Simon Poulter of What Would David Bowie Do? rounds up the season
Tottenham Hotspur (72 pts, GD +20) 5th
Much rested on André Villas-Boas’s young shoulders this season when he stepped into Harry Redknapp’s shoes at White Hart Lane. Clearly, the chemistry at Chelsea had been all wrong – would Spurs be any better? Clearly, yes, and although fifth place and another crack at Europe’s second-string competition is not ideal (it was the same result that got Redknapp fired), AVB has restored Spurs to be a genuine top-four challenger this season, as Redknapp had done before his mojo departed in early 2012.
It would be tempting to say this season has been all about Gareth Bale for Tottenham, but it’s patently clear that without him, Spurs are lacking somewhat, and can’t rely totally on Adebayor and Dempsey, or Parker, for that matter, to create chances. Hanging on to Bale has to be Tottenham’s inter-season priority, with a much needed talent refresh elsewhere a close second.
Everton (63 pts, GD +15) 6th
David Moyes has done all he can do for Everton. His appointment as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor is what we all expected – including, apparently, Ferguson himself. As demonstrated at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Everton – despite their apparent threadbare finances – are no-nonsense grafters in the manner of their manager of 11 years, playing robustly and effectively when consensus would say there’s no need. Losing the substantial Fellaini would be a bitter blow, Leighton Baines even worse, but Everton – for all their modesty – have been left in creditable shape by the only possible candidate for the vacancy at Old Trafford.
Liverpool (61 pts, GD +28) 7th
For those still stuck in the era of big hair and bigger moustaches on Merseyside, to end seventh behind Everton but with a greater goal difference must be agony. It must be even harder to accept that in Luis Suarez, despite his headline-grabbing, arm-chewing antics, Liverpool had one of the Premier League’s star assets this term. Brendan Rodgers even managed to return Daniel Sturridge to something approaching the quality he should have shown at Chelsea. But those aside, a disappointing season for the mighty Reds. Inconsistent and lacking the kind of strength across the park that Liverpool would have had without question in eras past. On the upside, Jamie Carragher retired, so we’ll no longer have to put up with his scally whining.
Article originally published here.