Sky Sports writers’ end-of-season verdicts: Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah and Christian Eriksen among the best this Premier League campaign

With one other Premier League season completed and dusted, our Sky Sports writers give their verdicts on the best participant, supervisor, objective and far more…

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Peter Smith: Eriksen’s spectacular Brentford impression

Player of the season: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

No Premier League trophy however it was one other standout season from Mo Salah, who completed as joint-top scorer and prime help maker. His scoring streak in the first half of the season was on one other stage, with sturdy instances being made for him to be recognised as the best participant in the world, and when the targets dried up in the second half of the campaign he continued to have an effect, organising essential targets towards Man City and Villarreal.

Manager of the season: Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)

The truth Liverpool have been on the brink of an unimaginable home treble with quarter-hour to play on the remaining day of the season is credit score to the manner Jurgen Klopp has been capable of create a relentless mentality in his group of gamers. A 19-game unbeaten streak virtually led to a sensational change in the title race however with the Carabao Cup and FA Cup received and a Champions League remaining to come back, it has been an outstanding season regardless.

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Jurgen Klopp displays on an exhilarating remaining day, together with his Liverpool aspect narrowly lacking out on the Premier League trophy by one level

Signing of the season: Christian Eriksen (Brentford)

Christian Eriksen’s return to a soccer pitch was a celebration in itself however the truth he was capable of have such an impression on Brentford’s season provides to the unimaginable story of his comeback from final summer time’s cardiac arrest – and is testomony to his high quality. With the Dane pulling the strings in midfield, Brentford received seven of the 10 video games he performed – they solely received six of the different 28.

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Goal of the season: Mohamed Salah vs Man City

Both video games between Liverpool and Man City oozed high quality and watching Salah slalom previous sky blue shirts to the sound of gasps from the house crowd at Anfield earlier than ending into the far nook is certainly one of my highlights of the season. A prime participant in peak type delivering on the massive stage.

Moment of the season: Man City’s remaining day comeback vs Villa

Like my objective of the season, my second of the season was additionally skilled in the press field at Anfield – however the motion was going down 35 miles away at the Etihad Stadium. With Man City trailing 2-0, Liverpool’s supporters have been roaring their aspect forwards in the hunt for a objective towards Wolves which might have moved them prime of the desk. Then got here the three swift strikes for the eventual champions. Two brilliantly-matched groups, slugging it out till the remaining whistle of the season.

Match of the season: Chelsea 1-4 Brentford

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Brentford’s win over Chelsea

Other video games had a much bigger bearing on the end result of the season however this shock outcome had some massive storylines wrapped round it, with Chelsea supporters protesting towards how UK Government sanctions have been impacting their membership earlier than the recreation and their workforce lastly displaying the pressure of these off-field issues on it. As for Brentford, it was maybe the best win of their historical past, with Eriksen excellent and some sensible targets scored by the guests after Antonio Rudiger’s thunderbolt.

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Player of the season: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

It is difficult to miss anybody else however Salah. He leads the manner in virtually each statistical attacking class – sharing the Golden Boot with Heung-Min Son – and continues to carry his best for Liverpool. While it won’t at all times be the headline-grabbing exploits of his early seasons in crimson, he stays their spearhead in direction of continued success.

Manager of the season: Thomas Frank (Brentford)

The job Thomas Frank has completed with Brentford this season is thoughts blowing. He has not solely stored the Bees in the Premier League of their first top-flight season, however by a snug margin too. They have been by no means in relegation hazard and have picked up some memorable outcomes alongside the manner.

Signing of the season: Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle)

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Bruno Guimaraes has shone for Newcastle since his January arrival

It has not taken lengthy for Bruno Guimaraes to have an effect at Newcastle and cement himself as a cult hero. His performances have been excellent, match-winning and much-needed as the Magpies impressively pulled themselves away from what seemed like an inevitable relegation battle. He has been at the forefront of that, galvanising the membership – and completed all of it in just some months.

Goal of the season: Rodri vs Everton

What a shocking hit it was from Rodri as he blasted house a strike from 25 yards towards Everton in November. It had energy, precision and good timing as certainly one of the standout targets this yr and he scored an identical objective towards Watford later in the season too.

