Premier League awards for 2021-22 season


The 2021-22 Premier League season was absolutely bonkers, pretty much from start to finish, and now it’s over it’s time to dish out our awards.

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Below you will find all of the awards we have dished out from one of the best (if not the best) PL seasons in history.

From honoring the top players and coaches to selecting our favorite moments, goals and more, this was a lot of fun for the whole ProSoccerTalk crew to discuss.

Player of the season

Joe Prince-Wright: Kevin de Bruyne. Drove City to the title and showed his class when it mattered most, especially down the stretch. His driving run and cross to set up Gundogan’s winner on the final day summed up everything great about KDB. He took this City team by the scruff of the neck and became its go-to guy.

Nick Mendola: Heung-min Son. Apologies to Kevin De Bruyne, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Mohamed Salah, but their teams were fine without them this year. Spurs were 2W-1D-6L in all comps when Son didn’t play, and the two wins were over Morecambe and Leicester City

Andy Edwards: I’m going to keep it simple, the correct answer is Mohamed Salah.

Young player of the season (21 or under on August 1, 2021)

Nick Mendola: Phil Foden. No one else is close.

Joe Prince-Wright: Phil Foden, the Stockport Iniesta. As Nick said, it wasn’t even close this year although a special shootout to Jacob Ramsey and Bukayo Saka.

Andy Edwards: Bukayo Saka. To do what he’s done consistently all season long, especially after what happened to him in the EURO 2020 final last summer is astounding. Had Arsenal finished in the top four plenty more people would be talking about Saka.

Coach of the season

Joe Prince-Wright: This is actually a really tough one. Of course, Klopp and Guardiola are on a totally different level to everyone else and should win it. I’d argue that Thomas Frank or Graham Potter deserve a very strong mention here. It was only half a season, but I’m going for Antonio Conte. The way he transformed Spurs from being all over the place to a solid unit and got the best out of their dangerous attackers was remarkable. Conte proved, once again, he is truly a world-class coach. Also, we’d usually be lauding Mikel Arteta too but the way Arsenal lost fourth to Tottenham late in the season just puts a real dampener on the obvious progress Arteta is making.

Nick Mendola: Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool – You could probably make an argument for, what, 7 managers? Pep, Klopp, Moyes, Arteta, Conte (~1/2 season), Vieira, Thomas Frank. Klopp has been sensational in every category this season… except excuse-making. Some of the most random inconsequential complaints came out of the normally-gregarious German.

Andy Edwards: Pep Guardiola. It was so close between him and Klopp but for City to win the title without a proper No. 9 (it wasn’t Pep’s fault they tried and failed to sign Kane) was sensational and took every ounce of his incredible ingenuity.

Best signing of the season

Nick Mendola: Marc Cucurella, Brighton – Sticking with permanent, summer deals… a team without much room for transfer budget error got a perfect player for their system. Honorable mention to Arsenal’s signing of Ben White and Burnley’s capture of Maxwel Cornet.

Joe Prince-Wright: Luis Diaz was very good after he arrived in January but I’m going to go for another January signing: Dejan Kulusevski. He seemed to spark Harry Kane and Heung-min Son into life as well as adding more steel to Tottenham. Plus, the song Spurs fans serenade him with is epic. Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale also proved to be money well spent by Arsenal.

Andy Edwards: I dub them ‘Bentsevski’ and their impact was massive. Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski arriving in January was the boost in quality and mentality Tottenham needed. They were both pivotal in securing a top four finish.

Most improved player of the season

Nick Mendola: Conor Gallagher, Crystal Palace. I don’t recall a single part of his loan to West Brom in 2020-21. I can’t pick just one terrific performance from his loan to Palace this season.

Joe Prince-Wright: Gallagher is a great shout. I also think James Ward-Prowse has taken his game to a whole new level but I’m going for Jarrod Bowen. HIs trickery, pace and precision was so important to West Ham and his surely on the cusp of an England call-up. I spoke to him earlier this season and he admitted a good run at the end of last season gave him the confidence he needed to impact games consistently this season. Also, Thiago Alcantara improved drastically in the second half of the season as he’s finally shaken off injuries.

Andy Edwards: Tyrick Mitchell.

