Adrian Clarke takes a look at the tactical trends of the 2018/19 Premier League.
It was a campaign that also featured the most away wins for top-flight sides in history.
Visiting teams claimed 128 victories in 380 matches, a remarkable share of 33.7 per cent.
Draws were a rarity.
Never before in the Premier League era had there been as few as the 71 draws we witnessed this season. The points were shared in a mere 18.7 per cent of all matches.
This was the smallest proportion at the highest level of English football since 1931.
One of the most pleasing aspects of 2018/19 was the amount of goals scored.
Over the course of the campaign the ball hit the back of the net 1,072 times, breaking the previous record of 1,066 set in 2011/12.
While some may question the quality of the defending, I prefer to look at the standards set by the attacking players and in that regard we saw top-class football.
Across the last 15 seasons this was the best for accurate shooting and finishing prowess.
Inside the final third the quality was exceptionally high.
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One major reason behind the upturn in goals was the progress made by clubs finishing in mid-table.
These teams performed with more attacking freedom and often used two strikers. Their adventurous tactics were rewarded.
Indeed, Leicester City were the only club to finish between eighth and 14th whose goal tally fell from the previous season.
Overall there was an aggregate improvement of 35 goals shared between the other six teams in these positions.
Clubs who finished between seventh and 14th place won an extra 20 matches compared with teams who occupied those spots in the previous season, collecting an additional 39 extra points.
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Target-man centre-forwards are also back in demand.
And with two-man strikeforces regaining popularity with managers, it altered the complexion of the way Premier League teams created chances.
During 2018/19 headed efforts rose from 1,347 to 1,514, reaching a tally that has not been bettered since 2011/12.
You have to go back to 2010/11 to find a season that produced more headed goals than the 185 of this term.
This was a campaign that reminded us of the value of having a physical presence inside the danger zone.
Part 1: Tactical review: Strike pairings back in fashion
Part 2: Tactical review: Full-backs taking over from wingers
Part 3: Tactical review: Defenders the new pass masters
Part 4: Tactical review: Fouls dropping but penalties rising