Moment of the season: Christian Eriksen returns with Brentford

After the heartbreaking scenes at Euro 2020, it was a spotlight of the Premier League season to see Eriksen make a triumphant return to motion towards Newcastle in February. His performances for Brentford since have confirmed he’s nonetheless massively gifted and Bees followers can be hoping he stays past this summer time.

Match of the season: Man City 2-3 Tottenham

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Tottenham’s win at Manchester City

This February encounter was one you would not take your eyes off. Two targets in added-time – a Riyad Mahrez equaliser adopted by Harry Kane’s last-minute winner – was enormous in each the title race and battle for the prime 4. The truth Kane scored twice was additionally an enormous blow towards his long-time suitors, including further spice to a dramatic encounter.

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Player of the season: Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)

If you had requested me a few months in the past, the reply would have been easy however Salah has been usurped since then. As his type tailed off – albeit from unimaginable heights – Kevin De Bruyne’s exploded, the Belgian serving to to propel Pep Guardiola’s aspect to the title.

Manager of the season: Pep Guardiola (Man City)

It helps when you may name on gamers like De Bruyne, after all. And when you may have gamers of Jack Grealish’s calibre ready in reserve. But I nonetheless should go for the supervisor who received the title. When City seemed like choking, he hauled them over the line, his modifications instrumental of their recoveries towards West Ham and Aston Villa.

Signing of the season: Luis Diaz (Liverpool)

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Luis Diaz has had a huge effect at Liverpool

A number of names spring to thoughts. Marc Cucurella has been a revelation for Brighton. I’ve cherished watching Martin Odegaard at Arsenal. But one stands head and shoulders above the relaxation and that’s Luis Diaz. What a participant. What an impression. And he’s solely simply getting began.

Goal of the season: Mateo Kovacic vs Liverpool

I often go for a workforce objective in this class however I’ll make an exception for Mateo Kovacic’s absolute stunner towards Liverpool in January. Alisson obtained a lot peak on his punch however a back-peddling Kovacic one way or the other leathered it straight again at him and into the prime nook. An ideal strike.

Moment of the season: Christian Eriksen’s return

The Dane made such a shocking impression at Brentford, single-handedly reworking a aspect preventing relegation into one competing for a top-10 end, however it’s extraordinary he has even been capable of take to the pitch once more after what he went via. The second Norwich’s Brandon Williams went to berate him, solely to understand who he was and hug him as a substitute, summed up the goodwill his story has generated.

Match of the season: West Ham 2-2 Man City

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Highlights from West Ham’s match towards Manchester City in the Premier League

It was a pleasure to be at the London Stadium to cowl West Ham’s current assembly with Manchester City. Mark Noble’s send-off made for an extraordinarily-emotional event and the recreation itself was not unhealthy both, a pulsating encounter which showcased West Ham’s capacity to punch above their weight and City’s formidable powers of restoration.

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Player of the season: Heung-Min Son (Tottenham)

The shock is that Son nonetheless one way or the other doesn’t get the credit score he deserves. The South Korean is consistently neglected for the principal prizes, as he was for the PFA and Premier League Player of the Season awards. But the 29-year-old would get into any aspect in Europe as he has been acting at a world-class stage now for a while.

This was his most influential season but – and have been he on penalty duties, I’m certain those that decide a participant’s value based mostly purely on the most surface-level statistics would have a unique opinion.

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Manager of the season: Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)

It shouldn’t be fairly often a aspect reaches the most variety of video games one can play in a season, however Klopp took Liverpool to the brink of a historic quadruple. The encounter with Real Madrid in the Champions League remaining is their 63rd match of the campaign, and Klopp has skilfully managed his squad to make sure fatigue has by no means been a problem. Whatever the end result in Paris, it has been a really outstanding yr.

Signing of the season: Christian Eriksen (Brentford)

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It is the feelgood story of the season, however Eriksen has at all times been at pains to concentrate on getting his footballing profession again on observe quite than the chastening occasions of final summer time and so ought to we. Signed as a free switch on a short-term deal, he has fitted seamlessly into Frank’s construction at Brentford and his type lifted the Bees comfortably away from any relegation hazard.

