With under 10 games to go in the Premier League, the countdown begins with the race for the title and the intense battle to avoid relegation. Despite a pivotal part of the season still to play, ‘experts’ are already putting forward their team of the seasons featuring the eleven players who have excelled above the rest this campaign. While this is of course subjective, some picks put forward are all too predictable and almost makes you scratch your head at how past players can now be in a position to even be called an expert. Below are Danny Mills and Robbie Savage’s selections, ones that won’t be far off many others I’m sure as I look to give my verdict on what changes they should make to create the best eleven from the 2018/19 season.
Goalkeeper – Allison
The best defensive record in the league means there is of course reasoning to put the Brazilian between the sticks if you’re looking at straight facts. It is in so many ways predictable that the Liverpool goalkeeper has got the nod from both of these pundits and no doubt will do by so many others. In my opinion Liverpool’s resilience in carried by the phenomenal Virgil Van Dijk, while there is no doubting Allison’s arrival from Roma has been a big improvement on what the Red’s had at their disposal, he has still made more than enough errors when the reality is that he is now tested infrequently.
Goalkeeper of the season – Ben Foster
As a Watford fan I may well be accused of being biased but the standout goalkeeper this season has been Ben Foster. The 35 year old has been consistently sensational for the Hornets this season and barely has an error to his name. Javi Gracia’s side have shocked a few with the club currently in 8th place and this goes hand in hand with Foster making some decisive interventions and swaying the outcome of games despite the club not having the best defence on paper.
Other credible contenders – Martin Dubravka, Lukasz Fabianski, Neil Etheridge
Right back – Cesar Azpilicueta
The Chelsea man is one of the most dependable defenders around but I’m sure even Chelsea fans would concede it hasn’t been an overly impressive season for player and club alike. The Spaniard excelled in a back 3 in Chelsea’s title winning season, emphasising his stubborn defensive qualities but he is limited going forwards and that has been evident this season when playing at full back. Particularly as he hasn’t been eye catching by any means, it seems an odd pick and almost like Savage has picked him by default.
Right back of the season – Aaron Wan-Bissaka
For me the England youngster has been the standout performer in his position. He has shown maturity beyond his years with an extreme reliability defensively which is key first and foremost. His calmness on the ball and ability to link play and cause problems is what makes you think he is destined for the top. To show such consistency in what is an inconsistent Eagles side means he should nail down his place in the team of the season.
Other credible contenders – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ricardo Pereira, Kyle Walker.
Central Midfielder – Paul Pogba
A tale of two managers. There was no hiding that the Frenchman and Mourinho never completely saw eye to eye during Mourinho’s time at the club. This resulted in Pogba not playing to the best of his ability and a woeful start to the season for the Red Devils. Since Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer was appointed caretaker manager he’s looked a cut above and a dominant force in the Manchester United midfield and the results have taken a drastic turnaround. His inclusion is laughable because of how predictable it is. This is a player that has divided opinion since his arrival to Old Trafford and you feel once again he is in the team because of his name and image rather than the consistency he has shown this campaign. You couldn’t argue with the decision if it was based off the last few months but he doesn’t deserve to be included based off the whole season.
Central Midfielder of the season – Bernardo Silva
Bernardo Silva has been in scintillating form this season and has been breathtaking to watch numerous times for Manchester City as he starred both centrally and on the right side of midfield. His tireless tenacity and ability to unlock a defence means he’s no doubt one of the most improved players of the season but also one of the most effective. He deserves to be in the team for the fact he has done it throughout the campaign and it would be hard to suggest an alternative who is more deserving.
Other credible contenders – Joao Moutinho, Etienne Capoue, David Silva.
My team of the season:
Foster-Wan-Bissaka-Van Dijk-Laporte-Robertson-Mane-Fernandinho-Capoue-Bernardo Silva-Sterling-Aguero.
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