As the top level professional footballers got together and shown their collective love for Paul Pogba in this seasons PFA Team of the Year in an XI otherwise dominated by deserving Liverpool and Manchester City superstars, I wanted to provide you with my team of players from outside the top two clubs that should have a deserving mention following a fabulous 2018/19 Premier League campaign.
Just for the record the PFA Team of the Year announced includes 6 Man City players and 4 from Liverpool with Pogba the surprising choice by many of Manchester United making up the eleven. Full team (based on 4-3-3): Ederson (Manchester City), Trent Alexander Arnold (Liverpool), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Sadio Mane (Liverpool).
Taking Liverpool and City out of the equation the DFA (Dan’s Footballers Alternative) Team of the Year for 2018/19 also in a 4-3-3 formation is as follows…
Goalkeeper: Neil Etheridge (Cardiff City)
IF and it’s a big IF Cardiff City stay up this season a lot of that debt will be owed to their Enfield born Philippine International Etheridge who has three penalty saves to his name and is second only to Lucas Fabianski of West Ham United having saved more shots than any other goalkeeper this season.
Right Back: Aaron Wan Bissaka (Crystal Palace)
Notable mention to Ricardo Pereira at Leicester but shining in his first full season the 21 year old Croydon born defender has been linked with a big money move to a number of Premier League high flyers including Manchester United and is certainly one to watch for the future.
Centre Half: Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Wolves have been the surprise package of the season perhaps following promotion from the Championship but no surprises on how their French centre half Wily Boly has adapted to life in the Premier League with a string of consistently strong and solid looking performances.
Centre Half: Fabian Schar (Newcastle United)
One of the lowest conceding teams outside the top six and at the centre of that Magpies defence is their Swiss International defender who is an accomplished footballer who reads the game as well as any other defender in the division.
Left Back: Lucas Digne (Everton)
Just edging out the free scoring Matt Doherty of Wolves and Jose Holebas who’s had a marvellous season with Watford, Digne has proved his class at top level football with a number of performances that have merited the reasons why he played over 40 games for PSG, Roma & Barcelona.
Defensive Midfield: Abdoulaye Doucoure (Watford)
Looks the real deal in midfield with some energetic performances from box to box. Not your traditional holding type but one that likes to get forward and contribute with goals. Likely to be on the radar of a few top clubs this summer.
Defensive Midfield: Joao Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
As Ruben Neves was hotly tipped to take the Premier League by storm it was a new Portuguese signing in the summer that has since been taking the plaudits at Molineux after a fabulous first season in England. Tidy and calming in possession Moutinho has been an essential ingredient of Wolves success.
Attacking Midfield: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur)
Quite simply world class. The Dane slips under the radar of appreciation simply because his consistency levels are always at the level above which is what we’ve came to expect of him. Could add a few more goals to his game but with 12 assists this season only Eden Hazard has more.
Right Forward: Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur)
Has grown over time to become an elite footballer and I wonder if there’s ever been a better footballer from Asia, that is how good Son is. Consistently hard working and productive with end qualities that has seen him reach double figures now in each of his last three Premier League seasons.
Centre Forward: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
One of the few Arsenal players to have hit high and consistent levels this season with as many goals (so far) as Sergio Aguero and Mo Salah and even more than the likes of Kane, Mane, Sterling & Vardy. Aubameyang certainly keeps himself in good company and has forged a very nice partnership with Alexandre Lacazette.
Left Forward: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Often frustratingly used as a number nine by Maurizo Sarri but Eden Hazard is much more comfortable attacking from the left and running at defenders causing chaos with skill and pace. Has scored 16 goals and has 13 assists to his name directly involved in almost half of Chelsea’s Premier League goals.
Agree? Disagree? Want to tell me who gets in your team? Let me know below…