It was definitely an enjoyable season in the premier league 2015/16 season, a memorable one we won’t be quick to forget.The lesser teams promoted last season really gave a good account of themselves while the big teams disappointed especially previous defending champions Chelsea. Arsenal secured their regular season top four trophy while Leicester city against all odds won the premier league title.Against all odds because apparently, they have the sixth cheapest squad in the premier league!!! An achievement that wouldn’t happen in the next hundred years (now quote me). Anyways, here are ten of the cheapest squads in the premier league and the position they finished.
10. WEST HAM – 106.15 million pounds – 7th
They have a squad worth 106 million pounds and after finishing 10th, 12th and 13th in the three previous campaigns since winning promotion back to the top flight, they finished seventh and mounted a serious challenge to make the top four in what will be an impressive season by the clubs standard.A push for Champions League football has inspired fans.Exciting signings Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini have combined with loyal West Ham servants to bring an exciting brand of football back to the Boleyn Ground in its final season.And were it not for a run of draws around Christmas, which coincided with Payet’s two-month spell on the touchline nursing injury, the Hammers could well be preparing for Europe’s elite club competition.Now the club venture to the Olympic Stadium in rude health and there is a sense they at the start of a cycle which could see them break into the top four in the coming years.
9. ASTON VILLA – 92.4 million pounds – 20th (relegated)
They definately had one of the worst seasons in premier league history finishing 20th with just 17 points.The season started with promise with 11 senior signings and an opening-day win at newly-promoted Bournemouth ended with Aston Villa relegated from the Premier League for the first time.Villa plodded along steadily under manager Tim Sherwood until a Super Sunday date with Leicester in mid-September, which saw them throw away a two-goal lead with 18 minutes remaining, eventually losing 3-2. A win over Norwich in early February gave some a glimmer of hope, but then came loss after loss after loss, eventually culminating in a first-ever Premier League relegation on April 16 and a first in the top flight since 1987.Villa’s sharp fall caused problems off the pitch, while attempts to restart the club upstairs resulted in more trial and error, and in-turn more set-backs.With a new manager due, and a new owner potentially on the horizon, there is still hope that this decline will slow down in the Championship, and fans will be desperate for the club to learn from their mistakes on the pitch and off it.
8. STOKE CITY – 72.6 million pounds – 9th
Their squad costs 72.6 million pounds and credit must go to Mark Hughes for being able to attract top players like Bojan Krkic, Afellay and Shaqiri and being able to convert Stoke from the Tony Pulis’s boogey team to a team with a free flowing playing style. But it seemed to take time for the team to gel and the Potters didn’t register their first win until late September, a 2-1 home victory over newly-promoted Bournemouth.That proved the catalyst for an improved run of form and late 2015 brought high-profile wins over Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United at the Britannia Stadium. All three were beaten to nil with Marko Arnautovic scoring in all three games, including a brace against City. progression to the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup seemed to distract from the team’s Premier League form and Mark Hughes’ men were denied their trip to Wembley when they lost in a penalty shootout to Liverpool at Anfield. Peter Crouch and Marc Muniesa both missed from the spot.Three back-to-back defeats followed and Stoke went on to conceded four goals in three consecutive games in April. It was a flat end to a campaign that had promised so much – with a knee injury to Afellay adding to the disappointment. Even so, a third consecutive top-10 finish for the first time since the days of Sir Stanley Matthews is an achievement in itself.
7. CRYSTAL PALACE – 71.1 million pounds – 15th
After a strong finish to last season under Alan Pardew, Crystal Palace started the new campaign on a wave of optimism. Yohan Cabaye was a mouth-watering addition from Paris St Germain, and it felt like there was plenty to get excited about. The opening weeks of the season only added to the enjoyment, as Palace won three of their first four games, including a thrilling 2-1 victory over defending champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Narrow defeats to Manchester City and Tottenham followed, but there were more highlights to come. Palace supporters were dreaming of Europe, but their form nosedived in the second half of the campaign, with a dismal winless run of 14 games pushing them into a relegation battle. They finally got back to winning ways against Norwich in April, however, and there was also a 1-1 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.The dip in form between December and April was a serious cause for alarm and a 4-1 defeat by Southampton was a dismal way to finish their Premier League campaign, but their upcoming FA Cup final against Manchester United gives them the opportunity to end the year on an unforgettable high.
6. LEICESTER CITY – 62.55 million pounds – 1st (Champions)
How the hell could this ever be possible??? Will this ever happen again? Not in my generation though.It all started from the first game of the season as Leicester scored three times in the first half an hour of their season opener against Sunderland with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez both in on the act. It was a sign of things to come as the Foxes were unbeaten in all competitions until a chastening 5-2 home defeat to Arsenal in late September.If that was supposed to end the momentum it did anything but with Leicester taking 26 points from the next 10 games to top the table at Christmas. Vardy featured prominently throughout this run with his opening goal against Manchester United in November breaking a Premier League record – it was the 11th game in a row in which he’d found the net. Leicester took only six points from the next five games after Christmas – although Robert Huth’s late winner at Tottenham was to prove significant – and fears they would fade away began to increase. However, Vardy’s stunner against Liverpool added belief and a brilliant 3-1 win at Manchester City took them five points clear at the top.When Arsenal beat them for a second time in the dying moments at the Emirates Stadium next time out, it had a galvanising effect – Leicester would not lose again. They kept six clean sheets in the next seven games and even Vardy’s suspension couldn’t stop their winning streak. Only Tottenham could apply any pressure and when they were held by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, the title was secured with two games to spare.Bigups to them though,can’t wait to see them in the premier league and champions league 2016/17 season.
