Premier League 2015-16 season review

Top ten matches of the 2015-16 Premier League season

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All week at ProSoccerTalk we are reviewing the dramatic 2015-16 Premier League season. From dishing out awards to looking back at the highs and lows as 20 teams battled it out, we’ll have every angle covered.

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For the full archive of our review content, just hit the link above. Now, it’s time to take a look back at the ten best matches from the 2015-16 Premier League season.


September 13, 2015: Leicester City 3-2 Aston Villa

Unbeaten through four matches, it looked like Leicester would suffer their first loss of the season as they trailed Aston Villa by two goals with less than 20 minutes to play. But then, a miraculous comeback capped off by Nathan Dyer’s 89th minute winner handed the Foxes another three points, showing a spirit and fight that was omnipresent during Leicester’s title run.

November 28, 2015: Bournemouth 3-3 Everton

When the clock showed 80 minutes, Everton led this match 2-0. However, the Cherries fought back to tie the score at two after quick goals from Adam Smith and Junior Stanislas, only to have Ross Barkley silence the Vitality Stadium with what looked to be the game-winner in the 95th minute. However, Everton’s long celebration led to added stoppage time, with Stanislas grabbing a last-gasp equalizer with the final kick of the ball as the clock hit 98′.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Junior Stanislas (1st R) of Bournemouth celebrates scoring his team's third goal with his team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between A.F.C. Bournemouth and Everton at Vitality Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
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December 28, 2015: Everton 3-4 Stoke City

0-1, 1-1, 1-2, 2-2, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4. Look away Everton fans, it’s another blown lead for the Toffees. After twice drawing level from a goal down, Everton took their first lead of the match in the 71st minute when Gerard Deulofeu put the home-side ahead 3-2. Finally in the driver’s seat, Everton collapsed in the closing minutes, allowing Joselu to equalize before Marko Arnautovic buried Stoke’s winner from the penalty spot in stoppage time.

January 13, 2016: Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal

Liverpool and Arsenal combined for six goals in a snowy thriller at Anfield that ended with a 90th minute equalizer from Reds’ substitute Joe Allen. After 25 minutes the scoreline read 2-2 as a Roberto Firmino brace canceled out goals from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud. Giroud would get his own brace in the second half to put the Gunners in front until Allen’s late tally split the points.

January 16, 2016: Chelsea 3-3 Everton

Everton supporters must really be hating this list. Once again the Toffees led this match 2-0, but quickfire goals from Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas knotted the score at two. Everton thought they won the match when Ramiro Funes Mori scored the Toffees’ third in the 90th minute, only to see John Terry equalize in the 98th to steal a point for Chelsea in his 700th Premier League appearance for the Blues.

[ MORE: Premier League Playback – What did we learn from the 2015-16 season? ]

January 23, 2016: Norwich City 4-5 Liverpool

Nine goals scored from ten shots on target could give Liverpool’s epic win over Norwich the crown for match of the season. The Canaries led 3-1 in the 54th minute, then found themselves down 4-3 just 20 minutes later. Sebastien Bassong thought he won back a point for Norwich with their fourth goal in the 92nd, but Adam Lallana found Liverpool a winner in the 95th, highlighted by a classic Jurgen Klopp moment in which the Reds’ boss broke his glasses while celebrating with a shirtless Lallana.

February 6, 2016: Manchester City 1-3 Leicester City

An emphatic win at the Etihad put Leicester six points clear at the top of the table and had people thinking, “Maybe they can pull this off.” Robert Huth put the Foxes ahead inside the opening three minutes, with Riyad Mahrez doubling their lead with a brilliant individual effort just after the break. Huth would score again to put Leicester up 3-0 as a team of misfits tore apart the one of the most expensive starting lineups in football history.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Robert Huth (3rd L) of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mate Shinji Okazaki (2nd R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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April 9, 2016: West Ham United 3-3 Arsenal

With Arsenal still in pursuit of the Premier League title, a 2-0 lead on the road seemed like the perfect position to be in. Enter: Andy Carroll. The big West Ham striker grabbed a hat-trick in just eight minutes as Upton Park erupted, only to see Laurent Koscielny pull the Gunners back as the match finished a 3-3 draw. The result effectively ended Arsenal’s title hopes but was a thrilling 90 minutes in the final London derby at Upton Park.

