Liverpool have been top of the class, Wolves among the surprise students, while Watford simply haven’t been good enough… what grade does YOUR Premier League club get this term?
- The 2019-20 Premier League season came to a close on Sunday evening
- Liverpool were crowned champions to end a 30-year wait for the top-flight title
- Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all secured top-four spots
- Leicester City and Tottenham are assured of Europa League football next season
- Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich all suffered relegation to the Championship
Sunday brought an end to a Premier League season, quite frankly, like no other. A campaign which started on August 9 finally came to a close on July 26 after being temporarily halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After a 30-year wait for a top-flight title, Liverpool were crowned as champions of England, while we said goodbye to Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich City – with the latter three all relegated.
With the term now finished, Sportsmail assesses each Premier League outfit this season and gives them a grade.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was a star pupil and Mikel Arteta is showing plenty of promise, but this is their worst league finish for 25 years. Win the FA Cup and maybe we’ll upgrade this mark.
Mikel Arteta has improved things at Arsenal but it was still their worst league finish for 25 years
Almost £140million spent on signings last summer so nobody could doubt their ambitions. Cut it fine but managed to survive, so job done. Jack Grealish could be transferred this summer regardless.
Jack Grealish has been Aston Villa’s talisman but he could leave his boyhood club this summer
No sixth term in the Premier League. It’s a shame Ryan Fraser, released after failing to sign a short-term contract, wasn’t there when manager Eddie Howe needed him most.
Eddie Howe’s five-year stint as a Premier League manager with Bournemouth is no more
Well done Graham Potter, who had to cope with the tragic loss of his parents in the last year. New to the Premier League and passed the test, securing safety with games to spare.
Graham Potter has improved Brighton’s style of play in his first term as a Premier League boss
No European adventure for Burnley but what a job Sean Dyche has done with a diminishing squad. Schools his opponents with a 4-4-2 system. Now needs backing in the market.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche needs backing in the transfer market to elevate them further
New kid on the block Frank Lampard coped with a transfer ban and guided Chelsea through the post-Eden Hazard era. Champions League football and an FA Cup final await.
Chelsea have done brilliantly to achieve a top-four finish despite operating with a transfer ban
Before the restart, surprisingly good. Since the restart, desperately bad. Continue their dire form next season and 72-year-old Roy Hodgson may be getting expelled from the Premier League.
Roy Hodgson’s time as Crystal Palace could be coming to an end after a disappointing finish
Commiserations to any Evertonians who live or work with or know Liverpool fans. The good news is Carlo Ancelotti is an excellent coach who should do better than a bottom-half finish next season.
Carlo Ancelotti will be happy this season is over so he can properly begin his Everton rebuild
First half of season: A+. Second half of season: C at best. They missed out on Champions League football on the season’s final day and that will hurt. But the Europa League is not a bad consolation prize.
Leicester City’s season of promise ended disappointingly after missing out on a top-four finish
Top of the class. Jurgen Klopp’s champions are up there with the best Premier League title winners we’ve seen. To do that after last season’s domestic disappointment was remarkable.
Liverpool’s long wait for a top-flight title is over after they cruised to the Premier League crown
The holders hardly put up a fight. City can play the better football on their day – Kevin De Bruyne is ridiculously good – but nine defeats is poor. Now all eggs are in the Champions League basket.
Kevin De Bruyne has been magnificent for Manchester City but their defence has been poor
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks like he could still be at school, but the baby-faced assassin has proven as tactically astute as the next man in the dugout. Into the Champions League they go.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has plenty to smile about after getting Man United into the top four
Survived in good time, but the football has not been the best under Steve Bruce. No side averages less possession than Newcastle. It’s been effective, but not exactly entertaining.
Newcastle’s season has been far from entertaining but they finished mid-table nonetheless
Bottom of the class. Dunce’s hat for Daniel Farke, whose tactics were naive at times. But they gave us some good memories, including that 3-2 win over Manchester City.
Norwich have been abysmal this season and finished 14 points adrift of the relegation zone
Top marks, Chris Wilder. Made a mockery of being favourites for relegation with a system built on a sturdy back three. Only disappointment is we won’t see them in Europe next season.
Chris Wilder defied relegation odds with Sheffield United to steer them to a ninth-place finish
Inspired decision to hang on to Ralph Hasenhuttl when it must have been so tempting to fire him after that 9-0 defeat by Leicester at St Mary’s. Danny Ings schooled many a defence.
Danny Ings has been phenomenal in front of goal for Southampton – scoring 22 league goals
Anyone else excited for that Amazon Prime documentary? We expected Spurs would be the closest challengers to Liverpool and Manchester City, but Mauricio Pochettino finally ran out of magic.
Tottenham’s upcoming Amazon documentary should be interesting after a turbulent campaign
Three permanent managers in a season is a joke, with yet another substitute teacher drafted in with two games to go. Hayden Mullins, in his second caretaker stint, couldn’t save them.
Watford captain Troy Deeney was crestfallen following their top-flight relegation on Sunday
Head boy Declan Rice could leave this summer amid interest from Chelsea. But David Moyes wants him to stay as West Ham aim to avoid another season of battling relegation.
Declan Rice (left) has been West Ham’s star man this season and is wanted by Chelsea
Maybe we’ll make this an A+ if they win the Europa League. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men started the season over a year ago in July 2019, but they did not let their European travels sidetrack them.
Wolves’ season started over a year ago and it could end on a high if they win the Europa League
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