So, there we have it, just another 90 days until we can get our next fix of Premier League football as Sunday saw the season finish in great style – it’s time for the evaluations to begin.
Tottenham were left the most disappointed as Arsenal won 1-0 at Newcastle, which meant Spurs were beaten to Champions League qualification by their north London rivals on the final day for the second consecutive season.
Chelsea’s win over Everton guaranteed automatic qualification to the group stages and Manchester United provided the entertainment with an absolute belter at West Brom that finished 5-5 in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game.
Manchester United were run away Premier League winners, while Wigan, Reading and QPR filled the three relegation spots.
GMF knows the individual awards have been handed out, but we feel there is more to be covered and we wanted to do out own Winners & Losers awards.
It’s pretty simple, we choose five winners from the season and then pick five losers.
Explanations will be given with each choice and you can comment below with whatever response you see fit – keep it clean though, it is not a mortal sin to disagree on football.
Here are GMF’s Top Five Winners & Losers from the 2012-13 Premier League season…
Winner 1 – Robin van Persie
Pipped to the Player of the Year awards by Gareth Bale but was the main reason behind Manchester United regaining the Premier League crown.
Endured some serious flak after choosing to leave Arsenal for Old Trafford, but didn’t let it affect him at all and continued his remarkable form from last season.
Won the Golden Boot and was supplying assists when his scoring form was off – he is the best player in the league and deserves all his success.
Winner 2 – Romelu Lukaku
Chelsea deemed him not ready for their first team and sent him out on loan to West Brom – he responded with an outstanding season.
Stamford Bridge’s strikers struggled all season and only 15 goals from Frank Lampard got close to the young Belgian’s tally of 17, even though he wasn’t a first choice striker.
Chelsea are being linked with big-money signings this summer up front, but they probably won’t need them if they give Lukaku a chance.
Winner 3 – Arsene Wenger
For the second season in a row the Arsenal manager’s charges dealt with the pressure of a must-win final day of fixtures to beat their rivals Tottenham into fourth place and Champions League qualification.
After losing 2-1 at White Hart Lane to drop seven points Spurs in the league, the Gunners went on a sensational run of 11 matches un beaten and taking 26 out of a possible 30 points to get into the top four.
This happened in a season that was being described as Wenger’s worst and with a squad labelled his worst since taking over at Arsenal. The Frenchman and the Emirates Stadium proved many doubters wrong to recover magnificently.
Winner 4 – Gareth Bale
We know he won all the awards under the sun but how could you leave out Tottenham’s main man? Even though they were disappointed on the final day, Bale showed his class again with another incredible last-minute winner.
Even though he won’t be playing in the Champions League next season with Spurs, the Welshman has been so incredible that he would only have to click his fingers to get a move to any of Europe’s top clubs.
Another season carrying Tottenham is unlikely to set back his career much and if recent reports of him agreeing a new deal are accurate, then he will become even more of a hero to the White Hart Lane faithful.
Winner 5 – David Moyes
What more can you say about the Everton boss? Without having great resources he has made the Toffees one of the most respected teams in the Premier League.
In 11 years at Goodison Park he failed to win a single trophy and has the most abysmal record against teams in the Premeir League’s top five, yet still managed to land one of the biggest jobs going in club football.
While doing a good job at Everton, Moyes has hardly been exceptional and he could possibly be the biggest winner of all this season.
And so, on to the losers...
Loser 1 – Harry Redknapp
After a second season collapse with Spurs last term, Redknapp was shown the door – another blow after missing out on the England job, which every man and has dog thought was going to be his.
Parachuted in to save QPR after Mark Hughes’ unsuccessful and divisive tenure, Redknapp was expected to organise the egos at Loftus Road into a good Premier League side, especially after an expensive spending spree in January.
It didn’t happen and the Hoops’ squad continued to put in some truly awful performances on the way to finishing bottom and leaving owner Tony Fernandes with hefty bill.
Loser 2 – Roberto Mancini
Despite leading Manchester City to their first league title in 44 years, the Italian was dismissed after being unable to repeat the feat and being beaten by minnows Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final.
Reports emerged of a squad divided under his strict management style and relief being felt by many at his sacking, which rendered the news less shocking.
A star-studded squad beset by infighting and unhappiness despite having one of the highest wage bills in football, it was always going to end in tears.
Loser 3 – Andre Villas-Boas
Seven points clear of local rivals Arsenal after defeating them in early March, Spurs still managed to lose the race for a top four spot.
Villas-Boas took the White Hart Lane club to their best ever points tally in the Premier League era, yet still fell short by a point – agonising.
Tottenham have made lots of progress under their Portuguese manager but he won’t be feeling anything like a loser after Sunday.
Loser 4 – John Terry
The Chelsea skipper has seen his relevance fade further this season as interim manager Rafael Benitez used him in rotation when he was actually fit.
Terry was all smiles after putting on his kit for the presentation of the Europa League trophy, but most people were shaking their heads or mocking him.
Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic have all shown the Blues can handle Terry’s absence and the former England international could find himself further marginalised next season if Roman Abramovich splashes out on a squad overhaul.
Loser 5 – Nigel Adkins
Adkins became something of a mirthful cult figure with his brand of unusual cod philosophy – for a Premier League manager anyway – but it almost took attention away from the incredible job he did with Southampton.
Two consecutive promotions to the Premier League showcased a manager that knew exactly how to get the best out of his players, with no better example being the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge after being 2-0 down.
It was an astonishing performance, which made his sacking two days later even more surprising. Not only did he endure an unjustified dismissal, Adkins then took charge of Reading and had to go through the wringer of relegation – GMF can’t think of anyone that has had a more miserable season.
Which individuals do you think are this season’s Premier League winners and losers? Leave a comment below to let us know…
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