May 2, 2016: Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham needed a win to keep their title hopes alive, and sitting 2-0 up at halftime, Spurs were in control. However, second half goals from Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard leveled things up to hand Leicester City the title. The final minutes of this match were overshadowed by a bench-clearing altercation that saw Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink take a tumble.

May 10, 2016: West Ham United 3-2 Manchester United

The final match at Upton Park was one of the more memorable ones, as West Ham went 1-0 up and 2-1 down before coming from behind to win by a final score of 3-2. Winston Reid scored the game-winner in the 80th minute, the final goal ever scored at West Ham’s fabled ground.

Best Premier League signings from the January transfer window

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For the full archive of our review content, just hit the link above. Now, it’s time to take a look back at the best moves from the January transfer window.


Benik Afobe, Bournemouth (from Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Afobe joined Bournemouth from Championship-side Wolves with the Cherries still in a relegation battle, but that changed quickly when he got on the pitch. The 23-year-old striker scored four goals in his first eight matches, helping the club maintain Premier League safety. Bournemouth took 10 of a possible 12 points from the matches in which Afobe scored.

Lamine Kone & Wahbi Khazri, Sunderland (from Lorient/Bordeaux)

Big Sam’s winter signings proved massive to Sunderland’s survival hopes, as both Lamine Kone and Wahbi Khazri came over from France to help the Black Cats stay up. Kone started all 15 matches at center-back after joining from Lorient and helped keep four clean sheets, while Khazri gave Sunderland a creative option in the attack, something they sorely lacked early in the season.

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Giannelli Imbula, Stoke City (from Porto)

The Potters spent a club-record $26 million to bring Giannelli Imbula from Porto to the Premier League, and the 23-year-old was very impressive. The box-to-box midfielder slotted right into Stoke’s starting lineup and will be a key figure in the club’s plans to grow over the next few seasons.

Ivo Pinto, Norwich City (from Dinamo Zagreb)

Ivo Pinto was a bright spot in a relatively dull season for Norwich City. While the Canaries were relegated, Pinto impressed at right-back and was one of the club’s better performers down the stretch. With Norwich going down, they can expect some calls from Premier League clubs regarding the availability of their Portuguese defender.

Where each PL club needs to improve in the summer transfer window

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All week at ProSoccerTalk we are reviewing the dramatic 2015-16 Premier League season. From dishing out awards to looking back at the highs and lows as 20 teams battled it out, we’ll have every angle covered.  

MORE: All 2015-16 PL season reviews ]

For the full archive of our review content, just hit the link above. Now, instead of looking back, we’re going to look ahead to the summer and break down what your club needs to improve in the transfer window.

