Who is hot in the Premier League - and who is not

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane celebrating scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane, London.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane celebrating scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane, London.

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This has been another memorable Premier League season full of memorable displays, both good and bad.

Here, we pick out some of those whose careers appear to be going different directions.

Sunderland striker Altidore must have known his time on Wearside was up when, on December 13, he contrived to completely miskick three yards from an open goal after Sebastian Larsson had crossed.

Sunderland striker Altidore must have known his time on Wearside was up when, on December 13, he contrived to completely miskick three yards from an open goal after Sebastian Larsson had crossed.

On the up

Harry Kane

Having started the campaign as third-choice striker at Tottenham, he ends it as the Premier League’s top-scoring Englishman after a fairytale rise. Now a senior international and fans’ favourite at his boyhood club, Kane’s rise cannot failed to have taken onlookers aback.

Ashley Young

Colombia international Falcao has had an entire season to forget.

Colombia international Falcao has had an entire season to forget.

Many expected the winger to be out of the door when Louis van Gaal arrived. Instead, Young has become one of the Dutchmen’s main men, providing a constant threat down the flank with performances so impressive that there was genuine shock when overlooked for an England recall.

Francis Coquelin

It turns out the player Arsenal have been crying out for has been within their midst all along. Coquelin, 24, was farmed out to Charlton earlier in a campaign he ends as a first-team regular, perhaps proving the long-term answer to Arsene Wenger’s need for a sturdy defensive midfielder.

Garry Monk

Referee Roger East incorrectly sending off Sunderland's Wes Brown instead of John O'Shea during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester.

Referee Roger East incorrectly sending off Sunderland's Wes Brown instead of John O'Shea during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester.

Swansea’s habit of making solid managerial appointments continued with fans’ favourite Monk. So long a player for the Swans, the former defender’s understanding of the club’s ethos, goals and players has held him in good stead, leading to a wonderful campaign at the Liberty Stadium.

Esteban Cambiasso

Saying a 34-year-old midfielder is on the up may sound strange, but few could have imagined how influential the former Argentina international has been for Leicester. A key component in their great escape, Cambiasso was voted player of the year and could now extend his stay at the King Power Stadium.

On the slide

Radamel Falcao

So long a target for the Premier League elite, the Colombia international’s arrival at Manchester United on a season-long loan was greeted with understandable fanfare. Falcao has failed to scale the heights of previous years, though, struggling to impress and find the net.

Mario Balotelli

The striker’s fleeting glimpses of quality have become increasingly rare since swapping AC Milan for Liverpool. The acquisition was always going to be a bit of a gamble, but few expected Balotelli to do this badly. A summer exit would not be beyond the realms of possibility.

Vincent Kompany

Given how vital he has been in Manchester City’s success over the years, this season’s drop-off has been particularly marked. The Belgium international has struggled with injury and in recapturing his form during a tame title defence.

Wojciech Szczesny

Wenger has shown a lot of faith in the Poland goalkeeper in previous years, but he has lost his place as Arsenal’s number one and could well leave the Emirates Stadium. Poor performances were compounded by a bizarre incident in which he smoked in the showers after defeat at Southampton.

Harry Redknapp

Touted for the England job in 2012, he has since played a major part in two relegations at QPR. This time he jumped ship in February blaming an ongoing knee problem. The Hoops’ return to the Championship was confirmed with two matches to spare.

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