The Premier League season is well and truly underway, and it is shaping as exciting and goal-filled as ever.
With Manchester City closely trailing Liverpool in the table, it seems like the Premier League could well be another two-horse race.
The two clubs dominated league so much last season that nine of the eleven members of the PFA Team of the Season were from either Liverpool or Manchester City. However, will that be the same this year?
WhoScored.com, one of the most accurate and well respected football ratings databases, has formulated their own Team of the Season so far – and there are a few surprise inclusions that you might have expected.
WhoScored.com have ranked each player Premier League player throughout the season thus we can see who the eleven best players have been so far this campaign.
So who makes the XI? Find out below…
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HugoLloris – Tottenham- Average Rating: 7.2
So far this season, Hugo Lloris has been rather busy in the Tottenham goal.
The 2018 World Cup winner has made 19 saves so far this campaign, the most of any goalkeeper in the Premier League.
So despite failing to manage a clean sheet, the Spurs shot-stopper has found his way into the Premier League Team of the Season so far.
RobertoPereira – Leicester – Average Rating: 7.4
VirgilvanDijk – Liverpool – Average Rating 7.4
JoelMatip – Liverpool – Average Rating: 7.5
ArthurMasuaku – West Ham – Average Rating: 7.9
It is no surprise to see two Liverpool defenders, Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk, in the Premier League Team of the Season so far. Jurgen Kloop has transformed Liverpool’s previously shaky defence into one of the most solid in Europe.
Arthur Masuaku has at last found himself a place in the Hammers’ squad after a very impressive start to the season, which has included one clean sheet and 13 tackles.
At right-back, Ricardo Pereira has averaged a higher rating that both Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Trent Alexander-Arnold. The Portuguese defender has registered 20 tackles far this campaign, only being bettered by the aforementioned Wan-Bissaka.
MohamedSalah – Liverpool – Average Rating: 7.7
JohnMcGinn – Aston Villa – Average Rating: 7.5
Kevin DeBruyne – Manchester City – Average Rating: 8.2
Once again, it is no surprise to see Mohammed Salah of Liverpool and both Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling of Man City included in the Premier League Team of the Season so far. Sterling has registered five goals so far this campaign, the joint second highest in the league thus far, while Kevin De Bruyne has five assists to his name,. more than any other player.
However, it is the inclusion of John McGinn that might raise a few eyebrows. Despite Aston Villa lying in 18th place with only three points out of a possible twelve, the Scotsman has completed 17 tackles so far this campaign, more than any other midfielder.
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Roberto Firmino – Liverpool – Average Rating: 8.2
Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – Average Rating: 8.0
Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero has scored six goals so far this campaign, more than anyone else in the league. He currently averages 1.5 goals per game in the league. He has scored 43% of Manchester City’s goals this campaign.
Liverpool’s Robert Firmino completes the XI, averaging 4.3 shots so far per game in the 2019/20 season. He has also scored two and assisted another two, a contribution that has ensured Jurgen Klopp’s men have retained their 100% win record.
The Premier League season may have been done and dusted for over a week now but clubs are still naming the winners of their Player of the Year awards.
Some aren’t too surprising with the usual superstars having smashing seasons, but a few men have risen to the top and become shock heroes at their sides.
No one would have expected Ryan Fraser to bag 14 assists, while Luke Shaw established himself as a regular at Old Trafford, there was even shock among Tottenham Hotspur fans that Heung-Min Son won their accolade and not the rejuvenated Moussa Sissoko.
The duo, though, have done well this campaign and now earned the rewards for it.
It’s not just the PFA’s Player of the Year award that matters, the individual club honours mean a lot to recipients who are being credited for their consistent excellence over a single year.
But who are each Premier League club’s Player of the Year winners from the 2018/19 season? Find out below.
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AFC Bournemouth – Ryan Fraser
Fraser would have had strong competition from Callum Wilson, but he has deservedly picked up the prize. The Scotland international has been in remarkable form this season, scoring seven goals and registering 14 assists in the Premier League.
Lacazette has enjoyed a prolific season with Arsenal, netting 18 goals in all competitions. And despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being the club’s top scorer with 26 goals, Arsenal fans believe Lacazette has been their star man this season.
The Frenchman scored three goals across two legs in Arsenal’s successful Europa League semi-final games against Valencia.
Brighton – Shane Duffy
In what’s been a testing season, Brighton’s centre-back partnership of Duffy and Lewis Dunk has helped drag them over the line to Premier League safety.
Duffy, who has chipped in with five goals, has been crucial to the Seagulls’ resolute defence, which helped them earn unlikely draws against Arsenal and Wolves in recent weeks.
Burnley – Ashley Westwood
Westwood has missed just four Premier League games this season and has been one of Burnley’s standout performers since the turn of the year.
He picked up the club’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards.
