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Statistically, This Is The Premier League Team Of The Season So Far

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):

Goalkeeper:

Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)

during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Leicester City at Liberty Stadium on December 5, 2015 in Swansea, Wales.

Apperances: 29  PPI Score: 356

Next In Line: Petr Cech (Arsenal, 340), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham, 321)

Defenders:

Right Back: Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal)

during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and A.F.C. Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium on December 28, 2015 in London, England.

Appearances: 27  PPI Score: 380

Next In Line: Simon Francis (Bournemouth, 351), Kyle Walker (Tottenham, 342)

Left Back: Charlie Daniels (AFC Bournemouth)

A.F.C. Bournemouth v Arsenal - Premier League

Appearances: 28  PPI Score: 404

Next In Line: Aaron Cresswell (West Ham, 379), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal, 370)

Centre Back: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on September 26, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Appearances: 29 PPI Score: 468

Next In Line: Wes Morgan (Leicester, 400), Ashley Williams (Swansea, 395)

Centre Back: Scott Dann (Crystal Palace)

during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on December 7, 2015 in Liverpool, England.

Appearances: 28  PPI Score: 412

Next In Line: As Above

Midfielders:

Centre/Attacking Midfield: Mesut Özil (Arsenal)

during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, first leg match between Arsenal FC and FC Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium on February 23, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.

Appearances: 27  PPI Score: 625

Next In Line: Ross Barkley (Everton, 567) Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle, 477)

Centre Mid: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03: Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on January 3, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Appearances: 27  PPI Score: 508

Next In Line: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal, 484), Yaya Touré (Man City, 454)

Right Midfield/Wing: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)

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Appearances: 28  PPI Score: 779

Next In Line: Juan Mata (Man United, 421),  Willian (Chelsea, 411)

Left Midfield/Wing: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur)

during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Boleyn Ground on March 2, 2016 in London, England.

Appearances: 26 PPI Score: 587

Next In Line: Dimitri Payet (West Ham, 534) Marc Albrighton (Leicester, 402)

Forwards:

Centre Forward: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

during the Barclays Premier League match between XXX and XXX at White Hart Lane on March 5, 2016 in London, England.

Appearances: 29  PPI Score: 755

Next In Line: Romelu Lukaku (Everton, 639), Odion Ighalo (Watford, 620)

Centre Forward: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The King Power Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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.

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