Revealed: The winners of our 2019/20 Premier League awards
After more than 12,000 votes on Twitter, here are the winners of our end-of-season Premier League awards.
Signing of the Season
WINNER: Bruno Fernandes (56.3%)
NOMINEES: Allan Saint-Maximin (14.5%), Christian Pulisic (22.8%), Gary Cahill (6.4%)
No Bruno, no Champions League. It was as simple as that for Manchester United this season.
The Portuguese playmaker transformed United’s fortunes following his arrival in January, with no team taking more than their 32 points from the 14 matches since he signed.
Fernandes scored eight goals and supplied seven assists in those 14 games, including crucial strikes against Tottenham and Leicester.
When he officially joined the club on 29 January, United sat in fifth, six points behind Chelsea. They finished the season in third, above the Blues on goal difference.
Not only did Fernandes have this tangible effect on their season, but United also played some of the best football in the division with him pulling the strings. A worthy winner.
Story of the Season
WINNER: Liverpool end 30-year wait (42.9%)
NOMINEES: Watford sack three managers (20.6%), Sheffield United charm the PL (26.9%), Mourinho replaces Poch at Spurs (9.5%)
It just had to be, didn’t it?
Liverpool, forever ridiculed by their rivals for continually falling short in the Premier League, finally broke their 30-year title duck with an awesome campaign under Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds were head and shoulders above the rest of the division this season and, if not for a post-lockdown blip, would have broken the points record for a single campaign.
This will always be a season remembered for off-pitch events, but Liverpool fans won’t be concerned with that.
This is the year they ended their Premier League hoodoo, becoming champions of England, having already conquered Europe and the world.
Most Improved Player
WINNER: Danny Ings (52.8%)
NOMINEES: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (8%), Adama Traore (32.8%), Caglar Soyuncu (6.4%)
In five injury-ravaged top-flight seasons prior to 2019/20, Ings had managed 21 goals in 73 matches.
Now, finally back to full fitness, the Southampton striker has more than doubled that tally in one season, netting 22 goals in 38 matches and finishing one strike off a share of the Golden Boot.
Had the Euros rolled around this summer, it would have been hard for England manager Gareth Southgate to deny Ings his major tournament debut.
The 28-year-old will instead be focusing on maintaining his form into next season for the Saints, who compiled an impressive second half of the campaign under Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Should Ings manage another 20-goal campaign, then a second England cap will surely come in the next few months.
Promoted Player of the Season
WINNER: Dean Henderson (55.4%)
NOMINEES: Jack Grealish (30.7%), John Fleck (8%), Todd Cantwell (6%)
Henderson emerged as a quality goalkeeper in the Championship last season, but his first year in the top-flight has truly confirmed his talent.
Sheffield United ended the season with the fourth-best defensive record in the Premier League, an astounding achievement for a promoted side.
While Henderson cannot take all the plaudits for that, the young stopper must be given huge credit for the way in which he marshalled his backline while producing world-class saves when necessary.
Unfortunately for Sheffield United, the 23-year-old has played so well that a return to Manchester United in the summer is looking highly likely.
The decline of David De Gea will only accelerate Henderson’s promotion to the first-team at Old Trafford, with a senior England debut also on the horizon.
Game of the Season
WINNER: Southampton 0-9 Leicester (40%)
NOMINEES: Norwich 3-2 Manchester City (16.9%), Wolves 3-2 Manchester City (16.4%), Watford 3-0 Liverpool (26.7%)
In truth, this wasn’t much of a game. It is easy to see, however, why it has been voted Game of the Season.
Just three teams in Premier League history have scored nine goals in a match, with Leicester also equalling the record for biggest winning margin since the competition started in 1992.
It was always going to be a tough ask for Southampton after Ben Chilwell’s opener in the 10th minute, but a red card for Ryan Bertrand just two minutes later set off a capitulation that no one could have seen coming.
Both Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez netted hat-tricks, with Youri Tielemans and James Maddison also scoring for the Foxes.
Interestingly, Southampton would go on to earn more points (44) than Leicester (42) over the course of their remaining games after this loss.
Celebration of the Season
WINNER: Alisson v Manchester United (32.2%)
NOMINEES: Todd Cantwell v Manchester City (14.7%), Jamie Vardy v Sheffield United (31.6%), Alireza Jahanbakhsh v Chelsea (21.5%)
There was no Jimmy Bullard telling his teammates off, Mario Balotelli asking ‘Why always me?’, or Peter Crouch doing the robot, but there were still some quality celebrations this season.
The most memorable, according to you, the fans, was Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson’s full-pitch charge and knee slide after Mo Salah wrapped up a 2-0 win over Manchester United in January.
With United pushing for a late equaliser, the Brazilian spotted Salah all on his own up front before setting him through on goal with a perfect pass over the top.
Salah duly obliged with a calm finish to wrap up the points, with Alisson sprinting the length of the pitch before knee-sliding into the arms of the Egyptian.
We must give an honourable mention to Jamie Vardy, whose hands-behind-ears taunt of Sheffield United fans missed out on the win by a mere 0.6%.
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