Tottenham, West Ham and Watford join Leicester as the Premier League's big overachievers

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In a Premier League season that has been, quite simply, overshadowed by the fairytale story that is Leicester City, the performances and overachievement of several other clubs have managed to slip under the radar.

Leicester's staggering feat of becoming only the sixth team to be named Premier League champions will go down as one of the most improbable, incomparable and flat-out sensational stories in sporting history.

Starting the season at odds of 5000-1, to walk away with the crown, the Foxes will claim just about every team and individual award on offer this season. Riyad Mahrez has already taken home the PFA Player of the Season award and it's only a matter of time before the Tinkerman, Claudio Ranieri, is named as the season's standout manager.


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But which other teams have overachieved in the 2015-16 season?

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs have been on the outside looking in for a number or seasons now, but this year they've been the best of the rest and look set to cement second place, their highest Premier League finish.

Producing arguably the most attractive football out of anyone in England, they've made the most of the inconsistency elsewhere to earn Champions League football for the first time since the 2011-12 and made themselves eligible overachiever candidates.

With two games remaining, Tottenham have conceded fewer goals (28) than anybody else in the English top flight and only Manchester City (68) have scored more.

But beyond the statistics, Spurs are developing a squad that should compete for the foreseeable future, all based on a solid core of English-born players. Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Eric Dier all featured prominently throughout the season and they are all likely to travel with England to the European Championships this summer.

With much sought after manager Mauricio Pochettino recently committing himself to the club for the next five years, the future looks bright for Spurs fans. The time for Tottenham Hotspur to consolidate themselves as one of England's top clubs is now.

West Ham United

As it stands, West Ham occupy sixth in the Premier League table. The nitty-gritty of it is that they sit a mere five points outside of Champions League qualification with a game in hand on the team in fourth, Manchester City, and a home clash against fifth-placed Manchester United still to play.

Many pundits had the Hammers touted as likely mid-table finishers, with some even believing a relegation battle could be on the cards following the arrival of new, enigmatic manager Slaven Bilic.

But they have proven their doubters wrong, and it's in no small part down to the arrival and performances of Dimitri Payet (not to mention his free kicks). The Frenchman has been a revelation in the Premier League this season and the touch of quality he provides gives West Ham that extra spark. Tallying nine goals and ten assists in the league this season, Payet ranks in the division's top 20 for each category.

West Ham's 60 goals for the season is the third-best attacking record in the league, but their 43 goals against is worse than anyone else in the top seven. Keeping hold of Payet, strengthening their defensive core and Bilic continuing to find his feet as a Premier League manager could be the keys to solidifying themselves as European contenders in their new stadium next year.


The third and final 'other' team for overachiever of the year is newly-promoted Watford.

Watford currently lie in 12th and just four points separate them from a top half finish with three games still left to play. However, with 44 points already on the board, Hornets' fans will be delighted to be looking down at the mess of a relegation dogfight from above and not vice-versa. They even threw in a run to the FA Cup semi-finals for a bit of late season drama for their fans. How considerate?

Watford can, in large part, thank the goals of Troy Deeney (11) and Odion Ighalo (14) for their current league position. The striking pair have combined to score 25 of Watford's 36 league goals this season. The prior has even been prominent in the discussion as a potential strike option for Roy Hodgson at the Euro's when they kick off in June.

In addition - despite the lack of creativity from other areas of the squad - Watford boast the best defensive record of any team outside of the top seven and a better goal difference than any team below them in the standings.

Anything outside of the bottom three would have represented an excellent season for the Hornets so to finish 12th would have been beyond the realms of possibility for many fans and pundits at the start of the season. Off-season priorities for Watford will be to keep their strike duo together and find a way to add goals from elsewhere in their lineup.

Honourable Mentions

Bournemouth came into the season as one of the favourites for the drop with a lack of top level experience both on and off the pitch and a style of play that was deemed too risky for the top flight. Injuries to top players didn't help their cause, but managing to avoid relegation and retain Premier League status for another year has to go down as a great achievement for promising young manager Eddie Howe.

Despite mass exoduses of players and managerial changes in recent years, Southampton continue to achieve more than anyone could expect.

Holding on to seventh with two games remaining and an all-but-guaranteed top half finish represents a successful season. If Southampton can retain the services of Ronald Koeman for the foreseeable future and hold on to star assets for a change, Saints can look to restore their solidity following their trip up and down the football league.

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