The 2020/21 Premier League is finished and it’s time to take stock of the past nine months. The best way to do that is is by offering a quickfire breakdown of how each of the 20 teams fared. So, without further ado, here is our season review for every Premier League club in the 2020/21 Premier League season.
Premier League review 2020/21
1st. Manchester City A return to the Premier League pinnacle for Pep Guardiola’s men and although another domestic double has been clinched at the Etihad, it is this Saturday’s Champions League final which will define their season.
2nd. Manchester United Premier League runners-up and a place in the Europa League final to boot. Not a bad campaign at all for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men and although they have not necessarily felt like the second-best team in the land, the table does not have a habit of lying either.
3rd. Liverpool A litany of defensive injuries were Liverpool’s obvious undoing throughout the 2020/21 Premier League season and, although it was very much a title defence to forget, an eventual third-place finish will end matters on a rather respectable note.
4th. Chelsea While although defeat in this year’s F.A. Cup final is still fresh in the memory, it will be quickly forgotten if fortune favours them this weekend. A second Champions League success awaits the West London outfit, if they can play better than they did last Sunday.
5th. Leicester Were the Foxes unlucky or did Brendan Rodgers lose his bottle once again? Depending on who you support will frame your answer and, although it was another late collapse for the East Midlands outfit, they do at least have an F.A. Cup glistening in their trophy cabinet.
6th. West Ham Undoubtedly the surprise act of the 2020/21 Premier League season. It is fair to say that the Hammers have been a breath of fresh air since the turn of the year and, if there was ever a loan signing of the season award, it would have to go to Jesse Lingard.
7th. Tottenham A season to forget for the white half of North London and, although it was a campaign that offered so much promise towards the turn of the year, the first half of 2021 has been a disaster. If Harry Kane does call time on his Tottenham tenure, things may only get worse from here.
8th. Arsenal No European football for the first time in 25 years is now on the agenda for the Gunners and, although publicly supporters are elated at missing out on Europa Conference League qualification, privately that might not actually be the case.
9th. Leeds 2020/21 was a fantastic season for a promoted outfit and with the way that Leeds have thrown everything and everyone at the Premier League this season, the question is whether they can now break the European glass ceiling next time around.
10th. Everton While that is a question that the Toffees will have to once again ask and after generating a lightning-fast start to proceedings, Carlo Ancelotti will be left ruing a rather lacklustre set of results at Goodison Park.
11th. Aston Villa A decent return from the Villa Park outfit and were it not for a lengthy spell of absence from Jack Grealish, a top ten finish would likely be secured. Now and like last summer, the focus switches to whether Dean Smith can keep hold of his talisman.
12th. Newcastle On paper, a twelfth-place finish for the Magpies in the 2020/21 Premier League looks rather respectable. Then again, there is a sense that Steve Bruce lucked into it and were it not for the incredible late season form of Joe Willock, the picture would look gloomier on Tyneside.
13th. Wolves The upward trajectory of the past few years has not only come to a halt but it has now gone backwards, and it is this lack of progress, which led to Nuno Espirito Santo leaving by mutual consent. There’s a talented group of players at Molineux, but how many will be there come August?
14th. Crystal Palace Without question, Palace have a hugely important summer ahead. Not only because 11 first team squad members are out of contract, but they also have the impossible task of replacing Roy Hodgson. Big decisions will need to be made and they must be the right ones.
15th. Southampton Remember when the Saints were top of the 2020/21 Premier League table? That November evening seems such a long time ago and, although Ralph Hasenhuttl managed to lead his team to a F.A. Cup Semi-final, a strong start next time is an absolute must for the Austrian.
16th. Brighton Once again the Seagulls have flown clear of the relegation zone and, for that reason alone, manager Graham Potter must be commended. However, those efforts are now attracting the attention of larger footballing pray and one wonders where he will be at the start of next season.
17th. Burnley Burnley are under new ownership and, if they are to keep Sean Dyche at the managerial helm, they must supply him with a transfer budget in the off-season. It’s another respectable campaign from the former Watford boss, but how many does he have left at Turf Moor?
18th. Fulham After earning promotion from the Championship Play-Offs last summer, it was also going to be difficult for the Cottagers under manager Scott Parker and although there were signs of life at times, a litany of defensive errors proved to be Fulham’s undoing in the end in the 2020/21 Premier League season.
19th. West Brom A Championship squad in all but name and not even the usual firefighting efforts of Sam Allardyce could save them from a quick return to the second tier. Now the board must once again prepare to a hire a new man at the Hawthorns, in a bid to earn promotion at the first time of asking.
20th. Sheffield United The 2020/21 Premier League was a horrendous season for Sheffield United and one that has seen the Blades lacking any of the sharpness that they offered in the previous campaign. With Paul Heckingbottom taking the reins from Chris Wilder in March, one wonders if he has done enough to earn the gig full time.
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