The 2017-18 Premier League season is drawing to a close as the 2018 World Cup approaches in Russia this summer.
Manchester City are all-but set to be crowned the Premier League champions for the third time in seven seasons and in some style as they currently hold a 16-point lead over Manchester United with seven games to play, and the Manchester derby this weekend in which they can seal it.
This is also the time of year where the end of season awards are announced and it’s not long until we hear the official FA Premier League Team of the Season is. Here are the 11 players we believe should make the team:
Goalkeeper: David de Gea
The Manchester United goalkeeper was our undisputed pick in this position with some phenomenal saves and performances once more this season. David de Gea currently leads the way in the Premier League Golden Glove race and his top drawer saves have been a huge reason for the number of clean sheets he’s kept.
Right-back: Kyle Walker
A few eyebrows were raised when Manchester City splashed out £45 million on the right-back but Kyle Walker has not disappointed at the Etihad. The right-back has bombed forward to provide six assists this season and give his side width down the wing.
Centre-back: James Tarkowski
Burnley were among the relegation favourites at the start of the season according to the football betting odds on Paddy Power but will end the season close to European qualification than the bottom three. Sean Dyche’s side have been aided by an incredible defensive performance from the likes of James Tarkowski, along with Ben Mee and Nick Pope.
Centre-back: Jan Vertonghen
Despite Toby Alderweireld spending most of the season on the sidelines, Tottenham have been performing very well at the back and a lot of this can be put on Jan Vertonghen’s performances. The centre-back has been crucial in Mauricio Pochettino’s side in terms of his defending and leadership.
Left-back: Ashley Young
We were throwing around a few names for the left-back role in our team and went with Ashley Young over Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso. The 32-year-old has had to earn his place as a regular in José Mourinho’s side as the Portuguese coach also has Luke Shaw, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo on his books. As well as adapting to the role, he continues to offer excellent delivers from the wing.
Defensive midfield: Mousa Dembélé
Mousa Dembélé has been a rock in Tottenham’s midfield in helping the North London club to win the ball back for his side and dominate possession. The Belgian midfielder’s performances have limited Victor Wanyama’s opportunities this season.
Midfield: Kevin De Bruyne
A candidate for the PFA Player of the Season, Kevin De Bruyne’s league-leading 15 Premier League assists have helped Pep Guardiola’s side run away with the league title. The midfielder has been unplayable at times this season with some incredible passing ability to open up opposition defences.
Midfield: David Silva
Manchester City’s midfield has dominated their opponents this season so don’t be surprised to see them dominate our midfield. David Silva has been another playmaker in the middle of the park for the Citizens, both creating and scoring opportunities throughout the season.
Right wing: Mohamed Salah
After being handed very few opportunities at Chelsea a couple of seasons ago, Mohamed Salah has come back to the Premier League and haunted a number of defences. The Egyptian currently leads the Golden Boot race with 29 goals and has been the difference between Liverpool qualifying for next season’s Champions League and not. Don’t let this forward onto his left foot inside your penalty area!
Striker: Sergio Agüero
Manchester City have a ridiculous amount of attacking talent in their side who have all chipped in with a number of goals this season. Despite this, Sergio Agüero is still averaging close to a goal per game and the side do look a little less potent when he’s absent. The Argentine narrowly gets the nod ahead of Harry Kane.
Left wing: Christian Eriksen