The long awaited PFA Team of the Season was finally released earlier today, and let’s just say there’s quite a bit of controversy surrounding it. Spurs and Chelsea dominated the selection, with 8 of the 11 players picked. 5 of the players picked were also in the 2015/16 team (David de Gea, Danny Rose, Dele Alli, Harry Kane, N’golo Kante). In fact, Kane and de Gea have now been selected 3 years in a row. Here is the full selection:
First, we have to discuss the notable snubs. Alexis Sanchez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both did not find themselves in the lineup despite being nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award. This has to come down to the incredible performances of the strikers this season – I mean, can anyone really make a case as to why Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku shouldn’t be included?
That being said, I think Sanchez deserved to be included over Sadio Mane. The Liverpool man has been electric this year, but I don’t think he outperformed Sanchez, especially given the load the Chilean had to carry this year.
Marcos Alonso is another player who has been left wondering what else he could’ve done to make the team. He has been one of Chelsea’s best players this season, playing left wing-back. When it comes down to choosing between him and Danny Rose, however, it is a toss up. I guess the tiebreaker would have to be the fact that Rose has missed many games from injury, which should have given Alonso the edge.
In goal, Thibaut Courtois, Hugo Lloris, Jordan Pickford, and Ben Foster were all also worthy candidates for the selection, along with Tom Heaton. It can be so hard to make this selection, considering the variety of saves keepers have to make and how you can track who’s made the more impressive ones. Personally, I would’ve given it to Heaton, but I wouldn’t be able to argue with any of those choices.
Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, the Spurs duo, each had a strong case for being included, as they compose the strength of the strongest defense in the league. I would’ve selected the steady-as-a-rock Alderweireld over an inconsistent David Luiz, but I can’t argue with Gary Cahill‘s selection, given his importance to the second best defense in the league.
Some of the notable center-mid omissions were Ander Herrera, Moussa Dembele, Victor Wanyama, and Christian Eriksen, but I don’t see any way in which the two players selected wouldn’t be N’golo Kante and Dele Alli. Those two have simply been just too good.
And while this was a down year for him, it’s worth noting that Sergio Aguero has once again missed out on the TOTS, meaning that is another year in which he has failed to receive the honor.
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