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Aston Villa vs Fulham: Championship Play-Off Final 2018 prediction, preview, betting tips, odds, tickets, TV channel, live streaming online, start time, team news, line-ups, head to head
Aston Villa vs Fulham: Championship Play-Off Final 2018 prediction, preview, betting tips, odds, tickets, TV channel, live streaming online, start time, team news, line-ups, head to head
Aston Villa vs Fulham: Championship Play-Off Final 2018 prediction, preview, betting tips, odds, tickets, TV channel, live streaming online, start time, team news, line-ups, head to head
​Aston Villa's Jack Grealish has made the incredible claim that an injury he suffered before the start of the 2017/18 campaign almost caused him to lose his life. ​ The Midlands club were taking on ​Watford in a pre-season friendly match, and the 22-year-old ended up hospitalised after a fairly innocuous challenge from Tom Cleverley. He revealed, as quoted by the ​Mirror: "I took a kick to the kidney and it split in two places. It was pouring with blood, internally, for about five hours. ​...
Villa Star Jack Grealish Reveals He 'Almost Died' From Freak Injury Sustained Earlier This Season
​Aston Villa's Jack Grealish has made the incredible claim that an injury he suffered before the start of the 2017/18 campaign almost caused him to lose his life. ​ The Midlands club were taking on ​Watford in a pre-season friendly match, and the 22-year-old ended up hospitalised after a fairly innocuous challenge from Tom Cleverley. He revealed, as quoted by the ​Mirror: "I took a kick to the kidney and it split in two places. It was pouring with blood, internally, for about five hours. ​...
​Aston Villa's Jack Grealish has made the incredible claim that an injury he suffered before the start of the 2017/18 campaign almost caused him to lose his life. ​ The Midlands club were taking on ​Watford in a pre-season friendly match, and the 22-year-old ended up hospitalised after a fairly innocuous challenge from Tom Cleverley. He revealed, as quoted by the ​Mirror: "I took a kick to the kidney and it split in two places. It was pouring with blood, internally, for about five hours. ​...
Villa Star Jack Grealish Reveals He 'Almost Died' From Freak Injury Sustained Earlier This Season
​Aston Villa's Jack Grealish has made the incredible claim that an injury he suffered before the start of the 2017/18 campaign almost caused him to lose his life. ​ The Midlands club were taking on ​Watford in a pre-season friendly match, and the 22-year-old ended up hospitalised after a fairly innocuous challenge from Tom Cleverley. He revealed, as quoted by the ​Mirror: "I took a kick to the kidney and it split in two places. It was pouring with blood, internally, for about five hours. ​...
Aston Villa invite Duke of Cambridge to Wembley for £170m Championship play-off final against Fulham
Aston Villa invite Duke of Cambridge to Wembley for £170m Championship play-off final against Fulham
Aston Villa invite Duke of Cambridge to Wembley for £170m Championship play-off final against Fulham
Aston Villa have invited the Duke of Cambridge to Wembley as they bid for royal backing in their £170 million shootout with Fulham. Prince William, an Aston Villa supporter, has been asked to attend Saturday’s Championship play-off final and is expected to respond in the next 48 hours. The invite was made by Keith Wyness, Villa’s chief executive, and the club are hopeful the future king will be at the national stadium alongside owner Dr Tony Xia. William was the guest of honour at Villa’s league game against Cardiff in April, sitting with former striker John Carew, and watched Jack Grealish score a spectacular winner. He could now attend his second game of the season, at Wembley, as Villa attempt to reach the Premier League after a two-year exile. Three years ago, before Villa’s FA Cup final against Arsenal – which they lost 4-0 under Tim Sherwood – William revealed the reasons behind his allegiance. Prince Williams is a proud Aston Villa supporter Credit: pa “A long time ago at school I got into football big-time. I was looking around for clubs. All my friends at school were either Man United or Chelsea fans and I didn’t want to follow the run-of-the-mill teams,” he said. “I wanted to have a team that was more mid-table that could give me more emotional rollercoaster moments.” Grealish is expected to play a big role having been hugely influential this season, fuelling hopes of a future England call-up. But he admits he feared for his career after a freak injury last year. The 22-year-old suffered a severely damaged kidney after an accidental collision with Watford’s Tom Cleverley during a pre-season game in July. Jack Grealish has been influential this season Credit: getty images “The doctor said he’d never seen an injury like it before – the only comparison he could make was racing and being kicked by a horse. The pain was unreal, I couldn’t sleep, walk, or anything,” he said. “I didn’t realise how bad it was and at one point I even feared I wouldn’t play again. “I was expecting to be back for the next week but the doctor said no chance - it was three to four months. The timing was awful. I know Clevs [Cleverley] from Villa and he couldn’t believe it. “It was such an innocuous incident and he was messaging me for days, feeling really bad. It was a total accident but something I’ll never forget. “To miss so much of the season was a nightmare, especially when the gaffer had been building me up so much over the summer. It just made me more determined to make an impact when I came back and, fortunately, I think I've done that.”
Aston Villa invite Duke of Cambridge to Wembley for £170m Championship play-off final against Fulham
Aston Villa have invited the Duke of Cambridge to Wembley as they bid for royal backing in their £170 million shootout with Fulham. Prince William, an Aston Villa supporter, has been asked to attend Saturday’s Championship play-off final and is expected to respond in the next 48 hours. The invite was made by Keith Wyness, Villa’s chief executive, and the club are hopeful the future king will be at the national stadium alongside owner Dr Tony Xia. William was the guest of honour at Villa’s league game against Cardiff in April, sitting with former striker John Carew, and watched Jack Grealish score a spectacular winner. He could now attend his second game of the season, at Wembley, as Villa attempt to reach the Premier League after a two-year exile. Three years ago, before Villa’s FA Cup final against Arsenal – which they lost 4-0 under Tim Sherwood – William revealed the reasons behind his allegiance. Prince Williams is a proud Aston Villa supporter Credit: pa “A long time ago at school I got into football big-time. I was looking around for clubs. All my friends at school were either Man United or Chelsea fans and I didn’t want to follow the run-of-the-mill teams,” he said. “I wanted to have a team that was more mid-table that could give me more emotional rollercoaster moments.” Grealish is expected to play a big role having been hugely influential this season, fuelling hopes of a future England call-up. But he admits he feared for his career after a freak injury last year. The 22-year-old suffered a severely damaged kidney after an accidental collision with Watford’s Tom Cleverley during a pre-season game in July. Jack Grealish has been influential this season Credit: getty images “The doctor said he’d never seen an injury like it before – the only comparison he could make was racing and being kicked by a horse. The pain was unreal, I couldn’t sleep, walk, or anything,” he said. “I didn’t realise how bad it was and at one point I even feared I wouldn’t play again. “I was expecting to be back for the next week but the doctor said no chance - it was three to four months. The timing was awful. I know Clevs [Cleverley] from Villa and he couldn’t believe it. “It was such an innocuous incident and he was messaging me for days, feeling really bad. It was a total accident but something I’ll never forget. “To miss so much of the season was a nightmare, especially when the gaffer had been building me up so much over the summer. It just made me more determined to make an impact when I came back and, fortunately, I think I've done that.”
Aston Villa have invited the Duke of Cambridge to Wembley as they bid for royal backing in their £170 million shootout with Fulham. Prince William, an Aston Villa supporter, has been asked to attend Saturday’s Championship play-off final and is expected to respond in the next 48 hours. The invite was made by Keith Wyness, Villa’s chief executive, and the club are hopeful the future king will be at the national stadium alongside owner Dr Tony Xia. William was the guest of honour at Villa’s league game against Cardiff in April, sitting with former striker John Carew, and watched Jack Grealish score a spectacular winner. He could now attend his second game of the season, at Wembley, as Villa attempt to reach the Premier League after a two-year exile. Three years ago, before Villa’s FA Cup final against Arsenal – which they lost 4-0 under Tim Sherwood – William revealed the reasons behind his allegiance. Prince Williams is a proud Aston Villa supporter Credit: pa “A long time ago at school I got into football big-time. I was looking around for clubs. All my friends at school were either Man United or Chelsea fans and I didn’t want to follow the run-of-the-mill teams,” he said. “I wanted to have a team that was more mid-table that could give me more emotional rollercoaster moments.” Grealish is expected to play a big role having been hugely influential this season, fuelling hopes of a future England call-up. But he admits he feared for his career after a freak injury last year. The 22-year-old suffered a severely damaged kidney after an accidental collision with Watford’s Tom Cleverley during a pre-season game in July. Jack Grealish has been influential this season Credit: getty images “The doctor said he’d never seen an injury like it before – the only comparison he could make was racing and being kicked by a horse. The pain was unreal, I couldn’t sleep, walk, or anything,” he said. “I didn’t realise how bad it was and at one point I even feared I wouldn’t play again. “I was expecting to be back for the next week but the doctor said no chance - it was three to four months. The timing was awful. I know Clevs [Cleverley] from Villa and he couldn’t believe it. “It was such an innocuous incident and he was messaging me for days, feeling really bad. It was a total accident but something I’ll never forget. “To miss so much of the season was a nightmare, especially when the gaffer had been building me up so much over the summer. It just made me more determined to make an impact when I came back and, fortunately, I think I've done that.”
Aston Villa invite Duke of Cambridge to Wembley for £170m Championship play-off final against Fulham
Aston Villa have invited the Duke of Cambridge to Wembley as they bid for royal backing in their £170 million shootout with Fulham. Prince William, an Aston Villa supporter, has been asked to attend Saturday’s Championship play-off final and is expected to respond in the next 48 hours. The invite was made by Keith Wyness, Villa’s chief executive, and the club are hopeful the future king will be at the national stadium alongside owner Dr Tony Xia. William was the guest of honour at Villa’s league game against Cardiff in April, sitting with former striker John Carew, and watched Jack Grealish score a spectacular winner. He could now attend his second game of the season, at Wembley, as Villa attempt to reach the Premier League after a two-year exile. Three years ago, before Villa’s FA Cup final against Arsenal – which they lost 4-0 under Tim Sherwood – William revealed the reasons behind his allegiance. Prince Williams is a proud Aston Villa supporter Credit: pa “A long time ago at school I got into football big-time. I was looking around for clubs. All my friends at school were either Man United or Chelsea fans and I didn’t want to follow the run-of-the-mill teams,” he said. “I wanted to have a team that was more mid-table that could give me more emotional rollercoaster moments.” Grealish is expected to play a big role having been hugely influential this season, fuelling hopes of a future England call-up. But he admits he feared for his career after a freak injury last year. The 22-year-old suffered a severely damaged kidney after an accidental collision with Watford’s Tom Cleverley during a pre-season game in July. Jack Grealish has been influential this season Credit: getty images “The doctor said he’d never seen an injury like it before – the only comparison he could make was racing and being kicked by a horse. The pain was unreal, I couldn’t sleep, walk, or anything,” he said. “I didn’t realise how bad it was and at one point I even feared I wouldn’t play again. “I was expecting to be back for the next week but the doctor said no chance - it was three to four months. The timing was awful. I know Clevs [Cleverley] from Villa and he couldn’t believe it. “It was such an innocuous incident and he was messaging me for days, feeling really bad. It was a total accident but something I’ll never forget. “To miss so much of the season was a nightmare, especially when the gaffer had been building me up so much over the summer. It just made me more determined to make an impact when I came back and, fortunately, I think I've done that.”
Aston Villa have invited the Duke of Cambridge to Wembley as they bid for royal backing in their £170 million shootout with Fulham. Prince William, an Aston Villa supporter, has been asked to attend Saturday’s Championship play-off final and is expected to respond in the next 48 hours. The invite was made by Keith Wyness, Villa’s chief executive, and the club are hopeful the future king will be at the national stadium alongside owner Dr Tony Xia. William was the guest of honour at Villa’s league game against Cardiff in April, sitting with former striker John Carew, and watched Jack Grealish score a spectacular winner. He could now attend his second game of the season, at Wembley, as Villa attempt to reach the Premier League after a two-year exile. Three years ago, before Villa’s FA Cup final against Arsenal – which they lost 4-0 under Tim Sherwood – William revealed the reasons behind his allegiance. Prince Williams is a proud Aston Villa supporter Credit: pa “A long time ago at school I got into football big-time. I was looking around for clubs. All my friends at school were either Man United or Chelsea fans and I didn’t want to follow the run-of-the-mill teams,” he said. “I wanted to have a team that was more mid-table that could give me more emotional rollercoaster moments.” Grealish is expected to play a big role having been hugely influential this season, fuelling hopes of a future England call-up. But he admits he feared for his career after a freak injury last year. The 22-year-old suffered a severely damaged kidney after an accidental collision with Watford’s Tom Cleverley during a pre-season game in July. Jack Grealish has been influential this season Credit: getty images “The doctor said he’d never seen an injury like it before – the only comparison he could make was racing and being kicked by a horse. The pain was unreal, I couldn’t sleep, walk, or anything,” he said. “I didn’t realise how bad it was and at one point I even feared I wouldn’t play again. “I was expecting to be back for the next week but the doctor said no chance - it was three to four months. The timing was awful. I know Clevs [Cleverley] from Villa and he couldn’t believe it. “It was such an innocuous incident and he was messaging me for days, feeling really bad. It was a total accident but something I’ll never forget. “To miss so much of the season was a nightmare, especially when the gaffer had been building me up so much over the summer. It just made me more determined to make an impact when I came back and, fortunately, I think I've done that.”
Aston Villa invite Duke of Cambridge to Wembley for £170m Championship play-off final against Fulham
Aston Villa have invited the Duke of Cambridge to Wembley as they bid for royal backing in their £170 million shootout with Fulham. Prince William, an Aston Villa supporter, has been asked to attend Saturday’s Championship play-off final and is expected to respond in the next 48 hours. The invite was made by Keith Wyness, Villa’s chief executive, and the club are hopeful the future king will be at the national stadium alongside owner Dr Tony Xia. William was the guest of honour at Villa’s league game against Cardiff in April, sitting with former striker John Carew, and watched Jack Grealish score a spectacular winner. He could now attend his second game of the season, at Wembley, as Villa attempt to reach the Premier League after a two-year exile. Three years ago, before Villa’s FA Cup final against Arsenal – which they lost 4-0 under Tim Sherwood – William revealed the reasons behind his allegiance. Prince Williams is a proud Aston Villa supporter Credit: pa “A long time ago at school I got into football big-time. I was looking around for clubs. All my friends at school were either Man United or Chelsea fans and I didn’t want to follow the run-of-the-mill teams,” he said. “I wanted to have a team that was more mid-table that could give me more emotional rollercoaster moments.” Grealish is expected to play a big role having been hugely influential this season, fuelling hopes of a future England call-up. But he admits he feared for his career after a freak injury last year. The 22-year-old suffered a severely damaged kidney after an accidental collision with Watford’s Tom Cleverley during a pre-season game in July. Jack Grealish has been influential this season Credit: getty images “The doctor said he’d never seen an injury like it before – the only comparison he could make was racing and being kicked by a horse. The pain was unreal, I couldn’t sleep, walk, or anything,” he said. “I didn’t realise how bad it was and at one point I even feared I wouldn’t play again. “I was expecting to be back for the next week but the doctor said no chance - it was three to four months. The timing was awful. I know Clevs [Cleverley] from Villa and he couldn’t believe it. “It was such an innocuous incident and he was messaging me for days, feeling really bad. It was a total accident but something I’ll never forget. “To miss so much of the season was a nightmare, especially when the gaffer had been building me up so much over the summer. It just made me more determined to make an impact when I came back and, fortunately, I think I've done that.”
Aston Villa invite Duke of Cambridge to Wembley for £170m Championship play-off final against Fulham
Aston Villa invite Duke of Cambridge to Wembley for £170m Championship play-off final against Fulham
Aston Villa invite Duke of Cambridge to Wembley for £170m Championship play-off final against Fulham
Aston Villa invite Duke of Cambridge to Wembley for £170m Championship play-off final against Fulham
Aston Villa invite Duke of Cambridge to Wembley for £170m Championship play-off final against Fulham
Aston Villa invite Duke of Cambridge to Wembley for £170m Championship play-off final against Fulham
Mauricio Pochettino has held positive discussions with chairman Daniel Levy over his Tottenham Hotspur future, with Chelsea now resigning themselves to the fact there is virtually no chance he will push for a move to Stamford Bridge. Hopes have been raised that Pochettino will stay at Spurs and recommit himself by signing a new contract, with sources claiming talks between the Argentine and Levy have gone well and that more are scheduled. There were doubts over Pochettino’s future last week after he revealed he would speak to Levy about the direction Spurs are heading in and urged the club to be brave. He wants the green light to go ahead with a £150million overhaul of his Tottenham squad and start business, both in terms of ins and outs, earlier than in previous years. It seems Levy may be prepared to grant some of his manager’s wishes and the Spurs chairman remains keen for Pochettino to sign a new deal that could be worth £8.5m a year. Premier League club-by-club review Having last signed a contract two years ago, Pochettino is committed to Tottenham until 2021, but Levy would like him to at least extend that by a further 12 months. Pochettino has been well aware that he has admirers elsewhere, particularly at Chelsea, who are set to replace head coach Antonio Conte. But there is little optimism at Stamford Bridge that Pochettino will force his way out of Tottenham to replace Conte and Chelsea are focussing their attention elsewhere, with Luis Enrique currently rated as the likeliest successor to the Italian. Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour One of the players Pochettino is interested in signing this summer is forward Anthony Martial, who is also on Chelsea’s radar. Tottenham’s hopes of beating Chelsea to Martial’s signature could be boosted by Manchester United’s interest in central defender Toby Alderweireld. While there is little prospect of a straight swap involving the two players, both clubs could be more inclined to do business if they can get what they want. Spurs want around £45m for Alderweireld, which is similar to the value that has been placed on Martial who has been left out France’s World Cup squad. Tottenham's new stadium in pictures Chelsea would be prepared to pay Martial more than Tottenham, but Pochettino can promise Champions League football and point to the positive impact he has had on most of his players. Crystal Palace are adamant they will not sell Wilfried Zaha, who is another target of Pochettino, for anything other than ‘silly money’. Ryan Sessegnon’s future is set to be decided by the outcome of next weekend’s Championship play-off final between Fulham and Aston Villa. Tottenham are at the front of the queue to sign the left-sided teenager should Fulham lose. Other than Alderweireld, Pochettino is willing to listen to offers for Mousa Dembele, Danny Rose, Fernando Llorente, Moussa Sissoko and possibly Victor Wanyama.
