Premier league

Five players who should be in Team of the Year – but aren’t


Tottenham and Chelsea dominate the PFA Team of the Year.

Both sides have four players in, while Manchester United have one, Liverpool have one, and Everton one.

As reported in the Mirror, here’s the full line-up, as voted for by fellow professionals:

David de Gea, Kyle Walker, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Danny Rose, Sadio Mane, Dele Alli, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane

There are quite a few notable absentees, however, who must be feeling a little aggrieved after the announcement.

Alexis Sanchez

Regardless of Arsenal’s plight, Sanchez has been brilliant for most of the season. The only thing that is questionable is his attitude, and perhaps that’s why Sadio Mane has got the nod ahead of him. At least the Gunners forward can still win Player of the Year, which Mane isn’t even nominated for.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ibra has had no problems adapting to the Premier League, scoring 17 goals and assisting five. Presumably, he only misses out because Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku had to be included and his achievements no longer surprise anybody.


Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen has had his best season yet at White Hart Lane, with Spurs having conceded just the fewest goals in the top flight with just 22.


Toby Alderweireld

Alderweireld’s absence is likely to raise even more eyebrows. The Belgian is steadily being accepted as the best defender in English football, and it’s remarkable that Luiz and Cahill have surpassed him here. Cahill no longer has his pace, though to be fair, Luiz is much-improved since his first spell at Chelsea.


Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea have their fair share of representatives in the XI, but the understated Azpilicueta is unfortunate to be overlooked. There’s an argument that the Spaniard is the most underrated player in the Premier League, and he seems to have escaped the thoughts of his fellow players here.


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