PFA Awards – Team of the Year Prediction

By Guest Contributor - 29/03/2017
By Ed Krarup

Ed Krarup's PFA team of the year

Now that the Oscars have been and gone, our attention moves on to the football awards season, including the PFA Team of the Year.

Although lots can change in the coming weeks, here’s our XI who have lit up the Premier League in 2016-17.

 

Goalkeeper:

Tom Heaton: Burnley will have much to thank their keeper for if they stay up, as seems likely.

Heaton has been sensational between the sticks for the newly-promoted side. He has made more saves (106) than any other keeper. At Manchester United, he earned a vital point despite the hosts having 37 shots.

 

Defenders:

Marcos Alonso, Michael Keane, David Luiz, Kyle Walker: It would have been tough not to include the spine of the Chelsea defence who this season. They have only conceded 20 goals and kept 13 clean sheets, both better than anyone else in the division.

But Keane has also put in some heroic performances to steer Burnley to the brink of safety. Walker, meanwhile, adds an attacking threat when bombing up and down the right flank, notching five assists for Spurs.

 

Midfielders:

Dele Alli, N’Golo Kante, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Eden Hazard: With 59 interceptions and 94 tackles, Chelsea’s Kante has shown his awesome displays for Leicester last season were no flash in the pan. Reliable and rock-solid, he compliments the other midfielders who have 17 assists in total, including 10 by Sigurdsson.

 

Forwards:

Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku – Both Kane and Lukaku have showed huge potential over the past few seasons. But this year they really have moved to the next level and firmly established themselves as top strikers.

With 19 and 18 goals respectively, they lead the scoring charts. However, rather than being poachers or set-piece specialists, the pair have developed into complete forwards. Strength is a key part of their game and their hold-up play to bring in wide players causes headaches for opposition defences.

 

Bench:

Jordan Pickford, Idrissa Gueye, Kyle Walker, Christian Eriksen, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ander Herrera, Ben Gibson: Many here may consider themselves unfortunate not to have made the starting XI, and players such as Pickford and Gibson have emerged as potential stars.

Gueye has recovered remarkably well following his relegation with Aston Villa last season to dominate in the Everton midfield.

Meanwhile, despite being in the twilight of his career, Ibrahimovic has scored 15 league goals. However, he does not get a starting berth due to missing 17 ‘big chances’, more than anyone else in the division.

 

Manager:

Sean Dyche – The Burnley boss gets our vote to manage the PFA Team of the Year. Seen by most as firm relegation candidates at the start of the season, the Clarets have performed admirably and turned Turf Moor into a fortress.

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