One player from every Premier League club who deserves a new contract

17 May

Premier League clubs will be looking to tie down players who starred in the 2018/19 season.

From Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser to Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek, despite his unfortunate injury, there will be players who feel they have done enough to warrant a new contract.

Joel Matip could be in line for a new contract after his form this season

Reports claim Matteo Guendouzi is set to sign a new £75,000-a-week deal at Arsenal after a superb breakthrough season in England, less than a year after signing from Lorient.

The Frenchman has played 47 times for the Gunners, but is believed to be one of the lowest-paid players at the club.

talkSPORT look at other players who deserve fresh terms for their performances during the 2018/19 season.

Arsenal – Matteo Guendouzi

Matteo Guendouzi has been a huge hit for Arsenal this season

No one is more deserving of a new contract than Guendouzi. The Frenchman was thrown into the deep end by manager Unai Emery against Manchester City on the opening day of the season and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

He has also featured regularly in Arsenal’s Europa League campaign and could start against Chelsea in the May 29 final.

Bournemouth – Ryan Fraser

Ryan Fraser has had his best season in the top-flight for Bournemouth

Not many football fans would have expected Fraser to end the season with 14 assists, and just one behind leading provider Eden Hazard.

He excelled playing on the left wing and also chipped in with seven league goals. His stats read even better given Bournemouth finished the season with just three wins from 14 games. With just one year left on Fraser’s contract, the Cherries will be desperate to extend his stay.

Brighton – Anthony Knockaert

Anthony Knockaert is one of Brighton’s star players

Knockaert signed a new four-year deal in 2017 after helping Brighton win promotion to the Premier League. He has helped preserve their top-flight status over the past two seasons.

Starting 18 games in the 2018/19 campaign, the winger chipped in with six assists in a side which struggled for goals. He brings that extra quality that Brighton will need if they are to avoid another relegation battle.

Burnley – Tom Heaton

Tom Heaton won his No.1 spot back from Joe Hart

Heaton’s deal expires next year and it would be a shock if he wasn’t offered a new one. The 33-year-old dislodged Joe Hart as Sean Dyche’s No.1 in December, and subsequently, Burnley climbed out of the relegation zone and finished the season in 15th place. He is a leader for Burnley.

Cardiff City – Bruno Manga

Bruno Manga has been a consistent presence in Cardiff’s backline

The defender started 37 of Cardiff’s 38 Premier League games as the Bluebirds narrowly missed out on survival. Last month, Cardiff boss Neil Warnock said he wanted to keep Manga, whose contract expires this summer. He showed his versatility this season, too, playing as a centre-half and makeshift right-back.

Chelsea – Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has scored ten goals this season for Chelsea

Loftus-Cheek has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Stamford Bridge, scoring ten goals and registering five assists. Initially, he struggled to get into Maurizio Sarri’s side, but has proven himself in the second half of the season, particularly in the Europa League.

His four goals have helped the Blues to the final where they will play Arsenal.

His contract expires next year with the midfielder reportedly wanting assurances of his playing time, while the process has also been complicated by his injury in the club’s post-season friendly with New England Revolution.

Crystal Palace – Luka Milivojevic

Luka Milivojevic makes Palace tick from midfield

Milivojevic was one of three outfield players to feature in every minute of the 2018/19 Premier League season along with Burnley’s Ben Mee and Wolves’ Conor Coady.

The midfielder’s 12 goals, mostly from the penalty spot, ensured Palace stayed clear of the bottom three. The Eagles skipper has just one year left on his deal.

Everton – Morgan Schneiderlin

Morgan Schneiderlin has been booed by the Goodison Park faithful in the past

Schneiderlin was failing to make Marco Silva’s matchday squads in the first half of the season. But since February, he established himself as a regular in the Everton midfield, edging out Barcelona loanee Andre Gomes. With the Toffees likely to lose Idrissa Gueye, who has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, and Gomes rumoured to be joining Tottenham, Schneiderlin could have a big role to play next season.

Fulham – Tim Ream

Tim Ream could stay on at Fulham

Fulham will need leaders if they are to mount a promotion push from the Championship next season – and Ream is one of them.

He was an ever-present in their promotion-winning season last year and also played 25 times in their Premier League campaign.

Huddersfield Town – Christopher Schindler

Christopher Schindler is popular among Huddersfield fans

There is expected to be an overhaul at Huddersfield following relegation.

Schindler missed just one Premier League game all season and could stay with the club in the Championship. His second-tier experience could also be invaluable.

Leicester – James Maddison

James Maddison is in-demand

Despite only joining Leicester on a five-year deal last summer, Maddison is understood to be attracting interest from Arsenal and Tottenham.

His seven goals and seven assists was a healthy return for a debut season in the top-flight.

He has reportedly been touted as a replacement for Spurs star Christian Eriksen, who has been linked with a summer move to Real Madrid.

Liverpool – Joel Matip

Joel Matip has been a rock at the back for Liverpool

Matip has superbly stepped up to partner Virgil van Dijk in the absence of Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren. He has featured in five of Liverpool’s six Champions League knockout games and is likely to keep his place when Liverpool take on Tottenham in the final on June 1. With his contract expiring next year, the defender has surely done enough to extend his stay at Anfield.

