Premier League 2017/18: 5 one the up and 5 on the slide

11 May 2018

What a season it has been in the Premier League – highs and lows for players and managers alike.


Here, Press Association Sport pick out five individuals who were on the rise in the 2017-18 season and five who were on the way down compared to the previous campaign.

 

On the up

Mohamed Salah

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 27, 2017: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Joined Liverpool from Roma for £34million last summer – but the Egyptian has proved a bargain.

The former Chelsea forward became the first Liverpool player to score over 40 goals for 34 years and was named the Footballer of the Year after inspiring Jurgen Klopp’s side to the Champions League final.

Raheem Sterling

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 31, 2016: Manchester City's Raheem Sterling argues with the assistant referee during the FA Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Take your pick from the number of Manchester City players who shone under Pep Guardiola’s expert tuition – Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sane and Kyle Walker to name but three.

But Sterling’s improved end product – 18 league goals and 11 assists ahead of the final game – marked him out as someone who made significant strides.

Sean Dyche

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 14, 2017: Burnley's manager Sean Dyche before the FA Premier League match against Southampton at Turf Moor. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The gravel-voiced Dyche had worked wonders just to keep new boys Burnley in the top flight 12 months earlier.

But life got even better at Turf Moor as Dyche masterminded a seventh-placed finish on one of the division’s lowest budgets. Burnley’s next stop is Europe – for the first time in 51 years.

Roy Hodgson

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 31, 2018: Crystal Palace's manager Roy Hodgson before the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace FC and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by Dave Shopland/Propaganda)c

Hodgson answered Crystal Palace’s SOS just four games in after Frank de Boer’s unhappy short-lived reign at Selhurst Park.

No goals and no points after seven games was no problem for Hodgson as the 70-year-old steered Palace to safety and repaired a reputation damaged by England’s embarrassment at Euro 2016.

Brighton rocks

Brighton & Hove Albion's Glenn Murray (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Sky Bet Championship match at Villa Park, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 7, 2017. See PA story: SOCCER Villa. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

The jury was out on whether newly-promoted Brighton had the quality to survive their first Premier League campaign. But boss Chris Hughton played a blinder as he put a solid centre-back base in place – Lewis Dunk leading the most blocks list and partner Shane Duffy top of the clearances and headed clearances categories.

 

On the slide

Paul Pogba

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 10, 2016: Manchester United's Paul Pogba in action against Manchester City's Raheem Sterling during the FA Premier League match at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Overtaken as the world’s most expense player in the summer of 2017 by Neymar, Pogba’s stock at Manchester United fell.

There was injury, loss of form and a reported fall-out with United boss Jose Mourinho. It was even claimed he was offered to Manchester City in January – a story to which Pogba replied with a ‘Say what?’ tweet.

David Luiz

LONDON, ENGLAND - Friday, September 16, 2016: Chelsea's David Luiz, with a bloody nose, in action against Liverpool during the FA Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Chelsea defender was another player who lost the faith of his manager. Antonio Conte dropped the Brazilian ahead of Manchester United’s visit in November following a training ground row between the pair.

Luiz was also said to be troubled by injuries and he was rarely seen thereafter with his last appearance coming at the start of February.

West Ham board

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 4, 2017: West Ham United supporters leave in droves as their side are beaten 4-1 by Liverpool during the FA Premier League match between West Ham United FC and Liverpool FC at the London Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The only thing bubbling at West Ham for most of the season was supporter discontent. It turned into anarchy during a 3-0 home defeat to Burnley in March when fans held the game up by invading the pitch and gathered angrily in front of the directors’ box.

Joint owners David Sullivan and David Gold and vice-chairman Karren Brady were all in the firing line.

Petr Cech

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, December 13, 2016: Arsenal's goalkeeper Petr Cech in action against Everton during the FA Premier League match at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Arsenal’s decline under Arsene Wenger and the end of the Frenchman’s 22-year reign was summed up by the waning powers of Cech.

At his Chelsea peak, Cech was indisputably the number one goalkeeper in the Premier League and probably the world. But time waits for no man and a series of costly clangers had Gunners’ fans calling for a new goalkeeper.

Saido Berahino

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - Monday, August 10, 2015: West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino in action against Manchester City during the Premier League match at the Hawthorns. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Stoke paid West Brom £12million for Berahino in January 2017, but the wait goes on for the former England Under-21 striker to repay that investment with a single goal.

In February, Berahino reached the landmark of two years without scoring, and two months later he was banished to the under-23s by manager Paul Lambert for poor discipline. Stoke were duly relegated.

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