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Phil’s Premier League team of the season

Written by Sport, Sport Features

De Bruyne and Sterling
Goalkeeper

Nick Pope – A tough choice between him and Ederson. City’s Brasilian keeper just edged out the 28-year-old for the Golden Glove on the final day of the season. But Pope recording 15 clean sheets throughout the season has contributed to Burnley’s top half of the table finish. My choice for goalkeeper of the season due to the number of games City have lost this season. A key figure in the Burnley side and a quality shot stopper.

Defenders

Trent Alexander Arnold – A consistently standout performer in the Liverpool side and lethal going forward. Still very young and improving weekly, Alexander-Arnold has scored 4 goals and has provided 13 assists – the most by a defender in a single Premier League campaign – and second only to Kevin de Bruyne this season. He is a brilliant set piece taker and scored some fantastic free kicks.

Chris Basham – It would be wrong not to include at least one Sheff United player after their outstanding first season back in the Premier League. Basham has been a rock in the centre of defence and contributed to the Blades 9th place finish. Incredible performances throughout given that Basham had only played two Prem games prior to this season (with Blackpool in 2010).

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Van Dijk – The Dutch defender has perhaps not reached the heights of last season in terms of performances, but he has still been solid at the back and imperious in the air. The leader at heart of the Liverpool defence and in my opinion, their future captain if he stays at the club. Consistently class over the past two seasons. This year, Van Dijk became the fifth outfield player to play every minute in a Premier League title-winning season.

Andy Robertson – The young Scot has a lethal left foot and alongside Alexander-Arnold on the right wing, is a dream full back in terms of crosses and overlapping. Robertson is tenacious in defence and also provided numerous assists throughout the season (12 to his name and just one fewer than Alexander-Arnold. A defender who actually likes defending. Considering that Liverpool bought him for £8 million in 2017, the 26-year-old is fast becoming one of the best full backs in the world and has played a crucial part in Liverpool’s trophy-winning side.

Midfielders

Mané – Of Liverpool’s fantastic front three, Mané has not always been as highly regarded as Mo Salah or Roberto Firmino. Nevertheless, the Senegalese international has stood out this season for his consistently brilliant performances on the wing. He is tireless in his work rate and has resulted in an impressive tally of 18 goals and 7 assists in his 35 Premier League appearances this season.

Henderson – The 30-year-old captain has finally lifted the elusive Premier League trophy for Liverpool, who was born the same season the club last won English football’s biggest prize. He has achieved what Gerrard was unable to do and won the hearts of the Liverpool fans. This season he has once again led the Liverpool side strongly and the midfielder has been a key cog in the title-winning machine for Liverpool.

De Bruyne – Pep Guardiola has honed de Bruyne into the complete midfielder and he has been head and shoulders above other City players this season. Whilst the contributions of other City players have dropped this season, de Bruyne’s have been consistently high class. His vision and pass accuracy are incredible. However, a player of de Bruyne’s calibre needs to be winning trophies and if City fail to win the Champions League and Premier League over the next couple of seasons, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Belgian looked to move elsewhere.

Forwards

Sterling – Another consistently high performer in a season where Man City that lacked the flair and quality they had over the past two seasons. However, Sterling had bagged 20+ goals for the first time and started over 30 Premier League games. He has improved leaps and bounds under Guardiola at City and has silenced his critics both on and off the pitch.

Aubameyang – He has had another impressive season, going close to catching Vardy for the Golden Boot on the final day of the season. He seems to have rediscovered his form under Mikel Arteta after a disappointing start to the season. Perhaps a fresh start under the Spaniard will be enough to keep 31-year-old Aubameyang at Arsenal.

Vardy – The oldest player to win a Premier League Golden Boot with 23 goals. At 33, Vardy is still notching up impressive goal tallies and only scored more goals (24) in Leicester’s 2015/16 title-winning season. Brendan Rogers has come in and improved the striker, making him a more rounded forward than simply a finisher. Just edged out Danny Ings for me for his contribution to Leicester’s fifth place finish.

Manager

Chris Wilder – The obvious choice would be Klopp, of course. The German has done a magnificent job turning the Liverpool side into European and English over the past few seasons. They won the league comfortably this season, due to the class and hard work of Klopp and his squad. However, my manager of the season is Chris Wilder for the work he has done at Sheff United. No one expected them to finish where they did this season and it has been brilliant to watch them over the course of the season.  It was a shame to see them miss out on Europa League football on the final day, but the real test for Wilder and his side will be next season, whether they can maintain their first season back in the Premier League form and make crucial signings or whether they will be fighting to avoid relegation come next May.

One to watch:

Mason Greenwood – Solskjaer has done an impressive job managing United over the season and their run of 14 games unbeaten in the second half of the season meant they pipped Leicester to the post for the final Champions League spot. A key factor in his success has been giving United young players a chance to star and Greenwood is another academy product destined for big things. The 18-year-old has scored 10 goals over this season’s league campaign as well as five goals in seven Europa League games, as of writing (August 6). It will be exciting to see how he improves next year.

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Last modified: 11th August 2020

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