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Steve McClaren is back in English football with QPR, 14 months after being dismissed by Derby County.
QPR appoint Steve McClaren as new manager on two-year contract
Steve McClaren is back in English football with QPR, 14 months after being dismissed by Derby County.
Derby County likely to sell top scorer Matej Vydra after missing out on Premier League
Derby County likely to sell top scorer Matej Vydra after missing out on Premier League
Derby County likely to sell top scorer Matej Vydra after missing out on Premier League
Tim Ream, the Fulham defender, has hailed Ryan Sessegnon as a unique talent after the teenager guided his side to the Championship play-off final. Sessegnon, who turns 18 on Friday, scored the first goal and created the second as Fulham overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit to defeat Derby County and record the first play-off win in their history. Sessegnon is Fulham’s top scorer with 16 goals this season, and Ream likened the left winger to a “sponge” who plays with the maturity of a veteran. “First and foremost, he has done some incredible things this season,” said Ream. “There is no doubting his talent and his ability and his work-rate and his attitude. It’s something that you don’t often see with young players these days. “He’s completely different to any of the young players who are up and coming, in every aspect of his game. Ryan Sessegnon scored Fulham's first goal against Derby to help secure their place in the play-off final Credit: Reuters “He’s the quietest kid I have ever met. I liken him to a sponge: he takes everything on board. “You can’t argue with his approach this year. It is just amazing what he has done and what he continues to do.” The play-off final will be Fulham’s first trip to Wembley in 43 years, and Ream added: “I don’t see why playing at Wembley is going to be any different for him. “I have never seen a kid so calm in the face of the media. He does not yearn for the limelight. He does not want it, or rather he does not ask for it. He just goes about his business and does his own thing. Pick your England World Cup 2018 squad “Nobody needs to change him. He has taken everything as it comes this year and done it like a 35-year-old veteran. It’s amazing.” Ream added that Slavisa Jokanovic’s side, who finished third in the Championship after a 23-game unbeaten run was ended on the final day of the season, had “no fear” ahead of the play-off final. “You don’t go 23 games unbeaten without being confident,” he said. “Obviously we rode our luck in some games but we know that we are more than capable of beating every team in this division. We have proven that in the second half of the season. You respect everyone and you fear nobody.”
Ryan Sessegnon 'does not yearn for the limelight - he just goes about his business', says Fulham's Tim Ream
Tim Ream, the Fulham defender, has hailed Ryan Sessegnon as a unique talent after the teenager guided his side to the Championship play-off final. Sessegnon, who turns 18 on Friday, scored the first goal and created the second as Fulham overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit to defeat Derby County and record the first play-off win in their history. Sessegnon is Fulham’s top scorer with 16 goals this season, and Ream likened the left winger to a “sponge” who plays with the maturity of a veteran. “First and foremost, he has done some incredible things this season,” said Ream. “There is no doubting his talent and his ability and his work-rate and his attitude. It’s something that you don’t often see with young players these days. “He’s completely different to any of the young players who are up and coming, in every aspect of his game. Ryan Sessegnon scored Fulham's first goal against Derby to help secure their place in the play-off final Credit: Reuters “He’s the quietest kid I have ever met. I liken him to a sponge: he takes everything on board. “You can’t argue with his approach this year. It is just amazing what he has done and what he continues to do.” The play-off final will be Fulham’s first trip to Wembley in 43 years, and Ream added: “I don’t see why playing at Wembley is going to be any different for him. “I have never seen a kid so calm in the face of the media. He does not yearn for the limelight. He does not want it, or rather he does not ask for it. He just goes about his business and does his own thing. Pick your England World Cup 2018 squad “Nobody needs to change him. He has taken everything as it comes this year and done it like a 35-year-old veteran. It’s amazing.” Ream added that Slavisa Jokanovic’s side, who finished third in the Championship after a 23-game unbeaten run was ended on the final day of the season, had “no fear” ahead of the play-off final. “You don’t go 23 games unbeaten without being confident,” he said. “Obviously we rode our luck in some games but we know that we are more than capable of beating every team in this division. We have proven that in the second half of the season. You respect everyone and you fear nobody.”
Derby County likely to sell top scorer Matej Vydra after missing out on Premier League
Derby County likely to sell top scorer Matej Vydra after missing out on Premier League
Derby County likely to sell top scorer Matej Vydra after missing out on Premier League
Derby County are facing the prospect of losing top scorer Matej Vydra after missing out on promotion to the Premier League. Vydra is set to be sold this summer as Derby move to slash their budget following the defeat to Fulham in the Championship play-off semi-final. The Czech Republic international scored 22 goals in all competitions this season and Derby are likely to demand at least £8m for the striker, signed from Watford in August 2016. Mel Morris, the Derby owner, admitted earlier this year that little investment would be made if the club failed to win promotion and it is understood he wants the wage bill lowering significantly. Derby’s wage bill is currently around £35m and Morris wants to drastically reduce that figure as the East Midlanders prepare for a 11th consecutive season in the Championship. Derby County lost 2-1 to Fulham in the play-off semi-final Credit: reuters Vydra, 26, is their most sellable asset after an excellent season, while there could also be interest in goalkeeper Scott Carson and Republic of Ireland international Richard Keogh. Derby could also listen to offers for Chris Martin – a likely target for incoming Queens Park Rangers manager Steve McClaren – and Ikechi Anya. Rowett said: "I'd want to make sure we're in a position to still challenge regardless of what we have to do financially. "Any manager would tell you that you would love to get in the play-offs and have a summer where you can recruit very strongly and try to improve the side. But the reality is, after lots of years and lots of managers doing that, I am the manager who has to balance it all out a little bit more."
Derby County likely to sell top scorer Matej Vydra after missing out on Premier League
Derby County are facing the prospect of losing top scorer Matej Vydra after missing out on promotion to the Premier League. Vydra is set to be sold this summer as Derby move to slash their budget following the defeat to Fulham in the Championship play-off semi-final. The Czech Republic international scored 22 goals in all competitions this season and Derby are likely to demand at least £8m for the striker, signed from Watford in August 2016. Mel Morris, the Derby owner, admitted earlier this year that little investment would be made if the club failed to win promotion and it is understood he wants the wage bill lowering significantly. Derby’s wage bill is currently around £35m and Morris wants to drastically reduce that figure as the East Midlanders prepare for a 11th consecutive season in the Championship. Derby County lost 2-1 to Fulham in the play-off semi-final Credit: reuters Vydra, 26, is their most sellable asset after an excellent season, while there could also be interest in goalkeeper Scott Carson and Republic of Ireland international Richard Keogh. Derby could also listen to offers for Chris Martin – a likely target for incoming Queens Park Rangers manager Steve McClaren – and Ikechi Anya. Rowett said: "I'd want to make sure we're in a position to still challenge regardless of what we have to do financially. "Any manager would tell you that you would love to get in the play-offs and have a summer where you can recruit very strongly and try to improve the side. But the reality is, after lots of years and lots of managers doing that, I am the manager who has to balance it all out a little bit more."
Derby County are facing the prospect of losing top scorer Matej Vydra after missing out on promotion to the Premier League. Vydra is set to be sold this summer as Derby move to slash their budget following the defeat to Fulham in the Championship play-off semi-final. The Czech Republic international scored 22 goals in all competitions this season and Derby are likely to demand at least £8m for the striker, signed from Watford in August 2016. Mel Morris, the Derby owner, admitted earlier this year that little investment would be made if the club failed to win promotion and it is understood he wants the wage bill lowering significantly. Derby’s wage bill is currently around £35m and Morris wants to drastically reduce that figure as the East Midlanders prepare for a 11th consecutive season in the Championship. Derby County lost 2-1 to Fulham in the play-off semi-final Credit: reuters Vydra, 26, is their most sellable asset after an excellent season, while there could also be interest in goalkeeper Scott Carson and Republic of Ireland international Richard Keogh. Derby could also listen to offers for Chris Martin – a likely target for incoming Queens Park Rangers manager Steve McClaren – and Ikechi Anya. Rowett said: "I'd want to make sure we're in a position to still challenge regardless of what we have to do financially. "Any manager would tell you that you would love to get in the play-offs and have a summer where you can recruit very strongly and try to improve the side. But the reality is, after lots of years and lots of managers doing that, I am the manager who has to balance it all out a little bit more."