TEAM MAIN NEED
source: CM Leicester City: After winning the PL title by ten points, it’s hard to find an area of weakness in Leicester’s side. With the chance of losing N'Golo Kante, depth at central midfield may be needed.
source: Striker Arsenal: Every offseason the same story arises: If Arsenal buy a top-quality striker, they can win the league. After failing to sign an outfield player last summer, Wenger needs to get a goalscorer in his side.
source: Striker Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Kane will continue to lead the line for Spurs, but he needs some backup. Should Kane go down injured or hit a bit of a slump, Tottenham will be in trouble as they are thin up-top.
source: CB Manchester City: Pep Guardiola will surely make loads of changes to this side when he takes over, but center-back will be his top priority. Vincent Kompany is aging and can’t stay healthy, while the partnership of Mangala and Otamendi is not up to Pep’s standards.
source:  CM/Striker Manchester United: Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger are both past their prime and have seen their minutes in the midfield decrease, while another striker will be crucial to take some pressure off the young Martial and Rashford.
source: CAM Southampton: A central playmaker would be a nice addition to Koeman’s side, which already has strong midfield depth with the likes of Wanyama, Davis, Mane, and Tadic.
source: Striker West Ham United: Andy Carroll finished the year strong, but the Hammers are looking to spend big on a striker. With the move to the Olympic Stadium and the emergence of Dimitri Payet as one of the Premier League’s elite talents, a top striker could push West Ham into Europe.
source: CB Liverpool: Kolo Toure is out of contract, Martin Skrtel took a massive step backwards this season, and Mamadou Sakho faces a long ban after failing a drug test. Klopp loves to attack, but he must bolster his back-line first.
source: Striker Stoke City: Jon Walters is a Stoke legend, but he’s not going to score you 20 goals a season. With the attacking trio of Bojan, Arnautovic, and Shaqiri, the Britannia could be a surprisingly attractive destination for a quality goalscorer.
source: CM/Striker Chelsea: When Antonio Conte takes over this summer, he’ll immediately start making this Blues’ side his team. In Conte’s highly-organized system, the center of midfield if the most important position on the pitch, and he’ll also be keen to get some support for Diego Costa.
source: RB/CB Everton: There is going to be a lot of turnover at Goodison Park this summer, starting with the manager. Defense has a major problem for the Toffees, and with an aging Phil Jagielka and a young John Stones tipped to leave, the back-line needs reinforcements.
source: Winger Swansea City: Andre Ayew proved to be a legitimate Premier League striker, while Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jefferson Montero continued to impress in the midfield. With another clever winger on the outside, Swans could push up the table.
source: CAM/Winger Watford: Currently without a manager, Watford’s look next season is a bit unclear. However, an attack-minded midfielder or winger would help the Deeney-Ighalo partnership see more of the ball as the Hornets scored just 40 goals in 38 matches this year.
source:  Striker West Bromwich Albion: The only team to score fewer goals than West Brom was Aston Villa, as the Baggies averaged less than a goal per game. Tony Pulis‘ system isn’t the greatest for strikers, but they need some help nonetheless.
source: Striker Crystal Palace: Three players finished tied as the Eagles’ leading scorer last season, with Connor Wickham, Yohan Cabaye, and Scott Dann all tallying five times. Four of Cabaye’s five came from the penalty spot, and Dann is a central defender. Striker much needed.

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RB Bournemouth: The Cherries conceded 67 goals this season, the most by a PL club not named Aston Villa. With Tyrone Mings returning from injury on the left, Eddie Howe could add another young defender on the right.
source: Striker Sunderland: Jermain Defoe finished the year in fine form, but at 33-years-old, he’ll need some help carrying the load. Big Sam knows how to buy the right players, and he’ll surely be making moves come July.

By the numbers: Key stats from 2015-16 Premier League season

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All week at ProSoccerTalk we are reviewing the dramatic 2015-16 Premier League season.

From dishing out awards to looking back at the highs and lows in the as 20 teams battled it out, we’ll have every angle covered.

MORE: All 2015-16 PL season reviews ]

For the full archive of our review content, just hit the link above. Now, we have a look through some of the most interesting stats from this season.

From goals and assists to some of the more outrageous team or individual stats, it was certainly a season to remember.


