Premier League: Ranking every club from 'Team of the Season' to 'Worst in Class'

Premier League trophy- Klopp, Guardiola, Tuchel, Howe

It’s been one hell of a Premier League season that culminated in a fittingly dramatic final day.

Manchester City and Liverpool have demonstrated yet again why they are two of the greatest teams in footballing history.

We’ve seen a rollercoaster battle for Champions League qualification with Antonio Conte’s Spurs team emphatically securing fourth spot on the final day.

A last gasp winner from Leeds United confirmed their Premier League status for next season at the expense of Burnley, ending the club’s six year top-flight journey.

And we’ve also borne witness to some absolutely shocking campaigns – we’ll get to that shortly…

It’s a Premier League season that we won’t forget in a hurry, but like all good things in life, it must come to an end eventually.

Which can mean only one thing – time to dish out their Premier League report cards.

Using TierMaker, we have ranked each club based upon their performance in the league this year across eight categories ranging from ‘Team of the Season’ to ‘Worst in Class’.

Enjoy, and let us know what you think in the Facebook comments!

‘Worst in Class’

Everton: They might have just avoided the drop, but we need to take into account the lofty expectations that surrounded this Everton team prior to the start of the season.

Gary Neville selected them as his ‘surprise package’ when making his pre-season predictions, and although that seems barmy now, he was one of many that were tipping the Toffees for big things.

They have the eighth highest net spend of any club in Europe over the past decade, so to be beating the drop with a game to spare is simply not good enough.

Had Burnley and Leeds not been so poor, Everton would be a Championship club next season.

A diabolical showing up until the last six weeks.

Everton, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert Lewin

‘Abysmal’

Norwich: The Canaries scored just 23 goals this campaign whilst their leaky defence shipped a league high of 84. They had pretty much accepted relegation was a formality by January.

Watford: The Hornets put up more of a fight than Norwich, however, their poor form towards the end of the season has seen them finish only a solitary point ahead. Thirteen points behind the safety zone will be a real disappointment for everyone involved.

Burnley: The Sean Dyche sacking was viewed as a harsh one but the Englishman could only lead the club to three league wins in 2021/2022 before he was relieved of his duties.

Mike Jackson was brought in and despite being unable to avoid relegation, has done a good job with the Clarets, even winning the Premier League Manager of the Month award for April.

The challenge for the club will be holding onto their best players, most of whom, would no doubt much prefer to be playing in England’s top-flight next season.

Manchester United: The less said about Manchester United’s season the better. The club is in a sheer state of disarray, there is simply no other way to put it.

Many thought United would be Man City’s main rivals for the title after signing Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho in the summer, but that prediction aged like old milk.

A sixth place finish flatters the club, who in terms of points collected actually finished much closer to the relegation zone than they did to the title winners. (23 points clear of Burnley, 35 points behind Man City)

Harry Maguire

‘Poor Effort’

Leeds: It seemed like everything was stacked against them going into the final weekend of the season but Jesse Marsch and his men pulled it off.

The American coach has been an impressive character since his arrival at the end of February and the onus will be on him now to develop the kind of relationship with the Leeds support that his predecessor mustered.

Overall, though, the 2021/2022 campaign will be viewed as a disappointing one after their strong showing the season prior.

Southampton: The Saints were never really in danger of being relegated, although they still only finished five points clear of Burnley.

It was their form in the first half of the season that saved them and since the start of March the club have accumulated a mere two points.

Maybe the players were already on their holidays mentally, continue in that vein of form though and they’ll be a certainty for relegation in twelve months time.

Aston Villa: Maybe we’re being a bit harsh with Villa, they could easily be in the ‘mediocre’ category also, but finishing 14th with such a strong team has to be classed as a disappointment.

Managerial changes in the middle of the year are never ideal. However, with the services of Phillipe Coutinho and Boubacar Kamara already secured, Steven Gerrard will be hoping his first full season at the helm will be a prosperous one.

Steven Gerrard taking charge of Aston Villa's final Premier League game of the season

‘Mediocre’

Leicester: It’s not been a bad season for the Foxes, finishing eighth overall. In truth, they seemed to fly under the radar and lacked that bit of panache that they had enjoyed previously under Brendan Rodgers.

Exciting players like James Maddison and Harvey Barnes didn’t quite live up to the billing which hindered their attacking exploits.

We think some investment is needed in the summer to shake things up at the club.

Wolves: Okay, 10th place overall, not bad. Wolves have been a bit of a steady-eddy throughout the season.

