The Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ have named their team of the year for the 2017/18 season. The line-up includes five Manchester City players, three Tottenham players and one player each from Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Do you agree with the line-up? I don’t because there were a few notable names left out in my humble opinion. The only two players that had to be kept the same were Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah.
Here’s an alternative TOTY for you to feast your eyes on.
11 GK: Ederson
Some may see David De Gea as the best keeper in the league, but Ederson has channelled his ability to become the backbone of a record-setting team. In just 33 league games, the 24-year-old has kept a remarkable 14 clean sheets.
10 RB: Kieran Trippier
Despite tough competition from former Paris Saint-Germain player Serge Aurier, Trippier has held down the no.1 spot at Tottenham. His exploits down the right flank are an integral part of Tottenham’s build-up play, thus helping them progress up the pitch at a quicker pace.
9 CB: Harry Maguire
The 25-year-old’s performances this season have allowed him to become one of Gareth Southgate’s most trusted defenders. The Englishman has averaged 4.7 clearances a game, thus helping the Foxes to secure an impressive 8th place.
8 CB: Jamaal Lascelles
Captain, Leader & Mr Newcastle, Jamaal Lascelles has turned himself into a cult icon at St James’ Park. He has led from the back and become Rafael Benitez’s assistant manager on the pitch.
7 LB: Andrew Robertson
The Scotsman has been a revelation at Anfield this season. His high-octane style and hard-working attitude have endeared him to Jurgen Klopp, allowing the German to choose him over Alberto Moreno constantly.
6 CDM: Fernandinho
Without Fernandinho, Manchester City’s title-winning season would have been very much different. The Brazilian offers defensive solidity in the middle, thus allowing the attackers of the team to roam forward freely. Without a doubt, he is Manchester City’s most important player.
5 LCM: N’Golo Kante
It’s not been a player of the season year for the Frenchman, but he’s still been the standout player in a desperate Chelsea team. Regardless of those around him, the 27-year-old has averaged an impressive 3.5 tackles a game.
4 RCM: Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne has simply been fantastic this season, literally carrying his teammates to a Premier League title. The 26-year-old has directly contributed to 22 goals in the league, creating 3.1 chances per game in the process.
3 RW: Mohamed Salah
Never did we think in a million years that Mohamed Salah would have had the season he’s had at Anfield. The Egyptian has reached Cristiano Ronaldo type figures in the league, that’s why Harry Kane is so desperately trying to claim every goal he comes near. 39 goals and 11 assists in the middle of April suggest Salah is only scratching the surface of his potential.
2 LW: Leroy Sane
How the German didn’t make it into the PFA Team of the Year is a mystery to me. He’s grown in leaps and bounds under Pep Guardiola, producing a return of 13 goals and 14 assists. On top of that, Sane’s dribbling has been channelled to greater effect under Guardiola, making him a nightmare for all right-backs in the league.
1 ST: Roberto Firmino
With Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah stealing the headlines, Roberto Firmino has often been referred to as the forgotten man. But to his credit, he’s been able to attack efficiently while also linking the midfield with the attack as Jurgen Klopp has demanded. Through hard work and great movement, Firmino has scored 24 goals and produced 11 assists, that’s a better return than Alexandre Lacazette, Romelu Lukaku and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.