With the Premier League entering the final stretch, it’s almost time for everyone’s favourite part of the season – the divvying out of needlessly contentious awards.
With the PFA Player, Young Player and Team awards still several weeks away from being announced (though voting will probably already have taken place), one cursory glance at the stats should point out who is most deserving of the end-of-season accolades.
The EA Sports Player Performance Index has been keeping track of the performances of every Premier League player this season and by using key factors such as match performance, winning performance and goals/clean sheets, has ranked them accordingly.
As such, statistically speaking, the following eleven players make up the Premier League Team of the Year (allowing for positional clashes of course):
Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)
Apperances: 29 PPI Score: 356
Next In Line: Petr Cech (Arsenal, 340), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham, 321)
Right Back: Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal)
Appearances: 27 PPI Score: 380
Next In Line: Simon Francis (Bournemouth, 351), Kyle Walker (Tottenham, 342)
Left Back: Charlie Daniels (AFC Bournemouth)
Appearances: 28 PPI Score: 404
Next In Line: Aaron Cresswell (West Ham, 379), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal, 370)
Centre Back: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur)
Appearances: 29 PPI Score: 468
Next In Line: Wes Morgan (Leicester, 400), Ashley Williams (Swansea, 395)
Centre Back: Scott Dann (Crystal Palace)
Appearances: 28 PPI Score: 412
Next In Line: As Above
Centre/Attacking Midfield: Mesut Özil (Arsenal)
Appearances: 27 PPI Score: 625
Next In Line: Ross Barkley (Everton, 567) Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle, 477)
Centre Mid: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)
Appearances: 27 PPI Score: 508
Next In Line: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal, 484), Yaya Touré (Man City, 454)
Right Midfield/Wing: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
Appearances: 28 PPI Score: 779
Next In Line: Juan Mata (Man United, 421), Willian (Chelsea, 411)
Left Midfield/Wing: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur)
Appearances: 26 PPI Score: 587
Next In Line: Dimitri Payet (West Ham, 534) Marc Albrighton (Leicester, 402)
Centre Forward: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Appearances: 29 PPI Score: 755
Next In Line: Romelu Lukaku (Everton, 639), Odion Ighalo (Watford, 620)
Centre Forward: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
Appearances: 29 PPI Score: 743
Next In Line: As Above
It will be interesting to see if the players’ choice for PFA Team of the Year will correspond in any way with the PPI Index – but logic dictates that it won’t be far off, save for a few positional differences.
Of course, with the rankings still live, there is every possibility that the positions could change dramatically over the next few weeks.
Incidentally, by the same performance index the Player of the Year award should be going to runaway leader Riyad Mahrez, while Young Player (in keeping with the under-24 criteria) should be in Harry Kane’s hand by the end of the night.