Derby County likely to sell top scorer Matej Vydra after missing out on Premier League
Derby County are facing the prospect of losing top scorer Matej Vydra after missing out on promotion to the Premier League. Vydra is set to be sold this summer as Derby move to slash their budget following the defeat to Fulham in the Championship play-off semi-final. The Czech Republic international scored 22 goals in all competitions this season and Derby are likely to demand at least £8m for the striker, signed from Watford in August 2016. Mel Morris, the Derby owner, admitted earlier this year that little investment would be made if the club failed to win promotion and it is understood he wants the wage bill lowering significantly. Derby’s wage bill is currently around £35m and Morris wants to drastically reduce that figure as the East Midlanders prepare for a 11th consecutive season in the Championship. Derby County lost 2-1 to Fulham in the play-off semi-final Credit: reuters Vydra, 26, is their most sellable asset after an excellent season, while there could also be interest in goalkeeper Scott Carson and Republic of Ireland international Richard Keogh. Derby could also listen to offers for Chris Martin – a likely target for incoming Queens Park Rangers manager Steve McClaren – and Ikechi Anya. Rowett said: "I'd want to make sure we're in a position to still challenge regardless of what we have to do financially. "Any manager would tell you that you would love to get in the play-offs and have a summer where you can recruit very strongly and try to improve the side. But the reality is, after lots of years and lots of managers doing that, I am the manager who has to balance it all out a little bit more."
Tim Ream, the Fulham defender, has hailed Ryan Sessegnon as a unique talent after the teenager guided his side to the Championship play-off final. Sessegnon, who turns 18 on Friday, scored the first goal and created the second as Fulham overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit to defeat Derby County and record the first play-off win in their history. Sessegnon is Fulham’s top scorer with 16 goals this season, and Ream likened the left winger to a “sponge” who plays with the maturity of a veteran. “First and foremost, he has done some incredible things this season,” said Ream. “There is no doubting his talent and his ability and his work-rate and his attitude. It’s something that you don’t often see with young players these days. “He’s completely different to any of the young players who are up and coming, in every aspect of his game. Ryan Sessegnon scored Fulham's first goal against Derby to help secure their place in the play-off final Credit: Reuters “He’s the quietest kid I have ever met. I liken him to a sponge: he takes everything on board. “You can’t argue with his approach this year. It is just amazing what he has done and what he continues to do.” The play-off final will be Fulham’s first trip to Wembley in 43 years, and Ream added: “I don’t see why playing at Wembley is going to be any different for him. “I have never seen a kid so calm in the face of the media. He does not yearn for the limelight. He does not want it, or rather he does not ask for it. He just goes about his business and does his own thing. Pick your England World Cup 2018 squad “Nobody needs to change him. He has taken everything as it comes this year and done it like a 35-year-old veteran. It’s amazing.” Ream added that Slavisa Jokanovic’s side, who finished third in the Championship after a 23-game unbeaten run was ended on the final day of the season, had “no fear” ahead of the play-off final. “You don’t go 23 games unbeaten without being confident,” he said. “Obviously we rode our luck in some games but we know that we are more than capable of beating every team in this division. We have proven that in the second half of the season. You respect everyone and you fear nobody.”
Ryan Sessegnon 'does not yearn for the limelight - he just goes about his business', says Fulham's Tim Ream
Tim Ream, the Fulham defender, has hailed Ryan Sessegnon as a unique talent after the teenager guided his side to the Championship play-off final. Sessegnon, who turns 18 on Friday, scored the first goal and created the second as Fulham overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit to defeat Derby County and record the first play-off win in their history. Sessegnon is Fulham’s top scorer with 16 goals this season, and Ream likened the left winger to a “sponge” who plays with the maturity of a veteran. “First and foremost, he has done some incredible things this season,” said Ream. “There is no doubting his talent and his ability and his work-rate and his attitude. It’s something that you don’t often see with young players these days. “He’s completely different to any of the young players who are up and coming, in every aspect of his game. Ryan Sessegnon scored Fulham's first goal against Derby to help secure their place in the play-off final Credit: Reuters “He’s the quietest kid I have ever met. I liken him to a sponge: he takes everything on board. “You can’t argue with his approach this year. It is just amazing what he has done and what he continues to do.” The play-off final will be Fulham’s first trip to Wembley in 43 years, and Ream added: “I don’t see why playing at Wembley is going to be any different for him. “I have never seen a kid so calm in the face of the media. He does not yearn for the limelight. He does not want it, or rather he does not ask for it. He just goes about his business and does his own thing. Pick your England World Cup 2018 squad “Nobody needs to change him. He has taken everything as it comes this year and done it like a 35-year-old veteran. It’s amazing.” Ream added that Slavisa Jokanovic’s side, who finished third in the Championship after a 23-game unbeaten run was ended on the final day of the season, had “no fear” ahead of the play-off final. “You don’t go 23 games unbeaten without being confident,” he said. “Obviously we rode our luck in some games but we know that we are more than capable of beating every team in this division. We have proven that in the second half of the season. You respect everyone and you fear nobody.”
Sheltering just metres from Craven Cottage and an army of angry Derby County football fans, Tennis Podcast presenters David Law & Catherine Whitaker hunkered down to digest the extraordinary and contrasting title wins in Madrid for Alex Zverev and Petra Kvitova. Which of the two will go further at Roland Garros? Is Zverev a genuine threat to the all-conquering Rafael Nadal? And can we just take a moment to marvel at Kvitova, who 18 months ago nearly lost her career, or worse, in a knife attack in her own home. Plus, there's analysis of Nadal's surprise defeat to Dominic Thiem, and chat about the sizeable win of Kyle Edmund over Novak Djokovic. On the subject of Djokovic, legendary American sport broadcaster and Tennis Podcast listener Mary Carillo texts in her thoughts as the pod team try to get to the bottom of why Djokovic isn’t the force he once was. Do all great champions eventually burn out? All that as well as a Serena Williams comeback update, Brit success, and a rare mention for Tom Okker. The Tennis Podcast is produced weekly throughout the year and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport, and presented by Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport). How to listen to The Tennis Podcast: Listen: http://po.st/TP405 iTunes - http://po.st/TP405Apple Download: http://po.st/ TP405Download
Tennis Podcast: Will Petra Kvitova and Alex Zverev triumph in Paris, and what's happened to Novak Djokovic?
Sheltering just metres from Craven Cottage and an army of angry Derby County football fans, Tennis Podcast presenters David Law & Catherine Whitaker hunkered down to digest the extraordinary and contrasting title wins in Madrid for Alex Zverev and Petra Kvitova. Which of the two will go further at Roland Garros? Is Zverev a genuine threat to the all-conquering Rafael Nadal? And can we just take a moment to marvel at Kvitova, who 18 months ago nearly lost her career, or worse, in a knife attack in her own home. Plus, there's analysis of Nadal's surprise defeat to Dominic Thiem, and chat about the sizeable win of Kyle Edmund over Novak Djokovic. On the subject of Djokovic, legendary American sport broadcaster and Tennis Podcast listener Mary Carillo texts in her thoughts as the pod team try to get to the bottom of why Djokovic isn’t the force he once was. Do all great champions eventually burn out? All that as well as a Serena Williams comeback update, Brit success, and a rare mention for Tom Okker. The Tennis Podcast is produced weekly throughout the year and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport and Eurosport, and presented by Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport). How to listen to The Tennis Podcast: Listen: http://po.st/TP405 iTunes - http://po.st/TP405Apple Download: http://po.st/ TP405Download
A goal and an assist from Ryan Sessegnon saw Fulham reach the Championship play-off final at the expense of Derby County.
Fulham 2 Derby County 0 (2-1 agg): Sessegnon leads comeback to book play-off final spot
A goal and an assist from Ryan Sessegnon saw Fulham reach the Championship play-off final at the expense of Derby County.
