ANOTHER Premier League season has come and gone.
And while it might not have matched Leicester’s fairytale from last year, there have still been plenty of thrills and spills.
SunSport columnist ALAN SHEARER dishes out his awards for 2016-17.
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GOAL OF THE SEASON
Andy Carroll (West Ham 3 Crystal Palace 0, Jan 14)
I MUCH prefer Carroll’s volley to the scorpion kicks by Olivier Giroud and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
It was incredible – the height he took the ball at and then the accuracy and the power of the strike.
To volley the ball like that is the toughest skill in the game.
It was an absolute rocket and I could watch it over and over again.
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE SEASON
AFTER breaking through last season, Dele’s game has gone on to a new level this time around.
The one thing I said last year was that he missed too many chances.
But he’sc eratainly improved on that because he has 18 Premier League goals to his name.
And he is only going to get better, which is an exciting thought for Tottenham fans.
MANAGER OF THE SEASON
AT THE start of the season, everyone was looking at the top six and their superstar managers, wondering which one would come out on top.
Well, Conte did so with ease, winning the league with Chelsea with a couple of weeks to spare.
He has come in and got players who basically didn’t perform at all last season to win the title.
The way he has handled them has been impressive, particularly the Costa situation in January, which threatened to unsettle the side.
His tactics have been spot on — since he switched to a back three Chelsea have never looked back.
UNSUNG HERO OF THE SEASON
BECAUSE of Kante, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, Azpilicueta doesn’t get as many mentions as he should.
But he’s played every minute of every league game this season and has been a regular eight-and-a-half or nine out of ten every single week.
For most of his time at Chelsea, he’s played at full-back, but this season he’s just comfortably slotted into the three at the back system.
He’s Mr Reliable.
SIGNING OF THE SEASON
HE is my player of the year but I also have to say he is my signing of the season, too.
When you look at some of the fees being paid for players nowadays, for Chelsea to get him for about £30million is an absolute steal.
You would pay that every time for a player like Kante, who you know will help you win a title.
FLOP OF THE SEASON
IT is quite scary to think Sissoko cost £1million more than Kante.
Newcastle must have been laughing when Tottenham stumped up £30m to take the midfielder away.
The Frenchman has started just eight league games for Spurs, scoring no goals, and his signing has to go down as a huge and costly mistake.
MOST DISAPPOINTING TEAM OF THE SEASON
SUNDERLAND have just been nothing short of embarrassing.
David Moyes’ team have shown a lack of fight, lack of heart and lack of desire.
Other than Jermain Defoe and Jordan Pickford, the team have been terrible.
From the first month of the season, everything has been negative.
The woeful Black Cats never gave their fans any hope whatsoever that they were not going to be relegated — and they got what they deserved.
MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER OF THE SEASON
WHEN you pay nearly £90million for someone you would expect them to blow your mind away at times on the football pitch.
But there have not been many times — if any this season — when you have watched the former Juventus midfielder and thought ‘wow’.
It is too soon to write him off but Manchester United will expect much more from the Frenchman next season.
PLAYER OF THE SEASON
I HAVE never seen anyone cover as much grass as he does on a football pitch.
The Chelsea midfielder very rarely makes a bad tackle and the vast majority of the time he stays on his feet.
He plays almost every game and – even after 90 minutes – I think he could go out and run a marathon!
Without Kante, I doubt Chelsea would have won the Premier League.
AND NEXT SEASON…
I AM looking forward to a bigger title challenge from more of the so-called big boys.
Before this season, we all mentioned the big managers. But only Tottenham and Chelsea made a fist of it for the league.
And I never really thought that Spurs would win it.
So I want to see the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp all step it up next season.
And I have no doubt that they will do, because they are all going to spend a fortune this summer.