Now that the Premier League is officially over, I'm going to give a grade and a twitter-style write-up on all the teams' season. The grade will be partially based on preseason expectations with C as average. While not necessarily mathematically possible, most of these teams were below average this season. Let me know what you think and provide your own.
1st - Leicester City - Last Season 14th - A+ - Perfection.
2nd - Arsenal - LS 3rd - C - This was their season. With all the other big sides in disarray they should have won but failed to strengthen. They've lost their style & the civil war continues.
3rd - Tottenham - LS 5th - A- - A great season, good solid team playing good football under Poch. Sour taste from the last four games but being so close to a title has to give hope.
4th - Manchester City - LS 2nd - D - Their domestic season was over as soon as Pep was announced as the next manager. The team just didn't seem interested but finishing in 4th was the bare minimum.
5th - Manchester United - LS 4th - D+ - No champions League and the worst football at Old Trafford since pre-Alex, whose shadow still looms large. It is obvious a new manager is needed but who?
6th - Southampton - LS 7th - A - Another season of progress for the Saints from 8th to 7th to 6th. Beat every traditional big team this year and look to push on next season.
7th - West Ham - LS 12th - B+ - Firing Big Sam seemed a bold step but Bilic has built a bright, attacking squad. A United win in the Cup and they'll have European football in their new stadium with plenty of excited fans.
8th - Liverpool - LS 6th - C+ - Another transitional year. Moments where the Kloppian revolution looked ready to storm the league followed by shambles. One of the most exciting summers for LFC in a while.
9th - Stoke City - LS 9th - C - What happened to sexy Stoke? Third straight 9th place finish in a season they were supposed to push on.
10th - Chelsea - LS 1st - F (is there a grade lower than F?) - Worst title defense in EPL history. Quickly became a hot mess and the happy winning camp turned on Jose fast in his traditional 3rd season syndrome.
11th - Everton - LS 11th - C - Wigan part two. Good football at times but would throw it all away before the end of matches with no defensive stability. With Roberto gone, there's a lot of change to happen in this squad.
12th - Swansea City - LS 8th - C - Swansea started well but spending one week in the relegation places mid-season was too much and Monk was sacked. Guidolin righted the ship and brought them safely mid-table.
13th - Watford - LS 2nd in Championship - B+ - Who sacks a manager who so overachieves?! Great season with magical moments from Ighalo & Deeney but somehow ends on a lower note because of late season slow down.
14th - West Brom - LS 13th - zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Not even a relegation fight to keep it interesting? Fewest goals scored other than Villa. The new, less nasty Stoke.
15th - Crystal Palace - LS 10th - 1st half A, 2nd half D - 5th halfway through the season to 15th with 2 wins in the last 21 matches. Pardew proves he can't arrest a slide but he might still provide the FA Cup.
16th - Bournemouth - LS 1st in Championship - B - Nobody expected the Cherries to survive. Matchday 33 they were 11th and then went to the beach. Congratulations.
17th - Sunderland - LS 16th - D - Big Sam is ugly but effective. Relegating their rivals Newcastle was the cherry on top. Thank you, Jermain Defoe.
18th R - Newcastle - LS 15th - F - There is no reason this squad shouldn't have finished solidly mid-table. So much talent but so little desire. We'll see if Rafa stays and brings them back.
19th R - Norwich City - LS 3rd in Championship - C- - A club that just doesn't have the resources to compete in the Prem. Given a C because relegation was expected. The win at Old Trafford was the highlight of the season.
20th R - Aston Villa - LS 17th - F - It's sad to see an EPL stalwart relegated but four different managers couldn't save them. Only this wins the whole season. Selling Delph & Benteke were poor decisions.