With the Premier League now well and truly closed for the summer. Let’s have a look at which teams, players and managers gave us the most to savour. And which gave the most to forget.
Best signing: Michu (Swansea City)
Firstly, there were a few players that could have been credited with such a status. Christian Benteke for instance was an inspired signing for Aston Villa, scoring 19 goals in 34 appearances and costing the club just £9m. However, Michu just pips it. Swansea City paid just £2.2m for their star man, and he notched an impressive 18 goals in 35 appearances for the Swans.
Worst signing: Emmanuel Adebayor (Spurs)
After a fantastic loan spell at White Hart Lane during the 2011/2012 campaign, scoring 17 goals in 33 appearances, Spurs moved mountains (and wage budgets) to land the Togolese hit man. Although Adebayor came into some late form for Spurs this season, scoring a couple of important goals in their push for Champions League football, his return from the 2012/2013 campaign was a miniscule five goals in 24 appearances.
One for the future: Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
Seeking out his chance for first team football with a loan spell at West Bromwich Albion, Romelu Lukaku has emerged as one of the Premier Leagues biggest young talents. He scored 17 goals in 35 appearances in the process. At the tender age of 20, his growth into one of the Premier League’s biggest attacking threats seems imminent. Chelsea must be chomping at the bit to gain his services once again.
Surprise package: Swansea City
The difficult second season in the top flight never really materialised for Swansea. After cementing their place in the Premier League with an 11th placed finish last season, Michael Laudrup led them onto greater things this term. With a highly respectable finish of ninth and a League Cup winners trophy, Swansea City look to be the real deal.
Shock team: Queens Park Rangers
Relegated Queens Park Rangers have to be looking back and wondering, just how it went so wrong. Investment, big signings, managerial experience, QPR seemed to have all the ingredients to survive the drop. They simply looked too good to go down. But when the big signings came in, the results never followed. Christopher Samba was brought in for his defensive solidarity, and Loic Remy for his goal prowess. Redknapp also executed loan deals for young talent such as Andros Townsend of Spurs, and experience in the form of midfielder Jermaine Jenas. None of these players particularly shamed themselves, in fact Townsend shone with his chance of first team football. But they never gelled as a team, and that was enough to send QPR into the Championship.
Villan: Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez has been the subject of much controversy this season - most recently the infamous 'biting incident' on Chelsea defender, Branislav Ivanovic. But when the going got tough, he was always backed by the die-hard Liverpool fans, sticking by their star man. Now it seems, Suarez has repaid them by submitting a transfer request. Stating he does not want to play his football in England any longer.
Hero: Sir Alex Ferguson
The reign of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United came to an emotional end this season, bowing out after winning United's 20th Premier League title. Sir Alex called time on his managerial career after 27 years in charge of the reds, a record surely never to be replicated.
Winning countless trophies and propelling United's status as one of the biggest clubs in world football, his record will surely never be matched. For United and mutual fans alike, it really was the end of an era.
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