Premier League Season Review
– Team of the Season
Stars from Arsenal, Manchester United, Newcastle and Manchester City make the cut for the top combined XI of the campaign. With the 2022/23 season Premier League being confined to the sands of time, Manchester City gets its hands on the trophy once again, just edging out Mikel Arteta’s impressive Arsenal side in an exciting title race.
There’s been so many outstanding performers during yet another dramatic campaign in the English top flight, from the brilliance of Bukayo Saka and Kevin De Bruyne to the goalscoring heroics of Erling Haaland.
But who has done enough to be part of the Premier League Team of the Season for 2022-23?
GK: Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
There have been few contenders for the goalie’s spot. No doubt no keeper kept a more clean sheet than David de Gea, as the Spanish shot-stopper leads the Golden Glove race with 15 clean sheets ahead of his contemporaries. But despite that, the Manchester United stopper has had a far from convincing season. On the other hand, Aaron Ramsdale has been largely excellent for Arsenal with some exceptional saves, there’s definitely some tough competition in net, but the Gunners star gets the nod.
Without an iota of doubt, Newcastle (27) and Man City (30) have conceded significantly fewer goals than Arsenal (39), but 24-year-old novice Ramsdale, in just his second season at the Emirates, has locked down the No 1 jersey.
RB: Kieran Trippier (Newcastle)
Kieran Trippier has been a God-sent at Newcastle since his move from Atletico Madrid in the early months of 2022, and has played a critical role in Eddie Howe’s side securing qualification for the Champions League this season.
He has solidified the defense, making it impenetrable from the onslaughts of attacks, and going forward he has been an exceptional supply line for the Magpie’s forward, creating problems repeatedly with the quality of delivery, both from open play and set-pieces. He had seven league assists and a goal.
Gunners Ben White deserves a mention for his outstanding feat for Arsenal with his incredibly consistent and his support with Bukayo Saka but Trippier sealed this one.
CB: William Saliba (Arsenal) and Lisandro Martinez (Man Utd)
What a debut season it’s been for both star players in the Premier League. They both started the campaign with doubts from their critics but those critics have long been silenced.
As for the Frenchman, his injury may have played a huge role in Mikel Arteta’s side missing out to Manchester City in the title race.
Like Saliba, Lisandro Martinez missed the end of the season due to injury, but prior to his spell on the sidelines he had been sensational at the heart of the United defense. His aggression, will to win and his technical ability really make him stand out. No doubt he’s been a fine addition to the Premier League.
LB: Nathan Ake (Man City)
Much can be said that three Manchester City players who were up for the club’s Player of the season were the goal-scoring machine Erling Haaland, the midfield maestro Kevin de Bruyne and the enigma of defense Nathan Ake, given the latter’s status compared to two genuine superstars of the game.
When Pep began using Ake as cover in the left-back role, many thought it could be a weakness that City’s opponents could take advantage of, on the contrary, Ake has been so impressive and has made a name in City’s team sheet.
Luke Shaw (Man Utd) has had a good season, while Oleksandr Zinchenko has made a transformative impact at Arsenal, but Ake aced top in the left-back battle.
DM: Casemiro (Man Utd), CM: Kevin De Bruyne (Man City), CM: Martin Odegaard (Arsenal)
In midfield, the trio largely picked themselves with their painstaking impact in their respective team. Casemiro, a former Real madrid maestro made a transformative effect on his new club, has brought a genuine title-winning experience and pedigree to Erik ten Hag’s Red Devils.
On either side of him are Kevin De Bruyne, the playmaker-in-chief of Pep’s complicated orchestra, and potentially one of the best pieces of transfer in the last few years of the Premier League. At Just £30 million Martin Odegaard has proven to be an absolute steal for Arsenal. With 15 Premier League goals, that’s more than any other midfielder for the Gunners in a single season in Premier League history. His work rate, his vision and leadership remained a constant driving force that his team-mates have fed off.
CF: Erling Haaland (Man City), LW: Mohammed Salah (Liverpool), RW: Marcus Rashford (Man Utd)
Up front, it’s the three that commands respect and cast fear in the hearts of any opposition players unfortunate enough to meet them. What can you say? An absolute goal scoring machine who has taken the Premier League by storm and ripped up the record books in his debut season in England. Enough said, Harry Kane of Tottenham has been remarkable but there’s only one striker spot in the team and it goes to the 51-goal man.
On the right, Mohamed Salah has been a rare spark of light in a disappointing Liverpool season, with 29 goals and 11 assists.
For Rashford, the season turned out great, with him bearing the burden of driving United’s bid for Champions League qualification by himself in terms of his attacking output.
A tally of 17 league goals is an excellent return from a player who commenced the season with many questioning his known competence, he rediscovered his best form yet again and it’s a joy to watch him in full flow cutting in from the left wing.
– Biggest Overachievers
Brighton and Brentford are the biggest overachievers in the Premier League according to wages spent. Brentford remain the club overachieving the most.
Brighton with lots of similarities with Brentford have come through the leagues with a unique style of play and gone on to upset the established elites, with a plus eight positional difference as they sit sixth after having the 14th highest wage bill.
– Biggest Underachievers
Chelsea were undoubtedly the biggest underachievers, with their £600 million outlay on new players helping them attain the lofty heights of 12th on the table. The figures are much damning for the blues as this gives hope to smaller clubs that in spite of big spenders elsewhere, it won’t always guarantee success – and there are no better examples of that than Brentford and Brighton.
– Best Young Player
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The young player of the 2022/23 Premier League season has been confirmed in an official statement by the English FA.
Following an eventful 2022/23 premier league season and the discovery of some of the biggest young talents in football, on the 18th of May 2023, eight nominees were announced for the Premier League Young Player of the season award due to the impact they made in their various roles for the entire season.
On top of the List is Erling Haaland (Man City)
Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
Martin Odegaard (Arsenal)
Sven Botman (Newcastle United)
Moises Caicedo (Brighton Hove Albion)
Alexander Isak (Newcastle United)
Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton Hove Albion)
Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal)
Erling Halaand was crowned the Premier League’s Young Player of the Season award following his impressive and noteworthy form in the 2022/23 season at Manchester City. With 36 goals in his debut season in the premier league, he became the first and only player in the Premier League’s history to be crowned the Player of the season and the the Young Player of the season in the same year.
– Player of the Season
Erling Haaland earned the player of the season award after his outstanding performance in the Premier League this season, the young player is regarded as a lab-created goalmonster sent from the future to destroy the present. Haaland isn’t the best in everything – there have been and still are more skillful and innovative center-forwards. But the overall package of power and timing, of willingness and positioning, are like nothing the game has ever seen – and he’s still improving.
– Playmaker of the Year
The Castrol Playmaker of the Season honor goes to none other than Kevin De Bruyne. With 16 assists overall, De Bruyne records the most in a Premier League season for the the third time in his professional endeavor. Was honored with the title in 2017/18 and 2019/20.
– Goalkeeper of the Year
David De Gea remained the recipient of the Golden Glove award for his exceptional feat in the net during the 2022/23 Premier League Season. The shot-stopper established himself as United’s best custodian by keeping the most clean sheets.
His 17 clean sheets in the competition were crucial for the Red Devils as they finished third in the league table.
– Manager of the Year
Pep Guardiola has been confirmed as the 2022/23 Premier League Manager of the Season. The City boss has held on to this award for the fourth time in his seventh campaign at the Etihad Stadium.