Every Premier League Clubs’ 2018/19, Ranked
May 10, 2019
Just one more day left in the Premier League and just the small matter of the title to still be decided. Ahead of that potential blockbuster day on Sunday, let’s have a quick look at every team’s 2018/19 from Arsenal to Wolves.
Arsenal – D
The Gunners entered this season with a feeling of optimism with new man Unai Emery in charge. However, it’s the same old story that continues to hurt the Gunners. Defensive misshapes and a terrible away record ensured that they missed out on automatic Champions League qualification for a second year running.
Depending whether they are at the Emirates or on the road, Arsenal are a different team. At home, they look confident and full of belief to get a result, but on their travels, they look like a side fighting for relegation.
Emery has done ‘okay’ with this weak-looking squad, but the club continue to rely heavily on the attacking powers of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to deliver the points.
Bournemouth – C-
You could split Bournemouth’s season in two, with the beginning half pushing the top grade of an A, but the latter slumping down to an F.
The Cherries were high and flying up until the Christmas period hit. They had all but achieved safety by the turn of the year and then the players seemed to stop playing. Eddie Howe has found this frustrating and we can never be sure whether Bournemouth are going to win or lose a game 4-0.
There is an expectation for the south coast club to perform, which is a testament to their progression over the last five years. Their squad is full of explosive talent but despite a poor end to the campaign, finishing 10+ points above the bottom three is a positive.
Brighton – C+
Heading into the 18/19 campaign, Brighton were one of the clear favourites to plunge down into the Championship. Their squad is severely depleted of quality, but Chris Hughton has done a fantastic job yet again on the South Coast.
They managed to survive the drop last year and that was the only goal for this season. It doesn’t matter how or when, that is the only thing that the Seagulls have to realistically fight for. They did so with just two games to spare and for that reason, they are worthy of a C+.
Their defensive record deserves a special mention too, as this has made up for their lack of goals down the other end. Will they make it a third time lucky next year too?
Burnley – D
Last season was as good as it could get for Burnley. They entered the Europa League qualification stages and their fans loved every part of the short journey.
It was always going to be an impossible task to eclipse such an accomplishment, but they have dropped off massively. At one point, it looked seriously bleak for the Clarets, before they accumulated a vital run of points in January. They’ve flirted with the idea of relegation, but Sean Dyche has kept their heads just above water.
Surviving is the club’s number one priority and perhaps last season’s wonders have heightened the realistic expectations for this campaign.
Chelsea – C+
It’s been a strange season for Chelsea. They could end up in third place but they haven’t exactly been on top form. Maurizio Sarri has needed time to implant his system on the field, but he still hasn’t won over all the fans at Stamford Bridge.
Their record is virtually identical to last season, but their style of play hasn’t always been easy on the eye. With a transfer ban looming, it could be bleak watching for the Blues after summer, as their starting XI lacks that quality firepower going forward.
Having said that, the Italian has achieved Champions League qualification, so he will definitely be in charge next season.
Cardiff City – D-
Newly promoted teams are always tipped to struggle in the Premier League and Cardiff have done exactly that. Not much was expected of the Bluebirds this season, and they failed to ever maintain a gap above the bottom three.
Neil Warnock supplied us with some unforgettable moments and memes, but that is the only thing that will be remembered of Cardiff’s return to the Premier League. They did, in fairness, last a little longer than many initially predicted, but relegation always felt inevitable.
Crystal Palace – C
So long as Crystal palace aren’t in a relegation scrap, their board will be happy. Roy Hodgson has delivered on this front for a second successive season and the fans are content with such leadership.
The Eagles have a decent-looking squad and over the last three years, have rarely dropped into the bottom three of the table. They continue to maintain stability and on their day, have the potential to cause an upset. Their wins at the Etihad and the Emirates highlight such a point, as their attacking threat is not to be underestimated.
Everton – C-
The mysterious case of Everton continues. What do we judge as successful for the Toffees? They are too good to go down and they don’t have the resources to break into the top six.
Marco Silva arrived in the summer and after spending over £100m, it looked like Europa League would be a certainty. They only narrowly missed out on 7th place though, and this has simply been down to a run of inconsistency.
When analysing their squad on paper, they should be cementing that position as their own, but some of their results and performances continue to boggle the minds of Evertonians.
Fulham – F
Fulham may have only been promoted this season, but much more was expected from them. They spent £100m in the summer market and their new recruits were expected to cement safety for the Cottagers.
However, it has been a circus of errors, disorganisation and calamity at Craven Cottage. Slavisa Jokanovic was sacked in November and the club failed to find their form even after his dismissal. They now find themselves in the disastrous situation of having to offload failed investments, so it looks to be a long summer ahead for Fulham.
Huddersfield – E
Not a lot was ever expected from Huddersfield, as being in the Premier League itself was regarded as success for the Yorkshire club. However, with just three victories to their name heading into the final weekend of the season, it’s been one of the worst Premier League seasons from a club in the division’s history.
Their squad has been pushed to the limits and the Terriers have enjoyed a ride that was always going to be short lived. Relegation looked inevitable this season, but it isn’t too harsh to state that a better fight would have been expected from them.
