The end is near. It is time of the season to look back at honour (in the way we know how) an XI who has done superbly so far.
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GK: David de Gea (MNU) – It’s hard to find a better goal keeper in the Premier League. Time and time again he has helped to bail Manchester United out of difficult situations. United’s defence has been found wanting this season, with De Gea registering 110 saves in the league to date, only behind Fabianski and Etheridge. This is far more than his next best competitor in the top 6, Leno, with 83 and more than double that of Ederson with 50. De Gea’s most notable contribution this season has to be in the away game at Spurs, where he made 11 saves in the second half alone to secure 3 points for United.
DR: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) – This has been young TAA’s defining season of his career, Shifting from a “top prospect” to a regular premier league player. His all round play, be in going forward or tracking back, has been quality for the Reds this season. His side has been constantly chalking the clean sheets and TAA is definitely an integral member of the team. Also, 7 assists and a goal is a superb return for a right back.
DL: Andy Robertson (LIV) – Last season, Robertson had been a joy to watch and this season, he is a FPL must have. Having started all but two premier league games to date, Robertson is now a fan favourite at anfield with his marauding overlaps and crisp crossing. His 9 assists rank him in the top 5 of the league so far – a goal to his name before the season end would cap a perfect season for the LB of the year.
DC: Virgil van Djik (LIV) – The most expensive defender in the world has huge boots to show and this season – he has been worth every penny. An ever-present in the Reds near perfect Premier League campaign so far, he has helped them keep 17 clean sheets and is also the top defender among the top 6 teams in terms of clearances made. Stats aside, it is clear that his calm composure on and off the ball has helped steady the Reds defence.
DC: Aymeric Laporte (MCI) – Was labelled by some as being a bit soft when he was signed from Bilbao, Laporte has also been an ever-present for Man City this season and has displaced the likes of Kompany, Otamendi and Stones as the number 1 centre back in the team sheet this season. He is less error prone in comparison to Stones and is ranked top in his team in passes and clearances. He’s described by his gaffer as one of the best left-footed central defenders that he has worked with and his resurgence is all the more impressive given all the different defensive pairings that he has to work with this season.
MC: Raheem Sterling (MCI)** – What a season it has been for 24 year old Sterling. His involvement in 26 City Premier League goals (17G | 9A) is a league high at time of writing and his influence within the team has upped an ante this term. He is now One if Pep’s most trusted lieutenants and a sure starter for big games. Oh, can we also mention that his mature and poignant messages around racism has made him a de facto spokesperson? Give this man a Nobel now (and the POTY).
MC: Eden Hazard (CHE) – Stats alone will show why Hazard has been chosen in our team of the season. He’s been involved in 28 league goals for his club (16 goals and 12 assists), ahead of Aguero, Sterling and Salah at 26. In terms of reliance on players, he ranks top among all players, with his 28 goal/assist contributions coming in at a whooping 49% for 57-goal Chelsea. On the Fantasy Football front, he’s the second top scorer, just behind Salah and he has the most number of bonus points among all the players in the FPL world.
MC: Mo Salah (LIV) – Failed to reach the dizzy heights of last season but still a remarkable season nonetheless for the Egyptian. His 19 goals and 10 assists have proven that last term was not a one-off and he has developed into a more versatile player, having played upfront for a few games. Having reached 50 goals, he will no doubt have a long future in the Premier League.
MC: Sadio Mane (LIV) – The Senegalese’s 18 goals to day proved that he is on par with his Liverpool team-mate and not a second fiddle. He has proven this term that he is a clinical finisher and versatile with both feet and his head. Still very much in the hunt for the top scorer award and will be a key asset in his team’s assault.
FW: Sergio Aguero (MCI) – the focal point for man city attack, he has scored 19 goals and provided 10 assists so far. He has been such a consistent goal scorer as he has also scored 20+ goals in each of the previous 4 seasons.
FW: Raul Jimenez (WOL) – There are many cases of players that have struggled in their first season in EPL. Not Jimenez though as he has hit the ground running and is helping wolves to challenge for a European spot after their first season back in the premier League.
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