The Week: End of Season Review – Part Two
A season of two halves. First half, there was a lot of controversy surrounding the club and with Andre Villas-Boas joining the club, not many people thought they would get into the top four this year. Second half of the season, they have been a team which could have fought for the title with their performances under Roberto Di Matteo. FA Cup & Champions League glory aside, it has been a bad season for the West Londoners and the club need to sort out their manager and team as a whole and some of their ageing players may not be there at the start of the season.
Player Of The Season: Juan Mata – Consistently been the stand out performer under both managers and his creativity has given Chelsea a new outlet.
Another season where David Moyes has performed wonders with a depleted transfer budget. Usual story though with the Toffees – after an inconsistent start to the season they come up good towards the business end of the season. Fans must be pleased after finishing above Merseyside rivals Liverpoo,l especially with the money they spent in the summer.
Player Of The Season: Nikica Jelavic – A fan favourite straight and if the club had his goals at the start of the season we might have seen the Toffees pushing Newcastle for fifth.
The moneybags way of football has proven to be unsuccessful and has resulted in King Kenny being relieved of his dutie. Spending £150 million on players this season to only come up with the goods in the Carling Cup is not good enough. The base of a good squad is there, and the club need a manager who can give the fand what they want, attractive and winning football. Roberto Martinez of Wigan, Andre Villas-Boas and Rafa Benitez have been touted but whoever does come in needs to come in quick and act now in the transfer market.
Player Of The Season: Luis Suarez – Controversy aside, his goals and dedicated performances have been great. New manager needs to build a new team around him.
First season in charge at Craven Cottage and Martin Jol has provided fans with some exciting football and a team that they can be proud of. Top half finish is probably what the team hoped for and with a few improvements in the off season, there is no reason why the team cannot challenge for the Europa League places next year. Some players like Damien Duff and Danny Murphy are coming towards the end of their careers so Jol might be interested in bringing in some younger players to learn from them and to get used to the Premier League before replacing them in the first team.
Player Of The Season: Clint Dempsey – His goals and performances have been a joy to watch by fans and non fans. No wonder bigger clubs are interested in his services for next season.
Just like Fulham, West Brom have performed above expectations this season. Roy Hodgson has worked wonders with the players he had at his disposal and now he has left the Baggies for the England job, the club are looking for a replacement. Chris Houghton is being touted for the post, but whoever comes in needs to make sure they do not drop back into the Championship and go forward as a club.
Player Of The Season: Ben Foster – Only missed one game all season and his performances have been inspiring for his confidence and the defenders as well.