S57 Premier League Team of the Season

TOTS 17


Goalkeeper – Tom Heaton (Burnley, 31)

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Burnley have had a solid season. Staying in the top flight was the aim, they have achieved that. Key to that success has been their goalkeeper Heaton. The ex Manchester United man has played 34 times for the Clarets this term keeping 10 clean sheets and while he may not be top of the clean sheet table for the season, being so successful at a newly promoted side must be given huge credit. Heaton’s success this season is solidified with the 139 saves he has made, the most out of any goalkeeper in the league. There is even more good news for fans of the Turf Moor club as Heaton has recently confirmed he is not seeking a move away from Burnley.

Right-back – Kyle Walker (Tottenham, 26)

Walker

Walker has been a great full-back for many seasons. His pace is useful both going forward and when he is defending. His side pushed eventual winners Chelsea the closest in the title race. In his 33 appearances Spurs have gone on to win 21 of those games. He has also supplied 5 assists this season. As well as providing great attacking opportunities he has no shirked his defensive responsibilities. He has made 72 tackles at a success rate of 71%. However, his relationship with manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has reportedly broken down and Walker is looking to leave the London club.

Center-Back – Eric Bailly ( Manchester United, 23)

Bailly

Jose Mourinho is famed for having brilliant defenders. Everywhere he has been he has had a great back line. When he spent £30 million on Villarreal prospect Eric Bailly it became apparent he was one to watch this year. His athleticism is fantastic and he has displayed some other excellent qualities in his debut season in English football. In a side that have struggled for consistency Bailly has showed he will be vital to the Red Devil’s future. In his 24 appearances this year the team has kept 11 clean sheets and only conceded 15 goals. The physical nature of his game is underlined with the fact he has won 133 physical duals this season.

Centre-Back – David Luiz (Chelsea, 30)

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We must admit we raised our eyebrows when Chelsea’s new boss Antonio Conte decided to splash out £34 million to bring back Luiz at the start of the season. How he proved us wrong. In his 32 games Chelsea have won 25 of them. Luiz has matured and looks confident operating in the new Chelsea system. Luiz has scored the one goal in the Premier League this season, but he brings other qualities to the side. One of his strengths has always been how good he is on the ball and this year he has made 1,515 passes which is a very good amount for a central defender.

Left-back – Marcos Alonso (Chelsea, 26)

Marcos Alonso

Another Conte signing and one we must admit has worked very well. He has had tastes of the Premier League before with Bolton and Sunderland but he has never had the impact he has had at Chelsea. Alonso, who was a Real Madrid youth player, came to London from Fiorentina for £24 million this summer. He has ensured that he is in the starting line up week in week out with quality performances. The Blues have kept 15 of their 16 clean sheets when he has played. Not only does he give you great defensive cover he also excels going forward. He has scored six times and assisted three times this term. He has also put in 101 crosses this season.

Defensive Midfield – N’Golo Kante (Chelsea, 26)

Kante

The third Conte signing to make it in to the team of the season. This one was a bit more clear cut and straight forward however. After helping Leicester to an unlikely Premier League championship he switched to Chelsea for £32 million. At Stamford Bridge he was able to retain the title and make it back to back medals for himself. In his 34 appearances Chelsea have managed 26 wins. He shields the back line brilliantly and this year he has made 124 tackles and 82 interceptions.

Right Wing – Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal, 28)

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Sanchez was a no-brainer really. Season after season he seems to lift Arsenal and be their shining star. He has been involved in every one of the Gunner’s matches so far this season making 37 appearances. He showed his versatility this by playing in a number of positions across the front line. This season has seen him score 23 times at a rate of 0.62 goals a game. He has also provided 10 assists for his team mates. Alexis is the man that Arsenal look to when they need something special and this is proven by the fact he took 125 shots this season, with 47 of those hitting the target.

Left Wing – Eden Hazard (Chelsea, 26)

Hazard

The Belgian star has struggled to find the sparkling form that saw him win the PFA Player of the Year award in 2014/15. However, he has had a quality season this time round. While he has not hit the heights of the 14/15 season he has been a constant threat for Chelsea and he has been a big influence on the trophy returning to Stamford Bridge. He has played 35 times for the Royals this season in which they have won 27 times. He has hit the back of the net 15 times and created 5 goals for his colleagues. Hazard has a high shot accuracy percentage shooting 75 times this campaign and hitting the target 32 times. This gives him a shooting accuracy of 43%.

Attacking Midfield – Dele Alli (Tottenham, 21)

Alli

The youngest member of our Team of the Season has carried on where he left off last season. Alli is flying at the moment in the world of football. He is a star for club and country and considered the future for both. Unfortunately his Spurs side have  come up just short again this season but the experience the squad are having fighting for titles will do them no harm in the long run. The ex MK Dons player has played 36 times for Spurs this season winning in 25 of those games. He has scored an impressive 17 goals in the league this season bettering last seasons tally of 10. He has assisted 6 times in addiction to his goal scoring achievement.

Striker – Harry Kane (Tottenham, 23)

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Alli has a brilliant understanding and on field relationship with Tottenham’s main man, Harry Kane. It would be almost impossible for somebody to argue that this man should not be in the Team of the Season. In his 29 appearances Spurs have won 20 times. He has almost scored a goal a game reach 26 goals this season. Kane is two ahead at the summit of the Golden Boot award for this season with one game to go. He looks set to retain that award after winning it last year with 25 goals. He has also provided 7 assists this season and has had a shot accuracy of 52%.

Striker – Romelu Lukaku (Everton, 24)

Lukaku

Lukaku is the reason we had to opt for the diamond in midfield. It was impossible for us to justify leaving him out. Lukaku has been dominant for Everton this year. However, it looks as if he wants away from Goodison Park. Lukaku is looking for a move to one of the Premier League super powers. Manchester United and Chelsea have been heavily linked with the Belgian striker. This year he has been in free goal scoring form. He is the player who is two behind Kane on 24 goals in 36 appearances. He has also created goals with 6 assists. His strength has been a key factor for Everton this year. His ability to hold the ball up and allow the midfield players to drive forward is evident. The toffees must keep hold of him!

 

Author: Alan Brown

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