They rose to applaud Archie Gemmill at the Scottish Football Writers’ Association annual dinner in Glasgow on Sunday night, when he was the recipient of the organisation’s first ever lifetime achievement award. The standing ovation that marked the high-water mark of Gemmill’s career, however, was accorded him on June 11, 1978, in Mendoza, Argentina. That was when Gemmill produced one of the greatest goals seen in the World Cup, in the improbable circumstances of a previously farcical Scotland campaign, in the Scots’ final group game and against a Dutch side who finished runners up at the World Cup. Gemmill’s contribution became so totemic that it has featured in the movie ‘Trainspotting’ and in a tribute dance by English National Ballet. With Scotland needing to win by three goals to qualify for the next stage, after potentially ruinous setbacks against Peru and Iran, they led 2-1 midway through the second half, at which point the ball broke to Gemmill just outside the Dutch penalty area. He skipped past Wim Jansen – later to become manager of Celtic – avoided a robust challenge by Jan Poortvliet, nutmegged the usually imperturbable Ruud Krol and completed his slalom run with a perfect chip over the advancing goalkeeper, Jan Jongbloed. As Gemmill turned to celebrate, the entire global contingent in the press and broadcast seats stood to salute his wizardry. Sunday’s accolade acknowledged a playing career which included 43 caps and eight goals for Scotland and a club career that saw him perform in midfield for St Mirren, Preston, Derby County (twice), Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic plus management stints with Rotherham United and Scotland under 19s but - as the 71-year-old acknowledged, with a mixture of pride and resignation – it always comes back to that goal in Mendoza, even though the Dutch scored again to knock the Scots out. Gemmill before a match against Brazil in 1977 Credit: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK “Whenever a World Cup comes around people want to ask about the goal,” Gemmill said. “It was fantastic at the time, even if it didn't help us a great deal in the tournament itself, but over the years, it's given a few people some joy – and a bit of hope, I suppose for the future. “It was a special moment for me. I’d like to think it'll be remembered long after I’m gone. I'm not the type to watch it. I couldn't tell you the last time I saw the goal. “As a player, I always thought my job was just to play as well as I possibly could. If anything came of it, great. If not, you had to try even harder next time, but even people at home in Derby still ask me about the goal and, the odd time I come back up to Scotland, it's all anyone wants to talk about – nothing else.” Credit: GETTY CREATIVE A decade elapsed between Gemmill’s international debut against Belgium in 1971 and his final appearance, against Northern Ireland. He might have reached the 50-cap mark, but for the fact that he was never in favour with a certain Scotland manager. “Before Tommy Docherty took over, I was well in the squad, but he bombed me out totally,” Gemmill said. “We played England in 1972 and I was opposite Alan Ball, who was getting the better of me. “Docherty took me off just into the second half and that was me. I was never in another squad for three years. Docherty also came to Derby and got rid of me from there as well. “Similarly, I was Scotland captain when Ally MacLeod took over and he gave it to someone else, but I always came back, because you want to play for your country as many times as you can. “I got 43 caps but in those three years I was out, I could have got to 50 and into the Hall of Fame. It would have been a landmark for me. “Players, probably with less ability, get to 50 caps now because there are so many games, but you have to live for your time. Throughout my football career, I always had to try and prove a point to someone. I never coasted. “Brian Clough got rid of me at Derby and when I went to Birmingham I was bombed out there as well, but the year Derby got rid of me I was voted their player of their year. Then, the year I left Birmingham, I was their player of the year as well. “When I started out, I was ever so tiny. I'm not that much bigger now. For Scotland U15's I played in a trial match and scored a couple of goals, but the squad was named to play England at Wembley and I wasn't even in it because I was too wee. I was told I’d never make it because of my size, but I had a bit of skill and tenacity about me.” And what of the prospects now for Scotland, managed by Gemmill’s former international team mate, Alex McLeish? “Gordon Strachan was probably only a matter of minutes away from getting us to the World Cup play-offs,” said Gemmill. “It looks like one or two talented youngsters are starting to come through - we just have to hope that these kids fulfil their promise in a Scotland jersey.” Archie Gemmill was speaking as the winner of the SFWA's first ever Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Scottish Power.
Archie Gemmill says he'll never be allowed to forget career-defining World Cup wonder goal
They rose to applaud Archie Gemmill at the Scottish Football Writers’ Association annual dinner in Glasgow on Sunday night, when he was the recipient of the organisation’s first ever lifetime achievement award. The standing ovation that marked the high-water mark of Gemmill’s career, however, was accorded him on June 11, 1978, in Mendoza, Argentina. That was when Gemmill produced one of the greatest goals seen in the World Cup, in the improbable circumstances of a previously farcical Scotland campaign, in the Scots’ final group game and against a Dutch side who finished runners up at the World Cup. Gemmill’s contribution became so totemic that it has featured in the movie ‘Trainspotting’ and in a tribute dance by English National Ballet. With Scotland needing to win by three goals to qualify for the next stage, after potentially ruinous setbacks against Peru and Iran, they led 2-1 midway through the second half, at which point the ball broke to Gemmill just outside the Dutch penalty area. He skipped past Wim Jansen – later to become manager of Celtic – avoided a robust challenge by Jan Poortvliet, nutmegged the usually imperturbable Ruud Krol and completed his slalom run with a perfect chip over the advancing goalkeeper, Jan Jongbloed. As Gemmill turned to celebrate, the entire global contingent in the press and broadcast seats stood to salute his wizardry. Sunday’s accolade acknowledged a playing career which included 43 caps and eight goals for Scotland and a club career that saw him perform in midfield for St Mirren, Preston, Derby County (twice), Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic plus management stints with Rotherham United and Scotland under 19s but - as the 71-year-old acknowledged, with a mixture of pride and resignation – it always comes back to that goal in Mendoza, even though the Dutch scored again to knock the Scots out. Gemmill before a match against Brazil in 1977 Credit: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK “Whenever a World Cup comes around people want to ask about the goal,” Gemmill said. “It was fantastic at the time, even if it didn't help us a great deal in the tournament itself, but over the years, it's given a few people some joy – and a bit of hope, I suppose for the future. “It was a special moment for me. I’d like to think it'll be remembered long after I’m gone. I'm not the type to watch it. I couldn't tell you the last time I saw the goal. “As a player, I always thought my job was just to play as well as I possibly could. If anything came of it, great. If not, you had to try even harder next time, but even people at home in Derby still ask me about the goal and, the odd time I come back up to Scotland, it's all anyone wants to talk about – nothing else.” Credit: GETTY CREATIVE A decade elapsed between Gemmill’s international debut against Belgium in 1971 and his final appearance, against Northern Ireland. He might have reached the 50-cap mark, but for the fact that he was never in favour with a certain Scotland manager. “Before Tommy Docherty took over, I was well in the squad, but he bombed me out totally,” Gemmill said. “We played England in 1972 and I was opposite Alan Ball, who was getting the better of me. “Docherty took me off just into the second half and that was me. I was never in another squad for three years. Docherty also came to Derby and got rid of me from there as well. “Similarly, I was Scotland captain when Ally MacLeod took over and he gave it to someone else, but I always came back, because you want to play for your country as many times as you can. “I got 43 caps but in those three years I was out, I could have got to 50 and into the Hall of Fame. It would have been a landmark for me. “Players, probably with less ability, get to 50 caps now because there are so many games, but you have to live for your time. Throughout my football career, I always had to try and prove a point to someone. I never coasted. “Brian Clough got rid of me at Derby and when I went to Birmingham I was bombed out there as well, but the year Derby got rid of me I was voted their player of their year. Then, the year I left Birmingham, I was their player of the year as well. “When I started out, I was ever so tiny. I'm not that much bigger now. For Scotland U15's I played in a trial match and scored a couple of goals, but the squad was named to play England at Wembley and I wasn't even in it because I was too wee. I was told I’d never make it because of my size, but I had a bit of skill and tenacity about me.” And what of the prospects now for Scotland, managed by Gemmill’s former international team mate, Alex McLeish? “Gordon Strachan was probably only a matter of minutes away from getting us to the World Cup play-offs,” said Gemmill. “It looks like one or two talented youngsters are starting to come through - we just have to hope that these kids fulfil their promise in a Scotland jersey.” Archie Gemmill was speaking as the winner of the SFWA's first ever Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Scottish Power.