Mauricio Pochettino holds positive talks with Spurs hierarchy as Chelsea accept defeat in quest to lure him
Mauricio Pochettino has held positive discussions with chairman Daniel Levy over his Tottenham Hotspur future, with Chelsea now resigning themselves to the fact there is virtually no chance he will push for a move to Stamford Bridge. Hopes have been raised that Pochettino will stay at Spurs and recommit himself by signing a new contract, with sources claiming talks between the Argentine and Levy have gone well and that more are scheduled. There were doubts over Pochettino’s future last week after he revealed he would speak to Levy about the direction Spurs are heading in and urged the club to be brave. He wants the green light to go ahead with a £150million overhaul of his Tottenham squad and start business, both in terms of ins and outs, earlier than in previous years. It seems Levy may be prepared to grant some of his manager’s wishes and the Spurs chairman remains keen for Pochettino to sign a new deal that could be worth £8.5m a year. Premier League club-by-club review Having last signed a contract two years ago, Pochettino is committed to Tottenham until 2021, but Levy would like him to at least extend that by a further 12 months. Pochettino has been well aware that he has admirers elsewhere, particularly at Chelsea, who are set to replace head coach Antonio Conte. But there is little optimism at Stamford Bridge that Pochettino will force his way out of Tottenham to replace Conte and Chelsea are focussing their attention elsewhere, with Luis Enrique currently rated as the likeliest successor to the Italian. Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour One of the players Pochettino is interested in signing this summer is forward Anthony Martial, who is also on Chelsea’s radar. Tottenham’s hopes of beating Chelsea to Martial’s signature could be boosted by Manchester United’s interest in central defender Toby Alderweireld. While there is little prospect of a straight swap involving the two players, both clubs could be more inclined to do business if they can get what they want. Spurs want around £45m for Alderweireld, which is similar to the value that has been placed on Martial who has been left out France’s World Cup squad. Tottenham's new stadium in pictures Chelsea would be prepared to pay Martial more than Tottenham, but Pochettino can promise Champions League football and point to the positive impact he has had on most of his players. Crystal Palace are adamant they will not sell Wilfried Zaha, who is another target of Pochettino, for anything other than ‘silly money’. Ryan Sessegnon’s future is set to be decided by the outcome of next weekend’s Championship play-off final between Fulham and Aston Villa. Tottenham are at the front of the queue to sign the left-sided teenager should Fulham lose. Other than Alderweireld, Pochettino is willing to listen to offers for Mousa Dembele, Danny Rose, Fernando Llorente, Moussa Sissoko and possibly Victor Wanyama.
Mick McCarthy is ready to take on the challenge of returning Stoke to the Premier League after Paul Lambert’s departure on Friday. McCarthy has told Stoke, via his representatives, that he would be interested in succeeding Lambert as the club prepare for their first season in the Championship since 2008. The former Republic of Ireland manager left Ipswich in April after six years in charge and is thought to be one of the early contenders to take over at the bet365 Stadium. Stoke are considering a number of other options but it is believed that their hopes of appointing either David Moyes, who left West Ham on Wednesday, or former Everton manager Sam Allardyce are remote at this stage. Lambert’s four-month reign was ended by mutual consent after he was summoned for talks with vice-chairman John Coates. Paul Lambert will not be masterminding Stoke's promotion push Credit: Reuters Stoke want to pursue a new direction following their relegation and triggered a clause in his contract that enabled them to part company with minimal compensation. Lambert replaced Mark Hughes in January and although he improved both the overall performances and Stoke’s defensive record, he won just two games out of 15, drawing seven. The former Aston Villa and Wolves manager’s reign suffered due to the poor behaviour of players including Saido Berahino, Jese Rodriguez and Ibrahim Afellay, who were all excluded from his first-team squad. It can be revealed that Lambert was still battling against ill-discipline the day before the final game of the season at Swansea, when one player turned up for training late. Defeat against Crystal Palace confirmed Stoke's relegation Credit: Reuters Stoke, who are now searching for only their fourth manager in 12 years, said in a statement: “The club would like to thank Paul for his work over the past four months and wish him well for the future. “Whilst he was unable to guide us to Premier League safety after being appointed in January, it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of effort, professionalism and dedication on his part. “Paul would like to thank the board, players and staff for the opportunity and their support. He would also like to thank the fans for their unwavering support. Whilst looking forward to his next challenge, he would like to wish the club every success next season. “The club will appoint a replacement as soon as possible in order to give the new manager time to prepare for the challenge of the 2018/19 season in the Championship.” Premier League club-by-club review Stoke are facing a summer of huge changes, with a number of players – including Jack Butland, Xherdan Shaqiri, Joe Allen and Badou Ndiaye – likely to leave. Yet Stoke are determined to retain a squad capable of promotion and have insisted they will be spending big in the second tier to bring in new signings. They have already begun preparations for next season by informing Stephen Ireland his contract will not be renewed in an email on Friday morning. Berahino, £18 million flop Kevin Wimmer and record signing Giannelli Imbula are also expected to leave this summer, either on loan or permanently.
Mick McCarthy tells Stoke he's interested in replacing Paul Lambert as manager
Mick McCarthy is ready to take on the challenge of returning Stoke to the Premier League after Paul Lambert’s departure on Friday. McCarthy has told Stoke, via his representatives, that he would be interested in succeeding Lambert as the club prepare for their first season in the Championship since 2008. The former Republic of Ireland manager left Ipswich in April after six years in charge and is thought to be one of the early contenders to take over at the bet365 Stadium. Stoke are considering a number of other options but it is believed that their hopes of appointing either David Moyes, who left West Ham on Wednesday, or former Everton manager Sam Allardyce are remote at this stage. Lambert’s four-month reign was ended by mutual consent after he was summoned for talks with vice-chairman John Coates. Paul Lambert will not be masterminding Stoke's promotion push Credit: Reuters Stoke want to pursue a new direction following their relegation and triggered a clause in his contract that enabled them to part company with minimal compensation. Lambert replaced Mark Hughes in January and although he improved both the overall performances and Stoke’s defensive record, he won just two games out of 15, drawing seven. The former Aston Villa and Wolves manager’s reign suffered due to the poor behaviour of players including Saido Berahino, Jese Rodriguez and Ibrahim Afellay, who were all excluded from his first-team squad. It can be revealed that Lambert was still battling against ill-discipline the day before the final game of the season at Swansea, when one player turned up for training late. Defeat against Crystal Palace confirmed Stoke's relegation Credit: Reuters Stoke, who are now searching for only their fourth manager in 12 years, said in a statement: “The club would like to thank Paul for his work over the past four months and wish him well for the future. “Whilst he was unable to guide us to Premier League safety after being appointed in January, it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of effort, professionalism and dedication on his part. “Paul would like to thank the board, players and staff for the opportunity and their support. He would also like to thank the fans for their unwavering support. Whilst looking forward to his next challenge, he would like to wish the club every success next season. “The club will appoint a replacement as soon as possible in order to give the new manager time to prepare for the challenge of the 2018/19 season in the Championship.” Premier League club-by-club review Stoke are facing a summer of huge changes, with a number of players – including Jack Butland, Xherdan Shaqiri, Joe Allen and Badou Ndiaye – likely to leave. Yet Stoke are determined to retain a squad capable of promotion and have insisted they will be spending big in the second tier to bring in new signings. They have already begun preparations for next season by informing Stephen Ireland his contract will not be renewed in an email on Friday morning. Berahino, £18 million flop Kevin Wimmer and record signing Giannelli Imbula are also expected to leave this summer, either on loan or permanently.
Mick McCarthy is ready to take on the challenge of returning Stoke to the Premier League after Paul Lambert’s departure on Friday. McCarthy has told Stoke, via his representatives, that he would be interested in succeeding Lambert as the club prepare for their first season in the Championship since 2008. The former Republic of Ireland manager left Ipswich in April after six years in charge and is thought to be one of the early contenders to take over at the bet365 Stadium. Stoke are considering a number of other options but it is believed that their hopes of appointing either David Moyes, who left West Ham on Wednesday, or former Everton manager Sam Allardyce are remote at this stage. Lambert’s four-month reign was ended by mutual consent after he was summoned for talks with vice-chairman John Coates. Paul Lambert will not be masterminding Stoke's promotion push Credit: Reuters Stoke want to pursue a new direction following their relegation and triggered a clause in his contract that enabled them to part company with minimal compensation. Lambert replaced Mark Hughes in January and although he improved both the overall performances and Stoke’s defensive record, he won just two games out of 15, drawing seven. The former Aston Villa and Wolves manager’s reign suffered due to the poor behaviour of players including Saido Berahino, Jese Rodriguez and Ibrahim Afellay, who were all excluded from his first-team squad. It can be revealed that Lambert was still battling against ill-discipline the day before the final game of the season at Swansea, when one player turned up for training late. Defeat against Crystal Palace confirmed Stoke's relegation Credit: Reuters Stoke, who are now searching for only their fourth manager in 12 years, said in a statement: “The club would like to thank Paul for his work over the past four months and wish him well for the future. “Whilst he was unable to guide us to Premier League safety after being appointed in January, it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of effort, professionalism and dedication on his part. “Paul would like to thank the board, players and staff for the opportunity and their support. He would also like to thank the fans for their unwavering support. Whilst looking forward to his next challenge, he would like to wish the club every success next season. “The club will appoint a replacement as soon as possible in order to give the new manager time to prepare for the challenge of the 2018/19 season in the Championship.” Premier League club-by-club review Stoke are facing a summer of huge changes, with a number of players – including Jack Butland, Xherdan Shaqiri, Joe Allen and Badou Ndiaye – likely to leave. Yet Stoke are determined to retain a squad capable of promotion and have insisted they will be spending big in the second tier to bring in new signings. They have already begun preparations for next season by informing Stephen Ireland his contract will not be renewed in an email on Friday morning. Berahino, £18 million flop Kevin Wimmer and record signing Giannelli Imbula are also expected to leave this summer, either on loan or permanently.
Mick McCarthy tells Stoke he's interested in replacing Paul Lambert as manager
Mick McCarthy is ready to take on the challenge of returning Stoke to the Premier League after Paul Lambert’s departure on Friday. McCarthy has told Stoke, via his representatives, that he would be interested in succeeding Lambert as the club prepare for their first season in the Championship since 2008. The former Republic of Ireland manager left Ipswich in April after six years in charge and is thought to be one of the early contenders to take over at the bet365 Stadium. Stoke are considering a number of other options but it is believed that their hopes of appointing either David Moyes, who left West Ham on Wednesday, or former Everton manager Sam Allardyce are remote at this stage. Lambert’s four-month reign was ended by mutual consent after he was summoned for talks with vice-chairman John Coates. Paul Lambert will not be masterminding Stoke's promotion push Credit: Reuters Stoke want to pursue a new direction following their relegation and triggered a clause in his contract that enabled them to part company with minimal compensation. Lambert replaced Mark Hughes in January and although he improved both the overall performances and Stoke’s defensive record, he won just two games out of 15, drawing seven. The former Aston Villa and Wolves manager’s reign suffered due to the poor behaviour of players including Saido Berahino, Jese Rodriguez and Ibrahim Afellay, who were all excluded from his first-team squad. It can be revealed that Lambert was still battling against ill-discipline the day before the final game of the season at Swansea, when one player turned up for training late. Defeat against Crystal Palace confirmed Stoke's relegation Credit: Reuters Stoke, who are now searching for only their fourth manager in 12 years, said in a statement: “The club would like to thank Paul for his work over the past four months and wish him well for the future. “Whilst he was unable to guide us to Premier League safety after being appointed in January, it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of effort, professionalism and dedication on his part. “Paul would like to thank the board, players and staff for the opportunity and their support. He would also like to thank the fans for their unwavering support. Whilst looking forward to his next challenge, he would like to wish the club every success next season. “The club will appoint a replacement as soon as possible in order to give the new manager time to prepare for the challenge of the 2018/19 season in the Championship.” Premier League club-by-club review Stoke are facing a summer of huge changes, with a number of players – including Jack Butland, Xherdan Shaqiri, Joe Allen and Badou Ndiaye – likely to leave. Yet Stoke are determined to retain a squad capable of promotion and have insisted they will be spending big in the second tier to bring in new signings. They have already begun preparations for next season by informing Stephen Ireland his contract will not be renewed in an email on Friday morning. Berahino, £18 million flop Kevin Wimmer and record signing Giannelli Imbula are also expected to leave this summer, either on loan or permanently.
Mick McCarthy is ready to take on the challenge of returning Stoke to the Premier League after Paul Lambert’s departure on Friday. McCarthy has told Stoke, via his representatives, that he would be interested in succeeding Lambert as the club prepare for their first season in the Championship since 2008. The former Republic of Ireland manager left Ipswich in April after six years in charge and is thought to be one of the early contenders to take over at the bet365 Stadium. Stoke are considering a number of other options but it is believed that their hopes of appointing either David Moyes, who left West Ham on Wednesday, or former Everton manager Sam Allardyce are remote at this stage. Lambert’s four-month reign was ended by mutual consent after he was summoned for talks with vice-chairman John Coates. Paul Lambert will not be masterminding Stoke's promotion push Credit: Reuters Stoke want to pursue a new direction following their relegation and triggered a clause in his contract that enabled them to part company with minimal compensation. Lambert replaced Mark Hughes in January and although he improved both the overall performances and Stoke’s defensive record, he won just two games out of 15, drawing seven. The former Aston Villa and Wolves manager’s reign suffered due to the poor behaviour of players including Saido Berahino, Jese Rodriguez and Ibrahim Afellay, who were all excluded from his first-team squad. It can be revealed that Lambert was still battling against ill-discipline the day before the final game of the season at Swansea, when one player turned up for training late. Defeat against Crystal Palace confirmed Stoke's relegation Credit: Reuters Stoke, who are now searching for only their fourth manager in 12 years, said in a statement: “The club would like to thank Paul for his work over the past four months and wish him well for the future. “Whilst he was unable to guide us to Premier League safety after being appointed in January, it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of effort, professionalism and dedication on his part. “Paul would like to thank the board, players and staff for the opportunity and their support. He would also like to thank the fans for their unwavering support. Whilst looking forward to his next challenge, he would like to wish the club every success next season. “The club will appoint a replacement as soon as possible in order to give the new manager time to prepare for the challenge of the 2018/19 season in the Championship.” Premier League club-by-club review Stoke are facing a summer of huge changes, with a number of players – including Jack Butland, Xherdan Shaqiri, Joe Allen and Badou Ndiaye – likely to leave. Yet Stoke are determined to retain a squad capable of promotion and have insisted they will be spending big in the second tier to bring in new signings. They have already begun preparations for next season by informing Stephen Ireland his contract will not be renewed in an email on Friday morning. Berahino, £18 million flop Kevin Wimmer and record signing Giannelli Imbula are also expected to leave this summer, either on loan or permanently.
Mick McCarthy tells Stoke he's interested in replacing Paul Lambert as manager
Mick McCarthy is ready to take on the challenge of returning Stoke to the Premier League after Paul Lambert’s departure on Friday. McCarthy has told Stoke, via his representatives, that he would be interested in succeeding Lambert as the club prepare for their first season in the Championship since 2008. The former Republic of Ireland manager left Ipswich in April after six years in charge and is thought to be one of the early contenders to take over at the bet365 Stadium. Stoke are considering a number of other options but it is believed that their hopes of appointing either David Moyes, who left West Ham on Wednesday, or former Everton manager Sam Allardyce are remote at this stage. Lambert’s four-month reign was ended by mutual consent after he was summoned for talks with vice-chairman John Coates. Paul Lambert will not be masterminding Stoke's promotion push Credit: Reuters Stoke want to pursue a new direction following their relegation and triggered a clause in his contract that enabled them to part company with minimal compensation. Lambert replaced Mark Hughes in January and although he improved both the overall performances and Stoke’s defensive record, he won just two games out of 15, drawing seven. The former Aston Villa and Wolves manager’s reign suffered due to the poor behaviour of players including Saido Berahino, Jese Rodriguez and Ibrahim Afellay, who were all excluded from his first-team squad. It can be revealed that Lambert was still battling against ill-discipline the day before the final game of the season at Swansea, when one player turned up for training late. Defeat against Crystal Palace confirmed Stoke's relegation Credit: Reuters Stoke, who are now searching for only their fourth manager in 12 years, said in a statement: “The club would like to thank Paul for his work over the past four months and wish him well for the future. “Whilst he was unable to guide us to Premier League safety after being appointed in January, it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of effort, professionalism and dedication on his part. “Paul would like to thank the board, players and staff for the opportunity and their support. He would also like to thank the fans for their unwavering support. Whilst looking forward to his next challenge, he would like to wish the club every success next season. “The club will appoint a replacement as soon as possible in order to give the new manager time to prepare for the challenge of the 2018/19 season in the Championship.” Premier League club-by-club review Stoke are facing a summer of huge changes, with a number of players – including Jack Butland, Xherdan Shaqiri, Joe Allen and Badou Ndiaye – likely to leave. Yet Stoke are determined to retain a squad capable of promotion and have insisted they will be spending big in the second tier to bring in new signings. They have already begun preparations for next season by informing Stephen Ireland his contract will not be renewed in an email on Friday morning. Berahino, £18 million flop Kevin Wimmer and record signing Giannelli Imbula are also expected to leave this summer, either on loan or permanently.