Bruno Lage has certainly done a good when it comes to being defensively compact, the issue is they just don’t score enough goals.

The sales of Diogo Jota and Adama Traore has drastically blunted their attacking potency and a dip into the transfer market is certainly required.

Arsenal: Could have been the category higher had they not collapsed in their attempt to secure Champions League football.

The club have certainly shown some progression under Mikel Arteta and can take positives from this season. Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have all sparkled in their own right at times, but it just wasn’t quite enough.

Not to make the top-four will be a real disappointment given the inconsistency of their rivals.

Mikel Arteta was not happy at all with the officials in his interview after Tottenham 3-0 Arsenal.

‘Solid Campaign’

Tottenham: Awful on many occasions throughout the season, Conte can barely believe it himself that the club have managed to secure Champions League football, although their form in the closing weeks has been mightily impressive.

Heung-Min Son has been the shining light for the club, scoring 23 goals from open play and rightfully sharing the Golden boot award with Mohamed Salah.

Conte’s job will be to ensure the club start next season the way they ended this one.

Newcastle: How the Magpies have managed to rescue what looked to be a disastrous season in such spectacular fashion is a testament to Eddie Howe and his coaching staff.

Newcastle were languishing in 19th position when the former Bournemouth man took charge and looked likely for the drop, however, they’ve now finished 11th overall and just two points off the top half.

Incredible stuff. If we were judging this entirely off of Howe’s tenure they would undoubtedly be ‘Team of the Season’.

Crystal Palace: Remember when Patrick Vieira took charge and everyone said what a risky move it was given the turmoil Palace were in?

Well, it seems like things turned out pretty well for him in the end, ey.

Connor Gallagher has been a revelation on loan from Chelsea, whilst Wilfried Zaha has been as integral as ever in helping this pretty poor Palace team to a 12th place finish.

Brighton: The Seagulls achieved history this year, surpassing the club’s previously held highest ever first-division finish of 13th by coming 9th overall.

Graham Potter is rightfully getting all the plaudits for the incredible job he is doing with the club and it will be interesting to see how Brighton can build upon this season going forward.

Brighton beat Manchester United 4-0 in the Premier League

‘Great Showing’

Brentford: The Bees were the bookies favourites to be relegated before the season started, but watching that opening game against Arsenal back in August it quickly became clear that there was something special about this Brentford team.

They’ve took points off both Liverpool and Chelsea, not to mention battered Man City when they made the trip to their intense home stadium, albeit coming out on the wrong end of the result.

Thomas Frank and his team defied everyone’s expectations and full credit to them.

West Ham: It’s an exciting time to be a fan of the Hammers.

Declan Rice and Jarod Bowen have been talismanic in the club fighting tooth and nail for European football.

At one point it looked like Champions League football was a real possibility, however, their deep run into the Europa League semi-final probably hampered their efforts on the domestic front.

Still, the prospect of taking part in the Europa Conference League next season ought to be an exciting one for the Irons.

Chelsea: The Blues are probably rather fortunate to be placed in the ‘Great Showing’ category, at least when it comes to judging them on their league form, anyway.

Despite a strong start to the season that had everyone convinced they were going to be well in the fight for the league title, the quality of Liverpool and Man City was simply too much for them to match.

Over a single game, they’ve proven that they can be a match for the two title protagonists, but it’s finding that relentless consistency where they fall short.

Nevertheless, a solid third place finish and reaching the latter stages of every competition they’ve partaken in will be enough to satisfy fans of the Blues for the minute.

Reece James and Mason Mount

‘Elite Performers’

Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp’s men went agonisingly close again on the final day, missing out by a mere point to Man City.

It’s the third time in five years that Liverpool have missed out on the Premier League title despite summiting the 90-point mark, and whilst critics would say that takes away from their greatness, personally, I couldn’t disagree more.

If the Reds beat Real Madrid in the upcoming Champions League final, they will have come within two points of securing a historic quadruple.

Had this ranking taken into account their entire season rather than solely Premier League form, Liverpool would have won the ‘Team of the Season’ award comfortably.

‘Team of the Season’

Man City: At the end of the day, though, there can only be one, and Guardiola’s team are worthy winners. Their 3-2 triumph over Aston Villa yesterday secured their fourth Premier League crown in five years, which just goes to show their dominance on the domestic stage.

The unreal performance levels and freak-ish consistency is like nothing we have ever seen before in English football and they have cemented themselves in history once again.

Jack Grealish of Manchester City celebrates

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