Here are the hits and flops of Premier League 2018-19
The Premier League 2018-19 season came to end last Sunday. In the absorbing 38 game-weeks this term, we witnessed some breathtaking results and performances. The title was won by Manchester City as they pocketed 98 points. Liverpool ended second with one point less than City. But how did the players fare? Here we look at the hits and flops of EPL 2018-19.
Forwards Salah, Sterling and Hazard stepped up this season
Mohamed Salah had a strong campaign once again and led the goal-scoring tally with 22. The Egyptian played a strong role in Liverpool's defining season. He also provided 8 assists. Raheem Sterling deserves a special mention. With 17 strikes and 10 assists, the versatile forward stood out. Chelsea's Eden Hazard had a strong individual campaign with 16 goals and 15 assists.
These mid-fielders stood out this season with strong performances
City's mid-fielder Bernardo Silva was terrific throughout the season. He scored seven goals and assisted seven as well. Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum put in solid displays and offered the shield. Paul Pogba may have been criticized, but the Frenchman did well with 13 goals and nine assists. Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser deserves a shout-out with 14 assists and seven goals. City's Fernandinho stepped up as well.
These players excelled in the defensive structure
Full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson were superb for Liverpool with their pace, intelligence and defensive attributes. They had 23 assists between them and were strong on recoveries. Central defenders Virgil van Dijk and Aymeric Laporte capped off a superb season for Liverpool and City respectively. They bossed the defensive line. Goal-keepers Alisson Becker and Ederson were a class above the rest this term.
Lukaku, Jorginho and Ozil are the biggest flops
Romelu Lukaku was way below his standards this season and scored just 12 goals. The Belgian missed plenty of chances and remained isolated at times. Jorginho came in at Chelsea and was expected to light up the mid-field. He faded away as the season progressed. Arsenal's Mesut Ozil was a big disappointment. He was nowhere near to his usual standards.