The most recent Match of the Day was the first of the modern era to start with a goalless draw. Thankfully for most Anthony Joshua’s win over Wladimir Klitschko was shown at the time. But it does raise whether this season has been disappointing.
For the most part the big games this season have fallen short of expectation. Take Thursday evening’s goalless Manchester derby where the only interesting part was Marouane Fellaini’s late red card.
Tonight’s Manchester derby was another proof that English Premier league football is really irking downwards! Boring and dull
— ѕιя σzzу (@Osemenor_Ighedo) April 27, 2017
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The two clashes between Manchester United and Liverpool were also forgettable with the first being a goalless draw, while the other was drawn 1-1. There has been no fixture that will really stand out among the greats in Premier League history.
The PFA player of the season says something about the entertainment on display this season. Defensive-midfielder N’Golo Kante was rightfully selected but his triumph shows the lack of true standout attacking players. Up there are the two Tottenham players Harry Kane and Dele Alli as well as the usual suspects such as Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez. Beyond that there are few that have such a consistent level of performance.
There has also been some huge disappointments this season from the transfer window. The most expensive player in football history, Paul Pogba, has largely struggled to have the same impact he had on Serie A. The same can be said about Granit Xhaka. Arsenal’s most expensive signing this summer has not lived up to the player the Gunners needed him to be.
This season also seems to be repeat of a number of Premier League seasons from over the years with a few teams enduring a rut. Namely Arsenal who seem to be on the same cycle year after year. Admittedly it has taken a turn for the worse this season as they are set to finish below Tottenham for the first under Arsene Wenger’s reign. While it can be amusing for other fans to see the constant ‘Wenger out’ rhetoric, it is becoming quite tiresome as a topic in the Premier League.
Up until recently the Premier League title race has lacked much excitement. Recent wobbles from leaders Chelsea and a surge from Tottenham means they are only four points between the clubs. But with Chelsea set to play the league’s two bottom clubs in Middlesbrough and Sunderland at home, even the most optimistic Tottenham fan must be thinking the title has escaped them for another season.
Another boring element has been the lack of quality from teams near the bottom of the league. Middesbrough will certainly go down as one of the least memorable sides ever to grace the Premier League. After gaining promotion for the first time in seven seasons they have failed to bring anything to table that has been remotely interesting. Likewise with Sunderland who have been relegated without much resistance after battling so hard to stay in the league over the last few seasons.
For most football fans they will look at this season and remember something from. But in the long list of Premier League seasons since 1992 there has been nothing that has made this season stand out. Perhaps last season raised the expectation too much but once the year is done it won’t be regarded as a classic.