The England squad for the Nations League finals was announced. I'm not too disappointed with the squad. I'm sure Maddison and Wan-Bissaka would be in it normally, but with the u21 European Championship this summer, I don't think Southgate wants to ruin their team harmony and want to give them the best chance at victory. I'm not too fussed with that. Glad to see Redmond called up. He showed some great form towards the end of the season. Just long term I don't want to see Trippier in the squad. Lingard is probably undeserving of a place too, but Trippier is the bigger problem.
Now onto the final teams' season reviews...
Player of the season: Redmond
Southampton, like Burnley, were in real trouble during the first half of the season. Mark Hughes is a terrible manager. I have absolutely no time for him whatsoever. I cannot believe he kept getting Premier League gigs. I hope we never see him in this league again. But since the sacking of Hughes, Southampton began going in a upward trajectory and eventually stayed up relatively comfortably. Ralph Hasenhuttl was a really good appointment and he bought a good, intense pressing style to the team. As well as that, he managed to get the best out of players like Redmond and Ward-Prowse. With Hasenhuttl at the helm, they could be looking to push up the league next season.
Player of the season: Sissoko
Spurs started the season well, suffered a dip in form, got well back on track, then went on a torrid run suffering 13 defeats over the whole season. The Premier League season. Not all competitions. 13 defeats in the league. And still got top 4. Remarkable. This indicates just how bad the rest of the teams around Spurs were and also, draws are a lot of the time not really great results. Pochettino has pushed and taken these group of players as far as he can. He even has them in the Champions League final. But he needs financial backing this summer. For me, Sissoko has been the best player. He has been so incredibly consistent, putting in marauding performances in a depleted midfield. His turnaround has been insane and he will be crucial next season.
Player of the season: Capoue
Watford have had a fantastic season, including getting to the FA Cup final. They have been consistently brilliant all season, barring a little dip at the end of the season. It is very hard to blame them for that though, with eyes on a bigger prize at Wembley. Javi Gracia has done a fantastic job, and it has been really enjoyably to see his team play. A strike force consisting of Deeney, Deulofeu and Gray, with a powerful midfield of Capoue and Doucoure behind is a team to be feared. Kabesele has also been brilliant in defence this season. And you know what? I reckon they'll beat City tomorrow.
Player of the season: Fabianski
What exactly is West Ham's ambition? Since the new stadium move, its been, 'let's get a top manager, some new players and push on.' Yet every season they go nowhere. They make a couple of good signings then try to back the manager but don't really do anything. They bought in a good manager Pellegrini, yet he seems to be past it. I don't know what else to say. For a club who is trying to break into higher places in their new stadium they are standing awfully still. Constantly performing like a mid table team.
Player of the season: Jota
Wolves have been brilliant. Newly promoted and end up finishing 7th. Simply a fantastic season. One of the best promoted teams ever. They have a great manager and a super team. With a Portuguese core, they have performed brilliantly and on a number of times beaten or given the big teams a tough test. I could have picked anyone for player of the season, Neves, Moutinho, Jimenez, Coady, but I went with Jota. It'll be very interesting to see if they can break into the top 6 next season with a few more signings.
So that's that for my season review. Tomorrow the posts will return back to normal blog posts and will start being earlier again. See you then