Well well well…After months of unrivalled flirting with the biggest prize in the land, Manchester City have won the English Premier league with 5 games to spare(NO thanks to their noisy neighbours).
We at Naijagoat undoubtedly believe it was earned and they are well ahead of the chasing pack and now we can look back at this season and say what we have learnt from the greatest(argue if you want) league in the world.
Here are the five takeaways from a memorable season.
Manchester City are deserved winners but the other teams made it too easy.
From the first round of fixtures, it seemed like it was going to a 3-horse race for the most coveted prize in the land but alas it proved a false dawn as the rest petered out rather unspectacularly, Manchester United’s loss at home to lowly West Brom proves this point. Reigning champions Chelsea will have no one to hold accountable but themselves for a rather insipid season that sees them 5th in the standings with little hope of making the group stages of the Champions League bar a miraculous collapse of the teams above them. The less spoken about Arsenal the better. The only team looking like World-beaters are a Liverpool team managed by the enigmatic German, and while their achievements are laudable they have no depth in the squad to challenge for the EPL unless investments are made for suitable backups. Tottenham remains Tottenham and will be thereabout next season if they can keep hold of goal crybaby Harry Kane(he can report I said that to the FA).
So there you have it, Manchester City were phenomenal and their achievement shouldn’t be underplayed but they should give thanks t the rest for making it seem easy.
2. VAR shouldn’t be Encouraged in the EPL
When it was announced that the VAR(Video Assistant Referee) will be employed at the World Cup there were collective groans from all quarters especially the EPL.
The idea, in theory, is quite good actually BUT and a very big one at that is it kills the emotion of a game. Imagine the Manchester Derby in the dying moments of the game tied at 2-2 in added time, Leroy Sane(I love the guy) picks up the ball and ghosts past 6 Manchester United players and thumps the ball in the top corner amid the ongoing celebrations, the referee decides to cut it short for an infringement to Sane on the way, after 5mins of deliberating he finally awards or denies the goal. It will make the game lose it’s element of unpredictability and can make the stadium stagnant and emotionless. Surely I may be wrong and it will be a success but this writer is keeping his fingers crossed.
3. The Premier League will Produce Another Balon D’or Winner in the Nearest Future
Since the days of a certain Manchester United winger went about Europe strutting his stuff it can be argued that no other representative of the “Big Six” has reached those lofty standards. There have been pretenders aplenty and some genuine force to be reckoned players with the like of Suarez and Eden Hazard showing genuine potential but alas Suarez left before making the grade while Hazard continues blowing hot and cold in his stint at Chelsea. Fast-forward a few years and we have Harry Kane, Kevin De Bruyne and Mo Salah and young stars like Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Trent Alexander-Arnold all showing limitless potential to reach the pinnacle of individual honours. The sheer majesty in KDB’s football cannot be replicated anywhere in the league at present while the goalscoring heroics of Mo Salah are already becoming legendary, throw in a fit and firing Harry Kane and you have three potential winners of the prestigious award in the nearest future. Watch out Ronaldo and Messi…Your duopoly for the past 11 years MUST come to an end.
4. Sean Dyche Deserves an Accolade at the End of the Season
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has done a great job — but Sean Dyche is my manager of the year.
Victory over Leicester was Burnley’s fifth Premier League win in a row and they have been the surprise package this term.
Dyche has built his team on a strong defence which has been well drilled in training. Look at Saturday’s match-winner Kevin Long. He has come in for the last two games and it’s not been an issue whatsoever.
It shows Dyche does not just focus on the starting XI but all of his squad and that’s great man-management.
If you ever thought lowly Burney will be vying for a European place come the end of the season then am sure you got mystical powers of foresight. The work Sean Dyche has done over the past few months with a limited budget and “ordinary” players has been commendable, remember he sold his best defender in Michael Keane and best striker Andre Gray in the Off-season and still he marches on to the brink of European qualification and that is a marvellous achievement. Here’s to hoping they can make more of it next year.
5. Arsene Wenger MUST go For Arsenal to Move Forward
Looooool. Sorry Arsenal fans but it seem we must always talk about this at the off-season. Arsenal are stagnating as a club and Sunday’s loss to a well-drilled Newcastle side felt like the last straw. Sure, they are in the semi-finals of the Europa league but that shouldn’t offer much encouragement. The players look disillusioned at the prospect of playing for “old-man” Wenger and surely the Arsenal board must see this. They have spent considerable sums on attackers by buying arguably the “best centre-forwards” in Germany and France but yet lie in 6th place and are closer to relegation strugglers Swansea than they are to 1st place City and this should be a cause for concern to the gunner’s hierarchy. Please let WENGER GO.
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