MATCH looks at the story of 2020-21 so far!
Star Man: Mohamed Salah
Must Do Better: Roberto Firmino
Verdict: This time last season, The Reds looked nailed on for the Premier League title, but it’s been a much tougher challenge this campaign! They still managed to sit top of the table on Christmas Day and have already seen off the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, Leicester and Arsenal in the PL!
Star Man: Bukayo Saka
Must Do Better: Willian
Verdict: For a moment, it actually looked like The Gunners could be shock relegation contenders, but they managed to notch a good run together towards the end of 2020!
Star Man: Jack Grealish
Must Do Better: Marvelous Nakamba
Verdict: Villa’s 7-2 thumping of champs Liverpool will go down as one of the club’s craziest victories! They’ve looked a million times better than they did in 2019-20!
Star Man: Tariq Lamptey
Must Do Better: Aaron Connolly
Verdict: The Seagulls have played some really nice football at times this season, but they’ve drawn way too many games – and now they’re sucked into a relegation battle!
Star Man: Ben Mee
Must Do Better: Jay Rodriguez
Verdict: The Clarets failed to win any of their first seven matches, but picked up nine points in December to help their bid for survival! It’s gonna be touch and go for Sean Dyche’s side!
Star Man: Ben Chilwell
Must Do Better: Kai Havertz
Verdict: We fancied Chelsea to be title contenders after Frank Lampard splashed the cash last summer, but they’ve been too inconsistent to be serious challengers!
Star Man: Wilfried Zaha
Must Do Better: Michy Batshuayi
Verdict: Ebe Eze has helped take some of the attacking weight off Wilf Zaha’s shoulders, but it’s still been a hit-and-miss campaign so far for Roy Hogson’s Eagles!
Star Man: Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Must Do Better: Andre Gomes
Verdict: The Toffees started the season on absolute flames, but they’ve slightly cooled down over the last couple of months! They’re still in contention for a Champo League place!
Star Man: Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa
Must Do Better: Aleksandar Mitrovic
Verdict: Apart from being terrible at penalties, The Cottagers haven’t had that bad a season so far! They’re looking more likely to stay up than when they were last in the Prem!
Star Man: Patrick Bamford
Must Do Better: Helder Costa
Verdict: Marcelo Bielsa’s side are great fun to watch – they’re not afraid to press any opponent, and see attack as the best form of defence, so they’ve had some high-scoring games!
Star Man: Jamie Vardy
Must Do Better: Cengiz Under
Verdict: The Foxes have one of the most settled squads in the Premier League – and it really shows! Once again, they’re right in the mix for a place in the Champions League!
Star Man: Kevin De Bruyne
Must Do Better: Bernardo Silva
Verdict: It was always going to be hard for City to cope without legendary striker Sergio Aguero, but they should’ve signed someone last summer! They could still shoot up the table!
Star Man: Bruno Fernandes
Must Do Better: Donny van de Beek
Verdict: Earlier in the season, everyone thought United were in a crisis and that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was gonna get sacked, but they’ve totally turned their season on its head!
Star Man: Karl Darlow
Must Do Better: Ryan Fraser
Verdict: Steve Bruce’s side went on a five-game winless run in December, causing them to fall a few places down the table – and now they’re looking over their shoulders!
Star Man: David McGoldrick
Must Do Better: Rhian Brewster
Verdict: After 17 Prem games, The Blades had zero wins – what a nightmare! After such an impressive 2019-20 season, we can’t think of anything good to say about this campaign!
Star Man: James Ward-Prowse
Must Do Better: Nathan Redmond
Verdict: We’ve enjoyed watching The Saints this season and, at one point, they were one of the most in-form sides in Europe! Can they keep it up in 2020?
Star Man: Harry Kane
Must Do Better: Lucas Moura
Verdict: Spurs have kept up with the frontrunners for longer than they managed last season, but their defensive style has disappointed fans in some games!
Star Man: Conor Gallagher
Must Do Better: Matt Phillips
Verdict: Like most of the other teams near the bottom, The Baggies just don’t score enough goals – and that lack of firepower is probably gonna see them go down!
Star Man: Tomas Soucek
Must Do Better: Pablo Fornals
Verdict: After a really disappointing 2019-20, The Hammers have looked much better this season! They’ve made themselves way harder to beat under David Moyes!
Star Man: Pedro Neto
Must Do Better: Fabio Silva
Verdict: We thought Wolves would build on finishing seventh last season, but injury to Raul Jimenez saw them lose some ground towards the end of 2020!