Paul Lambert is leaving Stoke by mutual consent as the club prepare for next season in the Championship. Lambert’s four-month reign is over after he was summoned for talks with vice-chairman John Coates on Friday morning. Stoke want to pursue a new direction following Premier League relegation and have opted to end his tenure, with the club triggering a clause in his contract that enables them to part company with minimal compensation. Lambert replaced Mark Hughes in January and though he improved performances and Stoke’s defensive record, he won just two games out of 15, also drawing seven. The former Aston Villa and Wolves manager’s reign suffered due to the poor behaviour of players including Saido Berahino, Jese Rodriguez and Ibrahim Afellay, who were all excluded from his first-team squad. Defeat against Crystal Palace confirmed Stoke's relegation Credit: Reuters And it can be revealed that Lambert was still battling against ill-discipline the day before the final game of the season at Swansea, when one player turned up for training late. But Stoke are now searching for only their fourth manager in 12 years after both parties agreed to part company. Stoke's statement read: "The club would like to thank Paul for his work over the past four months and wish him well for the future. Whilst he was unable to guide us to Premier League safety after being appointed in January, it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of effort, professionalism and dedication on his part. "Paul would like to thank the Board, players and staff for the opportunity and their support. He would also like to thank the fans for their unwavering support. Whilst looking forward to his next challenge, he would like to wish the club every success next season. "The club will appoint a replacement as soon as possible in order to give the new manager time to prepare for the challenge of the 2018/19 season in the Championship." Premier League club-by-club review David Moyes, who departed West Ham on Wednesday, is admired by the Stoke board and has worked with the club’s chief executive, Tony Scholes, at Preston North End. There is also likely to be support for ex-Everton manager Sam Allardyce, though persuading him or Moyes to work in the Championship will be a big ask. Gary Rowett, the Derby manager, was high on Stoke’s list of targets earlier this year when they sacked Hughes and could come into contention again. Stoke are facing a summer of huge changes, with a number of players including Jack Butland, Xherdan Shaqiri, Joe Allen and Badou Ndiaye likely to leave. Yet Stoke are determined to retain a squad capable of promotion and have insisted they will be spending big in the second tier to bring in new signings.
Stoke and Paul Lambert part ways following Premier League relegation
Paul Lambert is leaving Stoke by mutual consent as the club prepare for next season in the Championship. Lambert’s four-month reign is over after he was summoned for talks with vice-chairman John Coates on Friday morning. Stoke want to pursue a new direction following Premier League relegation and have opted to end his tenure, with the club triggering a clause in his contract that enables them to part company with minimal compensation. Lambert replaced Mark Hughes in January and though he improved performances and Stoke’s defensive record, he won just two games out of 15, also drawing seven. The former Aston Villa and Wolves manager’s reign suffered due to the poor behaviour of players including Saido Berahino, Jese Rodriguez and Ibrahim Afellay, who were all excluded from his first-team squad. Defeat against Crystal Palace confirmed Stoke's relegation Credit: Reuters And it can be revealed that Lambert was still battling against ill-discipline the day before the final game of the season at Swansea, when one player turned up for training late. But Stoke are now searching for only their fourth manager in 12 years after both parties agreed to part company. Stoke's statement read: "The club would like to thank Paul for his work over the past four months and wish him well for the future. Whilst he was unable to guide us to Premier League safety after being appointed in January, it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of effort, professionalism and dedication on his part. "Paul would like to thank the Board, players and staff for the opportunity and their support. He would also like to thank the fans for their unwavering support. Whilst looking forward to his next challenge, he would like to wish the club every success next season. "The club will appoint a replacement as soon as possible in order to give the new manager time to prepare for the challenge of the 2018/19 season in the Championship." Premier League club-by-club review David Moyes, who departed West Ham on Wednesday, is admired by the Stoke board and has worked with the club’s chief executive, Tony Scholes, at Preston North End. There is also likely to be support for ex-Everton manager Sam Allardyce, though persuading him or Moyes to work in the Championship will be a big ask. Gary Rowett, the Derby manager, was high on Stoke’s list of targets earlier this year when they sacked Hughes and could come into contention again. Stoke are facing a summer of huge changes, with a number of players including Jack Butland, Xherdan Shaqiri, Joe Allen and Badou Ndiaye likely to leave. Yet Stoke are determined to retain a squad capable of promotion and have insisted they will be spending big in the second tier to bring in new signings.
Never mind who plays in goal: keeping England squads happy is a mighty challenge for a manager, and Gareth Southgate will treat his players as adults rather than infants as he draws on his own experiences in more permissive times. “I’m not interested in what they do over the next few days. It’s four weeks before we have a game,” Southgate said at Wembley. “Before Euro 96 I had three days in Magaluf with Aston Villa so it would be a bit hypocritical to discuss what the correct preparation was. But I went for a run on a couple of mornings. It might have been run back home, rather than a run.” Southgate is not rolling out the barrel for his young England squad, but Fabio Capello’s martinet approach will not be making a comeback. In an age when the World Cup squad was announced by teenagers in a social media video, England’s manager is adapting to the zeitgeist. “Look, everything in a player’s life now is fill this bloody form in, how do you feel?” Southgate said. “There’s a danger we overfill them with professionalism and doing the right thing. A lot of them don’t drink but some do and some need to wind down in a different way. “I have a drink at times when I need one. Maybe there will be more of that in the future, I don’t know.” England players were bored at Capello’s boot camp in Rustenburg, South Africa Credit: PA England’s footballers would have to go some to match the country’s cricketers on the recent Ashes tour. Throwing pints over one another would render them pariahs in their own land. A challenge for Southgate’s coaching staff is to keep the players stimulated and cheerful against a backdrop of heavy security, social media scrutiny and the quietness of Repino, their base outside St Petersburg, which will feel like Las Vegas compared to Capello’s boot camp in Rustenburg in South Africa, where nothing happened and everything felt closed. All managers face these dilemmas. Roy Hodgson, Southgate’s predecessor, says: “It’s very rare that we have these four- to five-week periods when we’re divorced from everybody – your family life, your routine. It’s something that has to be dealt with. Why we haven’t been as good at dealing with that as some people, I really don’t know.” Southgate has begun by granting holiday time. He says: “They need a switch-off and I don’t see an issue with it in the next three or four days. Most have gone away with their partners and they have young kids anyway. “But those that don’t, they are physically in good shape, they need a mental switch-off. “The mental freshness is key. They’ve got little programmes to be working through. The days are gone where players come back to pre-season stones overweight, it just doesn’t happen.” England Formation Builder At the same time Southgate rejected the chance to set up an overseas training camp: “We’re not going abroad. We felt St George’s Park is a great asset to us. It’s a home base, everyone knows it. Periods of time there, but with gaps to get home. If we go abroad again, we lose a day’s training. “There’s more travel, more fatigue. It’s a big operation for the staff to organise. you get to the tournament and they can be worn out before you’ve even started.” In Russia, the players will be allowed to see their families “between games” and Southgate expects Repino not to be deluged by fans. “They [the players] should be able to go down to the seafront and have some freedom around that,” he says. “In terms of how they occupy their time in the hotel, a lot of them are young kids really, it’ll be Fortnite or whatever it is.” The players will have access to a psychology department, headed by Pippa Grange. “And then there is the environment we create. People take the lead from the leader,” Southgate says. “So how I am around it, how relaxed I am in terms of them being given opportunities to go out of the hotel, to go sightseeing, just to escape the bubble …. it can’t just be 24-hour-a-day football. OK, they might do a couple of things that get criticised on the back of that but I have to be brave enough to say I am prepared for them to go into St Petersburg to sightsee or see families or whatever. “Obviously there is some trust in that which has to be respected but I think they know where that sits. You are creating an adult environ-ment. Most of them have young children. I am not going to treat them like children. It’s important you give them responsibility.” World Cup 2018 | All you need to know On smartphones, the opium of our age, Southgate says there will be “cut-offs” but not hard and fast rules, while social media is best avoided but not banned: “Yeah, look, I think it’s good for players to communicate with the fans. It’s always important [to remember] that everything you put out in writing can be misconstrued. And when you’re emotional it’s not a good time to do it. “Personally I’m not sure there’s value to reading comments that come in. It comes back to what creates pressure, or what creates misery in your life. Generally I think there’s a lot of social media that can be negative, so why would you invite that into your life? “I can’t ban them from looking at it – because who knows what they’re doing when they go to their room. But I would make the suggestion that – is it a good idea to read all of that? I wouldn’t advise it, but I accept that it’s part of life.” This uncommonly reasonable and balanced approach will be applauded by players, media and public. As ever, it awaits the acid test of tournament results.
Gareth Southgate 'will not treat England squad like children' in Russia
Never mind who plays in goal: keeping England squads happy is a mighty challenge for a manager, and Gareth Southgate will treat his players as adults rather than infants as he draws on his own experiences in more permissive times. “I’m not interested in what they do over the next few days. It’s four weeks before we have a game,” Southgate said at Wembley. “Before Euro 96 I had three days in Magaluf with Aston Villa so it would be a bit hypocritical to discuss what the correct preparation was. But I went for a run on a couple of mornings. It might have been run back home, rather than a run.” Southgate is not rolling out the barrel for his young England squad, but Fabio Capello’s martinet approach will not be making a comeback. In an age when the World Cup squad was announced by teenagers in a social media video, England’s manager is adapting to the zeitgeist. “Look, everything in a player’s life now is fill this bloody form in, how do you feel?” Southgate said. “There’s a danger we overfill them with professionalism and doing the right thing. A lot of them don’t drink but some do and some need to wind down in a different way. “I have a drink at times when I need one. Maybe there will be more of that in the future, I don’t know.” England players were bored at Capello’s boot camp in Rustenburg, South Africa Credit: PA England’s footballers would have to go some to match the country’s cricketers on the recent Ashes tour. Throwing pints over one another would render them pariahs in their own land. A challenge for Southgate’s coaching staff is to keep the players stimulated and cheerful against a backdrop of heavy security, social media scrutiny and the quietness of Repino, their base outside St Petersburg, which will feel like Las Vegas compared to Capello’s boot camp in Rustenburg in South Africa, where nothing happened and everything felt closed. All managers face these dilemmas. Roy Hodgson, Southgate’s predecessor, says: “It’s very rare that we have these four- to five-week periods when we’re divorced from everybody – your family life, your routine. It’s something that has to be dealt with. Why we haven’t been as good at dealing with that as some people, I really don’t know.” Southgate has begun by granting holiday time. He says: “They need a switch-off and I don’t see an issue with it in the next three or four days. Most have gone away with their partners and they have young kids anyway. “But those that don’t, they are physically in good shape, they need a mental switch-off. “The mental freshness is key. They’ve got little programmes to be working through. The days are gone where players come back to pre-season stones overweight, it just doesn’t happen.” England Formation Builder At the same time Southgate rejected the chance to set up an overseas training camp: “We’re not going abroad. We felt St George’s Park is a great asset to us. It’s a home base, everyone knows it. Periods of time there, but with gaps to get home. If we go abroad again, we lose a day’s training. “There’s more travel, more fatigue. It’s a big operation for the staff to organise. you get to the tournament and they can be worn out before you’ve even started.” In Russia, the players will be allowed to see their families “between games” and Southgate expects Repino not to be deluged by fans. “They [the players] should be able to go down to the seafront and have some freedom around that,” he says. “In terms of how they occupy their time in the hotel, a lot of them are young kids really, it’ll be Fortnite or whatever it is.” The players will have access to a psychology department, headed by Pippa Grange. “And then there is the environment we create. People take the lead from the leader,” Southgate says. “So how I am around it, how relaxed I am in terms of them being given opportunities to go out of the hotel, to go sightseeing, just to escape the bubble …. it can’t just be 24-hour-a-day football. OK, they might do a couple of things that get criticised on the back of that but I have to be brave enough to say I am prepared for them to go into St Petersburg to sightsee or see families or whatever. “Obviously there is some trust in that which has to be respected but I think they know where that sits. You are creating an adult environ-ment. Most of them have young children. I am not going to treat them like children. It’s important you give them responsibility.” World Cup 2018 | All you need to know On smartphones, the opium of our age, Southgate says there will be “cut-offs” but not hard and fast rules, while social media is best avoided but not banned: “Yeah, look, I think it’s good for players to communicate with the fans. It’s always important [to remember] that everything you put out in writing can be misconstrued. And when you’re emotional it’s not a good time to do it. “Personally I’m not sure there’s value to reading comments that come in. It comes back to what creates pressure, or what creates misery in your life. Generally I think there’s a lot of social media that can be negative, so why would you invite that into your life? “I can’t ban them from looking at it – because who knows what they’re doing when they go to their room. But I would make the suggestion that – is it a good idea to read all of that? I wouldn’t advise it, but I accept that it’s part of life.” This uncommonly reasonable and balanced approach will be applauded by players, media and public. As ever, it awaits the acid test of tournament results.
Never mind who plays in goal: keeping England squads happy is a mighty challenge for a manager, and Gareth Southgate will treat his players as adults rather than infants as he draws on his own experiences in more permissive times. “I’m not interested in what they do over the next few days. It’s four weeks before we have a game,” Southgate said at Wembley. “Before Euro 96 I had three days in Magaluf with Aston Villa so it would be a bit hypocritical to discuss what the correct preparation was. But I went for a run on a couple of mornings. It might have been run back home, rather than a run.” Southgate is not rolling out the barrel for his young England squad, but Fabio Capello’s martinet approach will not be making a comeback. In an age when the World Cup squad was announced by teenagers in a social media video, England’s manager is adapting to the zeitgeist. “Look, everything in a player’s life now is fill this bloody form in, how do you feel?” Southgate said. “There’s a danger we overfill them with professionalism and doing the right thing. A lot of them don’t drink but some do and some need to wind down in a different way. “I have a drink at times when I need one. Maybe there will be more of that in the future, I don’t know.” England players were bored at Capello’s boot camp in Rustenburg, South Africa Credit: PA England’s footballers would have to go some to match the country’s cricketers on the recent Ashes tour. Throwing pints over one another would render them pariahs in their own land. A challenge for Southgate’s coaching staff is to keep the players stimulated and cheerful against a backdrop of heavy security, social media scrutiny and the quietness of Repino, their base outside St Petersburg, which will feel like Las Vegas compared to Capello’s boot camp in Rustenburg in South Africa, where nothing happened and everything felt closed. All managers face these dilemmas. Roy Hodgson, Southgate’s predecessor, says: “It’s very rare that we have these four- to five-week periods when we’re divorced from everybody – your family life, your routine. It’s something that has to be dealt with. Why we haven’t been as good at dealing with that as some people, I really don’t know.” Southgate has begun by granting holiday time. He says: “They need a switch-off and I don’t see an issue with it in the next three or four days. Most have gone away with their partners and they have young kids anyway. “But those that don’t, they are physically in good shape, they need a mental switch-off. “The mental freshness is key. They’ve got little programmes to be working through. The days are gone where players come back to pre-season stones overweight, it just doesn’t happen.” England Formation Builder At the same time Southgate rejected the chance to set up an overseas training camp: “We’re not going abroad. We felt St George’s Park is a great asset to us. It’s a home base, everyone knows it. Periods of time there, but with gaps to get home. If we go abroad again, we lose a day’s training. “There’s more travel, more fatigue. It’s a big operation for the staff to organise. you get to the tournament and they can be worn out before you’ve even started.” In Russia, the players will be allowed to see their families “between games” and Southgate expects Repino not to be deluged by fans. “They [the players] should be able to go down to the seafront and have some freedom around that,” he says. “In terms of how they occupy their time in the hotel, a lot of them are young kids really, it’ll be Fortnite or whatever it is.” The players will have access to a psychology department, headed by Pippa Grange. “And then there is the environment we create. People take the lead from the leader,” Southgate says. “So how I am around it, how relaxed I am in terms of them being given opportunities to go out of the hotel, to go sightseeing, just to escape the bubble …. it can’t just be 24-hour-a-day football. OK, they might do a couple of things that get criticised on the back of that but I have to be brave enough to say I am prepared for them to go into St Petersburg to sightsee or see families or whatever. “Obviously there is some trust in that which has to be respected but I think they know where that sits. You are creating an adult environ-ment. Most of them have young children. I am not going to treat them like children. It’s important you give them responsibility.” World Cup 2018 | All you need to know On smartphones, the opium of our age, Southgate says there will be “cut-offs” but not hard and fast rules, while social media is best avoided but not banned: “Yeah, look, I think it’s good for players to communicate with the fans. It’s always important [to remember] that everything you put out in writing can be misconstrued. And when you’re emotional it’s not a good time to do it. “Personally I’m not sure there’s value to reading comments that come in. It comes back to what creates pressure, or what creates misery in your life. Generally I think there’s a lot of social media that can be negative, so why would you invite that into your life? “I can’t ban them from looking at it – because who knows what they’re doing when they go to their room. But I would make the suggestion that – is it a good idea to read all of that? I wouldn’t advise it, but I accept that it’s part of life.” This uncommonly reasonable and balanced approach will be applauded by players, media and public. As ever, it awaits the acid test of tournament results.