Leicester City – C+
After their 15/16 title heroics, you never know quite what to expect from the Foxes.
Similarly to Everton, Leicester are another club that entered the season with Europa League qualification in mind. Claude Puel was dismissed in February, as he became another PL managerial casualty of fan’s high expectations vs the actual reality of the situation.
Brendan Rodgers has done well since coming in though and he has a group of dynamic players to work with over the summer. Can they break into the top seven next year?
Liverpool – A+
One loss, three points off 100 points and still no PL title – how is that even possible? This will be the scenario if both Liverpool and City win at the weekend, as the two clubs have been head and shoulders above the rest this season.
Rather than focusing on the potential of no trophy, the work of Jurgen Klopp has to be recognised. The German has got the Reds playing some scintillating stuff, but most impressively, he has rectified his defensive errors. Liverpool have conceded 16 less goals than last season and look a much more complete side for it.
They may not actually win the league title, but not even the most optimistic supporters in the Kopp end would have predicted such a productive campaign.
Manchester City – A+
Somehow, Manchester City have maintained their glorious form from last season. They haven’t led the league table by the same distance, but that’s only because Liverpool have surpassed all expectations.
After becoming the first ever PL team to reach 100 points in a single campaign, Pep Guardiola has not let his squad’s standards slip. They’ve even conceded less goals and continued to breeze past teams both home and away. His philosophy is well and truly implanted at the Etihad and it shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Just like Liverpool, they could not have done much more to get their hands on the trophy.
Manchester United – D-
That ‘D’ could stand for disastrous for Manchester United. Dropping from 2nd to 6th in the space of a year isn’t a pretty sight for the Red Devils and whilst a lack of investment can be blamed, these players have let themselves down.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s run of form should not easily be forgotten though, and it is for this reason that the club have scraped a grading above an E. Not qualifying for the Champions League will have a calamitous effect on the club and it simply hasn’t been good enough.
Watching Liverpool and Manchester City fight it out for the title should be enough awaken Ed Woodward , but it probably won’t.
Newcastle – B
Rafa Benetiz has done it again. He may not have achieved 10th placed in the table, but he has steered the Magpies to safety. And that is all Mike Ashley is after.
Much to the disappointment of the Toon Army, this is the only objective for the club now. A lack of funding has gone into the team, but the Spanish manager still manages to work his wonders and stay clear of the ugly scrap at the bottom.
They have conceded less goals than anybody else in the bottom half (and Manchester United!), and much credit should go to Benetiz for asserting such a resilient look to his team.
Southampton – D-
The sales of their best players down the years have now caught up with the Saints, who have found themselves narrowly surviving relegation over the last two seasons.
They celebrated ecstatically when their top-flight status was confirmed against Bournemouth, but just three years ago they were participating in the Europa League. Their squad isn’t of the highest quality and it’s been another year where the club have simply hung on.
Will they have enough to do so next season?
Tottenham – B
After spending ZERO pounds last summer, zero expectations were placed on Tottenham’s season. They were never going to challenge for the title and realistically, Champions League qualification was their best hope.
Given the context then, Spurs fans can be delighted with the success that they’ve achieved. Mauricio Pochettino has showcased his managerial talents and has worked wonders with the players at his disposal. Their defensive resilience has been impressive and given their torrid injury record, Spurs have done well to finish in the top four again this season.
With the most depleted squad out of the top six, Pochettino continues to produce miracles.
Watford – B
Of all the manager’s this season, perhaps Javi Garcia’s success has been overlooked the most. This hasn’t been the case with fellow Hornets though, as Vicarage Road has welcomed the Spaniard’s philosophy with open arms.
Watford have been a fun team to watch, as their free-flowing system is easy on the eye. Such a way of playing has solidified their position around the mid-table mark, as it has been a comfortable ride for the Hertfordshire club this season.
They haven’t threatened the relegation spots at all and looking ahead, Garcia has a solid foundation to build on over summer, plus an FA Cup final to look forward to.
West Ham – D-
It’s been a rather disappointing season for Hammers. They appeared to be heading in the right direction when they appointed ex-Premier League winner Manuel Pellegrini and splashed out £100m on recognised talent.
However, things haven’t gone quite to plan. In their new stadium, fans were expecting West Ham to surge forward and begin taking their project to the next level. In truth, the players are too inconsistent to achieve the high expectations set out by their ambitious supporters.
They have a selection of talented individuals and a hard-working back-line, but they are still levels away from where they dream to be.
Wolves – A
There are three sperate tables in the division – the top six, the middle tier sides and those scrapping to stay in the league. In theory, for those outside of the acclaimed ‘top six’, their best hope is a 7th place finish.
Wolves have cemented this position heading into the final weekend of fixtures and Nuno Santo would be a deserved winner of manger of the season. Most newly promoted teams are often tipped to go straight back down, but the Wanderers are certainly not fazed by the big stage.
After just one season back in the top flight, Wolves look set to challenge for a Europa League spot again next season. This achievement is simply phenomenal.
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As an experienced sports writer, Josh has been published across various different platforms, writing about his beloved club Manchester United and other footballing topics. He also covers a range of other sports, specialising in UFC and Formula One.