Who Michael Owen backed to win Golden Boot and Young Player award at the start of PL season

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A bow has been tied on the 2017-18 Premier League season, and what a season it’s been.

Manchester City are celebrating their first title under Pep Guardiola and Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool will join them in the Champions League.

Arsene Wenger’s final season at Arsenal ended in a miserable sixth-place finish while Chelsea’s defence of their title was limp, to put it mildly.

At the other end of the table, a late run of results wasn’t enough to prevent West Bromwich Albion from being relegated to the Championship, with Swansea City and Stoke City the other two teams dropping down to the second tier.

It was a joy to watch the likes of Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva week in, week out, and football fans can’t wait to do it will over again in August.

Salah beat De Bruyne to the PFA Player of the Year award - the Belgian playmaker has been masterful at the heart of Manchester City’s midfield, but it was impossible to overlook the impact that the Liverpool man has made in his first season at Anfield.

The Egyptian scored 32 goals in the league, setting a new record for most goals in a 38-game Premier League campaign.

Owen's predictions

Very few predicted such success for Salah when the season started but Michael Owen can count himself among those who thought he would shine.

Back in August, Owen named the players he thought would win the Golden Boot, win the Young Player of the Year award, have the biggest impact and be the most exciting to watch.

Here’s who he went for.

Golden Boot winner: Alexandre Lacazette

Owen was expecting big things from the Frenchman at Arsenal but he finished eighth in the race to be the Premier League’s top scorer with 14 goals, 18 fewer than Salah.

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Signing to make the biggest impact: Mohamed Salah

“Liverpool are looking like a team with a really potent attack,” Owen said, and he wasn’t wrong.

Salah led the way with a season that has left some ready to put him in contention to win the Ballon d’Or.

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Most exciting signing to watch: Romelu Lukaku

This seemed like a decent suggestion when Lukaku scored seven goals in his first seven league matches, but he tailed off in the middle part of the campaign.

The Belgian scored 16 league goals, which is a fine return, but there were many more enjoyable signings to watch, including Salah, Pascal Gross and Ederson.


Young Player of the Season: Jordan Pickford

Pickford’s performance in Everton’s 3-1 defeat to West Ham on the final day of the season was awful but for the most part, he enjoyed a fine season between the sticks.

However, he wasn’t nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, which went to Man City’s Leroy Sane.

So overall, not entirely embarrassing predictions from Owen.

Unlike Richard Keys, who said Everton would finish above Liverpool.

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