They rose to applaud Archie Gemmill at the Scottish Football Writers’ Association annual dinner in Glasgow on Sunday night, when he was the recipient of the organisation’s first ever lifetime achievement award. The standing ovation that marked the high-water mark of Gemmill’s career, however, was accorded him on June 11, 1978, in Mendoza, Argentina. That was when Gemmill produced one of the greatest goals seen in the World Cup, in the improbable circumstances of a previously farcical Scotland campaign, in the Scots’ final group game and against a Dutch side who finished runners up at the World Cup. Gemmill’s contribution became so totemic that it has featured in the movie ‘Trainspotting’ and in a tribute dance by English National Ballet. With Scotland needing to win by three goals to qualify for the next stage, after potentially ruinous setbacks against Peru and Iran, they led 2-1 midway through the second half, at which point the ball broke to Gemmill just outside the Dutch penalty area. He skipped past Wim Jansen – later to become manager of Celtic – avoided a robust challenge by Jan Poortvliet, nutmegged the usually imperturbable Ruud Krol and completed his slalom run with a perfect chip over the advancing goalkeeper, Jan Jongbloed. As Gemmill turned to celebrate, the entire global contingent in the press and broadcast seats stood to salute his wizardry. Sunday’s accolade acknowledged a playing career which included 43 caps and eight goals for Scotland and a club career that saw him perform in midfield for St Mirren, Preston, Derby County (twice), Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic plus management stints with Rotherham United and Scotland under 19s but - as the 71-year-old acknowledged, with a mixture of pride and resignation – it always comes back to that goal in Mendoza, even though the Dutch scored again to knock the Scots out. Gemmill before a match against Brazil in 1977 Credit: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK “Whenever a World Cup comes around people want to ask about the goal,” Gemmill said. “It was fantastic at the time, even if it didn't help us a great deal in the tournament itself, but over the years, it's given a few people some joy – and a bit of hope, I suppose for the future. “It was a special moment for me. I’d like to think it'll be remembered long after I’m gone. I'm not the type to watch it. I couldn't tell you the last time I saw the goal. “As a player, I always thought my job was just to play as well as I possibly could. If anything came of it, great. If not, you had to try even harder next time, but even people at home in Derby still ask me about the goal and, the odd time I come back up to Scotland, it's all anyone wants to talk about – nothing else.” Credit: GETTY CREATIVE A decade elapsed between Gemmill’s international debut against Belgium in 1971 and his final appearance, against Northern Ireland. He might have reached the 50-cap mark, but for the fact that he was never in favour with a certain Scotland manager. “Before Tommy Docherty took over, I was well in the squad, but he bombed me out totally,” Gemmill said. “We played England in 1972 and I was opposite Alan Ball, who was getting the better of me. “Docherty took me off just into the second half and that was me. I was never in another squad for three years. Docherty also came to Derby and got rid of me from there as well. “Similarly, I was Scotland captain when Ally MacLeod took over and he gave it to someone else, but I always came back, because you want to play for your country as many times as you can. “I got 43 caps but in those three years I was out, I could have got to 50 and into the Hall of Fame. It would have been a landmark for me. “Players, probably with less ability, get to 50 caps now because there are so many games, but you have to live for your time. Throughout my football career, I always had to try and prove a point to someone. I never coasted. “Brian Clough got rid of me at Derby and when I went to Birmingham I was bombed out there as well, but the year Derby got rid of me I was voted their player of their year. Then, the year I left Birmingham, I was their player of the year as well. “When I started out, I was ever so tiny. I'm not that much bigger now. For Scotland U15's I played in a trial match and scored a couple of goals, but the squad was named to play England at Wembley and I wasn't even in it because I was too wee. I was told I’d never make it because of my size, but I had a bit of skill and tenacity about me.” And what of the prospects now for Scotland, managed by Gemmill’s former international team mate, Alex McLeish? “Gordon Strachan was probably only a matter of minutes away from getting us to the World Cup play-offs,” said Gemmill. “It looks like one or two talented youngsters are starting to come through - we just have to hope that these kids fulfil their promise in a Scotland jersey.” Archie Gemmill was speaking as the winner of the SFWA's first ever Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Scottish Power.
Archie Gemmill says he'll never be allowed to forget career-defining World Cup wonder goal
They rose to applaud Archie Gemmill at the Scottish Football Writers’ Association annual dinner in Glasgow on Sunday night, when he was the recipient of the organisation’s first ever lifetime achievement award. The standing ovation that marked the high-water mark of Gemmill’s career, however, was accorded him on June 11, 1978, in Mendoza, Argentina. That was when Gemmill produced one of the greatest goals seen in the World Cup, in the improbable circumstances of a previously farcical Scotland campaign, in the Scots’ final group game and against a Dutch side who finished runners up at the World Cup. Gemmill’s contribution became so totemic that it has featured in the movie ‘Trainspotting’ and in a tribute dance by English National Ballet. With Scotland needing to win by three goals to qualify for the next stage, after potentially ruinous setbacks against Peru and Iran, they led 2-1 midway through the second half, at which point the ball broke to Gemmill just outside the Dutch penalty area. He skipped past Wim Jansen – later to become manager of Celtic – avoided a robust challenge by Jan Poortvliet, nutmegged the usually imperturbable Ruud Krol and completed his slalom run with a perfect chip over the advancing goalkeeper, Jan Jongbloed. As Gemmill turned to celebrate, the entire global contingent in the press and broadcast seats stood to salute his wizardry. Sunday’s accolade acknowledged a playing career which included 43 caps and eight goals for Scotland and a club career that saw him perform in midfield for St Mirren, Preston, Derby County (twice), Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic plus management stints with Rotherham United and Scotland under 19s but - as the 71-year-old acknowledged, with a mixture of pride and resignation – it always comes back to that goal in Mendoza, even though the Dutch scored again to knock the Scots out. Gemmill before a match against Brazil in 1977 Credit: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK “Whenever a World Cup comes around people want to ask about the goal,” Gemmill said. “It was fantastic at the time, even if it didn't help us a great deal in the tournament itself, but over the years, it's given a few people some joy – and a bit of hope, I suppose for the future. “It was a special moment for me. I’d like to think it'll be remembered long after I’m gone. I'm not the type to watch it. I couldn't tell you the last time I saw the goal. “As a player, I always thought my job was just to play as well as I possibly could. If anything came of it, great. If not, you had to try even harder next time, but even people at home in Derby still ask me about the goal and, the odd time I come back up to Scotland, it's all anyone wants to talk about – nothing else.” Credit: GETTY CREATIVE A decade elapsed between Gemmill’s international debut against Belgium in 1971 and his final appearance, against Northern Ireland. He might have reached the 50-cap mark, but for the fact that he was never in favour with a certain Scotland manager. “Before Tommy Docherty took over, I was well in the squad, but he bombed me out totally,” Gemmill said. “We played England in 1972 and I was opposite Alan Ball, who was getting the better of me. “Docherty took me off just into the second half and that was me. I was never in another squad for three years. Docherty also came to Derby and got rid of me from there as well. “Similarly, I was Scotland captain when Ally MacLeod took over and he gave it to someone else, but I always came back, because you want to play for your country as many times as you can. “I got 43 caps but in those three years I was out, I could have got to 50 and into the Hall of Fame. It would have been a landmark for me. “Players, probably with less ability, get to 50 caps now because there are so many games, but you have to live for your time. Throughout my football career, I always had to try and prove a point to someone. I never coasted. “Brian Clough got rid of me at Derby and when I went to Birmingham I was bombed out there as well, but the year Derby got rid of me I was voted their player of their year. Then, the year I left Birmingham, I was their player of the year as well. “When I started out, I was ever so tiny. I'm not that much bigger now. For Scotland U15's I played in a trial match and scored a couple of goals, but the squad was named to play England at Wembley and I wasn't even in it because I was too wee. I was told I’d never make it because of my size, but I had a bit of skill and tenacity about me.” And what of the prospects now for Scotland, managed by Gemmill’s former international team mate, Alex McLeish? “Gordon Strachan was probably only a matter of minutes away from getting us to the World Cup play-offs,” said Gemmill. “It looks like one or two talented youngsters are starting to come through - we just have to hope that these kids fulfil their promise in a Scotland jersey.” Archie Gemmill was speaking as the winner of the SFWA's first ever Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Scottish Power.
