As the Premier League season draws to a close, it is time we consider who should be named in the Premier League team of the season. This season has been the most unpredictable and entertaining campaign in recent memory, with Leicester seemingly heading towards their first Premier League title, while West Ham are pushing for a place in the Champions League.
This campaign has seen a number of break out stars in the top flight who have gone onto shine for their clubs this season and have earned themselves a place in my Premier League team of the season.
One of the main reasons why Leicester are doing so well in the Premier League this season is because of their vastly impressive defensive record. This has been helped by Schmeichel, who currently holds the record of the most clean sheets in the top flight, with a total of 14.
He has improved a lot this season and is thriving by playing in team which is going from strength to strength at the top of the league.
The right back has been one of Arsenals success story’s this season. In doing so, he has asserted himself as their first choice right back.
The Spaniard has put in a number of impressive performances this season for the Gunners, showing that he is fully capable to handle both the defensive and attacking sides of his game.
The partnership between Huth and his central defensive partner, Wes Morgan, has been remarkable this year.
Leicester’s defensive unit has been vital for their success this season, which is evident through their recent run of form. They have won all of their last five games by scoring either one or two goals, while keeping a clean sheet in each game.
Alderweireld is part of a Tottenham back four which has conceded the least amount of goals in the Premier League this season. The defensive solidarity along with the fearsome attacking threat their team possesses, is why Tottenham are challenging at the top of the league with Leicester City.
Mauricio Pochetinno has done a magnificent job at Tottenham. If the club manage to keep their manager along with their key stars, including Alderweireld, there is no reason why they cannot challenge for the title again next season.
Fuchs has been a stalwart in Leicester’s strong defensive unit this season. The Austria captain signed for the Foxes as a free transfer this summer and he soon earned plaudits for his impressive performances.
His astute defensive work, along with his threat going forward, through his ability to put in dangerous crosses, is why I have selected him over other left backs for team of the season.
Mahrez is another player who has progressed significantly from last season under the stewardship of Claudio Ranieri.
The attacking midfielder has excelled for the table toppers this season, which is evident as he currently has the best combined goals and assists total, 16 goals and 11 assists, in the Premier League this season.
Alli arrived at White Heart Lane in the Summer from then League 1 side, MK Dons. The midfielder surprised onlookers as he soon earned himself a regular starting place for Spurs and he has not looked back since.
Alli is now regarded as one of the best young midfielders in Europe. If he is looked after adequately by his club, he will undoubtedly go onto become one of the best midfielders in the world in the coming years.
The midfielder has been a key component to Leicester’s success this season and he does not receive the credit he deserves.
He has the most tackles and interceptions of all the players in the Premier League and he is a vital part of Leicester’s defensive setup.
It is clear that without Kante, Leicester would not be in the position they find themselves in now.
Payet has been one of the surprise packages this season. He signed for West Ham in the Summer for a mere £10 million.
Since then, he has gone onto establish himself as one of the most talented players in the division.
He is a main reason as to why West Ham are challenging for the coveted fourth position. His devilish ability from set pieces has been a nightmare to deal with all season for all visiting teams and his pure technical ability is impossible to stop at times.
Vardy, along with Kante and Mahrez, has been a shining light in Leicester’s startling season. He has been their talisman this season as he has scored 21 goals in the top flight, which easily surpasses his record from last season.
Had it not have been for Riyad Mahrez’s heroics for Leicester this season, Vardy would surely be a front runner for the player of the season.
This season, Harry Kane has asserted himself as a top class player. He had many doubters at the start of the season when he had a slow start, but it not take him long to prove his doubters wrong.
At this point, he is the leading goalscorer in the Premier League, with 22 goals. His ability to create chances for his teammates and his work rate has been incredibly impressive. He could potentially go onto become one of the best strikers in Europe and it is important for Tottenham that they keep hold of him.
My team of the season:
Bellerin Huth Alderweireld Fuchs
Mahrez Alli Kante Payet
Player of the season – Riyad Mahrez
Young Player of the season – Dele Alli
Manager of the season – Claudio Ranieri