The best Premier League season ever? Here’s why…

Leicester City

However the 2015/16 Premier League season finishes it has to go down in history as the best Premier League season ever.

Of course there will be some previous seasons that can rival the current one in terms of excitement such as 2011/12 season or the 1994-95 seasons where the titles were decided at the very last thanks to Sergio Aguero and West Ham stopper Ludo Miklosko whose heroics kept Man Utd out and denied the Reds and handed Blackburn Rovers a historic title.

Truly dramatic last gasp moments, however this season has got to be the best as it has been dramatic from start to where we are now. With the headline act being Leicester City who looked doomed to a swift return to the Championship just 12 months ago.

But now 12 months on thanks to a meteoric rise they are closing in on the most unlikely title in the Premier League’s history. The Foxes were 5000/1 long shots for the title at the start of the season but now are just as short as 8/15 an unbelievable turnaround.

Dele Alli

The Foxes are quite rightly the headline act but looking past Claudio Raneiri’s side they are some other fantastic supporting acts, such as Slaven Bilic’s West Ham, Spurs and their young and exciting side or even Bournemouth with their limited resources comfortably securing their Premier League status at the first time of asking.

Whilst there has been some big surprise packages performing well above the level they were expected to. There has also been by equal measure big sides like Chelsea who simply haven’t turned up this season just another factor which makes this Premier League season the best ever.

No one could have predicted that by Christmas Chelsea would be fearing a relegation battle whilst Leicester were starting to dream of title ambitions, a complete role reversal, just for that alone it should be considered as the best Premier League season ever.

There has been much more than this however, such as Jamie Vardy breaking the Premier League record for scoring in consecutive games, West Ham winning at Anfield after going 53 years without a win there, or despite spending £150m Man City haven’t been able to win a single game against any of the sides in the Premier League’s top six.

Riyad Mahrez

That £150m could buy you 107 Vardy’s and Riyad Mahrez’s who coincidentally have scored a combined total of goals between them which are higher than that of Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Watford, Stoke, Newcastle, Swansea, Norwich and West Brom.

That duo of Vardy and Mahrez along with French pair N’Golo Kante with his remarkable industry and Dimitri Payet with his wonderful ability have stolen the limelight as the leading acts in this most remarkable of Premier League seasons with their outstanding individual ability.

But whilst the key men have shone brightest on the Premier League stage- the sum of their parts also reveal a surprising statistic. After 30 games the combined points totals of Arsenal, Man City, Chelsea and Man Utd 197, would be lower than the combined points totals of Leicester, Spurs, West Ham and Stoke 223.

It is the rise of the so called lesser sides this season which has made the Premier League such a fantastic spectacle, the Premier League is always known as a highly competitive league but this season has taken that too another level.

Dimitri Payet

Sides like Leicester, West Ham, Southampton, Stoke, Watford and Bournemouth have challenged their illustrious counterparts and have come out on top on many occasions, with the Hammers still unbeaten in 11 league and cup games against Liverpool, Arsenal, Man City and Man United.

But with just eight games to go, this season still has a lot to play for, 3 sides could still win the title, up to 4-5 teams could finish in the top four and there is still a few sides pushing for Europa League football. And whilst Villa looked doomed there is still 3-4 sides that could well go down with them.

There is so much to be decided, but what already is clear that before the final curtain falls- this has to go down as the best Premier League season ever.

 Images from The Daily Mail 1 2

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