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5. WEST BROM – 61.6 million pounds – 14th
A fourteenth place finish is not bad for a Tony Pulis side that would not guarantee you good football but be assured of doggedness, toughness and premier league status as he will never get your club relegated. West Brom endured a tough start to the season with home defeats against Man City and Chelsea but soon made up for it with 1-0 away wins over Stoke and Aston Villa. In fact, the Baggies weren’t beaten on their travels until October but still found themselves one spot above the drop zone at that stage. It required further 1-0 wins over Norwich and Sunderland – the third and fourth of 10 one-goal victories for Albion in the season – to alleviate relegation concerns and back-to-back wins over Newcastle and Stoke either side of New Year even lifted Tony Pulis’s team to within nine points of the top four. The only highlight in their second half of the season was a 1-0 win at home to Manchester united and a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane that played a big part in ending Tottenham’s hopes of the Premier League title. For West Brom, staying in the Premier League was the primary goal and a 14th-place finish ensures a seventh successive season in the top flight.
4. NORWICH – 61.1 million pounds – 19th (relegated)
Much weren’t expected of this Norwich side as they possessed quite an average squad with little experience and didn’t do their business until January.They also had the youngest coach in the premier league who was probably less experienced and overwhelmed with the stage he found himself. A run of only one win from nine games between October and December left them in the relegation zone, although they did respond by producing the highlight of their season as they won 2-1 against Manchester United at Old Trafford.Aston Villa and Southampton were also beaten either side of New Year’s Day to put Norwich six points clear of the bottom three, but their form nosedived after that – with their struggles in front of goal proving particularly costly.Eight defeats from nine between January and March – including a heartbreaking 5-4 defeat to Liverpool at Carrow Road – left Alex Neil’s men in deep trouble, and even consecutive wins over West Brom and Newcastle couldn’t save them.Finished 19th on the table therefore got relegated and live to fight another year in their race to get back to the premier league
3. SWANSEA CITY – 55.4 million pounds -12th
Fact is they have they performed below expectations given their level of performance last season but grind out when it mattered most and I feel its probably because of their experience in the premier league and they fact that they bought well. The acquisition of Andre Ayew was a good one.The started the season well but what followed was a miserable run of form that would cost Monk his job. Eliminated from the Capital One Cup by Hull, the only team that Swansea beat between September and Christmas was Aston Villa. Amid talk of dressing room problems, a 3-0 home defeat to Leicester that left the Swans just two points above the drop zone proved the final straw. Alan Curtis took over in a caretaker role but any upturn in fortunes was minimal. Oxford knocked Swansea out of the FA Cup and their premier league form was also awful. There were away wins over Everton and Arsenal, while Gylfi Sigurdsson’s goal inflicted Chelsea’s first Premier League defeat of the season under Guus Hiddink. May wins over Liverpool and West Ham ensured that the team finished the campaign on a relative high and back in mid-table – with the 24 points from 15 games enough to earn Guidolin a new two-year contract. If that sort of form can be maintained, Swansea supporters will be hoping for a less frustrating season next time around.
2. WATFORD – 53 million pounds – 13th
At the start of the season, top-flight survival and an FA Cup semi-final would surely have been considered a success, but it was not enough for Flores to keep his job and how this is possible baffles me. They have the second cheapest squad in the premier league and managed to finish 13th.This should’ve been enough for Flores to be awarded a new contract but he was sacked. Having been promoted from the Championship, the Hornets were one of the favourites to go straight back down. Certainly it seemed as though new manager Quique Sanchez Flores had a challenging job on his hands, with 16 signings made over the summer and a squad of 22 different nationalities.Watford had never survived in the Premier League before but, by the time Christmas rolled around, they had gone a long way to ensuring they would be staying in the top flight. Backed by the impressive goal-scoring form of Odion Ighalo, who finished 2015 as the top scorer in English league football, the Hornets beat Swansea, Newcastle, Stoke and West Ham before a four-match winning run culminated in a 3-0 victory over Liverpool. At Christmas the Hornets were seventh in the league, only a point outside the top four. But the New Year brought with it a downturn in form as well as uncertainty over Flores’ future.As Watford progressed in the FA Cup with victories over Leeds and Arsenal, they slipped down the league, winning just four games in 2016. While those victories were enough to keep them afloat and ward off any threat of relegation, their cup campaign ended in disappointment with a 2-1 semi-final defeat to Crystal Palace at Wembley.
1.AFC BOURNEMOUTH – 43 million pounds – 16th
Eddie Howe comes across as a nice guy and has carried his Bournemouth impressively to maintain their premier league status. will cherish the memory of their rollercoaster first season in the top flight. It started with 1-0 defeats to Aston Villa and Liverpool, but they responded with a thrilling 4-3 win over West Ham in which Callum Wilson scored a hat-trick. Bournemouth started 2016 four points clear of the drop zone in 16th, and their survival never looked in doubt in the second half of the season. January signing Benik Afobe made an immediate impact following his arrival from Wolves as he scored in victories over Norwich and Crystal Palace, and their impressive form continued.In March there were consecutive victories over Southampton, Newcastle and Swansea, and even heavy defeats to the likes of Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea couldn’t dampen the mood around the club. Eddie Howe deserves huge credit for not just keeping the Cherries afloat – but making them look comfortable in the Premier League.