Since Eriksen made his first begin for Brentford towards Norwich on March 5, solely Tottenham (26), Liverpool (26) and Manchester City (24) have received extra factors than Frank’s aspect in the Premier League (22).

Indeed, Ivan Toney made a robust case for the Dane to be the membership’s participant of the season regardless of solely being current for simply over three months. Class is everlasting.

Goal of the season: Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea vs Liverpool)

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Chelsea’s draw towards Liverpool

The hardest to choose. I wrestle to recollect final weekend’s targets, it has been so relentless and there have been so many, however one which sticks in the reminiscence is Kovacic’s strike towards Liverpool just because it was so distinctive in its execution.

Does it have a reputation? The Kovacic skip? The manner the Croatian readjusts his toes and strikes the ball with the outdoors of his proper boot as he’s pedalling backwards. In off the put up, with tempo and dip worthy of the event. A factor of magnificence.

Moment of the season: Mark Noble bids farewell to West Ham

Mr West Ham, a one-club man. Noble was met with an unimaginable reception for his final house recreation for the Hammers towards Manchester City and his farewell speech was stuffed with emotion, class and humility.

“I’ve lived every fan’s dream,” he mentioned having made the final of his 550 appearances for his boyhood membership. Noble’s unwavering loyalty is a throwback and one thing of a dying breed, however he was additionally a wonderful participant who by no means forgot his roots.

Match of the season: Everton 3-2 Crystal Palace

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Everton’s win towards Crystal Palace

There have been some breathless encounters that meant the coronary heart charge for the Premier League title race and quest for the Champions League nonetheless had a pulse proper up till the remaining day of the season. Manchester City 2-3 Tottenham, Spurs 3-0 Arsenal, the Chelsea vs Liverpool tetralogy. But in years from now, maybe the most important got here in the remaining week at Goodison Park.

Evertonians have endured a wretched campaign however they dragged their aspect again from over the canyon to relegation in the closing weeks, culminating in this well-known night time at the previous floor. To query the pitch celebrations for staying up when the membership has spent cash to attain European soccer is to overlook the level. This was soccer in its rawest type.

Trailing 2-0 solely to win 3-2 and safe survival? That has occurred to this membership earlier than in 1994 towards Wimbledon, however Everton’s No 9 heading in the winner in entrance of the Gwladys Street 5 minutes from time made this an instantaneous Goodison traditional.

Sam Blitz: Thomas Frank made it look really easy at Brentford

Player of the season: Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)

How do you cease Salah from profitable the Premier League once more? The reply: you may have a mercurial expertise like De Bruyne in your workforce. The Belgian star has been excellent in City’s title defence this season, producing sensible moments in entrance of objective to turn out to be the best all-round midfielder in the world proper now. With moments reminiscent of that glorious cross for Ilkay Gundogan’s title-clinching winner towards Aston Villa on the remaining day, he was actually the distinction in the title race.

Manager of the season: Thomas Frank (Brentford)

To put Brentford’s achievement into context, they’d the smallest wage finances by far with round £40m spent. The different three groups with a finances beneath £100m obtained relegated.

Frank made it look really easy in the Premier League this season. The Bees have been such a breath of recent air to the prime flight with glorious attacking soccer you hardly ever see from the promoted groups. Frank himself is entertaining in press conferences and enigmatic on the touchline – however let’s not neglect Brentford took factors off Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham too.

Signing of the season: Luis Diaz (Liverpool)

Just if you thought Liverpool’s entrance line couldn’t deal with some further spark, alongside got here Diaz. The Colombian winger has settled in so rapidly to life at Anfield, together with his confidence and directness aligning completely with Klopp’s philosophy. The most horrifying factor is Diaz is now solely going to get higher…

Goal of the season: Alexandre Lacazette vs Southampton

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal’s win towards Southampton in the Premier League

How soccer ought to be performed. A workforce transfer that began from Aaron Ramsdale at the again, with some intricate one-touch passing from Takehiro Tomiyasu and Odegaard to launch Bukayo Saka down the proper – then there’s Lacazette’s emphatic end. Yes, there was some questionable Southampton defending in there however what a workforce objective from the Gunners.

