As another Premier League campaign comes to a close, it is time now to draw our attention to the annual end of season awards.
On Saturday, the nominees for the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year were announced with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Virgil Van Dijk and Declan Rice in contention for awards.
The PFA will also shortly announce the Team of the Year as they select the XI finest players from the Premier League season.
Here, Pundit Arena predicts who we believe should be included in the end of season starting eleven.
With only one spot up for grabs, the goalkeeper is a hotly contested position this season. Liverpool’s Alisson has kept the most clean sheets in the division in his debut Premier League season and is surely one of the front runners for the number one shirt.
Manchester City’s Ederson has once again been sensational keeping 17 clean sheets while his range of passing has been a massive boost to Guardiola’s side’s style of play.
Although Manchester United have had a difficult season, David De Gea has once again shone while lower down the table, West Ham’s Lukasz Fabianski has been sensational with the Hammers, making the most saves out of anyone in the league with Ben Foster an integral part of Watford’s push for Europe.
Verdict: A tough decision but based on his performances in his debut season we are going with Liverpool’s Alisson.
Defence – Centre Backs
At the back, a couple of players have been true standouts for their respective teams and simply must be included.
Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk, who rightfully received a Player of the Year nomination has been a rock at the heart of the Reds’ defence this season acting as a key component in their title challenge.
Elsewhere Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte has been a steady influence at the back for the champions impressing in his first full season in English football.
Further down the league, Newcastle’s Fabian Schar has been a tremendous addition to their side as Rafa Benitez again fights to keep them up while Wolves’ Willy Boly has taken to life in the top flight like a duck to water.
Verdict: It simply has got to be Aymeric Laporte and Virgil Van Dijk as the centre-half pairing.
Defence – Full Backs
Another of the more difficult categories, quite a few players have staked a claim for starting positions at right-back however left-back appears to be sewn up.
Liverpool’s Andy Robertson has been exceptional this season, helping Liverpool to 18 clean sheets while also becoming a vital part of their attack, grabbing nine assists.
At right-back, there are a number of contenders, with Robertson’s teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold one of the favourites after his breakout campaign.
The 20-year old received a Young Player of the Year nomination while his seven assists have been a huge part of Liverpool’s potency in attack.
Wolves’ Matt Doherty is also in contention following his outstanding season which has seen him score three goals and create six as Nuno Espirito Santo’s men push for a spot in Europe.
Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka also deserves a mention after his excellent campaign at the London club.
Verdict: Andy Robertson at left-back is a certainty but after much deliberation, we’ve gone with Matt Doherty at right-back.
This is where it starts to get tricky. For argument’s sake, we aren’t going to include the likes of Eden Hazard or Mo Salah in the midfield category instead we are going to choose players who actually play the position.
Manchester City duo Fernandinho and Bernardo Silva have both been two of the standout players in midfield this campaign.
The Brazilian Fernandinho’s role as the holder in City’s midfield has been crucial and at times this season, they have truly struggled without his discipline ahead of the defence.
In Bernardo Silva, City has the heir to his namesake David, with the Portuguese’s performances this season rightly earning him nominations for both the Player and Young Player of the Year.
Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen has been outstanding for Pochettino’s side this campaign while Paul Pogba has delivered 13 goals and nine assists in the league despite some criticism.
Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucouré has grown into their key man as they push for the top seven while Gylfi Sigurdsson‘s displays at Everton have been a bright spark in a dull season for the Toffees.
Verdict: Man City’s midfield pair of Fernandinho and Bernardo Silva get the nod with Christian Eriksen rounding out the three.
The most difficult category of them all. There have been a host of standout forward players this season in the Premier League.
Liverpool’s duo of Sadio Mané and Mo Salah have both been scintillating, with the former scoring 18 goals and the latter, despite not reaching the heights of last year, still grabbing 19 goals and nine assists.
Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has rolled back the years to also notch up 19 goals while Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is hot on the golden boot trail with 18 himself.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane has continued to score goals despite an injury-hit season while in his absence Heung Min-Son has stepped up to become of their most important players scoring 12 goals and grabbing seven assists.
Then, of course, you have early Player of the Year front runner Eden Hazard who despite cooling off a little has still managed an outstanding 16 goals and 12 assists, while Raheem Sterling‘s 17 goals and 11 assists puts him firmly in contention.
Verdict: Extremely difficult, but we’ve gone with Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Sadio Mané
Here is our Team of the Season in full;