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Gavin Coney

What will be your memorable memory of this season?

The hastily printed A4 sign slammed on the door of the Chelsea club store in the frantic hours after the UK government announced that Roman Abramovich had been sanctioned. “Due to the latest government announcement, this store will be closed from today for further notice.” A neat encapsulation of the extent to which the Premier League has become enveloped in the tendrils of power and geopolitics. What is this competition becoming?

Who was your player of the season?

Mohammad Salah.

Name the best and worst rookie of the season.

Well, the best was not Romelu Lukaku, as I confidently predicted at the start of the season. I would say Cristian Romero for Spurs, ahead of Luis Diaz and Bruno Guimaraes.

The worst was Cristiano Ronaldo. The league’s highest-paid player joined a team that finished second and was part of a hysterical and miserable slide that saw a manager fired, two hired and a never-ending stream of damaging stories leaking out of the locker room. Ronaldo’s goalscoring record was good, but his introduction coincided with the implosion of the team, dips in form for his teammates and a dressing room brimming with contention. If United had been managed purely to win football games, they would have been much better off without him. But, of course, United doesn’t exist just for that reason anymore.

Best individual performance you’ve witnessed this season?

Harry Kane against Man City at the Etihad in February.

Which Irish player impressed you the most?

The usual slim picks, but I’ll choose Nathan Collins. Burnley might fall but they deserve to stay.

Which team did you enjoy watching the most (apart from the club you support)?

Everton have been the gift that keeps on giving, but I’ve enjoyed watching West Ham immensely this year.

Name your favorite moment of this season.

Mohamed Salah’s goal against Manchester City at Anfield. Amazing.

Describe the season in one sentence.

An endless internal negotiation between the pure adrenal thrill of football and the creeping, sickly malaise of how it all pays off.

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Paul Fennessy

What will be your memorable memory of this season?

There is a lot wrong with sport in general and the Premier League in particular – the lack of regulation in terms of club ownership is a big problem and cannot be ignored – but the actual quality of football on display aesthetically is probably better than ever. Watching Liverpool and Man City, especially when they clashed, was often a feast for the eyes.

Who was your player of the season?

It’s hard to look past Mo Salah. He has more goals and assists than anyone else and is one of the few players who can be confidently said would improve any team in the world. Honorable mention also goes to Son Heung-Min, who could yet beat the Liverpool star in the Golden Boot race and who regularly scores in a team significantly inferior to the Reds.

Name the best and worst rookie of the season.

The best has been Cristian Romero, who has improved Tottenham’s defense considerably and is one of the main reasons they are on course to secure a Champions League place that seemed unlikely for much of the season. . Honorable mentions for Brentford’s Christian Eriksen, Liverpool’s Luis Díaz and some nifty mid-season acquisitions from Newcastle.

There have been far worse players signed than Romelu Lukaku, but the Belgian was arguably the most disappointing, given his two superb seasons at Inter before that. Many more equally high-profile signings like Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho were also expected, who could still prove to be good buys but have so far only shown a glimpse of their potential.

Best individual performance you’ve witnessed this season?

Two springs in mind.

Harry Kane looked just a pale shadow of his former self at the start of the season, but Antonio Conte got the best out of him since taking over, and his performance in the 3-2 win of Spurs against Man City, in which he scored two goals and had a helping hand in another, was a reminder that the England international is one of the best players in the world, at least in this form.

There’s been a lot of debate about whether Man United should have signed Cristiano Ronaldo (I don’t think they should have) but the Portuguese star is still able to win games virtually on his own, like this was particularly evident when he hit a phenomenal hat. round in United’s 3-2 win over Spurs in March. The more optimistic fans would have hoped that this display would inspire the Red Devils to secure a Champions League spot, but instead it proved a rare highlight amid a miserable campaign that went on to follow. pathetically extinguished.

Which Irish player impressed you the most?

Matt Doherty and Shane Duffy had some good times, but for pure consistency and given the circumstances he faced, it has to be Nathan Collins. Burnley can still be relegated, but that shouldn’t detract from the 21-year-old’s generally excellent performance, which was recently rewarded with a Player of the Month nomination. In total, the Ireland international has made 18 top-flight appearances alone – an incredible feat at his age – and there are likely to be plenty more to come.

Which team did you enjoy watching the most (apart from the club you support)?

The sheer chaos and unpredictability inherent in Frank Lampard’s Everton meant they were generally an enjoyable watch, while Brentford – especially considering their relatively limited resources – were still impressive in the way they tried to play, and Thomas Frank is surely a serious contender for the manager. of the season, having guided them to a much better than expected (as is) 11th place this season.

Name your favorite moment of this season.

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It was long overdue, but there were signs that football is finally ready to tackle the sport wash and ownership issues. The fact that a show as high profile as Monday Night Football (see above) wanted to openly discuss these issues in detail was heartening to see.

Describe the season in one sentence.

Big investment invariably leads to success, unless you’re as badly managed as Man United or Everton.

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David Sneyd

What will be your memorable memory of this season?

Newcastle United tweeting this:

A real fairy tale.

Who was your player of the season?

And just so Newcastle fans aren’t bored: Joelinton. What a metamorphosis.

Name the best and worst rookie of the season.

Best: Luis Diaz. Injected even more quality and strength into a team that fed on his energy in the second half of the season. Christian Eriksen is a very close second.
Worst: Raphael Varane. Injury-prone and unable to find any rhythm in a season that promised so much more.

Best individual performance you’ve witnessed this season?

The one who jumped straight in was Declan Rice for West Ham at Everton last October. Was a complete display in midfield, which clearly showed that he was much more than just a defensive operator.

Which Irish player impressed you the most?

Adam Idah was threatening something really impressive before his injury. Seamus Coleman has made the most appearances but Nathan Collins’ displays in the latter part of Burnley’s campaign offer real hope that Ireland will have a top centre-back for years to come.

Which team did you enjoy watching the most (besides the club you support)?

Liverpool. It just means more to them.

Name your favorite moment of this season.

Christian Eriksen’s return with Brentford and then continuing his masterclass to ensure they don’t get sucked into the relegation fight.

Describe the season in one sentence.

How low can Manchester United go after this latest gritty performance?