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Tom’s Premier League team of the season

Written by Sport, Sport Features

Jamie Vardy
There’s an unfortunate lack of Everton players in this line-up, so I suppose I’ll have to wait until next season… 

With quite a few players and some obvious choices, I thought I’d just point out a few key players from my stellar starting XI. And no, it’s just a coincidence that a lot of the players lacking paragraphs play for the Reds.

Goalkeeper

Nick Pope – Future England number 1 (sorry Pickford, but even I wouldn’t pick you), Pope came second in this year’s Golden Glove campaign. He fell only to the likes of Ederson, who managed 15 clean sheets behind a stellar City defence. Pope’s campaign came with the likes of Ben Mee and James Tarkowski, strong defenders but nowhere near the prowess of that City side. He didn’t just make conservative saves during the season, however, He pulled out some absolute blinders. Just check out this compilation…

Defenders

Trent Alexander Arnold – As much as it pains me to sing the praises of the Liverpool defence, you can’t make up a team of the season without a couple of their back-line. Trent has been an unbelievable asset to Liverpool’s title winning season. With precise accuracy and class when whipping the ball into the box, taking free-kicks from the edge of the box, or tracking back and making some stellar challenges, I can’t wait to see him represent England at next year’s Euros. However, while he’s still playing for the red side of Liverpool, I’ll keep my praises on the down-low.

Van Dijk – the 6’4” Dutchman may have a guaranteed spot in people’s TOTS for years to come.

Soyuncu – You’re probably thinking: “Why are you dedicating a paragraph to Soyuncu”. Well, if you think about what an impact he’s had on Leicester’s campaign this season, then he’s worthy of an entire article. Filling some rather big boots with the loss of Harry Maguire to Manchester United, Leicester’s new signing faced a rather difficult Premier League campaign. However, his 12 clean sheets, 200+ duels won and only 1 error leading to a goal shows he stayed calm, cool and collected, resulting in a relatively strong finish for his Leicester side. AND he’s only 24! He’s got a very bright future ahead of him.

Robertson – I’ve personally never really liked Robertson, but as any mathematician knows, the stats don’t lie.

Midfielders

Henderson – Player of the Year award winner? Why wouldn’t you have him in your team.

De Bruyne – You can’t not have a Premier League 2019/20 XI without featuring this man. I’m sure my fellow writers have voiced their opinions towards him, and there’s not much I can add. 13 goals, 21 assists and being a stand out player in City’s midfield, the future and present is bright for this once Chelsea reject.

Ndidi – Another somewhat overlooked midfielder, who had a stand-out Premier League campaign this season.

Forwards

Sterling – a gem in the Man City front three, Sterling had a *ahem* Sterling season, racking up 20 goals in 33 appearances.

Jamie Vardy – Two words: Golden Boot. Managing to score 23 goals last season, one could only imagine how many goals he’d rack up if he had the likes of De Bruyne behind him. Despite his age, the man just can’t stop scoring, keeping Leicester fans optimistic for a strong 2020/21 season.

Salah – the ‘Egyptian King’ was essential for Liverpool’s first campaign towards Premier League silverware

Manager

Frank Lampard – Whilst previously Premier League untested, only managing Championship Derby last season, Frank had a tall wall to climb. He had to put his Chelsea career on the line, by stepping up to manage his beloved blues. If he was to have a poor season, his reputation may forever be tarred. However, he clinched a top 4 finish, creating a diverse and multi-talented side which might be strong contenders for the title next year. With European aspirations next season, we’ll see if super Frankie Lampard can continue in the creation of his Chelsea legacy.
Editors note: Frank’s blues just lost 7-1 to Bayern on aggregate. Next season’s Champions League campaign may be a long one…

Featured image: Twitter @vardy7

Last modified: 11th August 2020

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