Most underrated player of the season

Joe Prince-Wright: Rodri is the obvious choice here. A special mention for Joel Matip too. Somehow he never gets the credit he deserves.

Nick Mendola: Rodri. This year and every year.

Andy Edwards: Thiago Alcantara.

Biggest disappointment of the season

Joe Prince-Wright: Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea in general were underwhelming as their title bid never truly got going. I was very disappointed that Tuchel couldn’t get the right combination for these talented players to play in together.

Nick Mendola: Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea’s attack under Thomas Tuchel. A very good, possibly great, manager with a total blindspot for his how to work his front three likely cost him what could’ve been a title-race swinging striker transfer (not that Lukaku was anywhere near his best).

Andy Edwards: Romelu Lukaku and Thomas Tuchel failing to make it work.

Goal of the season

Nick Mendola: Mohamed Salah vs Man City, Oct. 3 – Shout out to Miguel Almiron vs Palace.

Joe Prince-Wright: James Ward-Prowse’s free kick against Wolves was unreal, so was Cristiano Ronaldo’s beauty against Tottenham and that insane strike from Mateo Kovacic against Liverpool. But I agree with Nick, I have to go for Mohamed Salah’s goal against Man City. To do that to world-class players in a game of that magnitude is something special.

Andy Edwards: From a pure emotional standpoint, it was Christian Eriksen scoring for Brentford vs Chelsea (April 2). To see him back scoring in the Premier League was just wonderful.

Best XI of the season

Joe Prince-Wright (4-3-3)
Alisson; Walker, Van Dijk, Rudiger, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rice, Rodri; Salah, Son, Mane

Nick Mendola (3-4-3)
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rice, Rodri, Mount; Salah, Kane, Son

Andy Edwards (4-3-3) – I decided to do the American-style “2nd team” award rather than picking all the same Man City and Liverpool players
Jose Sa; Matty Cash, Thiago Silva, Cristian Romero, Reece James; Ruben Neves, Declan Rice, Conor Gallagher; Diogo Jota, Harry Kane, Jarrod Bowen

Your favorite moment of the season

Joe Prince-Wright: I don’t even think I can be accused of recency bias here because the final day of the season was epic. Being at the Etihad for that amazing City comeback with three goals in five minutes, my word, that is something I will never forget. The drama of a gripping title race (which went on over an entire season) going down to the final seconds of the final game of the season was unbeatable in terms of a moment. There were so many great moments this season but that City comeback was the moment.

Nick Mendola: West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko scoring against Villa off the bench in his first match since returning from special leave following Russia’s invasion of his native Ukraine. Seeing him in tears and the stadium and teammates saluting him is something that will stay in my memory for a long, long time.

Andy Edwards: Brentford 2-0 Arsenal – the first Premier League game with a full stadium again and Brentford’s first-ever PL game. The atmosphere, the result, the message the Bees sent to the world that Friday night in west London. Wow.

Ivan Toney – Video of all his Premier League goals in 2022-23


Ivan Toney has proven himself a bona fide Premier League striker, as he chases a 20-goal season and closes in on 30 scored across two top-flight campaigns, after just one (record-setting) season in the Championship.

Toney bagged a sensational 31 goals in 45 second-division games as Brentford won Premier League promotion in 2020-21, but there were (reasonable) questions about those goals translating to the best league in the world.

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He finished 11th in the PL with 12 goals last season, and now Toney is up to 16 goals through the Bees’ first 27 games this season — 3rd-most currently, behind only Erling Haaland’s 28 goals (WATCH HERE) and Harry Kane’s 21 (WATCH HERE).

Below you will find every Ivan Toney goal video from the 2022-23 Premier League season so far.

Goal vs Southampton – March 15, 2023

Goal vs Fulham – March 6, 2023

Goal vs Arsenal – February 11, 2023

Goal vs Bournemouth – January 14, 2023

Goal vs West Ham – December 30, 2022

Goal vs Tottenham – December 26, 2022

2 goals vs Manchester City – November 12, 2022

2 goals vs Brighton – October 14, 2022

Goal vs Newcastle – October 8, 2022

Hat trick vs Leeds – September 3, 2022

Goal vs Fulham – August 20, 2022

Goal vs Leicester – August 7, 2022

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New deadline looms for Manchester United bids


A new deadline is looming for potential new owners of Manchester United, as our partners in the UK at Sky Sports say the deadline for second offers is Wednesday, March 22.

