The Courier's Premier League Team of the season

Let's appreciate these 11 players that performed week in, week out

Lewis Thompson
31st May 2021
Twitter @City_Xtra

Goalkeeper – Emiliano Martinez

The obvious choice that most people would go for is Ederson of Manchester City due to him leading the tally for clean sheets throughout the season and his obvious exceptional and key role in Manchester City winning another Premier League title this season. However, personally I feel Emi Martinez of Aston Villa just about edges it.

Gaining 14 clean sheets and 113 saves in 33 appearances with still 5 games to play, Martinez has been crucial in Aston Villas incredible season and has constantly proved his ability to play at the highest level after his move from Arsenal at the start of the season. Having gained so many points for Villa and kept them in games that they looked to be out of. He takes the number one spot for me.

Right back – Joao Cancelo

The versatile Portuguese international has been one of Pep Guardiola’s go to players this season obtaining 13 clean sheets, making 150 recoveries and creating 8 big chances for the Cityzens. Cancelo has been used in defence, midfield and attack this season proving his consistency throughout the entire season.

Starting 24 games out of 25 this season, Cancelo has been a true work horse for Manchester City and a key player in the way Pep wants his team to perform week in week out.

Centre back – Ruben Dias

Another player coming from the defence of Manchester City. The 23-year-old Portuguese centre back is a player I feel no one can debate being in the team of the season. Never mind team of the season, Dias is set to be in contention for the player of the year award, which just shows how good he has been for Man City and Guardiola this season.

Making 2,496 passes, the most in the entire Premier League (as of game week 34), 21 tackles, 31 interceptions and 123 recoveries, the stats really do speak for themselves when talking about Dias. Always the first name on the team sheet when it comes to a big game for Man City this season and will feature in 99% of peoples team of the seasons.

Centre back – John Stones

Manchester City’s other centre back John Stones is another name I feel must feature in the team of the season. Providing not only as a crucial defender but also proving to be a goal scorer, the English defender has grabbed himself 4 goals this season, gaining crucial points for City.

Pairing with Dias, the two have looked to be an unstoppable force when playing in the heart of City’s defence.

Left back – Luke Shaw

The first of two Manchester United players to feature in our team of the season, Luke Shaw has been unplayable at times this season. Edging the spot over Andy Robertson for me, the Englishman has proved to be consistently stable in United’s sometimes shaky defence this season.

Keeping 10 clean sheets, gaining 5 assists, and having a massive 163 recoveries this season, Shaw has started to show excellent form again which is something we have not seen from him in a long time wearing a Manchester United shirt.

Defensive midfielder - Tomas Soucek

With West Ham having an incredible season and pushing for a spot in the top four, they have had many outstanding performers this season. The biggest of them being Soucek. The Czech international has played a pivotal role in The Hammers success this season. Scoring nine goals in 34 appearances, making 220 recoveries, 54 interceptions and winning 204 aerial duels, Soucek has been a true gladiator for West Ham this season and must be in the team of the season.

Centre Midfielder – Ilkay Gundogan

Another Man City player who seems to be a certain pick when thinking about the best Premier League midfielders this season. The German international had a slow start to the season but slowly filtered his way into City’s starting 11 throughout the season.

Gundogan has an impressive 12 goals in 25 appearances this season, scoring crucial goals against the big six teams including braces against Tottenham and Liverpool. The German has turned into a regular started for City and could be on his way to helping them win the Premier League and Champions League having already won the Carabao Cup. All in all, his performances for Man City in the later stages of the season earns him a spot in the team of the season.

Centre Midfielder – Bruno Fernandes

The third top goal scorer as things stand in the Premier League, Bruno Fernandes has been Manchester United’s best player over the past two seasons. This season the Portuguese man has been outstanding scoring 16 goals and providing 11 assists in 22 games. At times Man United have seemed to be a one-man team that have relied on Fernandes to bring that extra bit of magic to their side, and he has done so.

With United on their way to a Europa League final and having their spot in the top four well and truly secured, Fernandes has been a crucial player for Ole this season and deserves a spot as one of the best this season.

Right Winger – Mohamed Salah

Liverpool this season have been far from their best, being the current Premier League champions. Injuries, poor results, a lack of cohesiveness and being out of every competition has proved this season to be a write off for Klopp’s men.

One man has shown to be a class above his team mates this season, that man being Salah. The Egyptian has grabbed himself 20 goals and three assists this season and could be on his way to another golden boot for Liverpool if he manages to scrape past Harry Kane in first. With Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino massively underperforming this season, the Reds needed someone to lift the team and score goals when they needed it the most. Salah has been the shining star among his team mates this season and deserves massive credit for his eye for goal this season.

Left winger – Son Heung-Min

Like Mo Salah, Son has outperformed most of his teammates in what has been a generally poor season for Spurs. Battling for a place in Europe with no other trophies to play for there really has only been two stand out players for Tottenham this season. The first of them being Son.

Providing 17 goals and 10 assists this season under now sacked boss Jose Mourinho, Son has been consistently excellent for Spurs and deserves a spot in the team of the season.

Striker – Harry Kane

The current top scorer with the most assists in the league this season, Harry Kane has excelled yet again for Spurs. The Englishman has been the backbone for Tottenham this season and when needed the most he always provided. With 21 goals and 13 assists, no other striker in the Premier League gets close to Kane in terms of consistent quality this season.

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