Five talking points from the 2019/20 Premier League season
We are looking forward to the 2020/21 Premier League season after the previous season ended successfully. The 2019/20 Premier League season was an eventful one that came with its share of thrills, shocks, and surprises.
Managers were fired, clubs carved niches for themselves as bogey teams, and some youngsters also broke into the scene and made a name for themselves in the course of the season. Here are five notable talking points from the 2019/20 season.
Chelsea were forced to rely on youth and surprisingly excelled at it
Frank Lampard arrived at Chelsea last summer amid a transfer ban where he was not allowed to sign any players of his choosing. This effectively meant that the Blues legend had to rely on youth from the start of the season.
The English manager had to fall back on academy recruits like Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, James Reece, and Billy Gilmour. He worked with Mount and Tomori in his time at Derby County in the Championship and knew a little about their abilities.
The rest were like new signings and all of them only had major experience in the Championship except Gilmour who was still a newbie. They were novices in the Premier League.
However, they played their parts nicely when called on with Tammy Abraham coming good with 15 Premier League goals in 34 games in his debut season for the Blues in the Premier League. This was a good one considering how big strikers have flopped at Stamford Bridge.
Mason Mount appeared to be the most consistent of the lot with 37 Premier League appearances and 7 goals to his name. The Blues made it into the top 4 despite their inconsistencies and reached the final of the FA Cup where they lost to Arsenal.
After their first game of the season where they were thrashed 4 nil by Manchester United, the Blues were written off but they came good and will be looking to better their performance next season.
Bruno Fernandes was the spice for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mason Greenwood was a hit
Manchester United came to life in January after the arrival of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon. The Old Trafford outfit were struggling and were very far away from the top 4 places before his arrival.
However, the Portugal international came in like a house on fire and played a very vital part in Man United’s qualification to next season’s UEFA Champions League.
He played 14 Premier League games after his arrival and started all those games, breathed some air of creativity to the side, scored 8 Premier League goals, and provided 7 assists. His impact was such that there were thoughts that he should be included in the team of the season after arriving only in January.
Mason Greenwood was another player who took the league by storm with his sublime finishes and vital goals. Everybody will be seriously looking forward to what the youngster will offer in United’s attack in the upcoming season.
Another newly promoted team carved a niche for themselves and proved themselves worthy to be called elite
Two of the newly promoted teams survived relegation. Norwich City were sent parking to the Championship while Aston Villa had to wait until the last day to guarantee safety. Well, this was not the case for Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United who even had a shout for the top 4 before eventually succumbing to pressure.
Sheffield United were one of the best sides of the Premier League season just as Wolverhampton Wanderers were in the 2018/19 season after gaining promotion. They gave some shocks to some of the big boys in the Premier League and were one of the most defensively stable teams of the season.
They didn’t score much but didn’t concede much either. They were only behind Manchester City, Liverpool, and Manchester United in goals conceded with 39 to their name. They were a very solid side and we look forward to how they cope next season after making some decent acquisitions.
Liverpool broke the 30-year Premier League jinx in style but couldn’t break the unbeaten record
The Reds under Jurgen Klopp were so good and won the Premier League title with games to spare although they eventually couldn’t replicate the Invincibles’ unbeaten run.
Liverpool ended the season with 99 points, 18 points above Manchester City in second place. It could be said that they won the Premier League with ease, taking teams to the cleaners until the latter stages of the season where complacency set in.
Nevertheless, they were worthy Premier League Champions after a 30-year wait and will be looking to defend the title next season. We wait to see if they can achieve this feat.
Leicester City flattered to deceive eventually
Leicester City’s capitulation towards the end of the season which made them lose out on a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League came as shock considering how good they were.
Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes seemingly had the third spot and a place in the UCL under wraps but somehow found a way to lose it to Manchester United and Chelsea. It appeared that they couldn’t cope when the going got tough and the pressure heightened.
They also had their UCL qualification destiny in their hands on the final day of the season as they had to beat Manchester United at the King Power.
However, they fell like a pack of cards and lost 2 nil in a must-win game. This was further proof that they didn’t have what it took to play in the UEFA Champions League next season.
The season was not devoid of several talking points. The introduction of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) came with its share of controversies and bad moments. Some decisions cost teams wrongly and vice versa and we wait to see how well the system will be implemented next season.
The COVID-19 pandemic also affected fanfare during games as they were played behind closed doors after the season resumed. We got to see what playing major games behind closed doors looks like and feels like.
Regardless, it was a very eventful season which ended with 4 decent teams eligible to represent England in the UEFA Champions League next season, with the likes of Watford and Bournemouth waving goodbye to the Premier League.
We wait to see what’s next for the likes of Josh King, Eddie Howe, Troy Deeney, amongst others.