They add that up to eight bids are expected, while INEOS owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has told The Wall Street Journal he won’t pay a ‘stupid price’ for the Red Devils.

The Glazer family continue to explore either the full or partial sale of the Premier League giants.

It has been widely reported by ESPN and Sky Sports that two bids, one from Ratcliffe and another led by Qatari Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, are the frontrunners as the Glazers look at all of their available options.

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Over the last few months the American family have been seeking potential investors in Manchester United and they have not been short of suitors.

Presentations have been taking place between potential new owners and investors and the Man United hierarchy over the last few weeks.

The latest updates

Two bids have now taken center stage as they arrived before the first, well-documented, deadline.

One is from INEOS owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who failed to buy Chelsea last year but was always said to prefer a bid for his boyhood club Manchester United.

“How do you decide the price of a painting? How do you decide the price of a house? It’s not related to how much it cost to build or how much it cost to paint. What you don’t want to do is pay stupid prices for things because then you regret it subsequently,” Ratcliffe told The Wall Street Journal.

Another bid is led by Qatari Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, who is seeking full control of the club and is the chairman of Qatar Islamic Bank as his father was the former prime minister of Qatar.

The Glazer family bought United in 2005 for $1.4 billion and it is believed they are now asking over $7.3 billion for a full sale of the club.

Statement from INEOS

Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s INEOS confirmed they have ‘submitted a bid for majority ownership of Manchester United’ and went into more detail on their plans.

“We would see our role as the long-term custodians of Manchester United on behalf of the fans and the wider community. We are ambitious and highly competitive and would want to invest in Manchester United to make them the number one club in the world once again.

“We also recognise that football governance in this country is at a crossroads. We would want to help lead this next chapter, deepening the culture of English football by making the club a beacon for a modern, progressive, fan-centred approach to ownership. We want a Manchester United anchored in its proud history and roots in the northwest of England, putting the Manchester back into Manchester United and clearly focusing on winning the Champions League.”

Statement from Qatari bid

The Qatari bid, led by Sheikh Jassim, promised that their offer is ‘completely debt free’ and they want United to become ‘the greatest football club in the world’ during their stewardship of the club.

“The bid will be completely debt free via Sheikh Jassim’s Nine Two Foundation, which will look to invest in the football teams, the training center, the stadium and wider infrastructure, the fan experience and the communities the club supports.

“The vision of the bid is for Manchester United Football Club to be renowned for footballing excellence, and regarded as the greatest football club in the world.”

USMNT roster for Nations League features Gio Reyna, no Tyler Adams


The USMNT will be without captain Tyler Adams when they play a pair of CONCACAF Nations League games later this month, but they will have 13 members of the 2022 World Cup squad, including Christian Pulisic and Gio Reyna, as confirmed by U.S. Soccer on Wednesday.

The Yanks will also not have Timothy Weah, who suffered a scary concussion for Lille versus Toulouse on Sunday. He’s been replaced by AZ Alkmaar’s Djordje Mihailovic.

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Adams will miss the games against Gernada (March 24) and El Salvador (March 27) after suffering a hamstring injury during a recent training session with Leeds United.

Reyna’s place within the team and program had come into question in the weeks and months since the World Cup, with events and an investigation transpiring involving former/a candidate to remain USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter and Gio’s parents, Claudio and Danielle. Interim head coach Anthony Hudson explained Reyna’s inclusion as a decision to “move forward.”

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“It became a bit more complex in the months since the World Cup, but as far as we’re concerned Gio is a part of our program,” Hudson said. “He’s a good guy and a top talent, and he is evaluated like any other player. We made the roster decisions based on what gives the team the best opportunity to win these games, and we brought him in because we think he can help us do that.”

