12th April 2018
A few positions pick themselves especially Mo Salah and Kevin De Bruyne, but every other position is arguable. Have a look and I’ll try and argue my point below.
Let’s start in goal. De Gea seems like the easy choice as he is probably the best goalkeeper in Europe right now. However, there were many close contenders in Ederson and Nick Pope for Burnley. With Man City breezing the league and Pep’s reliance on goalkeeper’s distribution, Ederson has coped admirably. Ederson has taken Man City’s football out from the back to the next level, from Claudio Bravo. And with Burnley’s amazing season and their defensive record, Nick Pope had to be in with a shout.
I think that Otamendi and Valencia warrant their positions by having solid seasons for their clubs. Valencia has been one of few reliable players for Utd over the past few seasons. Kyle Walker was a close second, but I feel like Valencia is more important for Utd. Otamendi has also had a good season, registering most passes in the league, he demonstrates the modern “ball playing centre half”. Even with City’s fragility at the back at times, he has been reliable, and there just had to be a City player at the back somewhere. Even though the champions have struggled in the league this season I have went for Azpilicueta. Like Valencia, he has just been a steady performer in Chelsea’s back three. Left back I had a slight problem with for a couple reasons but I think Ben Davies has a done a job filling in for Danny Rose. Davies offers a great service going forward and reliability at the back, and how many left backs stood out this season…?
In the middle of the park Kevin De Bruyne walks straight in without question. He has been the best midfielder in the league by far this season. His vision, passing and controlling of the game has been unmatched this season, and would probably win Player of the Season, if it weren't for Mo Salah. Christian Eriksen gets a spot as I feel like he gets easily overlooked in the premier league. He is dangerous from dead balls, he can cut open the defence with a pass, and he is very clever. Eriksen pops up in gaps and is extremely hard to pick up for the opposition. He is calm in posession and makes the game look so easy even under pressure. David Silva also gets his place in a midfield three, that easily could’ve just been City’s midfield with Fernandinho. I think that Silva warrants a spot due to the scintillating football that City have played this season, and his role in it. Very hard to pick up their movement and his smoothness on the ball and creativity has been well known for a while now. Like Eriksen, he makes the game look effortless and operates in extremely tight areas with clever feet and such control. There were other contenders for the midfield like Dele Ali, who is having another good season, and Nemanja Matic. He has been the mainstay in the Utd midfield this season and playing the so called "dirty role" in centre midfield. He is one of the best in the league at breaking up the play and keeping it simple. Matic’s ability on the ball is commonly overlooked but he rarely wastes possession.
Up top Mo Salah, like De Bruyne, walks straight into the team, and don’t even think about saying otherwise. Odds on for Player of the Season and you cannot argue one bit (29 goals speaks for itself). As number 9 it was between Kane and Aguero. Kane just edges it for me because for one he has 4 more goals so far, and he is just the main man for Spurs. Aguero’s City future seemed to be in doubt as it was thought that he was out of favour under Guardiola. But Sergio has still managed 25 goals so far this season and is guaranteed to bag goals. On the left I picked Leroy Sane. He is second in assists, behind De Bruyne, and is a scary threat going forward. Pace, power and a great left foot, he is a full backs nightmare, and still only 21 years old.
What do you think? Do you agree? Probably not...