Moment of the season: Tottenham’s Sergio Reguilon and Eric Dier stopping the recreation away at Newcastle

One of the unlucky recurring themes we now have seen this season is the quantity of stoppages in Premier League video games as a result of medical emergencies in the crowds – however let’s not neglect the highly effective second the place followers and gamers got here collectively to avoid wasting a life.

Tottenham’s Eric Dier and Sergio Reguilon alerted referee Andre Marriner to an incident in the Newcastle crowd again in October after a fan suffered a cardiac arrest. The awareness-raising cries from the house help abruptly made it attainable for followers to assist these round them, setting a precedent that has saved a number of lives among soccer followers this season.

Match of the season: Brentford 3-3 Liverpool

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from the 3-3 draw between Brentford and Liverpool

When a Premier League recreation really ended up changing into like an old school cup tie. Brentford have been fearless towards certainly one of the best sides in the world, in a recreation that basically may have ended up 5-5. A outcome that introduced Brentford’s correct arrival on the massive stage – and how pricey have been these two dropped factors for Liverpool in the title race?

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Player of the season: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Salah tops the Premier League’s objective and help charts, with 37 objective involvements in simply 35 video games. But it isn’t simply his numbers which might be spectacular – it’s when and the place he offers them. In 10 video games towards the remainder of the ‘massive six’, the Liverpool ahead scored 9 occasions and arrange one other 4. Even although the targets have dried up barely in current months, Klopp has stored Salah in the workforce and Liverpool have stored on profitable – his significance can’t be overstated.

Manager of the season: Graham Potter (Brighton)

Graham Potter has Brighton punching above their weight in the prime half of the Premier League, whereas his capacity to combine and then enhance younger gamers is so spectacular. The truth the Seagulls have various gamers catching the eye of larger golf equipment is not any coincidence. After serving to Brighton to wins over Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United this season, it could not be a shock to see Potter himself in line for a high-profile transfer in the close to future.

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Graham Potter has had one other profitable season with Brighton

Signing of the season: Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace)

The most eye-catching transfers got here in January, however this award ought to go to a participant who made an impression for his or her aspect all through the season. There weren’t many massive names on the transfer final summer time, which can clarify why I thought-about Craig Dawson as a candidate for this award. However, he has been pipped by Conor Gallagher. The 22-year-old midfielder is the Eagles’ second-highest scorer and his performances have earned him his first England caps. Gallagher has the expertise to ascertain himself again at Chelsea subsequent season.

Goal of the season: Mohamed Salah vs Man City

As detailed above, Salah has an uncanny knack for rising to the massive event, and there was no finer instance than his beautiful objective in the 2-2 draw towards Manchester City at Anfield in October. Matches between City and Liverpool typically have a direct impression on the vacation spot of the Premier League title, which made Salah’s objective – a rasping end on his ‘weaker’ proper foot after he twisted the champions’ defence inside out – much more particular.

Moment of the season: Christian Eriksen’s return

A one-side Newcastle win over a 10-man Brentford workforce will at all times be remembered as being the recreation that noticed Eriksen’s return, eight months after he suffered a cardiac arrest enjoying for Denmark towards Finland at Euro 2020. The stadium stood as one to provide Eriksen a spine-tingling reception that mirrored the pleasure – and aid – soccer followers really feel at seeing the midfielder again doing what he does best.

Match of the season: Man Utd 0-5 Liverpool

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool’s win towards Manchester United

Give me drama, shock and – ideally – meltdowns on and off the pitch. With this in thoughts, Liverpool’s 5-0 thrashing of Manchester United at Old Trafford in October is the undoubted match of the season. Klopp’s aspect embarrassed their greatest rivals in their very own yard. Liverpool ran in laughably straightforward targets, Paul Pogba obtained himself despatched off and Sky Sports’ Gary Neville delivered more and more damning verdicts on his previous aspect from the gantry. Sensational viewing.

