So, what an end to the season. 29 goals over the 10 games which all kicked off at 3pm Sunday afternoon. With Stevie Gerrard having a nightmare send off, Lampard playing his final Premier League game and Chelsea lifting the trophy, it was an action packed few hours. Anyway, here is how the dream team looked at the end of the gameweek:
With David De Gea out injured, Victor Valdes had to step in. Although he saw two goals hit the back of his net, both were ruled out for off side. With De Gea looking likely to move on this summer, United may not have to look to bring someone in, as Valdes may be the perfect replacement. The 33 year old will still have a few more years in him, and this week he made a number of outstanding saves, which along with a clean sheet and a few bonus points, earned him a place in the gameweek 38 dream team.
Tottenham’s first goal of the season was created by Harry Kane, assisting Eric Dier as the young defender found the back of the net. Therefore it was quite fitting that Dier repaid the compliment for Spurs’ final goal of the season, setting up Harry Kane for his 31st goal of the season in all competitions. Tottenham and Dier managed to keep Everton out, meaning a clean sheet, assist points and some crucial bonus points which earned him a place in the final dream team.
Crystal Palace have fitted into Premier League life extremely well over the past few seasons, and this season’s performances saw them finish in a very respectable 10th place. Scott Dann and his defensive partners have been crucial to this success, and they showed this again this week with a very organised display against Swansea, who have beaten the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal. Dann set up the only goal of the game, and along with a clean sheet saw him score a tall 12 points.
Eliaquim Mangala has had a bit of an indifferent first season at Manchester City, as it saw him coming in and out of the starting line-up, but nevertheless he has shown signs of promise. This week he partnered Demichelis, and they both helped secure a 2-0 win in their last fixture of the season. 12 points for Mangala and a place in the fantasy Premier League dream team certainly isn’t a bad way to end the season.
A somewhat frustrating season for Theo Walcott, saw him finally pick up a starting place in the fixture against West Brom. Each game Walcott seems to start on the bench, watch his team struggle and then come on and make the difference. However in this game he was given a starting place and was able to make the difference from the start and he didn’t disappoint. He scored a first half hat-trick, which meant that he was the highest scoring player this week.
It was somewhat a fairytale story for Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez, as he has come back from his serious illness, found himself back in the team and he scored the goal which secured the team another year in the Premier League. This goal, along with some bonus points, fittingly placed him in this week’s dream team too.
A surprise this week saw Marc Albrighton find himself in the dream team after he grabbed himself a goal as Leicester City thrashed already relegated QPR, 5-1. Albrighton has been one of Leicester City’s unsung heroes this season, as he maybe hasn’t played as many games as he did when he was crucial to their promotion last season. However he has of late found himself in the starting eleven on a more regular occurrence, and this week found himself in the dream team too!
A fitting end to Frank Lampard‘s Premier League career as he scored Manchester City’s first goal as they dispatched Southampton 2-0. The majority of football fans will wish Lampard all the best, and he will be remebered as one of the Premier League legends. With this goal and two bonus points, he saw himself featuring in the dream team. It was somewhat a shame the same couldn’t be said about Gerrard as it would have been fitting to have them both in the final dream team, in their final fixtures respectively.
Asrenal’s Santi Cazorla has had arguably his best season with the Gunners, and he has continued doing what he has done best this season, which is assisting. Second in the assist ranks to Fabregas, the Spanish wizard has really done well in the central role, and this continued this week with another 2 assists as Arsenal put four past West Brom.
Liverpool had a nightmare fixture this week against Stoke City as they got hammered 6-1, and Diouf was outstanding, as he scored two goals and assisted another. It wasn’t necessarily the best send off for Gerrard, although he did get on the scoresheet. That is not to take anything away from Stoke City or Diouf, as they have finished in a respectable 9th place.
Chelsea are the 2014/2015 Premier League champions, and this week Loic Remy got a chance to show his class as he lined up alongside Didier Drogba, with Diego Costa taking a place on the bench. Remy picked up two goals in the final fixture of the season, as they went on to lift the trophy at the end of the game.