2017/18 Premier League Team of the Season
The English Premier League 2017/18 season concluded on Sunday 13th, with Manchester City lifting the title, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool getting Champions League spots. Swansea, Stoke City and West Bromwich joined the second flight Championship.
Before attention is switched to the transfer window and World Cup 2018, futaa.com takes a look at 2017/18 Premier League stars who have had a sizzling season picking out a 4-3-3 formation.
1. Goalkeeper (David De Gea- Manchester United)
The Red Devils shot-stopper won the Manchester United player of the year award again this season, the fourth. He has made the difference for United, winning them crucial points, over the years he conceded 3 - 8 goals less than expected, but to be at 15 less this season.
The Spaniard won his first Premier League golden glove after recording 18 clean sheets during the season.
14 - David de Gea has conceded 19 Premier League goals this season, but based on Opta xG data for the shots on target he's faced, the average goalkeeper would have been expected to concede 33 goals. This is the biggest differential by a PL goalkeeper in 2017-18. Exceptional. pic.twitter.com/OK3RdSyQAP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 22, 2018
2. Rightback (Kyle Walker - Manchester City)
The Manchester clubs’ right-backs have been neck-and-neck, for the most part, this season, but Kyle Walker just about beats off stiff competition from Antonio Valencia to make our TOTY. Under Pep Guardiola, the former Spurs fullback has weeded out the inconsistencies that dogged his game during his years in North London.
A season or two like this (The 27-year-old chipped in with six assists!) and he’ll enter the conversation to be considered world class.
3. Right Wing Back (Nicolas Otamendi - Manchester City)
Nicolas Otamendi's first two seasons in a Man City shirt were far from convincing. But as the season drew to a close, he’s deserved added personal achievements to his League Cup and Premier League medals. His tally of 2,902 completed passes is the highest for any player in a single campaign since records began.
The record was previously held by Cesc Fabregas with 2,829 passes in 2015/16.
4. Left Wing Back (Jan Vertonghen - Tottenham Hotspur)
With Toby Alderweireld injured at first and out of favour later, Jan Vertonghen has emerged as Spurs’ leader at the back. His partnership with 21-year-old Davinson Sanchez, against all odds, was one of the highlights of the season and it’s not a coincidence that the Lilywhites had the third-best defence in the league.
The 31-year-old is a Premier League veteran, considering he’s been in England for six seasons now and the Belgian has successfully proven that center-backs can survive in the Premier League on finesse, not just brawn.
5. Left Back (Marcos Alonso- Chelsea)
When the Spaniard international was included in the PFA of the Year, it opened a debate as to why the likes of Nacho Monreal and Ben Davies were left out. Despite not being anywhere near his last season's performance, Alonso still managed to score seven goals, providing two assists.
6. Defensive Midfielder (Fernandinho - Manchester City)
A stunning and unforgivable omission from the PFA Team of the Year, probably because City’s hardman doesn’t grab the headlines as often as his teammates, because let’s face it tackles and interceptions aren’t as pretty as goals and assists, are they? How else would you explain the PFA TOTY not having a single defensive midfielder?
It’s not possible to win the league without at least enforcer in your squad and this season, Fernandinho has shielded his defense in a truly imposing manner and any Premier League manager would kill to have him in their squad.
7. Central Midfielder (De Bryune- Manchester City)
Considering he was unlucky to miss out on the individual gong to a certain Egyptian, Manchester City’s midfield general was among the first names on this team sheet. There’s little that’s not been said about De Bruyne already, for the all-action Belgian has been outstanding in every department and truly is a modern-day midfielder who doesn’t shy from doing the ‘dirty work’ while excelling when in possession of the ball.
Eight goals and 16 assists are figures most wingers would kill for and considering the 26-year-old effectively plays a deep-lying midfielder, those figures look all the more astounding.
8. Central Attacking Midfielder (Christian Eriksen - Tottenham Hotspur)
Christian Eriksen has enjoyed a superb season under Mauricio Pochettino, with 10 goals and 11 assists helping them to a third-place finish in the Premier League. His fine form has seen him been linked with LaLiga's most powerful clubs, with Barca said to be particularly interested as they seek a long-term replacement for departing captain Andres Iniesta
9. Right Winger (Mohamed Salah - Liverpool)
Well, Salah is the signing of the season, there can be no debate about this and the fact it was his first season at a club makes the goalscoring fears all the more sensational. Liverpool thought they had overpaid for his services when they acquired him at the start of the season, but boy has it proven to be the most prudent €50 million a club will ever spend.
With 32 goals, 10 assists and quite a few catchy chants (This, the Reds faithful can take credit for!), it’s safe to assume that Salah’s been worth every penny and should silverware in Europe arrive, a Ballon d’Or might just be in the offing.
10 - Mohamed Salah is the first @LFC player to record double figures for both goals and assists in a Premier League season since both Luis Suarez (31 & 12) and Steven Gerrard (13 & 13) in 2013-14. Perfect.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018
10. Left Winger (Leroy Sane - Manchester City)
On the other side of City’s attacking to Sterling this season has been Leroy Sane, who himself has enjoyed a wonderful year. The young German winger has been devastating opponents with his dribbling abilities and eye for a ball, recording a division-highest 15 assists so far.
Key stat: Leroy Sane has provided more league assists (15) than any other U23 player in Europe’s top five divisions this season.
Leroy Sané has now provided 13 assists in the Premier League this season; Kevin De Bruyne (15) is the only player with more.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 9, 2018
His 17th across all competitions. pic.twitter.com/cUsVzuLEv3
11. Forward (Harry Kane - Tottenham Hotspur)
Well, he might not have won the Golden Boot award, trolled mercilessly for a questionable goal, but it would not be a stretch to say that the concluded campaign has, perhaps, been finest to date. In 36 appearances, the England international has scored 30 times (his best-ever tally) and he’s truly been an epitome of consistency throughout the campaign.
Of course, playing in a team that is built around you helps, but one still has to put the ball in the back of the net and Kane’s definitely played a major part in ensuring Champions League football is on the cards for next season.