Manchester City – Vincent Kompany

Vincent Kompany’s wonder goal reminded everyone of his legendary status at the Etihad Stadium

Kompany could end his 11-year spell with City when his contract expires this summer.

The 33-year-old’s 25-yard screamer in a 1-0 win over Leicester proved decisive in the Premier League title race as Pep Guardiola’s men retained their crown last weekend.

Playing 24 times in the 2018/19 season, he still has a lot to offer on and off the pitch.

Manchester United – Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford was in blistering form at the start of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign

After scoring an injury-time penalty against Paris Saint-Germain to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals, Rashford’s form nosedived. Despite going eight games without scoring, the England youngster showed that he can be United’s first-choice striker with 13 goals in a challenging campaign.

With Real Madrid reportedly monitoring his situation, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will want to tie down Rashford sooner rather than later.

Newcastle United – Ayoze Perez

Ayoze Perez has been prolific for Newcastle this season

Perez has had his best scoring season (13) since joining the club in 2014. Since the turn of the year, he netted ten goals to help Newcastle climb out of the relegation zone and into 13th place.

He is a regular in Rafa Benitez’s side and a fans’ favourite at St James’ Park. Perez struck up a good understanding with striker Salomon Rondon, a player the Magpies will hope to sign on a permanent deal in the summer.

Southampton – Nathan Redmond

Nathan Redmond was one of Southampton’s best players in the 2018/19 season

Redmond found his shooting boots under Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, scoring nine goals.

The winger was played as a striker by Hasenhuttl in a tactical switch that paid dividends. Redmond’s form was so good that he won the club’s Player of the Year award.

Tottenham – Moussa Sissoko

Moussa Sissoko is vital to Tottenham’s Champions League hopes

Sissoko’s turnaround in form has been remarkable. After two tough seasons at Tottenham, the France midfielder has become one of the first names on the team sheet.

Sissoko brings so much energy to Spurs’ midfield and will expect to start in the Champions League final against Liverpool.

Watford – Jose Holebas

Jose Holebas has six assists to his name this season

At the age of 34, Holebas had a consistent season as Watford’s first-choice left-back.

Three goals and six assists helped Watford to an 11th-placed finish. He has been with the club since 2015 and another fine campaign next year will only make his case for a new contract stronger.

West Ham – Michail Antonio

Michail Antonio has treated fans to some hilarious celebrations over the years

When Manuel Pellegrini took over at the London Stadium last summer, Antonio was being linked with a move away from the club.

However, he has proven to be a key asset to Pellegrini’s side and most notably scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Tottenham last month.

Wolves – Joao Moutinho

Joao Moutinho has been a revelation for Wolves

The 32-year-old’s dead-ball deliveries made Wolves a huge threat for any opposition as they finished the season in seventh place.

Eight assists is a decent return in a maiden Premier League campaign and  his experience at international and club level will only help the likes of Ruben Neves, Leander Dendoncker and Morgan Gibbs-White.

Every Premier League club’s Player of the Year award winner, so far

14 May

The Premier League season may have been done and dusted for over a week now but clubs are still naming the winners of their Player of the Year awards.

Some aren’t too surprising with the usual superstars having smashing seasons, but a few men have risen to the top and become shock heroes at their sides.

No one would have expected Ryan Fraser to bag 14 assists, while Luke Shaw established himself as a regular at Old Trafford, there was even shock among Tottenham Hotspur fans that Heung-Min Son won their accolade and not the rejuvenated Moussa Sissoko.

Luke Shaw has been an ever-present in Man United’s defence this season

The duo, though, have done well this campaign and now earned the rewards for it.

It’s not just the PFA’s Player of the Year award that matters, the individual club honours mean a lot to recipients who are being credited for their consistent excellence over a single year.

But who are each Premier League club’s Player of the Year winners from the 2018/19 season? Find out below.

AFC Bournemouth – Ryan Fraser

Ryan Fraser’s form has seen him linked with Arsenal

Fraser would have had strong competition from Callum Wilson, but he has deservedly picked up the prize. The Scotland international has been in remarkable form this season, scoring seven goals and registering 14 assists in the Premier League.

Only Eden Hazard (15) has supplied more goals for his team-mates than the winger. Fraser, who has just one year left on his contract, has been linked with a summer move to Arsenal.

Arsenal – Alexandre Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette will be hoping to lead Arsenal to Europa League glory later this month

Lacazette has enjoyed a prolific season with Arsenal, netting 18 goals in all competitions. And despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being the club’s top scorer with 26 goals, Arsenal fans believe Lacazette has been their star man this season.

The Frenchman scored three goals across two legs in Arsenal’s successful Europa League semi-final games against Valencia.

Brighton – Shane Duffy

Shane Duffy has helped Brighton secure their Premier League status for a second successive season

In what’s been a testing season, Brighton’s centre-back partnership of Duffy and Lewis Dunk has helped drag them over the line to Premier League safety.

Duffy, who has chipped in with five goals, has been crucial to the Seagulls’ resolute defence, which helped them earn unlikely draws against Arsenal and Wolves in recent weeks.