– Leicester’s Jamie Vardy set a new record, becoming the first player to score in 11 consecutive games in one season

– Leicester became the first new winner of the top-flight since Nottingham Forest won it in 1977-78. Leicester were top of the table for 147 days throughout the season

– The Foxes also had the lowest possession figure of any champion since 2006-07 at just 42.4 percent

– Chelsea had the longest unbeaten run, going 15 games without defeat from December to March

– Arsenal have now finished in the top four for 20 straight seasons and have finished above Tottenham for the last 21 years

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Harry Kane of Spurs (r) takes on Mesut Oezil of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium on November 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
(Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

– Tottenham, Southampton, Bournemouth, Watford, West Ham and Leicester all recorded their highest-ever points tally in the PL this season

– The PL season started and ended with an own goal scored in the same goal at Old Trafford

Kenedy‘s goal for Chelsea at Norwich was the fastest goal of the season, coming after just 39 seconds

– Sergio Aguero reached 100 PL goals in just 147 appearances. Only Alan Shearer (124) reached that landmark faster

– After Gary Pallister and John Terry, Leicester’s Wes Morgan became just the third plkayer to play in every single second of a title-winning season

Petr Cech has the record for most clean sheets in PL history (178) during this season. He also became the first goalkeeper to win the golden glove with two different teams

– Leicester were awarded 13 penalties, the joint-most for one team in a single season

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Slaven Bilic manager of West Ham United (R) celebrates victory with staff after the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on May 10, 2016 in London, England. West Ham United are playing their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground after their 112 year stay at the stadium. The Hammers will move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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– Aston Villa equaled a club record with 11 straight defeats on its way to relegation

– Chelsea did not win consecutive games until the 26th and 27th matches of the season

– Everton won just 23 points at home, their lowest tally in the PL era

– In their final season at Upton Park West Ham went on their longest unbeaten home run in top-flight history, failing to lose in 15 games

Harry Kane became just the fourth Englishman to score 20+ goals in consecutive seasons. Les Ferdinand, Andy Cole, Robbie Fowler and Alan Shearer are the others


Top goalscorers
Harry Kane – 25
Jamie Vardy -24
Sergio Aguero – 24
Romelu Lukaku – 18
Riyad Mahrez – 17

Most assists
Mesut Ozil – 19
Christian Eriksen – 13
Dusan Tadic – 12
Dimitri Payet – 12
David Silva, Riyad Mahrez, James Milner – 11

Number of shutouts
Petr Cech – 16
David De Gea – 15
Kasper Schmeichel – 15
Joe Hart – 15
Hugo Lloris – 14

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Petr Cech of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Swansea City at Emirates Stadium on March 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Most shots on goal
Harry Kane – 75
Jamie Vardy -53
Sergio Aguero – 52
Romelu Lukaku – 48
Odion Ighalo – 48

Most tackles
N'Golo Kante – 175
Idrissa Gueye – 144
Erik Pieters – 116
Cesar Azpilicueta – 114
Lucas Leiva – 108

Most chances created
Mesut Ozil – 146
Dimitri Payet – 119
Christian Eriksen – 115
Willian – 81
Kevin De Bruyne – 81

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: Junior Stanislas of Bournemouth and Ngolo Kante of Leicester City compete for the bacompete for the ballduring the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Bournemouth at The King Power Stadium on January 2, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Most saves
Heurelho Gomes – 121
Lukasz Fabianski – 115
Jack Butland – 103
Petr Cech – 101
Adrian – 99

Best minutes per goal ratio (5 goals or more)
Kelechi Iheancho – 94
Sergio Aguero – 99
Daniel Sturridge – 122
Jamie Vardy – 131
Divock Origi – 133

Shooting accuracy (20 shots minimum)
Andros Townsend – 76 percent
Georginio Wijnaldum – 71 percent
Mesut Ozil – 67 percent
Jermain Defoe – 66 percent
Bakary Sako – 65 percent

End of season Premier League grades: Who failed? Who excelled?

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All week at ProSoccerTalk we are reviewing the dramatic 2015-16 Premier League season.

From dishing out awards to looking back at the highs and lows in the as 20 teams battled it out, we’ll have every angle covered.

MORE: All 2015-16 PL season reviews ]

For the full archive of our review content, just hit the link above. Now, we dish out the grades. Who finished top of the class? Who got a big fat F?