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Player of the season: Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)

There shouldn’t be a participant in the Premier League who makes soccer look as straightforward as De Bruyne does. Watching the Manchester City midfielder in full move – like his beautiful hat-trick at Wolves – is just a pleasure, and he has been at all of it season. De Bruyne doesn’t run, he glides. He strikes the ball cleaner than Tiger Woods’ seven-iron. He is the motive why City have pipped Liverpool to the title.

Manager of the season: Thomas Frank (Brentford)

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Brentford boss Thomas Frank says he’s pleased with the manner his workforce carried out after ending Thirteenth of their first season in the Premier League

If pre-season predictions have been something to go by, Brentford could have lengthy been getting ready for a return to the Championship by now. How fallacious many people have been about Frank’s great aspect, who’ve been a breath of recent air in the Premier League. They have performed a fearless model of soccer whereas Norwich and Watford, who completed above them in the Championship final season, are heading again down with out touchdown a glove.

Signing of the season: Luis Diaz (Liverpool)

Diaz appears to be like like he has performed in Klopp’s aspect for 4 years quite than simply 4 months. The Colombian has fitted seamlessly into Liverpool’s attacking frontline permitting Klopp to rotate at will amid their fixture pile-up. Without him, Liverpool wouldn’t have been capable of keep their title cost. He is an absolute steal for an preliminary £37m which may rise to £49m, however Liverpool is not going to care about that if the 25-year-old retains on performing as he has.

Goal of the season: Mo Salah vs Man City

This prize shouldn’t simply be about the high quality of the strike but additionally the circumstance through which it arrives. That is why Salah’s great solo objective towards title rivals Man City is a worthy winner. Salah danced away from three City gamers earlier than leaving Aymeric Laporte in his wake and ending brilliantly on his weaker proper foot.

Moment of the season: Mark Noble’s West Ham farewell

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Mark Noble speaks with Geoff Shreeves forward of his remaining house recreation for West Ham and displays on his time enjoying for his boyhood membership

West Ham gave Noble the send- off he deserved at the London Stadium after 18 years of service and 549 appearances from ‘certainly one of their very own’. The 35-year-old was diminished to tears as he was joined by his spouse Carly and youngsters Honey and Lenny as he was given a guard of honour by his team-mates, their households and the membership’s backroom employees.

Game of the season: Man Utd 0-5 Liverpool

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was not sacked till a month later, however this was the finish for the Manchester United supervisor. All the pre-season hope of launching a real title cost pale in October after simply 13 minutes towards rivals Liverpool, who stormed right into a two-goal lead. It was 4-0 at half-time, 5 after 50 minutes and had Liverpool not taken mercy with Pogba despatched off on the hour, then it may have been a lot, a lot worse.

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Player of the season: Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)

In his prime at 30, De Bruyne has plundered his solution to the best scoring season in his profession with 15 targets. That is 2 away from his earlier best, from eight begins fewer.

His recreation has shifted considerably this season; his seven assists is nothing out of the abnormal and places him on a par with Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo however that’s largely as he has been on the finish of passes, quite than making them, as a result of City’s common absence of a No 9. His one-man present final week at Wolves, a workforce we have been all highlighting as a possible pitfall for the league leaders, summed it up. And I completely love him as a participant, which at all times helps these selections.

Manager of the season: David Moyes (West Ham)

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David Moyes led West Ham to a Europa League semi remaining this season

Look at what David Moyes has completed with a small, restricted squad at the London Stadium. Already assured one other season in Europe earlier than the remaining weekend, he has charted their path to the semi-finals of a European competitors earlier than shedding to the eventual winners.

He has taken factors off Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea and Tottenham, and all with a aspect together with a solitary makeshift striker, who has scored one league objective since New Year’s Day. After a troublesome few years it’s actually good to see his fame again the place it was in the Everton days.

Signing of the season: Christian Eriksen (Brentford)

Maybe I get sucked into the romance of Brentford, however I can’t assist it. Eriksen enjoying skilled soccer at any stage after what occurred final summer time is a miracle, and it makes it really feel extra-special that since signing for Brentford he appears to be like each bit the Rolls Royce midfielder he was once.

