would be in a relegation battle and that really set the tone for the season.

Sunderland were poor. Let’s not dwell on just how poor they were, they’ve got a lot of work to do if they want to get back into the Premier League.

Sunderland get a 1 football rating.

Swansea

Three managers in one season. That says a lot about Swansea’s season.

However their third manager, Paul Clement, took over in early January and guided the Swans to safety so clearly it was the right decision.

Swansea got a brilliant result at Anfield and when the pressure was on them to get a result at home against Everton to put safety in their own hands after seeing Hull lose to Sunderland earlier in the day, they delivered.

If they had managed to get Clement in earlier then perhaps their Premier League status would have been confirmed a lot earlier.

Swansea get a 3 football rating.

Tottenham Hotspur

No silverware, but back to back seasons qualifying for the Champions League and being the nearest challenger for the title, building on the success of last season.

They will be disappointed that they didn’t get to the FA Cup final, after losing to Chelsea at Wembley in the semi finals.

Their Champions League campaign was also a big disappointment, dropping down to the Europa League, before getting eliminated in the round of 32 to Gent.

The big task for them next season is settling into Wembley quickly, their temporary home for a season whilst their new stadium is built, doing better in the Champions League and ensuring they qualify for the Champions League for the following season.

Tottenham get three football rating.

Watford

A poor end to the season saw Watford finish in 17th, just one place above the relegation zone, which is shocking when you consider that they were set in 10th place in April with five games left to play.

The manager has already gone and his replacement, Marco Silva, hired as they look to forget about this season and plan ahead for the next.

Watford get just one football.

West Brom

West Brom finished a comfortable 10th but they should have finished in 8th and a set a new points record for the club. It was theirs for the taking. They won just one game after February, OK it was a 3-1 win over Arsenal at home which is good but it’s not enough. In their last 12 games they won one, drew two and lost nine. It is not good enough.

On the other hand, they were never involved in the relegation battle and they had reached their 40 point target in February with 12 games to spare which shows how well they were doing up until that point.

West Brom get a three football rating.

West Ham

A difficult first season for West Ham in their new stadium, although that was always to be expected, which saw them got off to a slow start and had them spend a large part of the early season in and around the relegation area. They also suffered several heavy defeats at home against the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool in the league and Manchester City in both the league and FA Cup.

There was also the disappointment of not being able to qualify for the group stages of the Europa League and the whole Dimitri Payet saga.

In the end they finished the season in 11th, one point behind Southampton in 8th while managing a tricky move into a new stadium and losing arguably their best player.

West Ham get a rating of three footballs.

Those are our rating for all the Premier League clubs for last season, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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