Gareth Southgate 'will not treat England squad like children' in Russia
Never mind who plays in goal: keeping England squads happy is a mighty challenge for a manager, and Gareth Southgate will treat his players as adults rather than infants as he draws on his own experiences in more permissive times. “I’m not interested in what they do over the next few days. It’s four weeks before we have a game,” Southgate said at Wembley. “Before Euro 96 I had three days in Magaluf with Aston Villa so it would be a bit hypocritical to discuss what the correct preparation was. But I went for a run on a couple of mornings. It might have been run back home, rather than a run.” Southgate is not rolling out the barrel for his young England squad, but Fabio Capello’s martinet approach will not be making a comeback. In an age when the World Cup squad was announced by teenagers in a social media video, England’s manager is adapting to the zeitgeist. “Look, everything in a player’s life now is fill this bloody form in, how do you feel?” Southgate said. “There’s a danger we overfill them with professionalism and doing the right thing. A lot of them don’t drink but some do and some need to wind down in a different way. “I have a drink at times when I need one. Maybe there will be more of that in the future, I don’t know.” England players were bored at Capello’s boot camp in Rustenburg, South Africa Credit: PA England’s footballers would have to go some to match the country’s cricketers on the recent Ashes tour. Throwing pints over one another would render them pariahs in their own land. A challenge for Southgate’s coaching staff is to keep the players stimulated and cheerful against a backdrop of heavy security, social media scrutiny and the quietness of Repino, their base outside St Petersburg, which will feel like Las Vegas compared to Capello’s boot camp in Rustenburg in South Africa, where nothing happened and everything felt closed. All managers face these dilemmas. Roy Hodgson, Southgate’s predecessor, says: “It’s very rare that we have these four- to five-week periods when we’re divorced from everybody – your family life, your routine. It’s something that has to be dealt with. Why we haven’t been as good at dealing with that as some people, I really don’t know.” Southgate has begun by granting holiday time. He says: “They need a switch-off and I don’t see an issue with it in the next three or four days. Most have gone away with their partners and they have young kids anyway. “But those that don’t, they are physically in good shape, they need a mental switch-off. “The mental freshness is key. They’ve got little programmes to be working through. The days are gone where players come back to pre-season stones overweight, it just doesn’t happen.” England Formation Builder At the same time Southgate rejected the chance to set up an overseas training camp: “We’re not going abroad. We felt St George’s Park is a great asset to us. It’s a home base, everyone knows it. Periods of time there, but with gaps to get home. If we go abroad again, we lose a day’s training. “There’s more travel, more fatigue. It’s a big operation for the staff to organise. you get to the tournament and they can be worn out before you’ve even started.” In Russia, the players will be allowed to see their families “between games” and Southgate expects Repino not to be deluged by fans. “They [the players] should be able to go down to the seafront and have some freedom around that,” he says. “In terms of how they occupy their time in the hotel, a lot of them are young kids really, it’ll be Fortnite or whatever it is.” The players will have access to a psychology department, headed by Pippa Grange. “And then there is the environment we create. People take the lead from the leader,” Southgate says. “So how I am around it, how relaxed I am in terms of them being given opportunities to go out of the hotel, to go sightseeing, just to escape the bubble …. it can’t just be 24-hour-a-day football. OK, they might do a couple of things that get criticised on the back of that but I have to be brave enough to say I am prepared for them to go into St Petersburg to sightsee or see families or whatever. “Obviously there is some trust in that which has to be respected but I think they know where that sits. You are creating an adult environ-ment. Most of them have young children. I am not going to treat them like children. It’s important you give them responsibility.” World Cup 2018 | All you need to know On smartphones, the opium of our age, Southgate says there will be “cut-offs” but not hard and fast rules, while social media is best avoided but not banned: “Yeah, look, I think it’s good for players to communicate with the fans. It’s always important [to remember] that everything you put out in writing can be misconstrued. And when you’re emotional it’s not a good time to do it. “Personally I’m not sure there’s value to reading comments that come in. It comes back to what creates pressure, or what creates misery in your life. Generally I think there’s a lot of social media that can be negative, so why would you invite that into your life? “I can’t ban them from looking at it – because who knows what they’re doing when they go to their room. But I would make the suggestion that – is it a good idea to read all of that? I wouldn’t advise it, but I accept that it’s part of life.” This uncommonly reasonable and balanced approach will be applauded by players, media and public. As ever, it awaits the acid test of tournament results.
Alan Hutton is in line for a new contract at Aston Villa, regardless of the £170m Championship promotion shootout with Fulham. Hutton, the Scotland international, is winning his battle to earn a deal at Villa after a remarkable resurgence under Steve Bruce. The 33-year-old is a free agent at the end of this season but it is highly likely that he will be given fresh terms to extend his Villa career. Bruce has held preliminary talks with the defender over his future and it is understood Hutton will be offered terms, whatever the outcome of the play-off final on May 26. “I thought Alan Hutton, over the two legs, was absolutely outstanding,” said Bruce. “If ever he deserves a contract and if I get my way, he will get one. Since we have moved him to left-back he has gone to a different level. Hutton has enjoyed a new lease of life under Bruce Credit: Getty Images “He has really enjoyed it and is everything I enjoy in a player. “He rolls his sleeves up and gives you everything he has got in training and works like a beast. He is first in, and is a manager’s delight.” Villa secured their place in the Wembley final with victory over Middlesbrough, where they will play Fulham for a chance to reach the Premier League. Conor Hourihane, the midfielder, has lit the blue touch paper by warning Fulham their over-exuberant celebrations after the win over Derby will be used as inspiration. Villa will face Fulham in the Championship play-off final Credit: Reuters Many of Fulham’s players were lifted off the field by fans while pictures of the triumphant dressing room also circulated on social media. Hourihane said: “That's been mentioned, don't worry. They celebrated like they won the league or something like that. “We had calm celebrations, everyone was just in the dressing room high fiving each other. There was nothing major going on in the dressing room at all because there's more business to be done. “Fulham are a good side, they finished ahead of us in the league, deservedly so. The league table doesn't lie. They might be slight favourites going into it, but all the best to them if they fancy themselves more than us because we'll be ready for it, that's for sure.”
Alan Hutton in line for new Aston Villa deal - regardless of outcome of play-off final
Alan Hutton is in line for a new contract at Aston Villa, regardless of the £170m Championship promotion shootout with Fulham. Hutton, the Scotland international, is winning his battle to earn a deal at Villa after a remarkable resurgence under Steve Bruce. The 33-year-old is a free agent at the end of this season but it is highly likely that he will be given fresh terms to extend his Villa career. Bruce has held preliminary talks with the defender over his future and it is understood Hutton will be offered terms, whatever the outcome of the play-off final on May 26. “I thought Alan Hutton, over the two legs, was absolutely outstanding,” said Bruce. “If ever he deserves a contract and if I get my way, he will get one. Since we have moved him to left-back he has gone to a different level. Hutton has enjoyed a new lease of life under Bruce Credit: Getty Images “He has really enjoyed it and is everything I enjoy in a player. “He rolls his sleeves up and gives you everything he has got in training and works like a beast. He is first in, and is a manager’s delight.” Villa secured their place in the Wembley final with victory over Middlesbrough, where they will play Fulham for a chance to reach the Premier League. Conor Hourihane, the midfielder, has lit the blue touch paper by warning Fulham their over-exuberant celebrations after the win over Derby will be used as inspiration. Villa will face Fulham in the Championship play-off final Credit: Reuters Many of Fulham’s players were lifted off the field by fans while pictures of the triumphant dressing room also circulated on social media. Hourihane said: “That's been mentioned, don't worry. They celebrated like they won the league or something like that. “We had calm celebrations, everyone was just in the dressing room high fiving each other. There was nothing major going on in the dressing room at all because there's more business to be done. “Fulham are a good side, they finished ahead of us in the league, deservedly so. The league table doesn't lie. They might be slight favourites going into it, but all the best to them if they fancy themselves more than us because we'll be ready for it, that's for sure.”
Alan Hutton in line for new Aston Villa deal - regardless of outcome of play-off final
Alan Hutton in line for new Aston Villa deal - regardless of outcome of play-off final
Alan Hutton in line for new Aston Villa deal - regardless of outcome of play-off final
Alan Hutton is in line for a new contract at Aston Villa, regardless of the £170m Championship promotion shootout with Fulham. Hutton, the Scotland international, is winning his battle to earn a deal at Villa after a remarkable resurgence under Steve Bruce. The 33-year-old is a free agent at the end of this season but it is highly likely that he will be given fresh terms to extend his Villa career. Bruce has held preliminary talks with the defender over his future and it is understood Hutton will be offered terms, whatever the outcome of the play-off final on May 26. “I thought Alan Hutton, over the two legs, was absolutely outstanding,” said Bruce. “If ever he deserves a contract and if I get my way, he will get one. Since we have moved him to left-back he has gone to a different level. Hutton has enjoyed a new lease of life under Bruce Credit: Getty Images “He has really enjoyed it and is everything I enjoy in a player. “He rolls his sleeves up and gives you everything he has got in training and works like a beast. He is first in, and is a manager’s delight.” Villa secured their place in the Wembley final with victory over Middlesbrough, where they will play Fulham for a chance to reach the Premier League. Conor Hourihane, the midfielder, has lit the blue touch paper by warning Fulham their over-exuberant celebrations after the win over Derby will be used as inspiration. Villa will face Fulham in the Championship play-off final Credit: Reuters Many of Fulham’s players were lifted off the field by fans while pictures of the triumphant dressing room also circulated on social media. Hourihane said: “That's been mentioned, don't worry. They celebrated like they won the league or something like that. “We had calm celebrations, everyone was just in the dressing room high fiving each other. There was nothing major going on in the dressing room at all because there's more business to be done. “Fulham are a good side, they finished ahead of us in the league, deservedly so. The league table doesn't lie. They might be slight favourites going into it, but all the best to them if they fancy themselves more than us because we'll be ready for it, that's for sure.”
Alan Hutton in line for new Aston Villa deal - regardless of outcome of play-off final
Alan Hutton is in line for a new contract at Aston Villa, regardless of the £170m Championship promotion shootout with Fulham. Hutton, the Scotland international, is winning his battle to earn a deal at Villa after a remarkable resurgence under Steve Bruce. The 33-year-old is a free agent at the end of this season but it is highly likely that he will be given fresh terms to extend his Villa career. Bruce has held preliminary talks with the defender over his future and it is understood Hutton will be offered terms, whatever the outcome of the play-off final on May 26. “I thought Alan Hutton, over the two legs, was absolutely outstanding,” said Bruce. “If ever he deserves a contract and if I get my way, he will get one. Since we have moved him to left-back he has gone to a different level. Hutton has enjoyed a new lease of life under Bruce Credit: Getty Images “He has really enjoyed it and is everything I enjoy in a player. “He rolls his sleeves up and gives you everything he has got in training and works like a beast. He is first in, and is a manager’s delight.” Villa secured their place in the Wembley final with victory over Middlesbrough, where they will play Fulham for a chance to reach the Premier League. Conor Hourihane, the midfielder, has lit the blue touch paper by warning Fulham their over-exuberant celebrations after the win over Derby will be used as inspiration. Villa will face Fulham in the Championship play-off final Credit: Reuters Many of Fulham’s players were lifted off the field by fans while pictures of the triumphant dressing room also circulated on social media. Hourihane said: “That's been mentioned, don't worry. They celebrated like they won the league or something like that. “We had calm celebrations, everyone was just in the dressing room high fiving each other. There was nothing major going on in the dressing room at all because there's more business to be done. “Fulham are a good side, they finished ahead of us in the league, deservedly so. The league table doesn't lie. They might be slight favourites going into it, but all the best to them if they fancy themselves more than us because we'll be ready for it, that's for sure.”
Alan Hutton is in line for a new contract at Aston Villa, regardless of the £170m Championship promotion shootout with Fulham. Hutton, the Scotland international, is winning his battle to earn a deal at Villa after a remarkable resurgence under Steve Bruce. The 33-year-old is a free agent at the end of this season but it is highly likely that he will be given fresh terms to extend his Villa career. Bruce has held preliminary talks with the defender over his future and it is understood Hutton will be offered terms, whatever the outcome of the play-off final on May 26. “I thought Alan Hutton, over the two legs, was absolutely outstanding,” said Bruce. “If ever he deserves a contract and if I get my way, he will get one. Since we have moved him to left-back he has gone to a different level. Hutton has enjoyed a new lease of life under Bruce Credit: Getty Images “He has really enjoyed it and is everything I enjoy in a player. “He rolls his sleeves up and gives you everything he has got in training and works like a beast. He is first in, and is a manager’s delight.” Villa secured their place in the Wembley final with victory over Middlesbrough, where they will play Fulham for a chance to reach the Premier League. Conor Hourihane, the midfielder, has lit the blue touch paper by warning Fulham their over-exuberant celebrations after the win over Derby will be used as inspiration. Villa will face Fulham in the Championship play-off final Credit: Reuters Many of Fulham’s players were lifted off the field by fans while pictures of the triumphant dressing room also circulated on social media. Hourihane said: “That's been mentioned, don't worry. They celebrated like they won the league or something like that. “We had calm celebrations, everyone was just in the dressing room high fiving each other. There was nothing major going on in the dressing room at all because there's more business to be done. “Fulham are a good side, they finished ahead of us in the league, deservedly so. The league table doesn't lie. They might be slight favourites going into it, but all the best to them if they fancy themselves more than us because we'll be ready for it, that's for sure.”
Alan Hutton in line for new Aston Villa deal - regardless of outcome of play-off final
Alan Hutton is in line for a new contract at Aston Villa, regardless of the £170m Championship promotion shootout with Fulham. Hutton, the Scotland international, is winning his battle to earn a deal at Villa after a remarkable resurgence under Steve Bruce. The 33-year-old is a free agent at the end of this season but it is highly likely that he will be given fresh terms to extend his Villa career. Bruce has held preliminary talks with the defender over his future and it is understood Hutton will be offered terms, whatever the outcome of the play-off final on May 26. “I thought Alan Hutton, over the two legs, was absolutely outstanding,” said Bruce. “If ever he deserves a contract and if I get my way, he will get one. Since we have moved him to left-back he has gone to a different level. Hutton has enjoyed a new lease of life under Bruce Credit: Getty Images “He has really enjoyed it and is everything I enjoy in a player. “He rolls his sleeves up and gives you everything he has got in training and works like a beast. He is first in, and is a manager’s delight.” Villa secured their place in the Wembley final with victory over Middlesbrough, where they will play Fulham for a chance to reach the Premier League. Conor Hourihane, the midfielder, has lit the blue touch paper by warning Fulham their over-exuberant celebrations after the win over Derby will be used as inspiration. Villa will face Fulham in the Championship play-off final Credit: Reuters Many of Fulham’s players were lifted off the field by fans while pictures of the triumphant dressing room also circulated on social media. Hourihane said: “That's been mentioned, don't worry. They celebrated like they won the league or something like that. “We had calm celebrations, everyone was just in the dressing room high fiving each other. There was nothing major going on in the dressing room at all because there's more business to be done. “Fulham are a good side, they finished ahead of us in the league, deservedly so. The league table doesn't lie. They might be slight favourites going into it, but all the best to them if they fancy themselves more than us because we'll be ready for it, that's for sure.”
Alan Hutton in line for new Aston Villa deal - regardless of outcome of play-off final
Alan Hutton in line for new Aston Villa deal - regardless of outcome of play-off final
Alan Hutton in line for new Aston Villa deal - regardless of outcome of play-off final
Alan Hutton in line for new Aston Villa deal - regardless of outcome of play-off final
Alan Hutton in line for new Aston Villa deal - regardless of outcome of play-off final
Alan Hutton in line for new Aston Villa deal - regardless of outcome of play-off final
Aston Villa survive late Stewart Downing scare to reach Wembley final
Aston Villa survive late Stewart Downing scare to reach Wembley final
Aston Villa survive late Stewart Downing scare to reach Wembley final
Stewart Downing’s free-kick from the edge of the penalty area beats the Aston Villa wall but went on to hit the bar.
Aston Villa survive late Stewart Downing scare to reach Wembley final
Stewart Downing’s free-kick from the edge of the penalty area beats the Aston Villa wall but went on to hit the bar.
