So that’s another Premier League season over and done with and, given that there were so many twists and turns at both ends of the table, there’s a lot to look back on.
Aside from Manchester City winning the league and Liverpool pushing them to the final day, it has been something of a disappointing season for a number of top-flight clubs.
The same can be said of some of the players who just didn’t enjoy the best of campaigns. The clubs who will be frustrated will have had their players who just didn’t perform to the best of their ability, didn’t live up to their huge price tag or were simply the weak link in their side.
And so with that in mind, here’s a look at a combined XI of the easiest players to play against this season…
The Canaries stopper made nine defensive errors over the course of the season, which was the highest in the Premier League.
And given the fact he’s conceded 62 goals as well (third highest in the league), there’s no doubt he was the keeper that every striker wanted to see on the team sheet.
His two red cards, both of which resulted in them losing games against Crystal Palace and Chelsea respectively, could’ve proved costly for the Swans, while he also committed four defensive errors over the course of the season.
His unreliability has had some Swans fans calling for him to be sold this summer. The uncertainty surrounding his ability means he’d be a player most strikers would like to play against each week. Apart from Andy Carroll.
But that doesn’t mean to say he was a difficult player to play against. In fact, when you consider the four own goals he netted throughout the season, the other four defensive errors and the fact Liverpool shipped a massive 50 goals, it turns out he wasn’t as good as the Reds’ title bid would have many outsiders believe.
Defensively, he was a dream to play against at times but, on the other hand, his seven goals in attack kind of made up for it. Maybe Rodgers should play him up front next season?
He picked up two straight red cards – in embarrassing defeats to London rivals Chelsea and West Ham – and made three defensive errors, one of which led to a goal.
The Spurs fans aren’t too impressed with him and it seems the club aren’t either – they’ve decided not to renew his White Hart Lane contract this summer.
Instead, in just fourteen outings with the Cottagers, he oversaw the shipping of 32 goals and made minimal impact all round.
His 33 per cent average headed duel success is a clear indication that most strikers in the Premier League were getting the better of him.
Most fans expected him to hit the ground running after his extremely successful campaign with Everton the season before, but that never quite happened.
Just 16 appearances saw 0 goals, no presence in midfield, several runs in to no man’s land and a disappointing 46 per cent average duels success rate.
On several occasions he appeared missing in West Ham’s midfield and was nowhere near his usual combative, attacking self.
His two red cards in four games over the festive period didn’t particularly help either.
The Chilean defensive midfielder signed for Cardiff last summer for a club-record £11million and boasted the nickname ‘The Bulldog’ because of his feisty style of play and no-nonsense midfield dominance at Sevilla.
Many fans and teams expected him to be a tough opponent throughout the season, especially the Cardiff fans, but they were left bitterly disappointed.
He wasn’t a bad performer, but he wasn’t exactly the toughest midfielder to face in the league and struggled to live up to his reputation as Cardiff slipped straight back down into the Championship.
And it was much of the same this time around with Sunderland, as he managed just one Premier League goal in 31 outings.
That sort of record was never going to strike fear into even the weakest of top-flight defences this season.
But he quickly turned in to one of the biggest Premier League flops. He could only manage six goals in 28 Premier League appearances; with just one coming from open play (the other five were from the penalty spot).
His first season in the Premier League was certainly one to forget as he rarely caused problems for defenders in the same fashion he used to do so well in La Liga.
And it looked as if he was going to continue such goal scoring exploits in the Premier League when he netted on his debut in a 2-2 draw with Everton on the opening day of the season.
But that turned out to be his only goal of the campaign as he squandered chance after chance, finishing the season with just 47 per cent shot accuracy over 25 top-flight appearances. Not exactly the toughest test for most defenders this season.