At the beginning of 2015/2016 Premier League season it was hard for anyone to predict what was going to happen. Others predicted but their predictions were completely thrown out of the window because of big surprises they witnessed in one of the best seasons in Premier League history if not the best.
Let’s take a look at some breathtaking moments during campaign. A campaign that was filled with drama, unpredictability, disappointments, surprises and emotions in and outside of the pitch. We pick the teams that were the Centre of all kinds of action over the cause of this season.
THE UNSUNG HEROES
1. Leicester City
If you never believed in miracles before, this team’s sensational display this season might have just showed you that miracles do happen. From being a relegation outfit to become Champions, that takes a lot of hard work and commitment. They had all of that from the beginning till the end they were led by a very humble and strategic manager Claudio Ranieri.
Within this group of amazing people there we some noticeable unsung heroes. The names that pop to everyone’s heads are Riyad Mahrez who won the PFA player of the season, Jamie Vardy who won Barclay’s Premier League player of the season. There were also the hardworking players such as N’golo Kante, Danny Drinkwater, Shinji Okazaki just to name a few.
The story of Leicester City winning the Premier League title is surely the one that will live in the hearts of many footballing fans around the globe for years and years to come.
2. Tottenham Hotspur
A young squad led by a confident young manager Mauricio Pochettino gave their all in the campaign. A side that saw themselves finishing in the best ever position third position. A side which brought the likes of Dele Alli, Erick Dier and Harry Kane amongst the Premier League elite.
Even though they did not win the title and also failed to end the hoodoo of finishing below their North London rivals Arsenal for 21 years, they should still be proud of their efforts this year.
1. Manchester United
A lot was expected from the record 20th time champions of the Premier League. Unfortunately it was a different story for the fans, a team that lacked the killer instinct had no purpose going forward which led them to scoring their lowest goal tally ever in a league season. There were problems for their manager Louis Van Gaal as his players faced a lot of injury problems along the campaign. But for a club of Manchester United caliber fans feel they should have dealt with the situation better.
However there was something beautiful in the midst of their struggles and that was the graduation of free scoring Marcus Rushford to the senior team. There were other impressive graduates as well, but Rushford was the vital one to Manchester United’s hopes of getting something from the dull season they had.
The other impressive one was the summer’s last minute acquisition Anthony Martial. He took the initiative and carried this team through difficult matches and scoring vital goals for them, including the FA CUP semifinal winner against Everton.
They became the first team in Premier League history to win the league title the season before and fail to make champions League football the following season. A season to forget for Chelsea fans where we saw their hero manager Jose Mourinho getting sacked while the team was battling relegation. Where we saw players turning against him and not performing to their best level.
Guus Hiddink came and tried to salvage the season but it was already late for the former Champions. Sure this was the one to forget for Chelsea players and fans.
A team that has not won the Premier League in 12 years. Everyone thought this was their year when they started the season on fire, pressing high up the table. With Man City, Man United and Chelsea not performing, Arsenal fans thought this was their year. Also with the acquisition of Golden glove winner Petr Cech the chances looked massive.
However it wasn’t to be, it was disappointing and got to a point where fans wanted the manager Arsene Wenger gone. Things were bad at Emirates Stadium. But in the end there was a bit of relief when they finished second but still it is not good enough for the fans.
4. Manchester City
A season where Manuel Pellegrino men started like a house on fire, beating former champions Chelsea early in the season. The fans thought their title was coming back but the team started fading towards the end of the season. Failing to win crucial matches, suffering injury blows to their top players e.g. Sergio Aguero.
Even though they made it to the semifinals of the Champions League for the first team in history, fans thought they should have done more considering the quality of the players they have. It even got worse when their manager Pellegrini learned that he was going to be replaced by Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola.
In the end they squeezed to the fourth sport and made it to champion’s league football, but it was not good enough to win over the fans.
HISTORICAL SURVIVALS AND RELEGATION DROPS
A team that spent over 200 days languishing at the bottom of the table managed to survive in the end. A team which fired two coaches in space of months managed to avoid the drop in the end and doing it in style with one game to spare. None of this would have not happened if it was not for one man’s knowledge to help dug them out. That man is their manager Samuel Allardyce.
Allardyce came when there was no hope within the squad and changed everything; he brought back the belief and a right attitude. He made crucial transfers in winter and that proved vital to their survival. The Sunderland fans will have Allardyce in their hearts for a long time.
2. Newcastle United
They looked dead for a big part of the season, they lacked ambition and got relegated in the end. They were left by their long serving manager Alan Pardew who went to Crystal Palace, since then there was no spark within the squad. A new manager Steve McLaren was appointed, he bought expensive players in winter but they were not helping the team and he eventually got sacked.
A new man joined the hot seat and that man was former Real Madrid, Napoli and Liverpool manager, Rafael Benitez. He came and changed things and was able to bench big names that were not fighting for the team, one of them was Jonjo Shelvely signed from Swansea in January.
The team got used to his philosophy quickly but unfortunately it was little too late.
3. Aston Villa
A team with proud history but they did not do their history any favours this season. It all started to get worse when they sacked underperforming manager Tim Sherwood, things were bad and they were finding wins hard to come by. Even Sunderland got above them at the bottom of the table.
A new man was called to take the hot seat, his name is Remy Garde. Things got even worse as they went on without a win for months. Conceding goals left and right and not scoring as well. Eventually Garde decided to resign from the hot seat as he claimed Villa players had no intentions to fight for the status of the club.
It was a disappointing campaign for a club that had never been relegated before.
A SENSATIONAL CAMPAIGN IT WAS
It was indeed a powerful campaign we have witnessed in a long time. Surrounded by drama and surprise packages. It was a season to remember we hope the next one will be even better!