His affect on their resurgence in the second half of the season has been barely overstated, as the return of various key gamers has additionally helped, however a run of seven wins and 22 factors from the 10 video games since his first begin is fairly conclusive.

Goal of the season: Mateo Kovacic vs Liverpool

I do not know what to say about this objective aside from Kovacic won’t ever hit a ball sweeter in his life. An excellent objective from an excellent recreation. You can’t even decide too many holes in Liverpool’s defending – generally you simply have to face again and applaud.

Moment of the season: Kick-off in Brentford vs Arsenal on Friday Night Football

As effectively as the common switch hearsay mill there was a lot speak over the summer time of 2021 about the logistics of getting followers again into stadiums. After greater than a yr away there was numerous comprehensible nervousness from all sides, and an additional dimension to that opening recreation of the season at the Brentford Community Stadium.

But the actual great thing about it was that the second the crowd roared at kick-off in the Brentford vs Arsenal recreation, the difficulties of the earlier 17 months took a backseat for 90 minutes.

Football is at all times an exquisite type of escapism however it took on one other dimension that night time. It reminded us what we had been lacking for a yr and a half, and gave us a collective perception that issues have been actually getting again to regular.

Game of the season: Watford 4-1 Manchester United

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Watford’s win over Manchester United

My clear bias in this class comes from being at Vicarage Road to witness this recreation in individual, and even six months on it nonetheless carries enormous significance for each side.

I had anticipated the reporters who usually lined Watford to have hopes of a house victory given United’s rocky type, however due to their very own dismal run they’d little perception of something aside from an away win.

That made all of it the extra dramatic when Watford steamrollered them virtually from minute one, scoring 4 regardless of lacking a penalty, whereas United captain Harry Maguire capped a dismal day with a reckless crimson card.

For them, it sparked the arguably overdue finish of the Solskjaer period – whereas it has additionally transpired to stay Watford’s final Premier League house win.

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Player of the season: Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)

The Belgian has been the driving pressure behind Man City retaining the Premier League title, contributing 15 targets and eight assists from midfield, together with scoring an unimaginable 4 occasions at Wolves in May, together with his hat-trick arriving after simply 24 minutes.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Wolves’ match towards Manchester City

Manager of the season: Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)

The Liverpool boss has bounced again from what he referred to as the hardest season of his managerial profession final time round to his best ever as he stored the Reds in with an opportunity of a historic quadruple proper till the remaining day of the campaign – and all this having added only a back-up centre-back in Ibrahima Konate final summer time.

Signing of the season: Marc Cucurella (Brighton)

The curly-haired left wing-back joined Brighton from Getafe for simply £15.4m again in August to little fanfare, however has gone on to shine in his debut campaign by the seaside. So a lot so, the truth is, that the 23-year-old is now reportedly fascinating champions Man City.

Goal of the season: Mohamed Salah vs Man City

The Liverpool ahead produced a mesmeric, spellbinding solo run to separate open the champions’ total again line at Anfield in October, earlier than discovering the far nook of the internet with an arrow of a shot previous Ederson.

Moment of the season: Mark Noble’s Hammers send-off

The Canning Town-born midfielder introduced down the curtain on his 18-year profession in the East End of London together with his remaining house recreation in entrance of an adoring West Ham devoted in May, and it was an emotional afternoon for the long-serving one-club man.

The 35-year-old entered the fray late on to a standing ovation from the London Stadium, earlier than being given a remaining on-pitch farewell – flanked by his household – from team-mates and his adoring Hammers followers in a second that introduced a tear to the eye.

Match of the season: Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool’s draw towards Tottenham

An actual pre-Christmas thriller in north London that summed up why the Premier League is the most enjoyable championship in the world as the high-octane contest swung a technique, then the different in entrance of the Sky TV cameras.

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Player of the season: Kevin De Bruyne

De Bruyne was off the boil till mid-December however his impression from that time on helped City over the line. In truth, I don’t suppose a participant has ever had fairly as a lot of an impression between January and May. Bruno Fernandes, in his maiden Premier League season, perhaps? But De Bruyne received the title this time period and his highly effective bursts, management, deliveries and net-busting ending was, and is, merely out of this world.

