The premier league team of the year was announced yesterday, along with the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year. As expected Harry Kane picked up the Young Player Award, scoring 30 goals in what has been a fantastic season for the young Englishman. Eden Hazard won the Player of the Year award, gaining 34% of the votes. Both deserved winners. The team of the year however caused a little more controversy with many journalists, pundits and average football fans questioning some of the choices made. This is how it lined up;
De Gea– Difficult to argue with his inclusion. Has won points almost single handedly for Manchester United this season.
Ivanovic,Terry and Cahill– The three Chelsea defenders have been a rock all season with an incredible 16 clean sheets. Terry showing that even at his age, he is still more than capable to get the job done. Though to be fair it is unfortunate to see Nathaniel Clyne left out, who has had a fantastic season at Southampton, even attracting the interest of the London club. Clyne’s club team mate, Jose Fonte was also unlucky to be left out, who throughout the season has kept Southampton’s back in check, helping his team to 15 clean sheets, just one behind Chelsea.
Bertrand- Has impressed since his move from Chelsea, the left back has had a good season, like most of the Southampton team, and he pips Azpilicueta to the left back spot. Azpilicueta would have completed a complete Chelsea back 4 if he had been included, and he may be left confused, as defensively he outshines Bertrand, but it is going forward that Bertrand has the edge.
Matic- Has been a fantastic all season, being the anchor in Chelsea’s midfield. His work rate and desire to get to the ball allows Chelsea’s more creative players to have the freedom to roam. An answer to Chelsea’s long standing Claude Makélélé replacement, Matic may well be the answer.
Hazard– Player of the Year. Is there really much more that needs to be said about his inclusion?
Coutinho- Has had an interesting season for Liverpool. At the beginning of the season he was on top form, scoring brilliant goals, including a peach of a goal against Manchester City, whilst also running rings around most teams. However the jury is definitely out when it comes to his inclusion. 4 goals and 4 assists. These are simply not impressive. Comparing him with others who play in his position. Cesc Fabregas, 16 assists and 3 goals. Though this may be a controversial opinion, I don’t believe Fabregas should be included. You cannot have a brilliant first half of the season, and then sit back and relax for the second half of it, hoping your previous form gets you in on merit. Feel free to disagree. Christian Eriksen has 10 goals and 4 assists in the league, and has won many a game for Spurs this season, his exclusion seems harsh to say the least. Just to put things into some perspective, Angel Di Maria, who by most peoples standards has been poor for Manchester United, has 3 goals and 8 assists this season.This isn’t a call for Di Maria to have been included, merely as an interesting comparison.
Sanchez- Has been a star since day one in the Premier League. The tireless Chilean is an all round player, he can score, he can assist and he isn’t afraid to track back. He will continue to shine in the years to come, and probably was Hazards closest contender for the Player of The Year award, and who knows maybe he could have won it.
Diego Costa– His early season form was fantastic and if it wasn’t for injuries he would have scored more goals. Still battling for the golden boot, it shows just how good a striker he has become. Seemingly unplayable at times this season.
Harry Kane– No one could have imagined in the space of one season Harry Kane would have scored 30 goals in the league and be capped by England and win the Young Player of the Year award. He has had a fantastic season, and has showed he has the killer touch in front of goal. There are still games to go for him to try and capture that golden boot and that would be the the icing on the cake for the young striker.