Full USMNT roster for 2022-23 CONCACAF Nations League

Goalkeepers (3): Ethan Horvath (Luton Town), Zack Steffen (Middlesbrough), Matt Turner (Arsenal)

Defenders (8): Sergiño Dest (AC Milan/), Mark McKenzie (Genk), Tim Ream (Fulham/), Bryan Reynolds (Westerlo), Antonee Robinson (Fulham), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Joe Scally (Borussia Monchengladbach/), Auston Trusty (Birmingham City)

Midfielders (7): Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo), Weston McKennie (Leeds United), Yunus Musah (Valencia), Alan Sonora (Juárez), Djordje Mihailovic (AZ Alkmaar)

Forwards (6): Taylor Booth (Utrecht), Daryl Dike (West Bromwich Albion), Ricardo Pepi (Groningen), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Alejandro Zendejas (Club America)

EDIT: Tim Weah (Lille) was originally called up, but exited due to a head injury.

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USMNT upcoming schedule – Nations League, friendlies, Gold Cup


After reaching the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup, the USMNT have a big 2023 coming up as they aim to build off a successful showing on the world’s biggest stage.

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For the next few months CONCACAF Nations League takes center stage, while the program is very much in transition as Anthony Hudson takes temporary charge and both the GM (Brian McBride) and Sporting Director (Earnie Stewart) left in recent months.

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As for now, here is the USMNT’s upcoming schedule for 2023, with plenty more games to be added based on their potential qualification for the 2023 Gold Cup on home soil.

How to watch USMNT

TV channels in English: HBO Max, TNT
TV channels en Español:
Universo, Telemundo Deportes
Streaming en Español: Peacock

USMNT upcoming schedule

* Friendly | ** CONCACAF Nations League | *** 2022 World Cup


vs. Serbia* — Jan. 25, 10 pm ET — Loss 2-1 | Recap & highlights
vs. Colombia* — Jan. 28, 7:30 pm ET — Draw 0-0 | Recap & highlights
at Grenada** — March 24, 8 pm ET — St. George’s, Grenada
vs El Salvador** — March 27, 7:30pm ET — Orlando, Florida
vs Mexico* — April 19, 10:22pm ET — Glendale, Arizona – More details 

2023 Gold Cup from June 16 to July 19 (USMNT yet to qualify)

USMNT games in 2022

vs. Morocco* — June 1 — Win 3-0
vs. Uruguay* — June 5 — Draw 0-0
vs. Grenada** — June 10 — Win 5-0
at El Salvador** — June 14 — Draw 1-1
vs Japan* — Sept. 23 (in Dusseldorf, Germany) — Loss 2-0
vs Saudi Arabia* — Sept. 27 (in Murcia, Spain) — Draw 0-0

USMNT at 2022 World Cup

Group B
vs. Wales*** — Nov. 21, 2 pm ET — Draw 1-1
vs. England*** — Nov. 25, 2 pm ET — Draw 0-0
vs. Iran*** — Nov. 29, 2 pm ET — Win 1-0

Last 16
vs. Netherlands*** — Dec. 3, 10 am ET — Loss 3-1

USMNT 2022 World Cup qualifying scores, recaps, analysis

at El Salvador — Sept. 2Draw 0-0
vs. Canada — Sept. 5 — Draw 1-1
at Honduras — Sept. 8 — Win 4-1

vs. Jamaica — Oct. 7 — Win 1-0
at Panama — Oct. 10 — Loss 0-1
vs. Costa Rica — Oct. 13 — Win 2-1

vs. Mexico — Nov. 12 — Win 2-0
at Jamaica — Nov. 16 — Draw 1-1

vs. El Salvador — Jan. 27 — Win 1-0
at Canada — Jan. 30 — Loss 0-2
vs. Honduras — Feb. 2 — Win 3-0

at Mexico — March 24 — Draw 0-0 
vs. Panama — March 27 — Win 5-1
at Costa Rica — March 30 — Loss 0-2 

Final CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings

Canada — 28 points – (QUALIFIED) GD +16 – automatic qualification
Mexico — 28 points (QUALIFIED) GD +9 – automatic qualification
USMNT — 25 points – (QUALIFIED) GD +11 – automatic qualification

Costa Rica — 25 points (PLAYOFF) GD +5

Panama — 21 points (ELIMINATED)
Jamaica — 14 points (ELIMINATED)
El Salvador — 10 points (ELIMINATED)
Honduras — 4 points (ELIMINATED)

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