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Manager of the season: Graham Potter

Obviously, Guardiola and Klopp are the best managers in the league. But, bosses working miracles in tighter areas, Patrick Vieira and Potter stand out for me. The latter has delivered sustained development for a while now. The Seagulls’ fashion is morphing into that of the very prime groups and signing one high quality striker may set off one thing fairly spectacular on the south coast.

Signing of the season: Christian Eriksen

There are just a few candidates in this class, however Brentford have been beginning to slip down the standings earlier than the nice Dane made his full debut. Eriksen slotted in seamlessly, identical to he did when returning to worldwide motion, and his easy fashion epitomises his world-class capacity – and defies his above-average operating stats. Does some other participant in the division scan and ship as successfully as him? Only one different participant involves thoughts – you realize who. That high quality, coupled with the immense expertise of Toney, have been instrumental in seeing the Bees house and dry.

Goal of the season: Heung-Min Son vs Leeds

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from the match between Norwich and Tottenham

This recreation in February was full of world-class deliveries and ending – however nothing beats Spurs’ third and fourth targets in the 4-0 rout, which sealed Marcelo Bielsa’s exit at Leeds. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg executed a lovely go for Harry Kane to smash house first time. That was beautiful. But the fourth objective went one step additional, with Kane delivering the help of the season from deep inside his personal half for the eventual joint-Golden Boot winner, Son, to gather and end with aplomb. Breath-taking.

Moment of the season: Final Day

The sheer high quality and drama of this Premier League campaign culminated in a Final Day worthy of proper-noun standing: every thing was on the line in each key space of the desk. Even the Golden Boot hung in the steadiness till the remaining whistle – and the Golden Glove. Shouts and screams rang out from all angles as the targets rained and the permutations unfolded – however who is aware of who was supporting whom amid the chaos.

Match of the season: Man City 3-2 Aston Villa

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from the match between Manchester City and Aston Villa in the Premier League

For all of City’s high quality and rising affect in world soccer, the Real Madrid outcome raised questions on their capacity to handle video games and strain when it actually counts. After all, City’s fashion is to construct slowly and dominate over time. This recreation, bouncing again from two targets down to make sure future remained of their fingers, was an indication of development and nerve – and units the tone for higher heights to come back.

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Player of the season: Heung-Min Son

Tottenham would by no means have completed in the prime 4 with out him. To win a share of the Golden Boot on 23 targets with out scoring a penalty is an unimaginable achievement.

What elevates Son above Salah and De Bruyne is his consistency – his longest objective drought in the Premier League this season was 4 video games. Son is a sensational participant who may play for any workforce in the world.

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Heung-Min Son mentioned it was a dream come true to win the Golden Boot, after scoring 23 targets alongside Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah

Manager of the season: Thomas Frank

Considering Norwich and Watford completed above Brentford in the Championship final season and the membership having certainly one of the smallest budgets in the division, a Thirteenth-placed end for the Bees of their first Premier League season is outstanding – and it’s all down to go coach Frank.

He has masterminded memorable outcomes towards Arsenal and Chelsea, is a particularly likeable character and approaches the recreation in the proper manner together with his workforce an thrilling and fascinating watch.

Signing of the season: Dejan Kulusevski

No one may have predicted the impression the Swedish winger has had for Spurs since becoming a member of on deadline day in January – in any case, he arrived with little fanfare contemplating he was a Plan B signing after the membership missed out on Diaz.

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Tottenham’s attacking trio of Harry Kane, Son and Dejan Kulusevski have fashioned right into a formidable entrance three since the Swede’s arrival in January

But 5 months later, Kulusevski is now an instrumental a part of Tottenham’s assault having been immediately concerned in 13 targets in his 18 league video games (5 targets, eight assists). His type has been key in Spurs qualifying for the Champions League. And, aged simply 22, there’s extra to come back from the on-loan Juventus ahead subsequent season.

Goal of the season: Mohamed Salah vs Man City

A particular solo objective from the Liverpool ahead that displayed his distinctive expertise. Pure class from the Egyptian.