They rose to applaud Archie Gemmill at the Scottish Football Writers’ Association annual dinner in Glasgow on Sunday night, when he was the recipient of the organisation’s first ever lifetime achievement award. The standing ovation that marked the high-water mark of Gemmill’s career, however, was accorded him on June 11, 1978, in Mendoza, Argentina. That was when Gemmill produced one of the greatest goals seen in the World Cup, in the improbable circumstances of a previously farcical Scotland campaign, in the Scots’ final group game and against a Dutch side who finished runners up at the World Cup. Gemmill’s contribution became so totemic that it has featured in the movie ‘Trainspotting’ and in a tribute dance by English National Ballet. With Scotland needing to win by three goals to qualify for the next stage, after potentially ruinous setbacks against Peru and Iran, they led 2-1 midway through the second half, at which point the ball broke to Gemmill just outside the Dutch penalty area. He skipped past Wim Jansen – later to become manager of Celtic – avoided a robust challenge by Jan Poortvliet, nutmegged the usually imperturbable Ruud Krol and completed his slalom run with a perfect chip over the advancing goalkeeper, Jan Jongbloed. As Gemmill turned to celebrate, the entire global contingent in the press and broadcast seats stood to salute his wizardry. Sunday’s accolade acknowledged a playing career which included 43 caps and eight goals for Scotland and a club career that saw him perform in midfield for St Mirren, Preston, Derby County (twice), Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic plus management stints with Rotherham United and Scotland under 19s but - as the 71-year-old acknowledged, with a mixture of pride and resignation – it always comes back to that goal in Mendoza, even though the Dutch scored again to knock the Scots out. Gemmill before a match against Brazil in 1977 Credit: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK “Whenever a World Cup comes around people want to ask about the goal,” Gemmill said. “It was fantastic at the time, even if it didn't help us a great deal in the tournament itself, but over the years, it's given a few people some joy – and a bit of hope, I suppose for the future. “It was a special moment for me. I’d like to think it'll be remembered long after I’m gone. I'm not the type to watch it. I couldn't tell you the last time I saw the goal. “As a player, I always thought my job was just to play as well as I possibly could. If anything came of it, great. If not, you had to try even harder next time, but even people at home in Derby still ask me about the goal and, the odd time I come back up to Scotland, it's all anyone wants to talk about – nothing else.” Credit: GETTY CREATIVE A decade elapsed between Gemmill’s international debut against Belgium in 1971 and his final appearance, against Northern Ireland. He might have reached the 50-cap mark, but for the fact that he was never in favour with a certain Scotland manager. “Before Tommy Docherty took over, I was well in the squad, but he bombed me out totally,” Gemmill said. “We played England in 1972 and I was opposite Alan Ball, who was getting the better of me. “Docherty took me off just into the second half and that was me. I was never in another squad for three years. Docherty also came to Derby and got rid of me from there as well. “Similarly, I was Scotland captain when Ally MacLeod took over and he gave it to someone else, but I always came back, because you want to play for your country as many times as you can. “I got 43 caps but in those three years I was out, I could have got to 50 and into the Hall of Fame. It would have been a landmark for me. “Players, probably with less ability, get to 50 caps now because there are so many games, but you have to live for your time. Throughout my football career, I always had to try and prove a point to someone. I never coasted. “Brian Clough got rid of me at Derby and when I went to Birmingham I was bombed out there as well, but the year Derby got rid of me I was voted their player of their year. Then, the year I left Birmingham, I was their player of the year as well. “When I started out, I was ever so tiny. I'm not that much bigger now. For Scotland U15's I played in a trial match and scored a couple of goals, but the squad was named to play England at Wembley and I wasn't even in it because I was too wee. I was told I’d never make it because of my size, but I had a bit of skill and tenacity about me.” And what of the prospects now for Scotland, managed by Gemmill’s former international team mate, Alex McLeish? “Gordon Strachan was probably only a matter of minutes away from getting us to the World Cup play-offs,” said Gemmill. “It looks like one or two talented youngsters are starting to come through - we just have to hope that these kids fulfil their promise in a Scotland jersey.” Archie Gemmill was speaking as the winner of the SFWA's first ever Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Scottish Power.
Archie Gemmill says he'll never be allowed to forget career-defining World Cup wonder goal
They rose to applaud Archie Gemmill at the Scottish Football Writers’ Association annual dinner in Glasgow on Sunday night, when he was the recipient of the organisation’s first ever lifetime achievement award. The standing ovation that marked the high-water mark of Gemmill’s career, however, was accorded him on June 11, 1978, in Mendoza, Argentina. That was when Gemmill produced one of the greatest goals seen in the World Cup, in the improbable circumstances of a previously farcical Scotland campaign, in the Scots’ final group game and against a Dutch side who finished runners up at the World Cup. Gemmill’s contribution became so totemic that it has featured in the movie ‘Trainspotting’ and in a tribute dance by English National Ballet. With Scotland needing to win by three goals to qualify for the next stage, after potentially ruinous setbacks against Peru and Iran, they led 2-1 midway through the second half, at which point the ball broke to Gemmill just outside the Dutch penalty area. He skipped past Wim Jansen – later to become manager of Celtic – avoided a robust challenge by Jan Poortvliet, nutmegged the usually imperturbable Ruud Krol and completed his slalom run with a perfect chip over the advancing goalkeeper, Jan Jongbloed. As Gemmill turned to celebrate, the entire global contingent in the press and broadcast seats stood to salute his wizardry. Sunday’s accolade acknowledged a playing career which included 43 caps and eight goals for Scotland and a club career that saw him perform in midfield for St Mirren, Preston, Derby County (twice), Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic plus management stints with Rotherham United and Scotland under 19s but - as the 71-year-old acknowledged, with a mixture of pride and resignation – it always comes back to that goal in Mendoza, even though the Dutch scored again to knock the Scots out. Gemmill before a match against Brazil in 1977 Credit: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK “Whenever a World Cup comes around people want to ask about the goal,” Gemmill said. “It was fantastic at the time, even if it didn't help us a great deal in the tournament itself, but over the years, it's given a few people some joy – and a bit of hope, I suppose for the future. “It was a special moment for me. I’d like to think it'll be remembered long after I’m gone. I'm not the type to watch it. I couldn't tell you the last time I saw the goal. “As a player, I always thought my job was just to play as well as I possibly could. If anything came of it, great. If not, you had to try even harder next time, but even people at home in Derby still ask me about the goal and, the odd time I come back up to Scotland, it's all anyone wants to talk about – nothing else.” Credit: GETTY CREATIVE A decade elapsed between Gemmill’s international debut against Belgium in 1971 and his final appearance, against Northern Ireland. He might have reached the 50-cap mark, but for the fact that he was never in favour with a certain Scotland manager. “Before Tommy Docherty took over, I was well in the squad, but he bombed me out totally,” Gemmill said. “We played England in 1972 and I was opposite Alan Ball, who was getting the better of me. “Docherty took me off just into the second half and that was me. I was never in another squad for three years. Docherty also came to Derby and got rid of me from there as well. “Similarly, I was Scotland captain when Ally MacLeod took over and he gave it to someone else, but I always came back, because you want to play for your country as many times as you can. “I got 43 caps but in those three years I was out, I could have got to 50 and into the Hall of Fame. It would have been a landmark for me. “Players, probably with less ability, get to 50 caps now because there are so many games, but you have to live for your time. Throughout my football career, I always had to try and prove a point to someone. I never coasted. “Brian Clough got rid of me at Derby and when I went to Birmingham I was bombed out there as well, but the year Derby got rid of me I was voted their player of their year. Then, the year I left Birmingham, I was their player of the year as well. “When I started out, I was ever so tiny. I'm not that much bigger now. For Scotland U15's I played in a trial match and scored a couple of goals, but the squad was named to play England at Wembley and I wasn't even in it because I was too wee. I was told I’d never make it because of my size, but I had a bit of skill and tenacity about me.” And what of the prospects now for Scotland, managed by Gemmill’s former international team mate, Alex McLeish? “Gordon Strachan was probably only a matter of minutes away from getting us to the World Cup play-offs,” said Gemmill. “It looks like one or two talented youngsters are starting to come through - we just have to hope that these kids fulfil their promise in a Scotland jersey.” Archie Gemmill was speaking as the winner of the SFWA's first ever Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Scottish Power.
