6. Manchester United – With the most star-studded squad in the Premier League, many anticipated United would be near the top of the table, certainly not outside the top four. Their style of play has noticeable improved as it should do with Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan now in the team and they have added a League Cup to their trophy cabinet, but theres plenty of work to do. It looks as though theyll be without Champions League football for another season. 4. Tottenham Hotspur – Mauricio Pochettino has confidently confirmed that his current crop of players are not one-season wonders. Spurs might not boast the glamour, expensive names of their rivals but, along with Chelsea, they crucially have arguably the most balanced team in the top flight. Their poor performances in Europe will be a concern, however, as will the damage to striker Harry Kanes ankle. 1. Chelsea – While the Blues have a team all would agree are capable of winning the Premier League title, few anticipated they would recover so well from a rotten last season. Antonio Conte has lived up to his reputation as a master tactician, giving freedom to what had been a restricted attacking unit and assembling the leagues joint toughest defence. Add to that the securing of last seasons standout performer, NGolo Kante, and Chelseas transformation has been remarkable. 17. West Ham United – It was an embarrassing start to the campaign for the Hammers, beginning with their failure to qualify for the Europa League a competition club owners will have expected the London Stadium to host in its first season. They have recovered to move mid-table, but Slaven Bilics job is still said to be under threat. Theres a lot of work to be done with the first team squad. 5. West Bromwich Albion – Tony Pulis has found a good balance of attack and defence, which looks to be leading the Baggies to an improved standing in the table from last seasons position of 14th. They do leave much to be desired in the final third, but have improved considerably from an underwhelming 2015/16 term. There will be concern at the back-to-back defeats suffered this month, however. 20 20 16. Watford – The Hornets will again, as it stands, comfortably secure Premier League safety. But theres been minimal improvement from the team. They simply dont score enough and this year have hugely struggled in this department. Unless they work on signing a striker in the summer transfer window, it will only be a matter of time before they drop down the table. 20 20 12. Swansea City – The Swans have been a welcome addition to the top flight since their promotion in 2011. But this term and the last has seen the club fall into a relegation battle. Their style of play deserves better, but they have been lacking in character on the pitch. Under the guidance of Paul Clement, however, spirit has risen, with their form this year lifting the club away from the drop zone. 20 15. Leicester City – Its been a difficult campaign for the Foxes, with the threat of relegation forcing club chiefs to dismiss Claudio Ranieri, the manager responsible for the greatest Premier League title triumph in history. But while their domestic form has been disappointing, their progress in the Champions League has been excellent. Through to the quarter-finals with a 3-2 aggregate win over Sevilla in the last 16, history continues to be made at the King Power Stadium. Craig Shakespeare, despite criticism at his promotion from assistant to manager following Ranieris exit, is currently getting the best out of the team. 3. Manchester City – City might not have sustained their form as anticipated, but the progress being made is obvious. Its clear Pep Guardiola isnt satisfied with his first team but rather than sulk over his options, the Spanish coach has been unafraid to make bold decisions in personnel. Its been thrilling to see Guardiola get to grips with life at the Etihad. 11. Hull City – The Tigers were expected to struggle after a tumultuous summer and have adapted better than anticipated to the top flight. They might be fighting relegation, but the club and their support will have been under no illusions at how difficult this season would be. Theyve far from given up the fight with new manager Marco Silva, who replaced Mike Phelan after less than three months since his caretaker role had become permanent, at the start of this year. 20. Sunderland – click the arrow above, right, to find out where your team ranks on the progress they’ve made this season – The Black Cats have surely run out of time in the top flight. Jermain Defoe got the team out of jail last season, but such a miraculous run at the end of this term isnt anticipated. David Moyes hasnt transformed the squad in any way and, in reality, they arent good enough to take a place in the Premier League. 20 20 20 20 10. Bournemouth – Its been a slightly better campaign, so far, from the Cherries. But while they have improved in the final third, Eddie Howes defence remains a problem. Howe has to move his attention away from attractive football and to adding the discipline necessary of any top flight team. 20 20 20 20 8. Liverpool – An excellent start to the campaign saw the title hopes of the Reds being talked up; slowly but surely, however, the same old cracks started to show. Vulnerable in defence and midfield compared to their top four rivals, Jurgen Klopps intimidating attacking trio is relied on too heavily. Liverpool are, realistically, years off from being serious contenders for the Premier League trophy and have to act in the market. 14. Southampton – Another summer of key first team exits seems to finally be taking its toll on the Saints. The club finished sixth with 63 points last season, but its been a challenging mid-table campaign this time around. Injury to Charlie Austin was a major spanner in the works, with their goal threat taking a notable nosedive. The arrival of Manolo Gabbiadini in January, however, has sparked much-needed life into the team. 20 20 20 19. Crystal Palace – A woeful 2016 resulted in the axing of Alan Pardew a couple of days before Christmas. His replacement, Sam Allardyce, had to wait a month before sealing his first victory, suggesting their problems were deep-rooted. They have, however, won their last two games, resulting in their breaking out of the bottom three. Its taken a while, but they could slowly be beginning to move towards survival. 9. Arsenal – Its been more of the same from Arsenal, if not a little worse. Their inability to seriously challenge for the Premier League title and progress to the Champions League quarter-finals continue, but still Arsene Wenger refuses to be drawn into the reality of the situation in north London. His future and that of key players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil has been an unnecessary distraction, too. This season is on course to be the one that sees the Gunners drop out of the top four. 20 13. Stoke City – The Potters currently sit ninth, a position they have finished in for the last four seasons. Theres no better evidence to highlight the little progression Stoke are making, even if they are one of the most consistent sides in the top flight. Mark Hughes isnt doing much wrong, but the team could certainly benefit from being livened up. Having to call on veteran striker Peter Crouch isnt good enough. 20 18. Middlesbrough – Boro have offered nothing to the top flight. Last season they combined attack with defence perfectly in the Championship, but have been totally unprepared for life in Englands leading division. Aitor Karanka was busy in last summers market, yet their style of play has been the most monotonous of any team. 20 20 2. Everton – Ronald Koeman has expectedly lifted the Toffees position in the top flight from that of a mid-table unit to a side battling for a spot in Europe. Romelu Lukaku is enjoying the finest goalscoring form of his career, while the clubs signings in the summer and winter market have instantly improved the team. A few more additions and they could be another team to pose a significant threat to the leagues customary top four. Progress – that’s the very least of expectations in sport.Senior officials want evidence that their team is moving forward, while the players similarly have to respond to such demands on their manager.In the Premier League this season, as ever, there’s been a mixture in progression for each club.Some have evidently enhanced their top flight reputation, others on the other hand, have gone backwards.So, with this in mind, we’ve ranked each Premier League team on the progress they’ve made this season. Scroll through the gallery above to check out where your side has been placed. 7. Burnley – Only three teams have come away with a win from Turf Moor this season. The Clarets form on the road has been terrible, but on home soil theyve been outstanding. Improvements in the summer market should help to see the Clarets at last settle in the top flight.