Football stars of the EPL galaxy: A look at the season's showstoppers

May 15, 2018, 08:54 IST | A Correspondent

A day after the final whistle was blown on the 2017-18 Premier League, mid-day takes a look at the season's showstoppers

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Mohamed Salah

The superlatives are running out for Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah's record-breaking impact this season. The Egyptian, 25, scored a record 32 Premier League goals and took his overall tally to 44 in a remarkable first year at Anfield. The £36.9 million signing, deservedly won the Premier League Golden Boot award and was adjudged Player of the Year by UK's Professional Football Association.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Harry Kane

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane's ruthless nature makes him the world's best striker, says his club manager Mauricio Pochettino and the England international more than justified that tag this EPL season. Kane was at his lethal best in a campaign that saw him break Alan Shearer's EPL mark (36) by scoring 39 goals in a calendar year.

Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
Kevin de Bruyne

Manchester City's Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne finished the season with 16 assists after teeing up Gabriel Jesus' late winner at Southampton in the last league game that saw City breach the 100-point mark. His teammates were not too far behind on the assists, with Leroy Sane recording 15 and David Silva and Raheem Sterling both recording 11. Besides assisting his mates, Bruyne even helped himself to quite a few goals throughout the season — eight to be precise, showing off his striking ability too.

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur)
Christian Eriksen

Pundits have pitted midfielder Christian Eriksen's eye-catching EPL campaign this season on par with teammate Harry Kane. The Dane won the Premier League Goal of the Month award in April for his stunning 30-yard strike against Chelsea at the beginning which justified his ability as being both the creator as well as scorer of goals.

David De Gea (Manchester United)
David De Gea

The Manchester United custodian once again proved his worth this season, keeping 18 clean sheets in 37 games. David de Gea's performances earned him the club's Player of the Year award for the fourth time since he moved to Old Trafford in 2011. The Spaniard also capped off a fine campaign by claiming his first EPL Golden Glove award.

Broken records
100
Record number of points champions Manchester City registered this season — the first team ever to reach the three-figure mark

106
Record no. of goals Man City have scored this season, beating Chelsea's tally of 103 in the 2009-10 season

18
No. of consecutive wins achieved by Man City between August and December, a record

32
No. of wins Man City have notched up — the most by any team in a 38-game season

16
No. of away games Man City have won this season — the most by any team in the EPL

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