Ryan Sessegnon blows Derby County away to fire Fulham into play-off final
Ryan Sessegnon blows Derby County away to fire Fulham into play-off final
Ryan Sessegnon blows Derby County away to fire Fulham into play-off final
Fulham 2 Derby County 0 (2-1 on aggregate) At the end, the Fulham supporters kissed the turf, slid on their knees and raised the players onto their shoulders. Denis Odoi, the scorer of the goal that takes his side to the play-off final, was whisked off the field screaming ‘Wembley’ at the top of his lungs. Marcus Bettinelli, the Fulham goalkeeper, was a few yards behind him, surfing the crowd as he waved an enormous flag over and over again. “This is the kind of happiness we need,” said Slavisa Jokanovic, the Fulham manager. “These people deserve one of these nights.” His players deserved this night, too. On a picturesque evening at English football’s prettiest stadium, Fulham ripped into Derby County with their own unique brand of midfield style and forward muscle. They passed and growled, moved and battled, scored and scored again. At the heart of both goals, as ever, was the irrepressible Ryan Sessegnon, the teenager who has scored more goals for Fulham than anyone else this season. He blasted home the first, a bullet into the top corner, then created the second. “He is a special man,” said Jokanovic, forgetting that Sessegnon, who turns 18 on Friday, remains a boy for a few more days. “That has to be the best birthday present for me,” Sessegnon said. “I just try to play my normal game and I don’t let other people bother me. I just keep my head down and try to play.” Dennis Odoi scored Fulham's second with a wonderful header Credit: pa His intervention, not for the first time this season, came despite the left-winger seemingly struggling to find his feet in a furious, frantic game. He can be quiet, certainly, and he can clearly be nullified for large spells, but he simply cannot be kept away from the game's defining moments. There are more skilful teenagers in the English game, and more technically gifted players in his generation. Yet there can be few players of his ago who, so early in their careers, can so regularly have had this type of impact on this type of match. His goal, a rifled finish after Stefan Johansen’s chested pass, brought Fulham level in the tie, after their 1-0 defeat in the Midlands last week, before his corner allowed Odoi to head a winner which would have sent ripples coursing through the nearby Thames, such was the noise inside Craven Cottage. Craven Cottage was bouncing even before kick-off Credit: getty images Fulham will return to Wembley for the first time in 43 years, and they will do so just weeks after Shahid Khan, their owner who was here to watch his side, revealed his intention to buy the place. The trip to the national stadium, and the prospect of a return to the Premier League, is the least Fulham deserved from an evening played to an atmosphere so vibrant that the old wooden seats in the Johnny Haynes Stand were trembling before the first ball had even been struck. “My team played fantastic football,” Jokanovic said. “We controlled everything, we created many chances.” Most of those chances fell to Aleksandar Mitrovic, at his bullish best at centre forward. The Serbian went close with a series of efforts and was then denied by the wonderful reflexes of Derby’s Scott Carson. “We just could not seem to show any composure tonight,” bemoaned Gary Rowett, the Derby manager, whose side were soon punished, as the second half opened up, by Sessegnon’s boyish brilliance.
Ryan Sessegnon blows Derby County away to fire Fulham into play-off final
Fulham 2 Derby County 0 (2-1 on aggregate) At the end, the Fulham supporters kissed the turf, slid on their knees and raised the players onto their shoulders. Denis Odoi, the scorer of the goal that takes his side to the play-off final, was whisked off the field screaming ‘Wembley’ at the top of his lungs. Marcus Bettinelli, the Fulham goalkeeper, was a few yards behind him, surfing the crowd as he waved an enormous flag over and over again. “This is the kind of happiness we need,” said Slavisa Jokanovic, the Fulham manager. “These people deserve one of these nights.” His players deserved this night, too. On a picturesque evening at English football’s prettiest stadium, Fulham ripped into Derby County with their own unique brand of midfield style and forward muscle. They passed and growled, moved and battled, scored and scored again. At the heart of both goals, as ever, was the irrepressible Ryan Sessegnon, the teenager who has scored more goals for Fulham than anyone else this season. He blasted home the first, a bullet into the top corner, then created the second. “He is a special man,” said Jokanovic, forgetting that Sessegnon, who turns 18 on Friday, remains a boy for a few more days. “That has to be the best birthday present for me,” Sessegnon said. “I just try to play my normal game and I don’t let other people bother me. I just keep my head down and try to play.” Dennis Odoi scored Fulham's second with a wonderful header Credit: pa His intervention, not for the first time this season, came despite the left-winger seemingly struggling to find his feet in a furious, frantic game. He can be quiet, certainly, and he can clearly be nullified for large spells, but he simply cannot be kept away from the game's defining moments. There are more skilful teenagers in the English game, and more technically gifted players in his generation. Yet there can be few players of his ago who, so early in their careers, can so regularly have had this type of impact on this type of match. His goal, a rifled finish after Stefan Johansen’s chested pass, brought Fulham level in the tie, after their 1-0 defeat in the Midlands last week, before his corner allowed Odoi to head a winner which would have sent ripples coursing through the nearby Thames, such was the noise inside Craven Cottage. Craven Cottage was bouncing even before kick-off Credit: getty images Fulham will return to Wembley for the first time in 43 years, and they will do so just weeks after Shahid Khan, their owner who was here to watch his side, revealed his intention to buy the place. The trip to the national stadium, and the prospect of a return to the Premier League, is the least Fulham deserved from an evening played to an atmosphere so vibrant that the old wooden seats in the Johnny Haynes Stand were trembling before the first ball had even been struck. “My team played fantastic football,” Jokanovic said. “We controlled everything, we created many chances.” Most of those chances fell to Aleksandar Mitrovic, at his bullish best at centre forward. The Serbian went close with a series of efforts and was then denied by the wonderful reflexes of Derby’s Scott Carson. “We just could not seem to show any composure tonight,” bemoaned Gary Rowett, the Derby manager, whose side were soon punished, as the second half opened up, by Sessegnon’s boyish brilliance.
Ryan Sessegnon blows Derby County away to fire Fulham into play-off final
Ryan Sessegnon blows Derby County away to fire Fulham into play-off final
Ryan Sessegnon blows Derby County away to fire Fulham into play-off final
Fulham 2 Derby County 0 (2-1 on aggregate) At the end, the Fulham supporters kissed the turf, slid on their knees and raised the players onto their shoulders. Denis Odoi, the scorer of the goal that takes his side to the play-off final, was whisked off the field screaming ‘Wembley’ at the top of his lungs. Marcus Bettinelli, the Fulham goalkeeper, was a few yards behind him, surfing the crowd as he waved an enormous flag over and over again. “This is the kind of happiness we need,” said Slavisa Jokanovic, the Fulham manager. “These people deserve one of these nights.” His players deserved this night, too. On a picturesque evening at English football’s prettiest stadium, Fulham ripped into Derby County with their own unique brand of midfield style and forward muscle. They passed and growled, moved and battled, scored and scored again. At the heart of both goals, as ever, was the irrepressible Ryan Sessegnon, the teenager who has scored more goals for Fulham than anyone else this season. He blasted home the first, a bullet into the top corner, then created the second. “He is a special man,” said Jokanovic, forgetting that Sessegnon, who turns 18 on Friday, remains a boy for a few more days. “That has to be the best birthday present for me,” Sessegnon said. “I just try to play my normal game and I don’t let other people bother me. I just keep my head down and try to play.” Dennis Odoi scored Fulham's second with a wonderful header Credit: pa His intervention, not for the first time this season, came despite the left-winger seemingly struggling to find his feet in a furious, frantic game. He can be quiet, certainly, and he can clearly be nullified for large spells, but he simply cannot be kept away from the game's defining moments. There are more skilful teenagers in the English game, and more technically gifted players in his generation. Yet there can be few players of his ago who, so early in their careers, can so regularly have had this type of impact on this type of match. His goal, a rifled finish after Stefan Johansen’s chested pass, brought Fulham level in the tie, after their 1-0 defeat in the Midlands last week, before his corner allowed Odoi to head a winner which would have sent ripples coursing through the nearby Thames, such was the noise inside Craven Cottage. Craven Cottage was bouncing even before kick-off Credit: getty images Fulham will return to Wembley for the first time in 43 years, and they will do so just weeks after Shahid Khan, their owner who was here to watch his side, revealed his intention to buy the place. The trip to the national stadium, and the prospect of a return to the Premier League, is the least Fulham deserved from an evening played to an atmosphere so vibrant that the old wooden seats in the Johnny Haynes Stand were trembling before the first ball had even been struck. “My team played fantastic football,” Jokanovic said. “We controlled everything, we created many chances.” Most of those chances fell to Aleksandar Mitrovic, at his bullish best at centre forward. The Serbian went close with a series of efforts and was then denied by the wonderful reflexes of Derby’s Scott Carson. “We just could not seem to show any composure tonight,” bemoaned Gary Rowett, the Derby manager, whose side were soon punished, as the second half opened up, by Sessegnon’s boyish brilliance.