Now the 2015-16 Premier League season is done and dusted it is time to reflect on everything that happened and give each club an overall grade for their performances.


TEAM GRADE
source:  A+ Leicester City:  If I could give them a higher mark I would. Every single player performed to 100 percent of their potential, Ranieri managed the situation marvelously and they are worthy champs.
source:  A Southampton: Koeman delivered a record points tally and highest-ever points tally as Saints qualified for Europe. Only Leicester won more points than them in second half of the season. Sublime finish.
source:  A West Ham United: Slaven Billic’s side pushed for the top four all season long and a late season slip up saw them finish seventh. Still, a wonderful season to cap off the final year at Upton Park. Now, Payet & Co. head to the Olympic Stadium.
source:  A-
Tottenham: For so long it seemed like this young Spurs squad would pip Leicester to the title, then things unraveled. Still, a third place finish is something for the PL’s youngest squad to be proud of. Pochettino is building something special… even if they didn’t finish above Arsenal.
source:  B+
Bournemouth: If you would’ve offered the Cherries survival at start of the season they would’ve taken it. They’ve played with style and racked up big wins as well as staying up.
source:  B+
Arsenal: Second place finish may be a little flattering when all is said and done, but 20 straight years of finishing top four and 21 years of finishing ahead of Spurs sounds pretty darn good.
source:  B- Man City: Did the bare minimum in sealing a top four spot for next season. There will be a lot of changes under new manager Pep Guardiola this summer.
source:  B- Watford: After securing their first-ever back-to-back seasons in the PL you’d think everything would be rosy at Vicarage Road. Think again. Quique Sanchez Flores is out as manager. They struggled in the second half of season but did superbly up until December.
source:  B- Stoke City: Strangely Stoke will be very upset with a third-straight ninth place finish. For most of the campaign they were flirting with the top six but injuries cost them dear. Mark Hughes must add some key men this summer.
source:  C+ Swansea City: The season started brightly for the Swans but then Garry Monk got the sack and things were looking dodgy. Guidolin arrived to steer them to safety and 12th place. The Italian will look to build on this.
source:  C+ Liverpool: Things are starting to take shape but you still can’t get over the fact that two years ago this club almost won the title. They spent most of this season in midtable.
source:  C+ Crystal Palace: A season which promised so much has slightly under delivered. If they win the FA Cup it is a success, but PL form faded badly Alan Pardew.
source:  C- Sunderland: Once again it was a monumental struggle for the Black Cats but once again they stayed up with one game to spare. They look solid and reliable under Big Sam Allardyce. Now, can they get the recruitment right?
source:  C- Manchester United: After money they spent last summer finishing outside the top four is unthinkable. Yes, they had injuries but Van Gaal didn’t deliver the minimum of top four. Fresh impetus needed.
source:  D Everton: A season where they should have really challenged for the top six, given players at their disposal, turned into a farce. Martinez simply didn’t learn from his mistakes and paid the ultimate price.
source:  D Norwich City: They hardly spent any money and in the end the lack of quality proved costly. Alex Neil‘s side battled hard but defensive frailties and a lock of goals cost them. That’s never a good combo. Straight back down.
source:  D West Brom: What else did we expect from Tony Pulis? The Baggies ground out points wherever they could to stay up but didn’t inspire anybody along the way. Big summer to see what direction they’re going in.
source:  D Chelsea: The worst title defense in PL history as Chelsea collapsed and it cost Mourinho his job. The players simply weren’t prepared and now Antonio Conte has arrived to whip them into shape.
source:  F Newcastle: Steve McClaren‘s experiment went badly wrong and Rafael Benitez almost saved Newcastle. He ran out of time and they’ve been relegated. Will the Spaniard steer them back to the PL? Poor management at every level of the club.
source:  F Aston Villa: Probably don’t even deserve this. First-ever relegation from PL, equaled a club record of 11-straight defeats as they were relegated. Woeful and new owner has lots to sort out.