Cardiff – Neil Etheridge
A fully deserved award by Cardiff’s goalkeeper in a season which will end in relegation.
Cardiff signed Alex Smithies in a £3.5million deal last summer which could have put Etheridge’s starting place at risk. However, the Philippines international played every minute of the Bluebirds’ Premier League season, which included three penalty saves.
He has also been the second busiest goalkeeper in the top-flight this term, making 141 saves.
Chelsea – Eden Hazard
Hazard is now a four-time winner of the club’s Player of the Year award. Who else was going to win it?
He has scored 19 goals and provided 16 assists for the Blues. If it is his farewell season, he will hope to bow out with a piece of silverware.
Crystal Palace – Aaron Wan-Bissaka
This wouldn’t have surprised many Palace fans given Wan-Bissaka’s stunning breakthrough campaign.
He is second and third in the charts for most interceptions and tackles, respectively. His form has reportedly alerted the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City.
At just 21, he will get even better with time.
Everton – Lucas Digne
Fulham – Yet to be announced
Huddersfield – Christopher Schindler
It has been a bleak season for Huddersfield, whose relegation to the Championship was confirmed more than six weeks ago.
They have won just three league games and accumulated 15 points. Only Fulham (81) have conceded more goals than Huddersfield (76) this season. Schindler, who scored the winning penalty in the 2017 Championship play-off final, has missed just one game in the 2018/19 campaign.
Leicester – Ricardo Pereira
The right-back has been one of Leicester’s most consistent players this season.
In his debut campaign in England, he has netted two goals and registered six assists in 35 Premier League appearances. He will be invaluable for the Foxes next term.
Liverpool – Yet to be announced
Manchester City – Bernardo Silva
Manchester United – Luke Shaw
In a season where United conceded 54 league goals – the most of any top-six side in England – it would seem odd to see a defender win this award. However, on a personal note, Shaw has had his best season in a Red Devils shirt.
Now, though, it seems he will venture to Spain to continue his career, leaving Mauricio Pochettino with a real conundrum at right-back.
It appears the Argentine doesn’t trust Serge Aurier as much as he should, especially given the £23million spent on him, while the lack of time given to starlet Kyle Walker-Peters has left other fans baffled.
So, if not those two, then who could replace Trippier? talkSPORT.com assesses the options.
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Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City)
Many Spurs fans wanted to see the Portugal ace in north London instead of Aurier but the club failed to land him as his previous club Porto played hardball over a deal.
A year later he’s signed for the Foxes and proving he would have been a fine acquisition for Pochettino.
He would now cost a lot more than the £22million they could have signed him for.
Pereira also has the ability to play as a right winger, as he has done this season, or as wing-back like he did with Nice.
Youcef Atal (Nice)
In his debut season with the club, Atal is proving incredibly impressive as a right wing-back.
He loves to dribble, which is certainly different to Trippier, who rarely beats a man, but his 8.1 per 90 means he can lose the ball high up the pitch, while he’s also not afraid of shooting.
Atal would be a risk given he’s only had one season in Europe so far and may prove a little too raw right now but Spurs should keep tabs on the talent.
A fractured collarbone at the Africa Cup of Nations could derail a deal, though.
Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina)
Able to play at both centre-back and right-back, the Serbian offers versatility for what seems like it would be a hefty fee.
Manchester United and Man City have been linked with moves for the player, who has spent much of the campaign as an imposing full-back.
He would solidify the Spurs defence but would probably result in a big decrease in attacking output.
Still just 21, Milenkovic has the potential to be coached up but whether he can add to his offensive game must be questioned.
Fiorentina’s poor end to the season could hasten an exit.
Bouna Sarr (Marseille)
The 26-year-old was previously a right winger but is now settled as a right-back in Ligue 1.
Sarr has the defensive acumen required to, at the very least, come into Tottenham as a deputy, while his attacking abilities mark him out as a player who could do well in the Premier League.
Leicester City have been linked with the player, along with Napoli, so there would be the potential for Spurs to strike and sign him.
He still has four years left on his contract at the club so might cost a little more than Spurs may want to spend but he remains a highly-rated youngster.
Given Pochettino’s reputation as a full-back whisperer, he may be able to get the best out of him – unlike Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur)
What if the replacement for Kieran Trippier is already in the ranks at Spurs?
Towards the end of the campaign the Argentine played in the role as Trippier was rotated and Serge Aurier was unfit.
Foyth’s excellence on the ball – he was once a no.10 in his youth career – make him an interesting, if awkward, right-back but he offers more technically than Trippier ever did when it comes to beating a player with the ball on the deck. His crossing, though, isn’t as good but he still has time to learn.
Foyth also ended up at full-back during Argentina’s Copa America run, adding to his experience at the top level of the game, and earned social media acclaim for embarrassing Philippe Coutinho.
If he takes up the role then Kyle Walker-Peters’ future will also be called into question.
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