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The Non Top-Six Alternative Premier League Team Of The Year

This season, the PFA Team of the Year was unsurprisingly dominated by the Premier League’s top two with ten of the eleven selected playing for either Manchester City or Liverpool.

The two sides have been in scintillating form this season and it’s difficult to argue with the inclusion of any of the players involved given their quality.

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba was the outlier as he made the midfield but not a single player from outside the top six was involved in the eleven.

With that in mind, we decided to eliminate the top six and create an alternative Team of the Year from the remaining 14 sides in the Premier League.


Goalkeeper: Lukasz Fabianski

Fabianski has been a sensational addition to a West Ham side that has grown into the season under Manuel Pellegrini.

The Polish stopper has had an inexperienced back four ahead of him for most of the campaign but has still managed to shine making 133 saves in the Premier League this season, the most in the division.

Fabianski only cost the Hammers £7 million which will certainly be viewed as a bargain given his level of performance for Pellegrini’s side this season and they will no doubt be looking to push for a European place next year.


Left-Back: Lucas Digne

The Frenchman’s performances have kept legendary left-back Leighton Baines out of the Everton side since his arrival from Barcelona in the summer.

Digne’s deliveries have been tremendous this season while he has been directly involved in eight goals, scoring four and making four.

The left-back has also created more chances than any other defender this season and has arguably been Everton’s stand-out player in what’s been a highly inconsistent campaign.


Centre-Back: Conor Coady

A real leader in a vibrant and exciting Wolves side that has taken the Premier League by storm, Conor Coady has become one of the division’s finest defenders.

He has captained the side to a European push as well as an FA Cup semi-final and alongside Willy Boly has built up a solid defensive partnership upon which Wolves are essentially built upon.

Given that this is Coady’s first season in the Premier League his form has certainly been deserving of a spot in our Team of the Year.


Centre-Back: Fabian Schar

At just £3 million, Swiss defender Fabian Schar has unquestionably been one of the signings of the season from Newcastle United.

Schar has been a vital part of the Magpies’ fight for survival and has taken seamlessly to English football since his arrival from Basel.

The 27-year old has been solid defensively but has also shown an impressive range of passing and ball playing ability and has proven he has an eye for goal this season.


Right-Back: Matt Doherty

What an addition to the Premier League Wolves and Matt Doherty have been this season. Desperately unlucky to miss out on the PFA Team of the Year, Doherty has been sensational in his side’s push for Europe.

Marauding up and down the right-hand side for the Molyneux club, Doherty has managed four goals and six assists this season, making him one of the most productive defenders in the league.

Doherty’s work rate and consistency have epitomised everything good about this Wolves side this campaign and the 27-year old will no doubt be hoping to be playing European football next season.

Holding-Midfield: Declan Rice:

International allegiances aside, West Ham’s Declan Rice has been a true revelation in the Premier League this season for the Hammers.

Rice has been a part of the first team for quite some time but this season he has grown into one of West Ham’s finest players in the holding midfield role.

The 20-year-old has controlled so many of West Ham’s games this campaign standing out against the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool and garnering the attention of the division’s biggest teams.

Holding-Midfield: Idrissa Gueye

Rumoured to be a summer target of Manchester United and still drawing interest from PSG after January’s move never materialise,  it’s no surprise Idrissa Gueye is garnering the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

The Senegalese midfielder has been one of Everton’s stand out players since the start of the campaign and will be a huge miss to Marco Silva’s side should he opt to leave.

Gueye also leads the league in tackles having made 126, five more than his nearest rival Wilfred Ndidi and was particularly outstanding in Everton’s recent victory over Manchester United.


Left – Attacking Midfielder: James Maddison

James Maddison has had a very good first season in the Premier League with Leicester City.

Signed from Norwich after a standout spell at Carrow Road in the summer, Maddison has taken to the top flight like a duck to water as Leicester looked to replace the creativity of Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez.

Maddison has scored seven goals and created six from an attacking midfield position and his set-pieces have been a very effective weapon for the Foxes.

He has also created a league-high 94 chances in this season, the second most in Europe’s top five leagues, sitting behind only Alejandro Gomez of Atalanta by six.


Central – Attacking Midfielder: Gylfi Sigurdsson

After a difficult first season at Goodison Park, Gyfli Sigurdsson has shown this campaign why the Toffees splashed £45 million on bringing him to the club.

The Icelandic midfielder has scored 13 goals this season as well as grabbing five assists and has relished his role as Everton’s key attacking force alongside Richarlison.

His ability from dead ball situations is excellent and his work rate is an underrated part of the former Swansea man’s game.


Right – Attacking Midfielder: Ryan Fraser

A bit of a surprise package this season but Bournemouth’s Scottish winger Ryan Fraser has had one hell of a campaign for the Cherries.

Fraser has had a breakthrough season scoring seven goals and creating 12, with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard the only player to have created more goals than the Scottish international.

The 24-year-old also leads the league in big chances created this season with 24, nine more than anyone else in the division.

Fraser’s stats don’t lie and he’s been one of Eddie Howe’s most important players this campaign.


Striker: Raul Jimenez

A relatively unknown quantity when he arrived at Molyneux, Mexican striker Raul Jimenez has been a massive part of Wolves’ unprecedented success this season.

With 12 goals and eight assists, Jimenez has been involved in more goals than any signing this season and his partnership with Diogo Jota has proven crucial to the way Wolves play the game.

It’s no surprise that Nuno Espirito Santo has made the 27-year old a permanent figure at Wolves over the coming seasons with the club meeting the £35 million fee to take him permanently.

If Wolves are to reach Europe this season, he will be a massive reason why.


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Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here