The Players Football Association (PFA) has been announced its Premier League Team of the Season today with four Chelsea and four Spurs players making the line-up. The team is as follows:
Goalkeeper – David De Gea (Manchester United)
Right-back – Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
Centre-back – Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
Centre-back – David Luiz (Chelsea)
Left-back – Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)
Right midfield – Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Centre midfield – N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea)
Centre midfield – Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)
Left midfield – Saido Mané (Liverpool)
Striker – Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Striker – Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
Despite being a fantastic goalkeeper, De Gea relied perhaps on reputation to make his fourth PFA Team of the Year in five seasons, with Hugo Lloris and Thibaut Courtois having a good shout. Gary Cahill can find himself fortunate to be in the team ahead of the outstanding Toby Alderweireld and Cesar Azpilicueta, also from Chelsea. Danny Rose only played 18 games this season to make the team, which some might find too few to have been worthy of selection.
The midfield line looks good if a bit skewed towards attackers in midfield positions that they’d never play. Hazard and Alli have mainly played inside forwards in a 3-4-2-1 formation that would never ask them to play in those positions. Without Alli shoehorned into centre midfield, Moussa Dembelé, Ander Herrera and Fernandinho all had arguments for inclusion. Nevertheless, all four deserve deserve to be there, although Alexis Sanchez is unlucky not to be included.
The forward line has followed the goal tallies, as the league’s top two scorers are included. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Diego Costa had outside shouts, while Sergio Aguero is left out yet again, meaning that amazingly he is left out for the sixth consecutive season.
Overall, it may produce a better result not to conduct voting in February or early March when there’s still the business end of the season and up to a quarter of the games left to play. But that’s the same argument every year.
David Gorman is a journalist from Monaghan who mainly writes about golf, football and GAA.
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