Aston Villa survive late Stewart Downing scare to reach Wembley final
Aston Villa survive late Stewart Downing scare to reach Wembley final
Aston Villa survive late Stewart Downing scare to reach Wembley final
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough's Rudy Gestede looks dejected as he gives his shirt to a fan after the game Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough's Rudy Gestede looks dejected as he gives his shirt to a fan after the game Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing shoots at goal from a free kick Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing shoots at goal from a free kick Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Aston Villa's Jack Grealish and Albert Adomah in action with Middlesbrough's Adama Traore Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Aston Villa's Jack Grealish and Albert Adomah in action with Middlesbrough's Adama Traore Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Aston Villa fan holds up a poster as he celebrates after the match Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Aston Villa fan holds up a poster as he celebrates after the match Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough's Adama Traore and Ben Gibson look dejected as a fan looks on after the match Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough's Adama Traore and Ben Gibson look dejected as a fan looks on after the match Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Aston Villa fans invade the pitch after the game Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Aston Villa fans invade the pitch after the game Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough's Adama Traore is helped up by Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson and Aston Villa's Mile Jedinak after the match Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough's Adama Traore is helped up by Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson and Aston Villa's Mile Jedinak after the match Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Aston Villa's John Terry celebrates after the match. Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Aston Villa's John Terry celebrates after the match. Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough's Darren Randolph makes a save Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough's Darren Randolph makes a save Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough's Adama Traore looks dejected after the match. Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough's Adama Traore looks dejected after the match. Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough's Adama Traore looks dejected as Aston Villa's John Terry and James Bree celebrate after the match Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough's Adama Traore looks dejected as Aston Villa's John Terry and James Bree celebrate after the match Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough's Adama Traore and Ben Gibson look dejected as a fan looks on after the match. Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough's Adama Traore and Ben Gibson look dejected as a fan looks on after the match. Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough fan looks dejected after the match Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough fan looks dejected after the match Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia in action with Middlesbrough's Fabio Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia in action with Middlesbrough's Fabio Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Aston Villa fans invade the pitch after the game Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Aston Villa fans invade the pitch after the game Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough fan looks dejected after the match Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough fan looks dejected after the match Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia in action with Middlesbrough's Fabio Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia in action with Middlesbrough's Fabio Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Aston Villa fans invade the pitch after the game Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Aston Villa fans invade the pitch after the game Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Aston Villa's John Terry celebrates after the match Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Aston Villa's John Terry celebrates after the match Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough's Adama Traore looks dejected after the match Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - May 15, 2018 Middlesbrough's Adama Traore looks dejected after the match Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Steve Bruce has proven a master of the play-off rollercoaster in recent times and is now targeting promotion No 5. Bruce’s Aston Villa are heading to Wembley on May 26 – the date the club lifted the European Cup in 1982 – for the £170m shoot-out with Fulham after a night of excruciating tension in the West Midlands. Mile Jedinak’s goal in the first leg on Teesside ultimately proved enough to end Middlesbrough’s own Premier League dream, on a night when Tony Pulis’s team failed to register a shot on target. The ramifications for Villa if they fail to achieve promotion do not bear thinking about but, for now, they are focusing on the chance to end their two-year exile from the top tier. Bruce has already been promoted twice via the play-offs, with Birmingham and Hull City, and is now eyeing a third after a traumatic few months in which both his parents have passed away. Aston Villa's Jack Grealish clashes with Middlesbrough's Adama Traore Credit: Reuters “It would be fantastic to get a fifth [promotion] and I’ll be trying my best. As a one-off it’s a fantastic way to go up, I still would have rather been second sitting on a beach, a bit red,” he said. “We have to recover, get well, to win it we are going to have to play very well, that for sure. Let’s enjoy it, bring it on. We’ve given ourselves a good chance. We’re up against an outstanding team in Fulham. “It was agony towards the end, if I’m being honest, but I think only one team was going to win it. Thankfully it looks as if we’ve got the club turned around a little bit.” Jack Grealish, their cult hero, was again outstanding while in the nail-biting final stages Villa also relied heavily on the experience of former Chelsea and England captain John Terry, a veteran on the Wembley stage. Securing a place in the play-offs was arguably the minimum requirement for Villa this season and Bruce’s past record in this unforgiving route was always going to prove invaluable. With a vibrant atmosphere, including a stirring minute’s applause in tribute to Jlloyd Samuel, the defender who was killed in a car crash, this was an evening which evoked memories of better times at Villa Park. Middlesbrough were well organised and occasionally threatening on the break, yet the decision to replace Britt Assombalonga with Patrick Bamford in the 68th minute irked the travelling supporters. Surely it was the time to show some ambition? After a nervy performance in the first half, Villa had the better chances in the second, with on-loan forward Lewis Grabban twice denied by goalkeeper Darren Darren Randolph saves an effort from Lewis Grabban Credit: Reuters Randolph. Grealish, a shimmering menace in midfield all night, was also denied after a curling shot from just outside the penalty area. Predictably, there was late drama when Sam Johnstone, the Villa keeper, handled the ball outside his area to prevent Adama Traore’s shot from sneaking towards goal. Johnstone was only cautioned by referee Mike Dean, a pivotal moment in the eyes of Pulis after the game. “Everybody can see it and everybody understands the rules. And you need the referee to make the correct decision and I don’t think he made the correct decision,” he said. ‘I know it’s a big game, he’s a Premier League referee with lots of experience and you’d expect him to get those decisions right. “But we never created enough chances over the two games and the two teams who finished third and fourth are in the final so perhaps justice is done.” Stewart Downing struck the top of the crossbar from the resulting free kick and the final four minutes of added time must have felt like an eternity for Bruce. Villa, however, are heading to Wembley with the promotion master.
Steve Bruce targets promotion No 5 after leading Aston Villa to play-off final after tense night against Boro
Steve Bruce has proven a master of the play-off rollercoaster in recent times and is now targeting promotion No 5. Bruce’s Aston Villa are heading to Wembley on May 26 – the date the club lifted the European Cup in 1982 – for the £170m shoot-out with Fulham after a night of excruciating tension in the West Midlands. Mile Jedinak’s goal in the first leg on Teesside ultimately proved enough to end Middlesbrough’s own Premier League dream, on a night when Tony Pulis’s team failed to register a shot on target. The ramifications for Villa if they fail to achieve promotion do not bear thinking about but, for now, they are focusing on the chance to end their two-year exile from the top tier. Bruce has already been promoted twice via the play-offs, with Birmingham and Hull City, and is now eyeing a third after a traumatic few months in which both his parents have passed away. Aston Villa's Jack Grealish clashes with Middlesbrough's Adama Traore Credit: Reuters “It would be fantastic to get a fifth [promotion] and I’ll be trying my best. As a one-off it’s a fantastic way to go up, I still would have rather been second sitting on a beach, a bit red,” he said. “We have to recover, get well, to win it we are going to have to play very well, that for sure. Let’s enjoy it, bring it on. We’ve given ourselves a good chance. We’re up against an outstanding team in Fulham. “It was agony towards the end, if I’m being honest, but I think only one team was going to win it. Thankfully it looks as if we’ve got the club turned around a little bit.” Jack Grealish, their cult hero, was again outstanding while in the nail-biting final stages Villa also relied heavily on the experience of former Chelsea and England captain John Terry, a veteran on the Wembley stage. Securing a place in the play-offs was arguably the minimum requirement for Villa this season and Bruce’s past record in this unforgiving route was always going to prove invaluable. With a vibrant atmosphere, including a stirring minute’s applause in tribute to Jlloyd Samuel, the defender who was killed in a car crash, this was an evening which evoked memories of better times at Villa Park. Middlesbrough were well organised and occasionally threatening on the break, yet the decision to replace Britt Assombalonga with Patrick Bamford in the 68th minute irked the travelling supporters. Surely it was the time to show some ambition? After a nervy performance in the first half, Villa had the better chances in the second, with on-loan forward Lewis Grabban twice denied by goalkeeper Darren Darren Randolph saves an effort from Lewis Grabban Credit: Reuters Randolph. Grealish, a shimmering menace in midfield all night, was also denied after a curling shot from just outside the penalty area. Predictably, there was late drama when Sam Johnstone, the Villa keeper, handled the ball outside his area to prevent Adama Traore’s shot from sneaking towards goal. Johnstone was only cautioned by referee Mike Dean, a pivotal moment in the eyes of Pulis after the game. “Everybody can see it and everybody understands the rules. And you need the referee to make the correct decision and I don’t think he made the correct decision,” he said. ‘I know it’s a big game, he’s a Premier League referee with lots of experience and you’d expect him to get those decisions right. “But we never created enough chances over the two games and the two teams who finished third and fourth are in the final so perhaps justice is done.” Stewart Downing struck the top of the crossbar from the resulting free kick and the final four minutes of added time must have felt like an eternity for Bruce. Villa, however, are heading to Wembley with the promotion master.
Steve Bruce targets promotion No 5 after leading Aston Villa to play-off final after tense night against Boro
Steve Bruce targets promotion No 5 after leading Aston Villa to play-off final after tense night against Boro
Steve Bruce targets promotion No 5 after leading Aston Villa to play-off final after tense night against Boro
Steve Bruce has proven a master of the play-off rollercoaster in recent times and is now targeting promotion No 5. Bruce’s Aston Villa are heading to Wembley on May 26 – the date the club lifted the European Cup in 1982 – for the £170m shoot-out with Fulham after a night of excruciating tension in the West Midlands. Mile Jedinak’s goal in the first leg on Teesside ultimately proved enough to end Middlesbrough’s own Premier League dream, on a night when Tony Pulis’s team failed to register a shot on target. The ramifications for Villa if they fail to achieve promotion do not bear thinking about but, for now, they are focusing on the chance to end their two-year exile from the top tier. Bruce has already been promoted twice via the play-offs, with Birmingham and Hull City, and is now eyeing a third after a traumatic few months in which both his parents have passed away. “It would be fantastic to get a fifth [promotion] and I’ll be trying my best. As a one-off it’s a fantastic way to go up, I still would have rather been second sitting on a beach, a bit red,” he said. “We have to recover, get well, to win it we are going to have to play very well, that for sure. Let’s enjoy it, bring it on. We’ve given ourselves a good chance. We’re up against an outstanding team in Fulham. Aston Villa's Jack Grealish clashes with former Villa player Adama Traore Credit: Reuters “It was agony towards the end, if I’m being honest, but I think only one team was going to win it. Thankfully it looks as if we’ve got the club turned around a little bit.” Jack Grealish, their cult hero, was again outstanding while in the nail-biting final stages Villa also relied heavily on the experience of former Chelsea and England captain John Terry, a veteran on the Wembley stage. Securing a place in the play-offs was arguably the minimum requirement for Villa this season and Bruce’s past record in this unforgiving route was always going to prove invaluable. With a vibrant atmosphere, including a stirring minute’s applause in tribute to Jlloyd Samuel, the defender who was killed in a car crash, this was an evening which evoked memories of better times at Villa Park. Middlesbrough were well organised and occasionally threatening on the break, yet the decision to replace Britt Assombalonga with Patrick Bamford in the 68th minute irked the travelling supporters. Surely it was the time to show some ambition? After a nervy performance in the first half, Villa had the better chances in the second, with on-loan forward Lewis Grabban twice denied by goalkeeper Darren Darren Randolph saves an effort from Lewis Grabban Credit: Reuters Randolph. Grealish, a shimmering menace in midfield all night, was also denied after a curling shot from just outside the penalty area. Predictably, there was late drama when Sam Johnstone, the Villa keeper, handled the ball outside his area to prevent Adama Traore’s shot from sneaking towards goal. Johnstone was only cautioned by referee Mike Dean, a pivotal moment in the eyes of Pulis after the game. “Everybody can see it and everybody understands the rules. And you need the referee to make the correct decision and I don’t think he made the correct decision,” he said. ‘I know it’s a big game, he’s a Premier League referee with lots of experience and you’d expect him to get those decisions right. “But we never created enough chances over the two games and the two teams who finished third and fourth are in the final so perhaps justice is done.” Stewart Downing struck the top of the crossbar from the resulting free kick and the final four minutes of added time must have felt like an eternity for Bruce. Villa, however, are heading to Wembley with the promotion master.
Steve Bruce targets promotion No 5 after leading Aston Villa to play-off final after tense night against Boro
Steve Bruce has proven a master of the play-off rollercoaster in recent times and is now targeting promotion No 5. Bruce’s Aston Villa are heading to Wembley on May 26 – the date the club lifted the European Cup in 1982 – for the £170m shoot-out with Fulham after a night of excruciating tension in the West Midlands. Mile Jedinak’s goal in the first leg on Teesside ultimately proved enough to end Middlesbrough’s own Premier League dream, on a night when Tony Pulis’s team failed to register a shot on target. The ramifications for Villa if they fail to achieve promotion do not bear thinking about but, for now, they are focusing on the chance to end their two-year exile from the top tier. Bruce has already been promoted twice via the play-offs, with Birmingham and Hull City, and is now eyeing a third after a traumatic few months in which both his parents have passed away. “It would be fantastic to get a fifth [promotion] and I’ll be trying my best. As a one-off it’s a fantastic way to go up, I still would have rather been second sitting on a beach, a bit red,” he said. “We have to recover, get well, to win it we are going to have to play very well, that for sure. Let’s enjoy it, bring it on. We’ve given ourselves a good chance. We’re up against an outstanding team in Fulham. Aston Villa's Jack Grealish clashes with former Villa player Adama Traore Credit: Reuters “It was agony towards the end, if I’m being honest, but I think only one team was going to win it. Thankfully it looks as if we’ve got the club turned around a little bit.” Jack Grealish, their cult hero, was again outstanding while in the nail-biting final stages Villa also relied heavily on the experience of former Chelsea and England captain John Terry, a veteran on the Wembley stage. Securing a place in the play-offs was arguably the minimum requirement for Villa this season and Bruce’s past record in this unforgiving route was always going to prove invaluable. With a vibrant atmosphere, including a stirring minute’s applause in tribute to Jlloyd Samuel, the defender who was killed in a car crash, this was an evening which evoked memories of better times at Villa Park. Middlesbrough were well organised and occasionally threatening on the break, yet the decision to replace Britt Assombalonga with Patrick Bamford in the 68th minute irked the travelling supporters. Surely it was the time to show some ambition? After a nervy performance in the first half, Villa had the better chances in the second, with on-loan forward Lewis Grabban twice denied by goalkeeper Darren Darren Randolph saves an effort from Lewis Grabban Credit: Reuters Randolph. Grealish, a shimmering menace in midfield all night, was also denied after a curling shot from just outside the penalty area. Predictably, there was late drama when Sam Johnstone, the Villa keeper, handled the ball outside his area to prevent Adama Traore’s shot from sneaking towards goal. Johnstone was only cautioned by referee Mike Dean, a pivotal moment in the eyes of Pulis after the game. “Everybody can see it and everybody understands the rules. And you need the referee to make the correct decision and I don’t think he made the correct decision,” he said. ‘I know it’s a big game, he’s a Premier League referee with lots of experience and you’d expect him to get those decisions right. “But we never created enough chances over the two games and the two teams who finished third and fourth are in the final so perhaps justice is done.” Stewart Downing struck the top of the crossbar from the resulting free kick and the final four minutes of added time must have felt like an eternity for Bruce. Villa, however, are heading to Wembley with the promotion master.
Steve Bruce has proven a master of the play-off rollercoaster in recent times and is now targeting promotion No 5. Bruce’s Aston Villa are heading to Wembley on May 26 – the date the club lifted the European Cup in 1982 – for the £170m shoot-out with Fulham after a night of excruciating tension in the West Midlands. Mile Jedinak’s goal in the first leg on Teesside ultimately proved enough to end Middlesbrough’s own Premier League dream, on a night when Tony Pulis’s team failed to register a shot on target. The ramifications for Villa if they fail to achieve promotion do not bear thinking about but, for now, they are focusing on the chance to end their two-year exile from the top tier. Bruce has already been promoted twice via the play-offs, with Birmingham and Hull City, and is now eyeing a third after a traumatic few months in which both his parents have passed away. “It would be fantastic to get a fifth [promotion] and I’ll be trying my best. As a one-off it’s a fantastic way to go up, I still would have rather been second sitting on a beach, a bit red,” he said. “We have to recover, get well, to win it we are going to have to play very well, that for sure. Let’s enjoy it, bring it on. We’ve given ourselves a good chance. We’re up against an outstanding team in Fulham. Aston Villa's Jack Grealish clashes with former Villa player Adama Traore Credit: Reuters “It was agony towards the end, if I’m being honest, but I think only one team was going to win it. Thankfully it looks as if we’ve got the club turned around a little bit.” Jack Grealish, their cult hero, was again outstanding while in the nail-biting final stages Villa also relied heavily on the experience of former Chelsea and England captain John Terry, a veteran on the Wembley stage. Securing a place in the play-offs was arguably the minimum requirement for Villa this season and Bruce’s past record in this unforgiving route was always going to prove invaluable. With a vibrant atmosphere, including a stirring minute’s applause in tribute to Jlloyd Samuel, the defender who was killed in a car crash, this was an evening which evoked memories of better times at Villa Park. Middlesbrough were well organised and occasionally threatening on the break, yet the decision to replace Britt Assombalonga with Patrick Bamford in the 68th minute irked the travelling supporters. Surely it was the time to show some ambition? After a nervy performance in the first half, Villa had the better chances in the second, with on-loan forward Lewis Grabban twice denied by goalkeeper Darren Darren Randolph saves an effort from Lewis Grabban Credit: Reuters Randolph. Grealish, a shimmering menace in midfield all night, was also denied after a curling shot from just outside the penalty area. Predictably, there was late drama when Sam Johnstone, the Villa keeper, handled the ball outside his area to prevent Adama Traore’s shot from sneaking towards goal. Johnstone was only cautioned by referee Mike Dean, a pivotal moment in the eyes of Pulis after the game. “Everybody can see it and everybody understands the rules. And you need the referee to make the correct decision and I don’t think he made the correct decision,” he said. ‘I know it’s a big game, he’s a Premier League referee with lots of experience and you’d expect him to get those decisions right. “But we never created enough chances over the two games and the two teams who finished third and fourth are in the final so perhaps justice is done.” Stewart Downing struck the top of the crossbar from the resulting free kick and the final four minutes of added time must have felt like an eternity for Bruce. Villa, however, are heading to Wembley with the promotion master.
