Gerrard, Ramsey and Kompany star in final team of the week
Man City and Liverpool provide the backbone to the team as the season draws to a close
MAN CITY secured their second title in three years with a routine win over West Ham on Sunday as another Premier League season drew to a close. It was a low-key end to a dramatic season, with the title, European qualification and relegation issues all but sorted by the time the games got underway. But who were the stars of the final week of the campaign? Here's our pick of the experts' picks: Goalkeeper: John Ruddy (Norwich)The Canaries may have been relegated but Ruddy was outstanding once again despite Arsenal's victory. The stopper pulled off several fine saves and looked as though he, at least, was still up for the fight. "He made a late case to national team boss Roy Hodgson that he should be on the plane to the 2014 World Cup," says website Fanatix.
Defence: Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal), Vincent Kompany (Man City), Daniel Agger (Liverpool), Dejan Lovren (Southampton)The Gunners defender scored his first-ever senior goal as Arsenal beat relegated Norwich. That, along with some bonus points and a clean sheet for the Gunners, meant that the full back scored the most points in Fantasy Football this weekend. Also on target was Man City skipper Kompany, who found the net against West Ham to banish any fears of an upset at the Etihad and finished the afternoon with the Premier League trophy held aloft. He is a "priceless" player says Goal.com, and "was at his talismanic best" on the final day. Agger is the third goalscorer in the back four and his performance "reminds some that maybe Liverpool's centre-backs deserve a bit more respect", says Gab Marcotti of ESPN. Lovren "put in a stellar end-of-season showing" against Man United says Bleacher Report, keeping Robin Van Persie and co at bay.
Midfield: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Samir Nasri (Man City), James McCarthy (Everton)Ramsey is a unanimous choice this week and the big question asked by the pundits is whether things would have been different for Arsenal this season had the Welshman stayed fit. He scored a brilliant volley against Norwich. Seeing him "so fresh and ready to go" at the end of the season must be "frustrating" for Gunners fans, says Bleacher Report. Gerrard set up both Liverpool goals against Newcastle. "It may be a season defined by a slip, but the iconic midfielder proved again how effective he can be in the quarter-back role," says Goal.com. Nasri opened the scoring for Man City against West Ham, and his goal came as the crowd was starting to get twitchy says ESPN. "There's no doubting his importance to the Manchester City machine." Everton man McCarthy has proved himself at home in the upper reaches of the Premier League this season and against Hull he "dominated the midfield and even scored a rare goal", notes Fanatix.
Attack: Marcus Gayle (Crystal Palace), Wilfried Bony (Swansea)Two more goals for Palace striker Gayle means that he ends the season on a high. "After his surprise move from Peterborough last summer he has started to show Tony Pulis that he can be a key player in the seasons to come," says Goal.com. Another player who bowed out on a high was Swansea striker Bony, who "rounded off a thoroughly impressive debut Premier League season with an excellent performance at Sunderland", says Bleacher Report.