Manchester City secured their 3rd English Premier League title of the last decade and were handed over the trophy last weekend following their 0-0 draw against Huddersfield. With just 2 games to go in the season and 94 points in the bag, the Citizens lead the EPL table by a massive 17 points with their city rivals Manchester United in 2nd with 77 points. The most competitive league in the world has been anything but competitive this season with Man City dominating the title race from the start and going unbeaten until January when they were defeated by a Salah inspired Liverpool team. Even with the title race being so one-sided, we have had some truly remarkable thrilling matches this season. Tottenham and Liverpool have been the two team’s who have played brilliantly all season and especially in the 2nd half of the campaign. There is no doubt that with the experienced gained this season, both these teams will be fighting tooth and nail for the title next season along with Manchester United, who even though had a mixed season, have managed to almost secure the 2nd place. Arsenal and Chelsea are the ones who will be working overtime in the summer to bring in new management at the club and figure out a plan to improve their performance from this season in next season. In this article, we talk about those players who have been brilliant this season and deserve a place in the English Premier League Team of the Season and Mohamed Salah, who is arguably the best player in England if not the world right now and our Premier League player of the season.
Goalkeeper – David de Gea (Manchester United)
For the 4th time in 5 years, David de Gea was named Manchester United’s player of the season and it’s not hard to see why. The Spanish international has been fantastic for Man United for quite a while now and it’s not surprising that the worlds best clubs are looking to acquire his services. He has kept a season-high 17 clean-sheets this season and has only conceded 28 goals all season, second behind Manchester City‘s Ederson. In recent memory, one can’t remember a player who has influenced a team’s performance over a complete season like De Gea has at Man United and that is why he makes our Premier League Team of the Season ahead of Ederson and Hugo Lloris.
Right-Back – Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Kyle Walker made the switch from Tottenham to Manchester City in the summer, hoping that under Pep Guardiola he could fulfil his long-time dream of lifting the EPL trophy and with 32 appearances under his belt in his debut season, the English right-back will be mighty pleased with how the season unfolded. He has been a key part of this title-winning team but with Man City being so dominant against the lower ranked teams his main contributions have come in the attacking third, where he has often found himself in the winger’s role.
Centre-back – Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City)
A key reason behind Manchester City ending the season as the tightest defence in the league is Nicolas Otamendi, who after struggling in the initial few months, is looking more and more like the leader Man City fans have been crying out for ever since Kompany’s injury nightmare has started.
Centre-back – Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)
Tottenham look a far stronger and solid team when Jan Vertonghen is in the playing 11. His presence at the back has provided the base for the forward players to concentrate on the attacking aspect of the game rather than worrying to much about their defensive duties. Among the best centre-backs in the world, Jan Vertonghen is known for his excellent ability to read the game before anyone else on the pitch and staying calm even though the situation is far from ideal. Tottenham need the Belgian international to maintain this form for the next couple of seasons as they look to secure a first division title after a gap of over 50 years.
Left-Back – Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)
In what has been a disappointing season for the defending champions, Chelsea, Marcos Alonso has provided that rare positive energy in the squad. The Spanish defender wasn’t only one of the most consistent defensive players for Chelsea but his main contribution came at the other end, as he found the back of the net 6 times in the league and even managed to get 2 assists. Even against Mohamed Salah, the most in-form goal-scorer in the league, Alonso looked very assured and defended brilliantly to nullify his threat.
Midfield – David Silva (Manchester City)
Some of the Manchester City’s play this season has been out of this world and even at the age of 32, it was David Silva who worked tirelessly in the midfield and on will picked out those killer passes that were laid out on a plate for the forward line. Often when Man City found themselves stuttering and struggling to find their rhythm, it was the Spanish international who took charge and drove the team forward with his creativity and sharp mind. Even though he might have lost some of his speed, he is still the chief of this champion Manchester City side.
Midfield – Christian Eriksen – (Tottenham)
The fact that in his 4 years at Tottenham, Pochettino still hasn’t been able to find able replacement for Christian Eriksen, shows the quality and the contribution the Dane makes to this Tottenham team. Just like Harry Kane, Eriksen is a player who just can’t be dropped given that so much of what good Tottenham flows through him. The 26-year-old is the main link between the midfield and the forward players and without him, Tottenham clearly lacks the creativity required to unlock some of the stubborn defences in IPL.
Midfield – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Many pundits and fans player of the season, Kevin De Bruyne would have been disappointed not to have won the end of season awards that he thoroughly deserved after what was a magical season for him. He was Man City’s biggest threat through the season and finished the campaign 8 goals and 15 assists. His ability to pick out passes like a needle through a haystack makes him an unbelievable talent and one still wonders how Chelsea allowed him to leave from their grasp.
Forward – Harry Kane (Tottenham)
After winning the Golden Boot award for 2 consecutive seasons, Harry Kane will be disappointed to be out of the running this season but with 27 goals to his name, he can still be a proud runner-up behind Mohamed Salah. Kane is not only the most key player for Tottenham but has turned into the most important player for his team due to his exceptional form over the past few seasons. Like Christian, Tottenham have never able to find an apt player to share the goal-scoring burden with the English international and that is something that could come back to hurt them as the fear of injury striking Kane grows bigger every passing week.
Forward – Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Sergio Aguero made it to the PFA team of the year but he will be vacating his position in our Premier League Team of the Season for his team-mate Raheem Sterling, who might have gone off the boil lately but started the season like a bullet train. His goals during the final few minutes of a couple of matches were crucial in giving Manchester City the perfect to the season that they were looking for. Sterling is still maturing as a footballer but there is hardly anyone who doubts his talent. One thing where he has suffered over the past 2 years and is repeatedly ridiculed is his finishing, something that will be on Pep Guardiola’s mind during the summer.
Forward – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – Premier League Player of the Season
Mohamed Salah arrived at Liverpool in the summer with a lot of expectations but what was he has done over the past 7-8 months has exceeded the wildest imagination of not only Liverpool fans but the football fraternity in general. After failing to impress at Chelsea and spending some time away from the Premier League, the Egyptian has returned as one of the most prolific footballers in the world. His tally of 31 goals this season ties him with the likes of Ronaldo and Suarez as the highest goal-scorer in a single Premier League season. The first name on our Premier League Team of the Season and our Premier League Player of the season will be hoping that he can repeat his feat from this season in the next campaign and drive the Liverpool team to that much needed Premier League title win.
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