Steve Bruce targets promotion No 5 after leading Aston Villa to play-off final after tense night against Boro
Steve Bruce has proven a master of the play-off rollercoaster in recent times and is now targeting promotion No 5. Bruce’s Aston Villa are heading to Wembley on May 26 – the date the club lifted the European Cup in 1982 – for the £170m shoot-out with Fulham after a night of excruciating tension in the West Midlands. Mile Jedinak’s goal in the first leg on Teesside ultimately proved enough to end Middlesbrough’s own Premier League dream, on a night when Tony Pulis’s team failed to register a shot on target. The ramifications for Villa if they fail to achieve promotion do not bear thinking about but, for now, they are focusing on the chance to end their two-year exile from the top tier. Bruce has already been promoted twice via the play-offs, with Birmingham and Hull City, and is now eyeing a third after a traumatic few months in which both his parents have passed away. “It would be fantastic to get a fifth [promotion] and I’ll be trying my best. As a one-off it’s a fantastic way to go up, I still would have rather been second sitting on a beach, a bit red,” he said. “We have to recover, get well, to win it we are going to have to play very well, that for sure. Let’s enjoy it, bring it on. We’ve given ourselves a good chance. We’re up against an outstanding team in Fulham. Aston Villa's Jack Grealish clashes with former Villa player Adama Traore Credit: Reuters “It was agony towards the end, if I’m being honest, but I think only one team was going to win it. Thankfully it looks as if we’ve got the club turned around a little bit.” Jack Grealish, their cult hero, was again outstanding while in the nail-biting final stages Villa also relied heavily on the experience of former Chelsea and England captain John Terry, a veteran on the Wembley stage. Securing a place in the play-offs was arguably the minimum requirement for Villa this season and Bruce’s past record in this unforgiving route was always going to prove invaluable. With a vibrant atmosphere, including a stirring minute’s applause in tribute to Jlloyd Samuel, the defender who was killed in a car crash, this was an evening which evoked memories of better times at Villa Park. Middlesbrough were well organised and occasionally threatening on the break, yet the decision to replace Britt Assombalonga with Patrick Bamford in the 68th minute irked the travelling supporters. Surely it was the time to show some ambition? After a nervy performance in the first half, Villa had the better chances in the second, with on-loan forward Lewis Grabban twice denied by goalkeeper Darren Darren Randolph saves an effort from Lewis Grabban Credit: Reuters Randolph. Grealish, a shimmering menace in midfield all night, was also denied after a curling shot from just outside the penalty area. Predictably, there was late drama when Sam Johnstone, the Villa keeper, handled the ball outside his area to prevent Adama Traore’s shot from sneaking towards goal. Johnstone was only cautioned by referee Mike Dean, a pivotal moment in the eyes of Pulis after the game. “Everybody can see it and everybody understands the rules. And you need the referee to make the correct decision and I don’t think he made the correct decision,” he said. ‘I know it’s a big game, he’s a Premier League referee with lots of experience and you’d expect him to get those decisions right. “But we never created enough chances over the two games and the two teams who finished third and fourth are in the final so perhaps justice is done.” Stewart Downing struck the top of the crossbar from the resulting free kick and the final four minutes of added time must have felt like an eternity for Bruce. Villa, however, are heading to Wembley with the promotion master.
Steve Bruce targets promotion No 5 after leading Aston Villa to play-off final after tense night against Boro
Steve Bruce targets promotion No 5 after leading Aston Villa to play-off final after tense night against Boro
Steve Bruce targets promotion No 5 after leading Aston Villa to play-off final after tense night against Boro
Aston Villa's 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough on Tuesday sent them into the play-off final, where they will take on Fulham.
Aston Villa 0 Middlesbrough 0 (1-0 agg): Bruce's men to face Fulham in play-off final
Aston Villa's 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough on Tuesday sent them into the play-off final, where they will take on Fulham.
Fulham to face Aston Villa in Championship Play-Off Final 2018
Fulham to face Aston Villa in Championship Play-Off Final 2018
Fulham to face Aston Villa in Championship Play-Off Final 2018
Fulham to face Aston Villa in Championship Play-Off Final 2018
Fulham to face Aston Villa in Championship Play-Off Final 2018
Fulham to face Aston Villa in Championship Play-Off Final 2018
Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel has been killed in a car accident in Cheshire. He was 37. The football world pays tribute to the former England youth star.
Jlloyd Samuel dies aged 37: Football pays tribute
Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel has been killed in a car accident in Cheshire. He was 37. The football world pays tribute to the former England youth star.
Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel has been killed in a car accident in Cheshire. He was 37. The football world pays tribute to the former England youth star.
Jlloyd Samuel dies aged 37: Football pays tribute
Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel has been killed in a car accident in Cheshire. He was 37. The football world pays tribute to the former England youth star.
Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel has been killed in a car accident in Cheshire. He was 37. The football world pays tribute to the former England youth star.
Jlloyd Samuel dies aged 37: Football pays tribute
Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel has been killed in a car accident in Cheshire. He was 37. The football world pays tribute to the former England youth star.
Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel has been killed in a car accident in Cheshire. He was 37. The football world pays tribute to the former England youth star.
Jlloyd Samuel dies aged 37: Football pays tribute
Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel has been killed in a car accident in Cheshire. He was 37. The football world pays tribute to the former England youth star.
The football world reacted with collective shock and sadness at the news that ex-Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel has died following a car accident.
Socialeyesed - Ex-Aston Villa defender Samuel dies in a car crash
The football world reacted with collective shock and sadness at the news that ex-Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel has died following a car accident.
The football world reacted with collective shock and sadness at the news that ex-Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel has died following a car accident.
Socialeyesed - Ex-Aston Villa defender Samuel dies in a car crash
The football world reacted with collective shock and sadness at the news that ex-Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel has died following a car accident.
The football world reacted with collective shock and sadness at the news that ex-Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel has died following a car accident.
Socialeyesed - Ex-Aston Villa defender Samuel dies in a car crash
The football world reacted with collective shock and sadness at the news that ex-Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel has died following a car accident.
Jlloyd Samuel death: Tributes pour in for Aston Villa and Bolton defender
Jlloyd Samuel death: Tributes pour in for Aston Villa and Bolton defender
Jlloyd Samuel death: Tributes pour in for Aston Villa and Bolton defender
Jlloyd Samuel death: Tributes pour in for Aston Villa and Bolton defender
Jlloyd Samuel death: Tributes pour in for Aston Villa and Bolton defender
Jlloyd Samuel death: Tributes pour in for Aston Villa and Bolton defender
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Aston Villa v Manchester City FA Barclays Premiership - Villa Park - April 25, 2006 Aston Villa's Jlloyd Samuel gesturing to team mates Action Images via Reuters/Ryan Browne/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Aston Villa v Manchester City FA Barclays Premiership
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Aston Villa v Manchester City FA Barclays Premiership - Villa Park - April 25, 2006 Aston Villa's Jlloyd Samuel gesturing to team mates Action Images via Reuters/Ryan Browne/File Photo
Jlloyd Samuel death: Aston Villa to remember defender with black armbands in Championship play-off semi-final
Jlloyd Samuel death: Aston Villa to remember defender with black armbands in Championship play-off semi-final
Jlloyd Samuel death: Aston Villa to remember defender with black armbands in Championship play-off semi-final
Jlloyd Samuel death: Aston Villa to remember defender with black armbands in Championship play-off semi-final
Jlloyd Samuel death: Aston Villa to remember defender with black armbands in Championship play-off semi-final
Jlloyd Samuel death: Aston Villa to remember defender with black armbands in Championship play-off semi-final
There were tributes from across football for the former Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers defender Jlloyd Samuel who was killed in a car crash in Cheshire on Tuesday at the age of 37. The former Trinidad and Tobago international, who retired after a period playing professionally in the Iranian Pro League, was killed in an accident in High Legh near Lymm where he lived with his wife Emma and his three children Javarne, Lakyle and Amara. His Range Rover was in a collision with a van and Samuel was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Cheshire Police said that the van driver, a 54-year-old man, was taken to hospital for treatment to serious injuries. Samuel had been player and coach at the local non-league side Egerton FC in League One of the Cheshire Football League along with his friend Nathan Ellington, formerly of Wigan Athletic among others. Samuel said last year that he was enjoying just playing and coaching after a long and successful professional career in which he made 219 Premier League appearances and was capped by Trinidad and Tobago, the country of his birth. His son Lakyle is understood to be at the Manchester City academy, also attended by the son of Samuel’s friend Emile Heskey. The pundit Robbie Savage is the Under-12s coach at Egerton and Samuel used his contacts to persuade other famous former professionals to play, including Danny Webber, once of Manchester United and Watford, and Emmerson Boyce with whom he played at Wigan. Jlloyd Samuel won England Under-21 honours Credit: Getty Images Samuel told the BBC in November that he loved playing at Egerton despite its relatively humble level and was determined not to “pile on the pounds” post retirement. He said: "The team were shocked when I said I would play. Sometimes I think I am crazy. I play on pitches that I have not played on since I was 12. There was one where it was raining like crazy, a proper mud-bath. I was thinking 'what am I doing here?' But I just still love playing." He said: "I don't need to go searching for the last pay day. It is more of a fun thing and I prefer the business side of things, but I enjoy it. I get to train daily and play at weekends." Absolutely gutted to hear the news of the passing of Jlloyd Samuel. Took me under his wing when I joined Villa and helped me settle. Such a good guy on and off the pitch and a truly good friend. Condolences to Emma, his kids and the Samuel family. RIP J ����❤— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 15, 2018 Villa said they were “deeply saddened” by the news and announced their players would wear black armbands in honour of Samuel in their Championship play-off semi-final second leg against Middlesbrough on Wednesday night. He also played on loan for Gillingham and Cardiff City. A popular player, Samuel grew up in south London and was a graduate of the prodigious Senrab boys’ team in east London that produced Ledley King, John Terry, Bobby Zamora and Paul Konchesky among others. Like many of that generation he enjoyed a long and successful career in the top-flight of English football, beginning in the academy at Charlton Athletic and moving on to Villa where he made his senior debut in Sept 1999, aged 18. Terrible news about JLloyd Samuel my former teammate @OfficialBWFC A great guy and great character. My condolences go out to his family & friends at this difficult time �� #RIP— Paul Robinson (@Robbo04pr) May 15, 2018 Samuel was capped by England at Under-18s, Under-20s and Under-21s level and although he was called up to a senior squad by Sven-Goran Eriksson for a friendly against Sweden in March 2004, he was never capped and later went on to represent Trinidad and Tobago. He played nine years at Villa and another four at Bolton. Cheshire Police said in a statement: “At around 7.55am police were called following reports of a collision involving a van and a Range Rover near to Costcutter on West Lane. Sadly the driver of the car, Jlloyd Samuel, 37, from Lymm, died at the scene. His next of kin have been informed and are currently being supported by specially trained officers. The driver of the van, a 54-year-old man, sustained serious injuries and has been taken to hospital for treatment.”
Former Premier League defender Jlloyd Samuel killed in car crash
There were tributes from across football for the former Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers defender Jlloyd Samuel who was killed in a car crash in Cheshire on Tuesday at the age of 37. The former Trinidad and Tobago international, who retired after a period playing professionally in the Iranian Pro League, was killed in an accident in High Legh near Lymm where he lived with his wife Emma and his three children Javarne, Lakyle and Amara. His Range Rover was in a collision with a van and Samuel was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Cheshire Police said that the van driver, a 54-year-old man, was taken to hospital for treatment to serious injuries. Samuel had been player and coach at the local non-league side Egerton FC in League One of the Cheshire Football League along with his friend Nathan Ellington, formerly of Wigan Athletic among others. Samuel said last year that he was enjoying just playing and coaching after a long and successful professional career in which he made 219 Premier League appearances and was capped by Trinidad and Tobago, the country of his birth. His son Lakyle is understood to be at the Manchester City academy, also attended by the son of Samuel’s friend Emile Heskey. The pundit Robbie Savage is the Under-12s coach at Egerton and Samuel used his contacts to persuade other famous former professionals to play, including Danny Webber, once of Manchester United and Watford, and Emmerson Boyce with whom he played at Wigan. Jlloyd Samuel won England Under-21 honours Credit: Getty Images Samuel told the BBC in November that he loved playing at Egerton despite its relatively humble level and was determined not to “pile on the pounds” post retirement. He said: "The team were shocked when I said I would play. Sometimes I think I am crazy. I play on pitches that I have not played on since I was 12. There was one where it was raining like crazy, a proper mud-bath. I was thinking 'what am I doing here?' But I just still love playing." He said: "I don't need to go searching for the last pay day. It is more of a fun thing and I prefer the business side of things, but I enjoy it. I get to train daily and play at weekends." Absolutely gutted to hear the news of the passing of Jlloyd Samuel. Took me under his wing when I joined Villa and helped me settle. Such a good guy on and off the pitch and a truly good friend. Condolences to Emma, his kids and the Samuel family. RIP J ����❤— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 15, 2018 Villa said they were “deeply saddened” by the news and announced their players would wear black armbands in honour of Samuel in their Championship play-off semi-final second leg against Middlesbrough on Wednesday night. He also played on loan for Gillingham and Cardiff City. A popular player, Samuel grew up in south London and was a graduate of the prodigious Senrab boys’ team in east London that produced Ledley King, John Terry, Bobby Zamora and Paul Konchesky among others. Like many of that generation he enjoyed a long and successful career in the top-flight of English football, beginning in the academy at Charlton Athletic and moving on to Villa where he made his senior debut in Sept 1999, aged 18. Terrible news about JLloyd Samuel my former teammate @OfficialBWFC A great guy and great character. My condolences go out to his family & friends at this difficult time �� #RIP— Paul Robinson (@Robbo04pr) May 15, 2018 Samuel was capped by England at Under-18s, Under-20s and Under-21s level and although he was called up to a senior squad by Sven-Goran Eriksson for a friendly against Sweden in March 2004, he was never capped and later went on to represent Trinidad and Tobago. He played nine years at Villa and another four at Bolton. Cheshire Police said in a statement: “At around 7.55am police were called following reports of a collision involving a van and a Range Rover near to Costcutter on West Lane. Sadly the driver of the car, Jlloyd Samuel, 37, from Lymm, died at the scene. His next of kin have been informed and are currently being supported by specially trained officers. The driver of the van, a 54-year-old man, sustained serious injuries and has been taken to hospital for treatment.”
There were tributes from across football for the former Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers defender Jlloyd Samuel who was killed in a car crash in Cheshire on Tuesday at the age of 37. The former Trinidad and Tobago international, who retired after a period playing professionally in the Iranian Pro League, was killed in an accident in High Legh near Lymm where he lived with his wife Emma and his three children Javarne, Lakyle and Amara. His Range Rover was in a collision with a van and Samuel was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Cheshire Police said that the van driver, a 54-year-old man, was taken to hospital for treatment to serious injuries. Samuel had been player and coach at the local non-league side Egerton FC in League One of the Cheshire Football League along with his friend Nathan Ellington, formerly of Wigan Athletic among others. Samuel said last year that he was enjoying just playing and coaching after a long and successful professional career in which he made 219 Premier League appearances and was capped by Trinidad and Tobago, the country of his birth. His son Lakyle is understood to be at the Manchester City academy, also attended by the son of Samuel’s friend Emile Heskey. The pundit Robbie Savage is the Under-12s coach at Egerton and Samuel used his contacts to persuade other famous former professionals to play, including Danny Webber, once of Manchester United and Watford, and Emmerson Boyce with whom he played at Wigan. Jlloyd Samuel won England Under-21 honours Credit: Getty Images Samuel told the BBC in November that he loved playing at Egerton despite its relatively humble level and was determined not to “pile on the pounds” post retirement. He said: "The team were shocked when I said I would play. Sometimes I think I am crazy. I play on pitches that I have not played on since I was 12. There was one where it was raining like crazy, a proper mud-bath. I was thinking 'what am I doing here?' But I just still love playing." He said: "I don't need to go searching for the last pay day. It is more of a fun thing and I prefer the business side of things, but I enjoy it. I get to train daily and play at weekends." Absolutely gutted to hear the news of the passing of Jlloyd Samuel. Took me under his wing when I joined Villa and helped me settle. Such a good guy on and off the pitch and a truly good friend. Condolences to Emma, his kids and the Samuel family. RIP J ����❤— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 15, 2018 Villa said they were “deeply saddened” by the news and announced their players would wear black armbands in honour of Samuel in their Championship play-off semi-final second leg against Middlesbrough on Wednesday night. He also played on loan for Gillingham and Cardiff City. A popular player, Samuel grew up in south London and was a graduate of the prodigious Senrab boys’ team in east London that produced Ledley King, John Terry, Bobby Zamora and Paul Konchesky among others. Like many of that generation he enjoyed a long and successful career in the top-flight of English football, beginning in the academy at Charlton Athletic and moving on to Villa where he made his senior debut in Sept 1999, aged 18. Terrible news about JLloyd Samuel my former teammate @OfficialBWFC A great guy and great character. My condolences go out to his family & friends at this difficult time �� #RIP— Paul Robinson (@Robbo04pr) May 15, 2018 Samuel was capped by England at Under-18s, Under-20s and Under-21s level and although he was called up to a senior squad by Sven-Goran Eriksson for a friendly against Sweden in March 2004, he was never capped and later went on to represent Trinidad and Tobago. He played nine years at Villa and another four at Bolton. Cheshire Police said in a statement: “At around 7.55am police were called following reports of a collision involving a van and a Range Rover near to Costcutter on West Lane. Sadly the driver of the car, Jlloyd Samuel, 37, from Lymm, died at the scene. His next of kin have been informed and are currently being supported by specially trained officers. The driver of the van, a 54-year-old man, sustained serious injuries and has been taken to hospital for treatment.”