Moment of the season: Christian Eriksen’s return

The Danish midfielder’s emotional return to soccer simply 259 days after struggling a cardiac arrest was the feelgood story of the season.

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Brentford midfielder Christian Eriksen and Soccer AM’s Tubes share their very own tales about what they went via once they had their coronary heart assaults and waking up in a hospital mattress

His comeback is made even higher contemplating his excellent performances for Brentford, who’ve misplaced simply two of the 10 video games he has began in, with seven of these wins.

Match of the season: Man City 2-2 Liverpool

A recreation that lived as much as the billing. The title showdown at the Etihad was soccer at its very best as each groups went toe-to-toe that made for a compelling watch.

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Player of the season: Heung-Min Son (Tottenham)

So integral to Tottenham’s success and typically neglected. His understated manner speaks volumes about the manner he operates – virtually joyful to fly beneath the radar. Never loquacious. 23 targets is an outstanding return for a participant who shouldn’t be a central striker, and doesn’t take penalties.

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He can also be a scorer of essential targets – solely twice has the South Korean hit the internet in defeats this season. He is an enormous recreation participant who is flourishing beneath the stewardship of Antonio Conte and deserves to share the Golden Boot with Salah this time period, even when the Egyptian is usually the one who attracts most of the headlines.

Manager of the season: Thomas Frank (Brentford)

Frank has been a revelation this season and an excellent addition to the Premier League. A mid-table end on certainly one of the division’s most modest budgets is commendable, however doing so by enjoying engaging, thrilling soccer, deserves equal recognition.

Beating Arsenal on the opening night time set the tone for the season and signalled a purposeful arrival to the prime flight. Brentford’s breath-taking win over Chelsea in April was additionally a spotlight. Despite a mid-season dip, if assessing Frank’s contribution to the league throughout the season, it has been nothing in need of outstanding – to not point out the genius behind Eriksen’s January signing.

Signing of the season: Dejan Kulusevski (Tottenham)

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Dejan Kulusevski has shone for Tottenham on mortgage from Juventus

Tottenham’s lacking hyperlink. Kulusevski has been an impressed addition to Conte’s already considerable frontline – an ideal garnish to the Son-Kane cocktail. Despite not making his full debut till February, the Swede has registered extra assists (eight) than some other participant in 2022. He has performed a key function in Spurs clinching Champions League soccer at the expense of Arsenal.

Goal of the season: James Ward-Prowse vs Wolves

Majesty. A objective that many is not going to keep in mind, as a result of Southampton misplaced the recreation 3-1, however a strike of the highest high quality. There are few gamers on the planet who can strike a useless ball like James Ward-Prowse. His approach is sort of at all times beautiful, however this instance supplied one thing not but seen from the Saints’ captain. He is sort of a free-kick cheat code. Criminally, it didn’t win January Goal of the Month, due to Kovavic’s strike towards Liverpool – I suppose that’s not a foul objective to lose out to.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Wolves’ win over Southampton

Moment of the season: Christian Eriksen vs Chelsea

One of this season’s most healthful tales centres round the re-emergence of Eriksen. His strike towards Chelsea was hardly classic, however as emotional moments go, it’s proper up there. The crescendo of a fairytale comeback for the Dane. His presence has been the driving pressure behind a lot of Brentford’s success in the second a part of the season, however that objective, past being a tearjerker, was a poignant second for the complete of the footballing world after witnessing the trauma of Eriksen’s collapse eventually summer time’s Euros. It was as if watching Eriksen rating allowed soccer to collectively breathe a really welcome sigh of aid. He can be excessive on the watch listing of many golf equipment this summer time, and rightly so.

Game of the season: Everton 3-2 Crystal Palace

The agony and ecstasy of soccer completely summed up in 90 minutes. Goodison Park has scarcely seen such euphoric scenes – paying homage to the ‘nice escape’ of 1994. After being 2-0 down, Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s Eighty fifth-minute winner despatched the stands right into a frenzied state of hysteria. The method through which the motion unfolded, coupled with the significance of the end result, simply makes it certainly one of the most memorable video games of the season.

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