The 2017-2018 Premier League Season is over
The Premier League season has come to a close, and what a wild ride it was. Manchester City ran away with the league, the rest of the top 6 separated from the pack quickly, and the relegation battle was intense all year. I’ll take you through some of the highs and lows.
Manchester City breaking records
It took a late win on the final day to get there, but City set some incredible records.
- 100 points
- 32 wins
- 16 away wins
- 106 goals scored
- 19 points above second place Manchester United
- +79 goal difference
- 153 minutes trailing all season
I really don’t know what else to say. Wow.
Mohammed Salah scored the most goals in a 38-game Premier League season. This dude was absolutely unreal all season long. If you don’t believe me, check this out.
Top 6 Dominant
Beyond City, the rest of the top 6 was dominant. I nearly picked the top 6 perfectly back in January. City was already in the driver’s seat, but some surges from Tottenham and Liverpool, as well as some poor play from Chelsea, nearly made me look damn good. So close, but so far. To say the top 6 was dominant seems weird given the struggles that 2-6 had over the course of the season. But there was really no contest.
- Arsenal (hahahahahahaha)
The ones we lost
I can’t lie. I’m really sad to see Swansea go down. I’ve had a soft spot for them since they were last promoted. The Swans did such a good job staying up all these years, and even were able to manage a top 10 stay for a while. They have some talent there, so I hope their youth can give a strong showing and get them back up to the PL quickly. They used three different managers over the course of the season (Paul Clement, Leon Britton, Carlos Carvalhal), so hopefully they can create some stability.
Stoke would have been relegated with or without Mark Hughes. To be honest, even though I didn’t want to see Southampton go down, I would have been amused if two Mark Hughes managed clubs were relegated in the same season. After Hughes, Eddie Niedzwiecki acted as caretaker for 1 match before Paul Lambert took the helm. Even after that, they only managed 7 wins, and had the worst goal difference in the league (-33).
West Brom had a glimmer of hope at the end of the season, but still ended up finishing last. Tony Pulis was fired in November, followed by caretaker Gary Megson. Alan Pardew came into the fold after 2 matches under Megson. He managed 21 matches, but only won 3 of them. He was replaced in April by Darren Moore, who leg the club to 3 wins and 1 draw over 6 matches. If they can keep some stability they may not stay down in the Championship for too long.
The escape artists
As we say goodbye to Swansea, Stoke, and West Brom, I was thinking back to early and mid-season. Thinking about the teams that seemed to be a sure shot to go down. It took Crystal Palace 7 games to score a goal. They fired Frank de Boer after just 4 games. David Moyes wasn’t exactly the savior for West Ham. They looked rough.
Everton was saved by Big Sam (Sam Allardyce). That’s the most amusing to me. He represents the most boring football in my eyes, yet he brought the Toffees out of the relegation fight and into a top 10 finish. I can’t decide whether or not I think Sam will be back at Goodison Park next season. On one hand, he brought them into the top 10. On the other, he’s Sam Allardyce. There’s also Southampton, who barely escaped the end of the season. You’re lucky, Mark Hughes. You’re lucky.
All 3 teams promoted teams stayed up. This is only the third time in Premier League history each of the promoted teams stayed up for a second season. Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland did it in 2001/2002, while Queen’s Park Rangers, Norwich City and Swansea City did it in 2011/2012.
It got a bit dicey for Huddersfield toward the end, but ultimately they did enough. And that’s awesome. They are definitely a feel-good story, and I hope they can get some funds to gear them up for a long stay in the Premier League. Rafa Benitez took a Newcastle team from the Championship to a top 10 finish. The man is a genius. Brighton drew Spurs, drew Liverpool, and beat United in the final run of the season. That should give them some confidence going into the summer and the next campaign.
The best part about this? Huddersfield and Brighton made their Premier League season debuts this season. That’s something.
Au Revoir Arsene
Arsene Wenger left Arsenal at season’s end. He’s been managing there since 1996. In those 22 years, he did some pretty special stuff, despite the fact that he was the leader of the enemy.
- 1,235 games in charge
- 17 trophies
- 57.2% win rate
- Average league position is 3rd place
- Averaged 1.9 goals per game
- Managed only undefeated Premier League season in history
Goal of the season
Time is running out to vote for the official Premier League goal of the season. Below is a list of players up for it based on the goal of the month winners so far.
- Charlie Daniels
- Antonio Valencia
- Sofiane Boufal
- Wayne Rooney
- Jermain Defoe
- Victor Wanyama
- Jamie Vardy
- Christian Eriksen