Former Premier League defender Jlloyd Samuel killed in car crash
There were tributes from across football for the former Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers defender Jlloyd Samuel who was killed in a car crash in Cheshire on Tuesday at the age of 37. The former Trinidad and Tobago international, who retired after a period playing professionally in the Iranian Pro League, was killed in an accident in High Legh near Lymm where he lived with his wife Emma and his three children Javarne, Lakyle and Amara. His Range Rover was in a collision with a van and Samuel was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Cheshire Police said that the van driver, a 54-year-old man, was taken to hospital for treatment to serious injuries. Samuel had been player and coach at the local non-league side Egerton FC in League One of the Cheshire Football League along with his friend Nathan Ellington, formerly of Wigan Athletic among others. Samuel said last year that he was enjoying just playing and coaching after a long and successful professional career in which he made 219 Premier League appearances and was capped by Trinidad and Tobago, the country of his birth. His son Lakyle is understood to be at the Manchester City academy, also attended by the son of Samuel’s friend Emile Heskey. The pundit Robbie Savage is the Under-12s coach at Egerton and Samuel used his contacts to persuade other famous former professionals to play, including Danny Webber, once of Manchester United and Watford, and Emmerson Boyce with whom he played at Wigan. Jlloyd Samuel won England Under-21 honours Credit: Getty Images Samuel told the BBC in November that he loved playing at Egerton despite its relatively humble level and was determined not to “pile on the pounds” post retirement. He said: "The team were shocked when I said I would play. Sometimes I think I am crazy. I play on pitches that I have not played on since I was 12. There was one where it was raining like crazy, a proper mud-bath. I was thinking 'what am I doing here?' But I just still love playing." He said: "I don't need to go searching for the last pay day. It is more of a fun thing and I prefer the business side of things, but I enjoy it. I get to train daily and play at weekends." Absolutely gutted to hear the news of the passing of Jlloyd Samuel. Took me under his wing when I joined Villa and helped me settle. Such a good guy on and off the pitch and a truly good friend. Condolences to Emma, his kids and the Samuel family. RIP J ����❤— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 15, 2018 Villa said they were “deeply saddened” by the news and announced their players would wear black armbands in honour of Samuel in their Championship play-off semi-final second leg against Middlesbrough on Wednesday night. He also played on loan for Gillingham and Cardiff City. A popular player, Samuel grew up in south London and was a graduate of the prodigious Senrab boys’ team in east London that produced Ledley King, John Terry, Bobby Zamora and Paul Konchesky among others. Like many of that generation he enjoyed a long and successful career in the top-flight of English football, beginning in the academy at Charlton Athletic and moving on to Villa where he made his senior debut in Sept 1999, aged 18. Terrible news about JLloyd Samuel my former teammate @OfficialBWFC A great guy and great character. My condolences go out to his family & friends at this difficult time �� #RIP— Paul Robinson (@Robbo04pr) May 15, 2018 Samuel was capped by England at Under-18s, Under-20s and Under-21s level and although he was called up to a senior squad by Sven-Goran Eriksson for a friendly against Sweden in March 2004, he was never capped and later went on to represent Trinidad and Tobago. He played nine years at Villa and another four at Bolton. Cheshire Police said in a statement: “At around 7.55am police were called following reports of a collision involving a van and a Range Rover near to Costcutter on West Lane. Sadly the driver of the car, Jlloyd Samuel, 37, from Lymm, died at the scene. His next of kin have been informed and are currently being supported by specially trained officers. The driver of the van, a 54-year-old man, sustained serious injuries and has been taken to hospital for treatment.”
Jlloyd Samuel, former Aston Villa and Bolton defender, dies in car crash
Jlloyd Samuel, former Aston Villa and Bolton defender, dies in car crash
Jlloyd Samuel, former Aston Villa and Bolton defender, dies in car crash
Jlloyd Samuel playing for Aston Villa in 2005.
Jlloyd Samuel, former Aston Villa and Bolton defender, dies in car crash
Jlloyd Samuel playing for Aston Villa in 2005.
Jlloyd Samuel, former Aston Villa and Bolton defender, dies in car crash
Jlloyd Samuel, former Aston Villa and Bolton defender, dies in car crash
Jlloyd Samuel, former Aston Villa and Bolton defender, dies in car crash
Jlloyd Samuel, former Aston Villa and Bolton defender, dies in car crash
Jlloyd Samuel, former Aston Villa and Bolton defender, dies in car crash
Jlloyd Samuel, former Aston Villa and Bolton defender, dies in car crash
Jlloyd Samuel, former Aston Villa and Bolton defender, dies in car crash
Jlloyd Samuel, former Aston Villa and Bolton defender, dies in car crash
Jlloyd Samuel, former Aston Villa and Bolton defender, dies in car crash
Jlloyd Samuel played for Aston Villa from 1998 to 2007 when he joined Bolton.
Jlloyd Samuel, former Aston Villa and Bolton defender, dies in car crash
Jlloyd Samuel played for Aston Villa from 1998 to 2007 when he joined Bolton.
Ex-Aston Villa defender Jlloyd Samuel killed in car crash
Ex-Aston Villa defender Jlloyd Samuel killed in car crash
Ex-Aston Villa defender Jlloyd Samuel killed in car crash
BBC Sport have announced their punditry team for this summer's World Cup, with Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and Pablo Zabelata among the former players leading their coverage in Russia. Using a fictional WhatsApp conversation, reminiscent of Aston Villa's John Terry unveiling last year, the BBC announced their new signings in a series of tweets on Tuesday. Host Gary Lineker will be assisted by Lampard, Drogba and Zabaleta as well as Rio Ferdinand and World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann. In an amusing spoof of Alexis Sanchez's dramatic January move to Manchester United, Lampard was playing the piano when he received a message from Lineker on his phone. Mark Lawrenson, Gabby Logan and Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer are some of the familiar faces in Russia as the tournament kicks-off with the hosts against Saudi Arabia on June 14th. Pick your England World Cup 2018 squad Former England internationals Alex Scott, Phil Neville, Danny Murphy and Martin Keown will also be providing analysis on the Beeb this summer. The BBC will broadcast 33 live matches from Russia, including England squad's first two matches against Tunisia and Panama when Lampard, Shearer and Ferdinand will be in the studio. Gary Neville is ITV's headline World Cup pundit, where he will be joined by his former Manchester United captain Roy Keane, as well as viewers' favourite Slaven Bilic. BBC vs ITV | World Cup pundits Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is also on their roster, while the Man Utd theme will continue with Patrice Evra and Ryan Giggs. Their punditry team will be rounded off by Lee Dixon, Ian Wright, Henrik Larsson and their resident refereeing expert Mark Clattenburg. ITV will show 32 games live across the tournament including 23 in the group stages. England's final group game against Belgium will be the first Three Lions game they broadcast.
Didier Drogba and Pablo Zabaleta new additions to BBC World Cup punditry team
BBC Sport have announced their punditry team for this summer's World Cup, with Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and Pablo Zabelata among the former players leading their coverage in Russia. Using a fictional WhatsApp conversation, reminiscent of Aston Villa's John Terry unveiling last year, the BBC announced their new signings in a series of tweets on Tuesday. Host Gary Lineker will be assisted by Lampard, Drogba and Zabaleta as well as Rio Ferdinand and World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann. In an amusing spoof of Alexis Sanchez's dramatic January move to Manchester United, Lampard was playing the piano when he received a message from Lineker on his phone. Mark Lawrenson, Gabby Logan and Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer are some of the familiar faces in Russia as the tournament kicks-off with the hosts against Saudi Arabia on June 14th. Pick your England World Cup 2018 squad Former England internationals Alex Scott, Phil Neville, Danny Murphy and Martin Keown will also be providing analysis on the Beeb this summer. The BBC will broadcast 33 live matches from Russia, including England squad's first two matches against Tunisia and Panama when Lampard, Shearer and Ferdinand will be in the studio. Gary Neville is ITV's headline World Cup pundit, where he will be joined by his former Manchester United captain Roy Keane, as well as viewers' favourite Slaven Bilic. BBC vs ITV | World Cup pundits Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is also on their roster, while the Man Utd theme will continue with Patrice Evra and Ryan Giggs. Their punditry team will be rounded off by Lee Dixon, Ian Wright, Henrik Larsson and their resident refereeing expert Mark Clattenburg. ITV will show 32 games live across the tournament including 23 in the group stages. England's final group game against Belgium will be the first Three Lions game they broadcast.
How Chelsea legend John Terry has helped heal 'toxic' Aston Villa dressing room
How Chelsea legend John Terry has helped heal 'toxic' Aston Villa dressing room
How Chelsea legend John Terry has helped heal 'toxic' Aston Villa dressing room
How Chelsea legend John Terry has helped heal 'toxic' Aston Villa dressing room
How Chelsea legend John Terry has helped heal 'toxic' Aston Villa dressing room
How Chelsea legend John Terry has helped heal 'toxic' Aston Villa dressing room
Jlloyd Samuel dead: Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender dies in car crash aged 37
Jlloyd Samuel dead: Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender dies in car crash aged 37
Jlloyd Samuel dead: Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender dies in car crash aged 37
Jlloyd Samuel dead: Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender dies in car crash aged 37
Jlloyd Samuel dead: Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender dies in car crash aged 37
Jlloyd Samuel dead: Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender dies in car crash aged 37
Jlloyd Samuel dead: Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender dies in car crash aged 37
Jlloyd Samuel dead: Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender dies in car crash aged 37
Jlloyd Samuel dead: Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender dies in car crash aged 37
Jlloyd Samuel dead: Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender dies in car crash aged 37
Jlloyd Samuel dead: Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender dies in car crash aged 37
Jlloyd Samuel dead: Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender dies in car crash aged 37
Grown-up Grealish has found his focus, says Aston Villa’s Steve Bruce
Grown-up Grealish has found his focus, says Aston Villa’s Steve Bruce
Grown-up Grealish has found his focus, says Aston Villa’s Steve Bruce
Jack Grealish is hoping to inspire Aston Villa into the Championship play-off final.
Grown-up Grealish has found his focus, says Aston Villa’s Steve Bruce
Jack Grealish is hoping to inspire Aston Villa into the Championship play-off final.
Grown-up Grealish has found his focus, says Aston Villa’s Steve Bruce
Grown-up Grealish has found his focus, says Aston Villa’s Steve Bruce
Grown-up Grealish has found his focus, says Aston Villa’s Steve Bruce
Tony Pulis: 'People say Aston Villa are favourites, so Middlesbrough have nothing to lose'
Tony Pulis: 'People say Aston Villa are favourites, so Middlesbrough have nothing to lose'
Tony Pulis: 'People say Aston Villa are favourites, so Middlesbrough have nothing to lose'
Tony Pulis remains confident his Middlesbrough team are good enough to beat Aston Villa, as long as they play without any inhibitions in the second leg of their Championship play-off semi-final. Villa looked the more accomplished side as they secured a 1-0 away win in the first leg, but Pulis claimed he had not seen anything in their performance to suggest they have superior players. Pulis has tried to keep things calm in the aftermath of Saturday’s narrow defeat and believes his side can still win at Villa Park, if they are at their best on Tuesday night. “I’m not concerned about Aston Villa,” Pulis said. “I’m more concerned about us and the way we play, and what we’re trying to achieve. That’s the most important thing – that we turn up and are a little bit more clinical in the final third. “My mindset is to get out there and we have got nothing to lose. Villa are in a strong position. Everybody is talking about Villa and saying they're favourites, so let's get out there and enjoy it and give it our best. “That was the only real negative, apart from conceding from a set-play. It was really the only negative of the game on Saturday. We’ve done that all season. We’ve played well up until the final third, and if there has been a little bit of a weakness, it’s been what we’ve been doing once we’ve got into that final third. Championship play-offs 2018 guide “The most important thing is clearing the players’ minds and making sure they’re focused and ready to go. They have to know their jobs, and make sure they do them.” Villa have not lost this season after taking the lead in a game and Boro, who spent more than £50m on players in the summer in a bid to make an immediate return to the Premier League, will have to pull off a famous upset if they are going to achieve their pre-season goal. “What people talk about outside the football club and whether Villa are favourites or not, to me that's all superficial,” Pulis added. Aston Villa take a 1-0 lead into the second leg Credit: getty images “What really, really matters is the dressing room and the people on the training ground being very, very focused in what we are trying to achieve on and off the ball. “Their mind-set was right on Saturday, I had no problems with them. Some players played really well on Saturday, some didn’t play at the level they can play at. “But that wasn’t from a lack of effort of lack of trying. What we have to do now is make sure they have no inhibitions. If we bring our A-game to Villa Park and we get the breaks and we get the run of the ball – which I don't think we did have on Saturday – then who knows?”
Tony Pulis: 'People say Aston Villa are favourites, so Middlesbrough have nothing to lose'
Tony Pulis remains confident his Middlesbrough team are good enough to beat Aston Villa, as long as they play without any inhibitions in the second leg of their Championship play-off semi-final. Villa looked the more accomplished side as they secured a 1-0 away win in the first leg, but Pulis claimed he had not seen anything in their performance to suggest they have superior players. Pulis has tried to keep things calm in the aftermath of Saturday’s narrow defeat and believes his side can still win at Villa Park, if they are at their best on Tuesday night. “I’m not concerned about Aston Villa,” Pulis said. “I’m more concerned about us and the way we play, and what we’re trying to achieve. That’s the most important thing – that we turn up and are a little bit more clinical in the final third. “My mindset is to get out there and we have got nothing to lose. Villa are in a strong position. Everybody is talking about Villa and saying they're favourites, so let's get out there and enjoy it and give it our best. “That was the only real negative, apart from conceding from a set-play. It was really the only negative of the game on Saturday. We’ve done that all season. We’ve played well up until the final third, and if there has been a little bit of a weakness, it’s been what we’ve been doing once we’ve got into that final third. Championship play-offs 2018 guide “The most important thing is clearing the players’ minds and making sure they’re focused and ready to go. They have to know their jobs, and make sure they do them.” Villa have not lost this season after taking the lead in a game and Boro, who spent more than £50m on players in the summer in a bid to make an immediate return to the Premier League, will have to pull off a famous upset if they are going to achieve their pre-season goal. “What people talk about outside the football club and whether Villa are favourites or not, to me that's all superficial,” Pulis added. Aston Villa take a 1-0 lead into the second leg Credit: getty images “What really, really matters is the dressing room and the people on the training ground being very, very focused in what we are trying to achieve on and off the ball. “Their mind-set was right on Saturday, I had no problems with them. Some players played really well on Saturday, some didn’t play at the level they can play at. “But that wasn’t from a lack of effort of lack of trying. What we have to do now is make sure they have no inhibitions. If we bring our A-game to Villa Park and we get the breaks and we get the run of the ball – which I don't think we did have on Saturday – then who knows?”
Tony Pulis: 'People say Aston Villa are favourites, so Middlesbrough have nothing to lose'
Tony Pulis: 'People say Aston Villa are favourites, so Middlesbrough have nothing to lose'
Tony Pulis: 'People say Aston Villa are favourites, so Middlesbrough have nothing to lose'
Tony Pulis remains confident his Middlesbrough team are good enough to beat Aston Villa, as long as they play without any inhibitions in the second leg of their Championship play-off semi-final. Villa looked the more accomplished side as they secured a 1-0 away win in the first leg, but Pulis claimed he had not seen anything in their performance to suggest they have superior players. Pulis has tried to keep things calm in the aftermath of Saturday’s narrow defeat and believes his side can still win at Villa Park, if they are at their best on Tuesday night. “I’m not concerned about Aston Villa,” Pulis said. “I’m more concerned about us and the way we play, and what we’re trying to achieve. That’s the most important thing – that we turn up and are a little bit more clinical in the final third. “My mindset is to get out there and we have got nothing to lose. Villa are in a strong position. Everybody is talking about Villa and saying they're favourites, so let's get out there and enjoy it and give it our best. “That was the only real negative, apart from conceding from a set-play. It was really the only negative of the game on Saturday. We’ve done that all season. We’ve played well up until the final third, and if there has been a little bit of a weakness, it’s been what we’ve been doing once we’ve got into that final third. Championship play-offs 2018 guide “The most important thing is clearing the players’ minds and making sure they’re focused and ready to go. They have to know their jobs, and make sure they do them.” Villa have not lost this season after taking the lead in a game and Boro, who spent more than £50m on players in the summer in a bid to make an immediate return to the Premier League, will have to pull off a famous upset if they are going to achieve their pre-season goal. “What people talk about outside the football club and whether Villa are favourites or not, to me that's all superficial,” Pulis added. Aston Villa take a 1-0 lead into the second leg Credit: getty images “What really, really matters is the dressing room and the people on the training ground being very, very focused in what we are trying to achieve on and off the ball. “Their mind-set was right on Saturday, I had no problems with them. Some players played really well on Saturday, some didn’t play at the level they can play at. “But that wasn’t from a lack of effort of lack of trying. What we have to do now is make sure they have no inhibitions. If we bring our A-game to Villa Park and we get the breaks and we get the run of the ball – which I don't think we did have on Saturday – then who knows?”