Ryan Sessegnon blows Derby County away to fire Fulham into play-off final
Fulham 2 Derby County 0 (2-1 on aggregate) At the end, the Fulham supporters kissed the turf, slid on their knees and raised the players onto their shoulders. Denis Odoi, the scorer of the goal that takes his side to the play-off final, was whisked off the field screaming ‘Wembley’ at the top of his lungs. Marcus Bettinelli, the Fulham goalkeeper, was a few yards behind him, surfing the crowd as he waved an enormous flag over and over again. “This is the kind of happiness we need,” said Slavisa Jokanovic, the Fulham manager. “These people deserve one of these nights.” His players deserved this night, too. On a picturesque evening at English football’s prettiest stadium, Fulham ripped into Derby County with their own unique brand of midfield style and forward muscle. They passed and growled, moved and battled, scored and scored again. At the heart of both goals, as ever, was the irrepressible Ryan Sessegnon, the teenager who has scored more goals for Fulham than anyone else this season. He blasted home the first, a bullet into the top corner, then created the second. “He is a special man,” said Jokanovic, forgetting that Sessegnon, who turns 18 on Friday, remains a boy for a few more days. “That has to be the best birthday present for me,” Sessegnon said. “I just try to play my normal game and I don’t let other people bother me. I just keep my head down and try to play.” Dennis Odoi scored Fulham's second with a wonderful header Credit: pa His intervention, not for the first time this season, came despite the left-winger seemingly struggling to find his feet in a furious, frantic game. He can be quiet, certainly, and he can clearly be nullified for large spells, but he simply cannot be kept away from the game's defining moments. There are more skilful teenagers in the English game, and more technically gifted players in his generation. Yet there can be few players of his ago who, so early in their careers, can so regularly have had this type of impact on this type of match. His goal, a rifled finish after Stefan Johansen’s chested pass, brought Fulham level in the tie, after their 1-0 defeat in the Midlands last week, before his corner allowed Odoi to head a winner which would have sent ripples coursing through the nearby Thames, such was the noise inside Craven Cottage. Craven Cottage was bouncing even before kick-off Credit: getty images Fulham will return to Wembley for the first time in 43 years, and they will do so just weeks after Shahid Khan, their owner who was here to watch his side, revealed his intention to buy the place. The trip to the national stadium, and the prospect of a return to the Premier League, is the least Fulham deserved from an evening played to an atmosphere so vibrant that the old wooden seats in the Johnny Haynes Stand were trembling before the first ball had even been struck. “My team played fantastic football,” Jokanovic said. “We controlled everything, we created many chances.” Most of those chances fell to Aleksandar Mitrovic, at his bullish best at centre forward. The Serbian went close with a series of efforts and was then denied by the wonderful reflexes of Derby’s Scott Carson. “We just could not seem to show any composure tonight,” bemoaned Gary Rowett, the Derby manager, whose side were soon punished, as the second half opened up, by Sessegnon’s boyish brilliance.
Ryan Sessegnon blows Derby County away to fire Fulham into play-off final
Ryan Sessegnon blows Derby County away to fire Fulham into play-off final
Ryan Sessegnon blows Derby County away to fire Fulham into play-off final
Fulham 2 Derby County 0 (2-1 on aggregate) At the end, the Fulham supporters kissed the turf, slid on their knees and raised the players onto their shoulders. Denis Odoi, the scorer of the goal that takes his side to the play-off final, was whisked off the field screaming ‘Wembley’ at the top of his lungs. Marcus Bettinelli, the Fulham goalkeeper, was a few yards behind him, surfing the crowd as he waved an enormous flag over and over again. “This is the kind of happiness we need,” said Slavisa Jokanovic, the Fulham manager. “These people deserve one of these nights.” His players deserved this night, too. On a picturesque evening at English football’s prettiest stadium, Fulham ripped into Derby County with their own unique brand of midfield style and forward muscle. They passed and growled, moved and battled, scored and scored again. At the heart of both goals, as ever, was the irrepressible Ryan Sessegnon, the teenager who has scored more goals for Fulham than anyone else this season. He blasted home the first, a bullet into the top corner, then created the second. “He is a special man,” said Jokanovic, forgetting that Sessegnon, who turns 18 on Friday, remains a boy for a few more days. “That has to be the best birthday present for me,” Sessegnon said. “I just try to play my normal game and I don’t let other people bother me. I just keep my head down and try to play.” Dennis Odoi scored Fulham's second with a wonderful header Credit: pa His intervention, not for the first time this season, came despite the left-winger seemingly struggling to find his feet in a furious, frantic game. He can be quiet, certainly, and he can clearly be nullified for large spells, but he simply cannot be kept away from the game's defining moments. There are more skilful teenagers in the English game, and more technically gifted players in his generation. Yet there can be few players of his ago who, so early in their careers, can so regularly have had this type of impact on this type of match. His goal, a rifled finish after Stefan Johansen’s chested pass, brought Fulham level in the tie, after their 1-0 defeat in the Midlands last week, before his corner allowed Odoi to head a winner which would have sent ripples coursing through the nearby Thames, such was the noise inside Craven Cottage. Craven Cottage was bouncing even before kick-off Credit: getty images Fulham will return to Wembley for the first time in 43 years, and they will do so just weeks after Shahid Khan, their owner who was here to watch his side, revealed his intention to buy the place. The trip to the national stadium, and the prospect of a return to the Premier League, is the least Fulham deserved from an evening played to an atmosphere so vibrant that the old wooden seats in the Johnny Haynes Stand were trembling before the first ball had even been struck. “My team played fantastic football,” Jokanovic said. “We controlled everything, we created many chances.” Most of those chances fell to Aleksandar Mitrovic, at his bullish best at centre forward. The Serbian went close with a series of efforts and was then denied by the wonderful reflexes of Derby’s Scott Carson. “We just could not seem to show any composure tonight,” bemoaned Gary Rowett, the Derby manager, whose side were soon punished, as the second half opened up, by Sessegnon’s boyish brilliance.
Ryan Sessegnon blows Derby County away to fire Fulham into play-off final
Fulham 2 Derby County 0 (2-1 on aggregate) At the end, the Fulham supporters kissed the turf, slid on their knees and raised the players onto their shoulders. Denis Odoi, the scorer of the goal that takes his side to the play-off final, was whisked off the field screaming ‘Wembley’ at the top of his lungs. Marcus Bettinelli, the Fulham goalkeeper, was a few yards behind him, surfing the crowd as he waved an enormous flag over and over again. “This is the kind of happiness we need,” said Slavisa Jokanovic, the Fulham manager. “These people deserve one of these nights.” His players deserved this night, too. On a picturesque evening at English football’s prettiest stadium, Fulham ripped into Derby County with their own unique brand of midfield style and forward muscle. They passed and growled, moved and battled, scored and scored again. At the heart of both goals, as ever, was the irrepressible Ryan Sessegnon, the teenager who has scored more goals for Fulham than anyone else this season. He blasted home the first, a bullet into the top corner, then created the second. “He is a special man,” said Jokanovic, forgetting that Sessegnon, who turns 18 on Friday, remains a boy for a few more days. “That has to be the best birthday present for me,” Sessegnon said. “I just try to play my normal game and I don’t let other people bother me. I just keep my head down and try to play.” Dennis Odoi scored Fulham's second with a wonderful header Credit: pa His intervention, not for the first time this season, came despite the left-winger seemingly struggling to find his feet in a furious, frantic game. He can be quiet, certainly, and he can clearly be nullified for large spells, but he simply cannot be kept away from the game's defining moments. There are more skilful teenagers in the English game, and more technically gifted players in his generation. Yet there can be few players of his ago who, so early in their careers, can so regularly have had this type of impact on this type of match. His goal, a rifled finish after Stefan Johansen’s chested pass, brought Fulham level in the tie, after their 1-0 defeat in the Midlands last week, before his corner allowed Odoi to head a winner which would have sent ripples coursing through the nearby Thames, such was the noise inside Craven Cottage. Craven Cottage was bouncing even before kick-off Credit: getty images Fulham will return to Wembley for the first time in 43 years, and they will do so just weeks after Shahid Khan, their owner who was here to watch his side, revealed his intention to buy the place. The trip to the national stadium, and the prospect of a return to the Premier League, is the least Fulham deserved from an evening played to an atmosphere so vibrant that the old wooden seats in the Johnny Haynes Stand were trembling before the first ball had even been struck. “My team played fantastic football,” Jokanovic said. “We controlled everything, we created many chances.” Most of those chances fell to Aleksandar Mitrovic, at his bullish best at centre forward. The Serbian went close with a series of efforts and was then denied by the wonderful reflexes of Derby’s Scott Carson. “We just could not seem to show any composure tonight,” bemoaned Gary Rowett, the Derby manager, whose side were soon punished, as the second half opened up, by Sessegnon’s boyish brilliance.
