Another wonderful season in the books. Now to pin the ribbons! One thing to note here though is players performances have been isolated from that of the team to find the best and most consistent players by position.
GOALKEEPER – TOM HEATON (Burnley)
Heaton made incredible saves like above par for course on the way to leading all comers in saves made(142).
Runner-up: Jordan Pickford
LEFT BACK – ERIC PIETERS (Stoke City)
Stoke had a disappointing end to the season but Pieters had another steady season. He led the league in tackles (81) for the second straight season and added 2 assists to boot. A massive shock Stoke have had no offers for the 28 year old.
Runner-up: Danny Rose
CENTREBACK – ERIC BAILLY (Manchester United)
Mourinho knows centrebacks. Bailly led all central defenders with a minimum of 15 starts in minutes per tackle won(49.3) with several eye opening interventions throughout the season.
Runner -up: Winston Reid
CENTREBACK – VIRGIL VAN DIJK (Southampton)
The towering Dutchman combines all the attributes needed for a world class centre half attracting admirers from Liverpool to Manchester City. His reading of the game is especially noticeable as he ranks 4th amongst centrehalfs for minutes per interception (36.1).
Runner-up: Laurent Koscieny
RIGHT BACK – CESAR AZPILLACUETA (Chelsea)
The iron man played every minute of the Champions’ campaign. Unreal. Given Victor Moses exploits further forward Azpi‘s effectiveness in manning the right flank on his own is noteworthy.
Runner-up: Kyle Walker
HOLDING MIDFIELD – ORIOL ROMEU (Southampton )
Kante would be seen by many as the obvious pick as our shield for the back four but when u compare (Romeu) and <Kante> there’s only one winner: Interceptions – (90)<82>, Aerial duels won (72)<20>, tackles won (87) <81>. Romeu gets the edge here…just barely.
Runner-up: N’golo Kante
ATTACKING MIDFIELD – CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN (Spurs)
The Dane was the ticking heartbeat of the Spurs attack which led all teams in goals scored(86) and he in turn led all players in chances created(112) on the season. The perfect deep string puller in the middle of our attacking unit was only bested by De Bruyne(21) in terms of assists on the season.
Runner-Up: Dmitri Payet
LEFT WING – ALEXIS SANCHEZ (Arsenal)
The top player in the FPL but a real menace even from the left side of the attack where he frequently comes in field and allows overlapping runs to open up the defense or has a go at goal himself. 24 goals, ranking 3rd for the golden boot, and 11 assists is a great return and the Gunners would do well to hold onto the Chilean this summer.
Runner-up: Philippe Coutinho
RIGHT WING – KEVIN DE BRUYNE (Manchester City)
The assist leader for the season had a fantastic campaign fielded as one of Guardiola’s “shuttlers” patrolling the channels between each penalty area. He lines up in our squad though at right wing where his impeccable delivery will be meat and drink for our striking pair.
Runner-up: Eden Hazard
STRIKER #1 – DIEGO COSTA- (Chelsea)
We detailed the Spaniard’s underappreciated importance to Chelsea’s dominant opening seven months of the campaign. He faded when the campaign’s conclusion became inevitable but his determination, general consistency and ability to unnerve defenders makes him a must have in our squad of the season.
Runner-up: Sergio Aguero
STRIKER #2 – HARRY KANE (Spurs)
The Golden Boot winner despite missing 8 games. Enough said.
Runner-up: Romelu Lukaku
Who are your picks?