Tony Pulis: 'People say Aston Villa are favourites, so Middlesbrough have nothing to lose'
Tony Pulis remains confident his Middlesbrough team are good enough to beat Aston Villa, as long as they play without any inhibitions in the second leg of their Championship play-off semi-final. Villa looked the more accomplished side as they secured a 1-0 away win in the first leg, but Pulis claimed he had not seen anything in their performance to suggest they have superior players. Pulis has tried to keep things calm in the aftermath of Saturday’s narrow defeat and believes his side can still win at Villa Park, if they are at their best on Tuesday night. “I’m not concerned about Aston Villa,” Pulis said. “I’m more concerned about us and the way we play, and what we’re trying to achieve. That’s the most important thing – that we turn up and are a little bit more clinical in the final third. “My mindset is to get out there and we have got nothing to lose. Villa are in a strong position. Everybody is talking about Villa and saying they're favourites, so let's get out there and enjoy it and give it our best. “That was the only real negative, apart from conceding from a set-play. It was really the only negative of the game on Saturday. We’ve done that all season. We’ve played well up until the final third, and if there has been a little bit of a weakness, it’s been what we’ve been doing once we’ve got into that final third. Championship play-offs 2018 guide “The most important thing is clearing the players’ minds and making sure they’re focused and ready to go. They have to know their jobs, and make sure they do them.” Villa have not lost this season after taking the lead in a game and Boro, who spent more than £50m on players in the summer in a bid to make an immediate return to the Premier League, will have to pull off a famous upset if they are going to achieve their pre-season goal. “What people talk about outside the football club and whether Villa are favourites or not, to me that's all superficial,” Pulis added. Aston Villa take a 1-0 lead into the second leg Credit: getty images “What really, really matters is the dressing room and the people on the training ground being very, very focused in what we are trying to achieve on and off the ball. “Their mind-set was right on Saturday, I had no problems with them. Some players played really well on Saturday, some didn’t play at the level they can play at. “But that wasn’t from a lack of effort of lack of trying. What we have to do now is make sure they have no inhibitions. If we bring our A-game to Villa Park and we get the breaks and we get the run of the ball – which I don't think we did have on Saturday – then who knows?”
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the final Premier League weekend
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the final Premier League weekend
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the final Premier League weekend
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the final Premier League weekend
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the final Premier League weekend
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the final Premier League weekend
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the final Premier League weekend
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the final Premier League weekend
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the final Premier League weekend
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the final Premier League weekend
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the final Premier League weekend
And there we have it. The end. Another season comes to a close, and it was wrapped up in wonderfully chaotic style. Late goals, thrashings, perfect sunshine. Great stuff, and it does not get any greater than Manchester City, who reached the 100-point mark in typically dramatic fashion. So, who impressed on the final day? Who should be on the plane to the World Cup? And who should be kept as far away from international football as possible? For the final time this season, find out in our comprehensive analysis of the Premier League weekend... Whose stock is rising? Jordan Henderson It is hard to believe that, within the next two weeks, Henderson could cement his place in Liverpool’s voluminous history books as one of the few captains of the club to have lifted the European Cup. That will provide the most dramatic evidence of how far he has come since he struggled so painfully as a right winger in his first season as a Liverpool player. There is more subtle proof of his development, though, and it comes in the type of assured performances he regularly produces from the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Henderson celebrates with Andrew Robertson Credit: Getty Images Sunday’s thrashing of Brighton was another fine example of this, as Henderson dominated and dictated, providing the platform for the irrepressible Mohamed Salah to work his magic further forward. Erik Lamela A standing ovation for Lamela at Wembley, and rightly so. It has not been an easy season for the Argentine, who had spent so long out of the game with injury and has found opportunities limited because of the wonderful form of Son Heung-min ahead of him. But Lamela is a class act, a prodigious talent who can play anywhere across those attacking three positions behind Harry Kane. It would be no surprise at all to see him excel next year, especially if he manages to get a proper pre-season under his belt. He has all the ingredients needed to thrive in a Pochettino side, as we saw earlier in his Tottenham career. Lamela scores for Tottenham at Wembley Credit: Reuters He came up with two goals and was at the heart of a third as Tottenham emerged victorious from a barmy encounter with Leicester at Wembley. More of this to come, we expect. Manuel Lanzini Slaven Bilic, the former West Ham United manager, always knew how important Lanzini was. He wanted to build his side around the attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately struggled for consistency, both in fitness and in his performances. David Moyes has been less convinced of Lanzini’s ability, it seems, having instead focused on getting the most out of the vibrant Marko Arnautovic. Lanzini, though, provided a reminder of his quality in West Ham’s 3-1 victory over Everton, when he scored twice. West Ham's players mob Lanzini Credit: Getty Images In a bitty, patchy season, Lanzini quite clearly should have scored more than the five goals he has managed. Whoever is in charge of that club next season (and it could still be Moyes, of course) will have a gem of a player on their hands who just needs the right environment to thrive. If he does, he has the talent to guide West Ham to a higher level. Gabriel Jesus Nowhere near enough is made of the phenomenal talent of Jesus, who is just 21 years old but has spent much of the season leading the line for the greatest side in Premier League history. Are we quite aware of how exceptional a talent he is, and how impressive it is for a player of his age to do what he is doing so early in his Premier League career? Jesus is an outstanding centre forward, by any measure. If it were not for the more obvious talents of Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, he would surely be far more appreciated. Imagine, for a moment, how much would be said and written about Jesus if, say, he were English and Raheem Sterling was Brazilian? Jesus celebrates his late winner Credit: Getty Images In his last seven games, Jesus has scored five goals. His first touch, and the composed finish, for the last-minute winner against Southampton on Sunday made for a wonderful goal and a wonderful moment in Manchester City’s historic Premier League season. Jonjo Shelvey The heart says that Shelvey should be on the plane to Russia. The head says he won’t be, primarily because Gareth Southgate has resisted the calls to pick him so far this season. Logic says it’s too late for Shelvey now, but his recent performances, like his man of the match showing against Chelsea this weekend, suggest he should be there on merit. Perhaps the problem for Shelvey is that he needs to play in that central, sitting role, and does not have the energy and ability to drive with the ball like Jack Wilshere, Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Adam Lallana. Man of the Match @NUFC’s Jonjo Shelvey 84 touches Completed 55/73 passes 1 assist (3rd in PL this season) 3 shots, 1 on target pic.twitter.com/MGnBeGVB6C— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 Shelvey’s direct competitors, it seems, are Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson. Perhaps his argument would be that Dier can be taken as a centre back. Certainly one to ponder for Southgate over the next few days. Whose stock is falling? Ross Barkley Here’s an unwelcome stat for Barkley, who will not be entering Gareth Southgate’s thoughts over the next few days. He has started just two games for Chelsea this season, and Chelsea have lost both of them 3-0. But wait! It gets worse. Who were the opponents in those two drubbings? Bournemouth and Newcastle. Yep, Barkley has featured in two of Chelsea’s most abject performances of the season. Not a good look. Barkley shows his frustration Credit: Getty Images Now, the caveat here is of course that Antonio Conte has barely given him a chance to play, so no wonder it’s difficult to maintain his sharpness. And Conte, who has spent much of this season trying to distance himself from Chelsea’s signings, has never exactly filled the Englishman with confidence. Hopefully the new manager, assuming there is a change, helps Barkley develop into the player we all know he can be. Jordan Pickford Of all the days to have a shaky afternoon, the last game of the season before the England squad is picked is probably the worst. Pickford’s duo of errors, for both of West Ham’s second-half goals, were hardly indicative of his usual standard in what has been an impressive season, but they were worrying. The way he was befuddled by Marko Arnautovic’s powerful strike, which was straight at him, will be of particular concern. Pickford was beaten too easily by Arnautovic Credit: Reuters Positives can be taken from Pickford’s first-half, in fairness. One low save, from a Mark Noble effort, was stunning. But might the other two slip-ups have given Jack Butland a head-start in the race to be England’s number one goalkeeper this summer? Danny Simpson Changes are coming at Leicester City, even if many members of that squad are resistant to it. The title-winning players remain dominant in this side, but their time is clearly running out. Wes Morgan, for example, is no longer physically up to the rigours of Premier League football, while Christian Fuchs has said he will be leaving the club next summer. Harry Maguire will keep his place, and rightly so. And Ben Chilwell will surely make a fine left-back for many years to come. Danny Simpson, though, must surely be worrying for his place. He was particularly troubled against Tottenham at Wembley in a game that was as frantic as it was entertaining. Simpson had a difficult afternoon Credit: Reuters A key member of the title victory two years ago, Simpson is now 31 and seems to be on the wane. It would be no surprise to see Leicester making moves towards finding a replacement in the transfer market this summer, although the more pressing concern will naturally be sorting out which manager is in charge. Alfie Mawson He will get a move to a Premier League side this summer, because he is far too good to be playing in the Championship, but Mawson did not cover himself in glory in Swansea’s final game before relegation. This defeat by Stoke was embarrassing for Swansea, and there was no more humiliating moment than when Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye ambled through the middle of the Swansea defence to score the equaliser. It felt like a lack of effort on Swansea’s part, and that is inexcusable when you have just been relegated. Mawson is better than that, even if his heart is (understandably) no longer in south Wales. Swansea were beaten again Credit: Getty Images Kevin Long It hardly matters in the wider scheme of Burnley’s phenomenal season, but Kevin Long’s horrible error in the closing moments of their meeting with Bournemouth was a very un-Burnley way to end the campaign. Now the fun can really start for Sean Dyche’s team, who will bludgeon and batter their way into European football next season. That will certainly be fun, but they can’t be making the sort of mistakes that Long made here if they want to progress in the Europa League. Long is tackled by Jermain Defoe Credit: Getty Images Stats of the weekend 21 - Manchester United won all 21 Premier League games in which they scored first this season 48 - Arsene Wenger ended his Premier League career with Arsenal by winning at his 48th different ground, more than any other manager in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson won at 47 different stadiums 100 - This is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s career that he has won 100 points in a single season 123 - This is the first time since 1894/95, 123 years ago, that every team outside the top six in the English top-flight table has conceded more goals than they scored 153 - Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the league this season, the fewest any side has trailed in a single Premier League campaign Goal of the weekend Plenty to choose from this week. Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham was a nice blend of skill and precision, while Jamie Vardy’s left-footed finish in the same game was wonderfully raw. The winner, though, is the lob by Gabriel Jesus, in the last minute, after another beautiful pass by Kevin De Bruyne, to take City to their 100th point of a remarkable season. The ideal combination of context and quality. Jesus celebrates in the crowd Credit: Reuters Team of the weekend Sam Dean's Premier League team of the weekend One key question for this week Can Crystal Palace keep Wilfried Zaha? It hardly needs saying that Zaha is Palace’s most important player, and that keeping him will be crucial to their hopes next season. The worry will be that the speculation around his future is beginning to swirl, and the talk is unlikely to quieten down any time soon. It will be encouraging, then, to hear the noises coming out of Selhurst Park after their final-day victory over West Bromwich Albion. “I have no plans on leaving,” Zaha said. “I am enjoying my football, you can see how much I am enjoying it. This is my home and there is no reason for me to leave.” Zaha scored Palace's opener against West Brom Credit: PA Roy Hodgson, his manager, rammed the point home. “Wilf knows how much we value him as a player and a person,” he said. “He is a Croydon lad who has dedicated his career to Palace. He has a long-term contract, is one of our best-paid players and he knows full well that the last thing on anyone’s mind here is letting him go.” Who's shown the most cards? How did the table end up? How Salah won the Golden Boot What's on TV this week? Monday: Fulham v Derby County, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Tuesday: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Championship play-off, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Wednesday: Marseille v Atletico Madrid, Europa League final, 7.45pm, BT Sport Saturday: Manchester United v Chelsea, FA Cup final, 5.15pm, BBC
It was a victory for team spirit, a narrow advantage earned in a play-off semi-final through the sort of endeavour and determination that Aston Villa teams have often lacked during their slow, painful decline. He has not always played the style of football to woo Villa fans, but Steve Bruce has drained the swamp. He has detoxified the dressing room, removing the stench of ambivalence and under-achievement that polluted the place. He has brought unity and a shared sense of purpose, the foundations for any sort of success. Speaking in the aftermath of this tight, tense 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough, Bruce revealed something that many suspected, Villa had earned an unenviable reputation in English football. That there were too many players who could either not handle the pressure of playing for the club or who did not care enough to do things properly. That is why he worked so hard to persuade John Terry to sign for him last summer. At the age of 37, John Terry could be sitting in a television studio, but Bruce persuaded him to come to Villa instead. To play on for another year, at least and although the former England captain was magnificent at the heart of Villa’s defence against Boro, that is just part of the job he does. Mile Jedinak scored the only goal for Villa in the first leg at the Riverside Credit: Getty Images “You’ve seen him out there,” said Bruce. “He was brilliant, but it wasn’t just on the pitch that I needed him. It was to deal with the dressing room and it has been toxic, at Aston Villa, for years. “It was important that people like Jack Grealish saw someone: this is how you do it. The way you look after yourself, this is what you prepare for. It is alright a manager bleating at them, but when you hear a top pro... “Glenn Whelan is the same. Elmohamady is the same. Jedinak is the same. All people who have been at the top level. They have been crucial to the young ones, because we have some good young ones too. “It has been a cultural change, they understand what is needed now. Look at Jack, by the time he was 21 he has had seven managers all telling him different s***. It is important he has stability and a focus to achieve. “You have to hit the heights. Gone are the days when you can go night clubbing. You have to focus on what you do and the dressing room I have brought in helps that.” Championship - last 10 years Grealish was a class act as Villa ground out the win, secured with a Mile Jedinak header, but Boro will come at them hard in the second leg. It will be another test of claret and blue resolve because the Teessiders have generally been more impressive away from home under Tony Pulis. If they take their chances, Britt Assombalonga missed two decent ones in the first half, Villa could still slip up. Championship play-offs 2018 guide “Credit to Villa they defended really well,” said Ben Gibson. “They're obviously a very good side and will be favourites, but there's a lot of positives for us to take. “It's a quick turn around and something to look forward to. We can take a lot from the chances we created. We controlled large parts of this game. "I think we've won in the cup at Villa Park and drawn in the league with 10 men for 85 minutes so there's nothing for us to be downbeat about.”
Steve Bruce sings John Terry's praises for helping turn round Aston Villa's 'toxic' dressing room culture
It was a victory for team spirit, a narrow advantage earned in a play-off semi-final through the sort of endeavour and determination that Aston Villa teams have often lacked during their slow, painful decline. He has not always played the style of football to woo Villa fans, but Steve Bruce has drained the swamp. He has detoxified the dressing room, removing the stench of ambivalence and under-achievement that polluted the place. He has brought unity and a shared sense of purpose, the foundations for any sort of success. Speaking in the aftermath of this tight, tense 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough, Bruce revealed something that many suspected, Villa had earned an unenviable reputation in English football. That there were too many players who could either not handle the pressure of playing for the club or who did not care enough to do things properly. That is why he worked so hard to persuade John Terry to sign for him last summer. At the age of 37, John Terry could be sitting in a television studio, but Bruce persuaded him to come to Villa instead. To play on for another year, at least and although the former England captain was magnificent at the heart of Villa’s defence against Boro, that is just part of the job he does. Mile Jedinak scored the only goal for Villa in the first leg at the Riverside Credit: Getty Images “You’ve seen him out there,” said Bruce. “He was brilliant, but it wasn’t just on the pitch that I needed him. It was to deal with the dressing room and it has been toxic, at Aston Villa, for years. “It was important that people like Jack Grealish saw someone: this is how you do it. The way you look after yourself, this is what you prepare for. It is alright a manager bleating at them, but when you hear a top pro... “Glenn Whelan is the same. Elmohamady is the same. Jedinak is the same. All people who have been at the top level. They have been crucial to the young ones, because we have some good young ones too. “It has been a cultural change, they understand what is needed now. Look at Jack, by the time he was 21 he has had seven managers all telling him different s***. It is important he has stability and a focus to achieve. “You have to hit the heights. Gone are the days when you can go night clubbing. You have to focus on what you do and the dressing room I have brought in helps that.” Championship - last 10 years Grealish was a class act as Villa ground out the win, secured with a Mile Jedinak header, but Boro will come at them hard in the second leg. It will be another test of claret and blue resolve because the Teessiders have generally been more impressive away from home under Tony Pulis. If they take their chances, Britt Assombalonga missed two decent ones in the first half, Villa could still slip up. Championship play-offs 2018 guide “Credit to Villa they defended really well,” said Ben Gibson. “They're obviously a very good side and will be favourites, but there's a lot of positives for us to take. “It's a quick turn around and something to look forward to. We can take a lot from the chances we created. We controlled large parts of this game. "I think we've won in the cup at Villa Park and drawn in the league with 10 men for 85 minutes so there's nothing for us to be downbeat about.”

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