Burnley – Ashley Westwood

Ashley Westwood is a regular in Sean Dyche’s side

Westwood has missed just four Premier League games this season and has been one of Burnley’s standout performers since the turn of the year.

He picked up the club’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards.

Cardiff – Neil Etheridge

Neil Etheridge has saved three penalties this season

A fully deserved award by Cardiff’s goalkeeper in a season which will end in relegation.

Cardiff signed Alex Smithies in a £3.5million deal last summer which could have put Etheridge’s starting place at risk. However, the Philippines international played every minute of the Bluebirds’ Premier League season, which included three penalty saves.

He has also been the second busiest goalkeeper in the top-flight this term, making 141 saves.

Chelsea – Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard is unlikely to be a Chelsea player next season

Hazard is now a four-time winner of the club’s Player of the Year award. Who else was going to win it?

The Belgium captain, whose last Chelsea game could be against Arsenal in the Europa League final on May on May 29 before sealing a big-money move to Real Madrid, has been in scintillating form this term.

He has scored 19 goals and provided 16 assists for the Blues. If it is his farewell season, he will hope to bow out with a piece of silverware.

Crystal Palace – Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The Premier League’s top clubs are reportedly chasing Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s signature

This wouldn’t have surprised many Palace fans given Wan-Bissaka’s stunning breakthrough campaign.

He is second and third in the charts for most interceptions and tackles, respectively. His form has reportedly alerted the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City.

At just 21, he will get even better with time.

Everton – Lucas Digne

The left-back has excelled and it’s no mean feat given his predecessor was Toffees hero Leighton Baines. His set-pieces look set to trouble the Premier League for some time.
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Fulham – Yet to be announced

Huddersfield – Christopher Schindler

Christopher Schindler has been a shining light in Huddersfield’s poor season

It has been a bleak season for Huddersfield, whose relegation to the Championship was confirmed more than six weeks ago.

They have won just three league games and accumulated 15 points. Only Fulham (81) have conceded more goals than Huddersfield (76) this season. Schindler, who scored the winning penalty in the 2017 Championship play-off final, has missed just one game in the 2018/19 campaign.

Leicester – Ricardo Pereira

Ricardo Pereira performances are repaying his £25million fee

The right-back has been one of Leicester’s most consistent players this season.

In his debut campaign in England, he has netted two goals and registered six assists in 35 Premier League appearances. He will be invaluable for the Foxes next term.

Liverpool – Yet to be announced

Manchester City – Bernardo Silva

In a phenomenal campaign, Silva was the man voted as CIty’s best across the season by supporters. His stunning form in their final few games showed incredible heart and hunger, while also showcasing his fantastic attributes with the ball at his feet.

Manchester United – Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw won the Players’ Player of the Year and the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year awards

In a season where United conceded 54 league goals – the most of any top-six side in England – it would seem odd to see a defender win this award. However, on a personal note, Shaw has had his best season in a Red Devils shirt.

He was a regular under Jose Mourinho, who had criticised him in the past, and kept his place when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over in December.

The England left-back made 40 appearances, a season-best since joining the club in 2014.

Newcastle United – Salomon Rondon

Newcastle will be desperate to keep Salomon Rondon beyond this season

It is unusual for a loan player to win a Player of the Year award, but it shows just how vital Rondon has been to Newcastle this season.

His 11 goals and seven assists helped the Magpies retain their Premier League status for a second successive year.

The club will surely try to sign him permanently from West Brom this summer.

Southampton – Nathan Redmond

Nathan Redmond has been a key player for Southampton this season

Redmond’s season sparked into life following Ralph Hasenhuttl’s appointment as manager in December.

The winger was deployed as a makeshift striker which worked wonders for his form.

Six goals and four assists for the former Norwich man showed just how much he thrived under Hasenhuttl.

Tottenham – Heung-Min Son

Heung-min Son has stepped up for Tottenham in the absence of Harry Kane

Son has filled the void left by Harry Kane, who has been plagued by ankle injuries in 2019.

Playing as a winger or striker, the South Korea attacker was Spurs’ most dangerous player. Son scored 20 goals and had seven assists to his name in an extremely productive season.

Watford – Etienne Capoue

Etienne Capoue has scored four goals this season

Capoue had a point to prove after leaving Tottenham for Watford in 2015. He was used sparingly in his two seasons with Spurs and the Hornets gave him a Premier League lifeline.

He has been a consistent presence in the Watford midfield and this season was no different.

The Frenchman has an FA Cup final to look forward to against Manchester City on May 18, which is live on talkSPORT.

West Ham – Lukasz Fabianski

Lukasz Fabianski has endeared himself to West Ham fans

Fabianski was always going to stay in the Premier League following Swansea’s relegation in the 2017/18 season.

He was snapped up by West Ham for just £7million and played every minute of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign.

He was also the busiest goalkeeper, making 148 saves.

Wolves – Joao Moutinho

Joao Moutinho has been a revelation for Wolves and proved he is able to fire in the Premier League after a transfer to Tottenham failed to materialise back in 2012. He’s been key for the club and their Europa League qualification.