For me, Everton’s campaign has been absolutely faultless. A club which I seriously considered would have struggled have gone from strength-to-strength and now look in firm control of 4th place.
When David Moyes was confirmed as Manchester United manager, I feared the worst for the fans at Goodison Park. But with Everton’s success you can almost argue that Moyes’ may have been holding them back.
A complete transition had to occur after the departure of Moyes; a man who had led a club for so long, it seemed necessary to offer a role to someone; who could commit to a long term contract, experience, a fresh philosophy and someone who the fans could back.
Roberto Martinez has adopted styles of play which reminisce the former brilliance of Wigan; a much more modern approach to the beautiful game has been adopted at Everton by Martinez.
Yet, at Everton, results have been there. Consistency is fundamental for success, and Everton certainly have possessed it this season.
The board, and Martinez also need praise for the players added this season. Romelu Lukaku, James McCarthy and Gerard Deulofeu have been astonishing. John Stones has also been a great breakthrough this season for Everton.
Regardless of the loans, all the players added fit the long term ambition of the club. I believe this season can be a huge stepping stone for Everton, next season, and more to come.
Crystal Palace also deserve huge credit. Before the Tony Pulis rampage, the Eagles looked lost. Many teams breezed past them, and before the appointment of Pulis, relegation was definitely on the cards.
Palace now sit in 9th place and relegation is not worry. Getting the respect a club of their calibre deserve. Respect to Pulis; often criticised for his boring tactics and methods; Palace aren’t all that boring to watch!
Under Pulis, the signing of Tom Ince and another stiker, Palace could become a more concrete Premier League club.
Liverpool, despite the huge scale of the club, are this season’s biggest shock. You can never put such performances past a club with such tradition and history, but they have been better than the fans could've ever imagined.
It wasn’t all that long ago when the fans were on Brendan Rodgers' back; but the Northern Irishman has been Liverpool’s major hero this season. All he asked was for time: and he has certainly delivered what he promised. He has been the principal and led the squad to a historic season.
Thankfully, for Liverpool, no injuries have occurred which could affect the club's sensational performances. So this summer, especially with the addition of Champions League football, depth is key, and quality throughout the ranks is needed.
The club's patience and loyal support is finally getting the results it deserves. Under Rodgers, and the owners, the long-term goals of the clubs look like they can finally be met and reach the high levels of expectations the fans have, and rightly so.
But Liverpool must to everything the club can offer to keep hold of the Premier League's top goalscorer, Luis Suarez; and not just for his goals. A player of such quality, and the ability to obtain his irreplaceable services symbolises the club's ambitions to compete at the highest levels.
Liverpool aren’t going to be short of offers in the summer for the Uruguayan, so it’ll be interesting to see what the board are really about when offered, what I believe, a world record breaking transfer fee.
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