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Fulham vs Derby County - Craven Cottage, London, Britain - May 14, 2018 Fulham's Aboubakar Kamara is booked for simulation following this challenge with Derby's Scott Carson Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Fulham vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Fulham vs Derby County - Craven Cottage, London, Britain - May 14, 2018 Fulham's Aboubakar Kamara is booked for simulation following this challenge with Derby's Scott Carson Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Fulham vs Derby County - Craven Cottage, London, Britain - May 14, 2018 Fulham's Aboubakar Kamara is shown a yellow card by referee Chris Kavanagh Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Fulham vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Fulham vs Derby County - Craven Cottage, London, Britain - May 14, 2018 Fulham's Aboubakar Kamara is shown a yellow card by referee Chris Kavanagh Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Fulham vs Derby County - Craven Cottage, London, Britain - May 14, 2018 Fulham's Stefan Johansen in action with Derby's Kasey Palmer Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Fulham vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Fulham vs Derby County - Craven Cottage, London, Britain - May 14, 2018 Fulham's Stefan Johansen in action with Derby's Kasey Palmer Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Fulham vs Derby County - Craven Cottage, London, Britain - May 14, 2018 Derby's Andreas Weimann goes down under a challenge from Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon leading to appeals for a penalty Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Fulham vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Fulham vs Derby County - Craven Cottage, London, Britain - May 14, 2018 Derby's Andreas Weimann goes down under a challenge from Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon leading to appeals for a penalty Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Fulham vs Derby County - Craven Cottage, London, Britain - May 14, 2018 Fulham's Denis Odoi celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien
Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Fulham vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship Play Off Semi Final Second Leg - Fulham vs Derby County - Craven Cottage, London, Britain - May 14, 2018 Fulham's Denis Odoi celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien
A goal and an assist from Ryan Sessegnon saw Fulham reach the Championship play-off final at the expense of Derby County.
Fulham 2 Derby County 0 (2-1 agg): Sessegnon leads comeback to book play-off final spot
A goal and an assist from Ryan Sessegnon saw Fulham reach the Championship play-off final at the expense of Derby County.
Fulham are going to Wembley! Championship play-off final awaits as Ryan Sessegnon, Denis Odoi earn 2-0 Craven Cottage win over Derby County
Fulham are going to Wembley! Championship play-off final awaits as Ryan Sessegnon, Denis Odoi earn 2-0 Craven Cottage win over Derby County
Fulham are going to Wembley! Championship play-off final awaits as Ryan Sessegnon, Denis Odoi earn 2-0 Craven Cottage win over Derby County
Fulham are going to Wembley! Championship play-off final awaits as Ryan Sessegnon, Denis Odoi earn 2-0 Craven Cottage win over Derby County
Fulham are going to Wembley! Championship play-off final awaits as Ryan Sessegnon, Denis Odoi earn 2-0 Craven Cottage win over Derby County
Fulham are going to Wembley! Championship play-off final awaits as Ryan Sessegnon, Denis Odoi earn 2-0 Craven Cottage win over Derby County
Fulham are going to Wembley! Championship play-off final awaits as Ryan Sessegnon, Denis Odoi earn 2-0 Craven Cottage win over Derby County
Fulham are going to Wembley! Championship play-off final awaits as Ryan Sessegnon, Denis Odoi earn 2-0 Craven Cottage win over Derby County
Fulham are going to Wembley! Championship play-off final awaits as Ryan Sessegnon, Denis Odoi earn 2-0 Craven Cottage win over Derby County
Fulham vs Derby County LIVE: Championship play-offs 2018 semi-final second leg - latest score, goal updates, TV channel, line-ups, predictions, betting tips and odds at Craven Cottage
Fulham vs Derby County LIVE: Championship play-offs 2018 semi-final second leg - latest score, goal updates, TV channel, line-ups, predictions, betting tips and odds at Craven Cottage
Fulham vs Derby County LIVE: Championship play-offs 2018 semi-final second leg - latest score, goal updates, TV channel, line-ups, predictions, betting tips and odds at Craven Cottage
Fulham vs Derby County LIVE: Championship play-offs 2018 semi-final second leg - latest score, goal updates, TV channel, line-ups, predictions, betting tips and odds at Craven Cottage
Fulham vs Derby County LIVE: Championship play-offs 2018 semi-final second leg - latest score, goal updates, TV channel, line-ups, predictions, betting tips and odds at Craven Cottage
Fulham vs Derby County LIVE: Championship play-offs 2018 semi-final second leg - latest score, goal updates, TV channel, line-ups, predictions, betting tips and odds at Craven Cottage
Fulham vs Derby County LIVE: Championship play-offs 2018 semi-final second leg as it happened - Fulham are off to Wembley after Craven Cottage victory
Fulham vs Derby County LIVE: Championship play-offs 2018 semi-final second leg as it happened - Fulham are off to Wembley after Craven Cottage victory
Fulham vs Derby County LIVE: Championship play-offs 2018 semi-final second leg as it happened - Fulham are off to Wembley after Craven Cottage victory
Fulham vs Derby County: Championship play-offs 2018 prediction, tickets, betting tips, odds, TV channel, live stream online, start time, team news, line-ups, head to head
Fulham vs Derby County: Championship play-offs 2018 prediction, tickets, betting tips, odds, TV channel, live stream online, start time, team news, line-ups, head to head
Fulham vs Derby County: Championship play-offs 2018 prediction, tickets, betting tips, odds, TV channel, live stream online, start time, team news, line-ups, head to head
Fulham vs Derby County: Championship play-offs 2018 prediction, tickets, betting tips, odds, TV channel, live stream online, start time, team news, line-ups, head to head
Fulham vs Derby County: Championship play-offs 2018 prediction, tickets, betting tips, odds, TV channel, live stream online, start time, team news, line-ups, head to head
Fulham vs Derby County: Championship play-offs 2018 prediction, tickets, betting tips, odds, TV channel, live stream online, start time, team news, line-ups, head to head
Fulham vs Derby County: Championship play-offs 2018 prediction, tickets, betting tips, odds, TV channel, live stream online, start time, team news, line-ups, head to head
Fulham vs Derby County: Championship play-offs 2018 prediction, tickets, betting tips, odds, TV channel, live stream online, start time, team news, line-ups, head to head
Fulham vs Derby County: Championship play-offs 2018 prediction, tickets, betting tips, odds, TV channel, live stream online, start time, team news, line-ups, head to head
A trip to Wembley is up for grabs at Craven Cottage as both clubs chase a return to the top flight
Fulham vs Derby County: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview
A trip to Wembley is up for grabs at Craven Cottage as both clubs chase a return to the top flight
A trip to Wembley is up for grabs at Craven Cottage as both clubs chase a return to the top flight
Fulham vs Derby County: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview
A trip to Wembley is up for grabs at Craven Cottage as both clubs chase a return to the top flight
A trip to Wembley is up for grabs at Craven Cottage as both clubs chase a return to the top flight
Fulham vs Derby County: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview
A trip to Wembley is up for grabs at Craven Cottage as both clubs chase a return to the top flight
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
A trip to Wembley is up for grabs at Craven Cottage as both clubs chase a return to the top flight
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A trip to Wembley is up for grabs at Craven Cottage as both clubs chase a return to the top flight
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

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