Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Premier League Team Of The Season So Far

The Premier League is over the halfway stage, with less than 16 games left to play.

With plenty to decide regarding who will finish where this season, who makes it into the team of the season so far?

Goalkeeper: Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa)

What a signing the Argentinian has been. After signing from Arsenal for £17 million in the summer, Martínez has been a safe pair of hands between the sticks with 12 clean sheets so far for Villa.

When Tom Heaton suffered a season-ending injury on New Years Day in 2020, Villa found it tough to get a reliable keeper with Eric Nyland and Pepe Reina both struggling as Villa fought to stay up.

There will be no fears of any relegation battle this season, with Villa currently occupying eighth place. The signing of Martínez has been a massive reason for this, along with one of his teammates who will be mentioned later on.

Right Back: João Cancelo (Manchester City)

Cancelo was seen as an outcast after a difficult first season but has managed to get his time at Man City back on track, with 19 appearances this season. He has even contributed towards goals, with one goal and two assists this season from the full-back position.

Kyle Walker has struggled to get back into the starting eleven in recent times thanks to the form of Cancelo.

This is a credit to the work put in by Cancelo, who could have easily left the club in the summer after a lack of game time.

Centre Backs: John Stones and Rúben Dias (Manchester City)

John Stones and Rúben Dias have been an excellent centre-back pairing this season. Stones has managed to recover his Man City career back from the dead. This has meant that Americ Laporte has failed to see much game time as a result.

The French defender has been an excellent player during his time in the Premier League, which shows how well Stones and Dias have been playing.

Dias was signed from Benfica during the summer for over £60 million. He has been an excellent centre back addition and it is no coincidence that he was signed just hours after City lost 5-2 at home to Leicester City.

Dias has been arguably the signing of the season and without a doubt deserves a place in this team.

Left Back: Andy Robertson (Liverpool)

The Scot has just pipped Matt Targett and Luke Shaw to the award.

Liverpool have had a bad January and February but it shouldn’t be forgotten that the red half of Merseyside were top on Christmas day.

Robertson has been a regular in this Liverpool despite all the injuries suffered in their defence.

So far during the 2020/21 season, Robertson has scored one goal and set up five in 24 Premier League games.

Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has struggled this season but Robertson has continued to be a threat for Liverpool, with those overlaps he makes contributing to this Liverpool attack.

Centre Midfield: İlkay Gündoğan (Manchester City)

Gündoğan in action for Manchester City. (Photo by Victoria Haydn/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

With 11 goals so far, Gündoğan has had a brilliant season. The German World Cup winner is in the form of his Man City career, with Gary Neville calling him the best player in the league this past month.

Manchester City look set to run away with the league, despite the departure of David Silva having fans worried they would miss him in midfield.

Gündoğan has managed to fill the void. He could be one of the front runners for player of the season and nobody would have a problem with the decision.

Centre Midfield: Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)

The Portugese international had an excellent first six months at Manchester United after signing from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020. Many wondered if it was just a flash in the pan but Fernandes has managed to go from strength to strength and has arguably gotten better this season.

Fernandes has scored 14 goals and recorded 10 assists in 24 Premier League league appearances this season, with 19 goals and 12 assists in all competitions. The influence he has made since joining should be considered along with players such as Eric Cantona and Virgil van Dijk.

Attacking Midfield: Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)

Grealish is fastly becoming one of the best attackers in the Premier League. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Grealish had an initial rise to fame before struggling during the 2015/16 campaign which saw Aston Villa’s relegation to the Championship.

Playing in the Championship has seemed to help Grealish and he has returned to the Premier League a different player.

Grealish has been terrifying defences all season long in what has been a surprise season from the Midlands team in claret and blue. A particular highlight came in the 3-0 win away to Arsenal, where Grealish gave the defenders nightmares all day.

Right Wing: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Liverpool have been a shadow of the team we all know but Salah has still managed to remain top goalscorer.

Salah is the league’s current top goalscorer, with 17 league goals so far this season. He has managed to be the only consistent attacking threat for Liverpool despite their recent troubles.

He remains one of the best attackers in the league, with links to Real Madrid and Barcelona never seeming to go away.

Striker: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

Harry Kane celebrates after scoring against West Ham United. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Another year, another season filled with Harry Kane goals. The Englishman has been excellent once again and has worked on his all-round game.

Kane has often seen tracking back and has become more of a team player, with the most assists so far in the Premier League at time of writing (11) to go along with his 13 goals.

Spurs look a completely different proposition without Kane in their team and this goes to show the reward Kane is getting for adjusting his game.

Left Wing: Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur)

Son and the aforementioned Kane have been the league’s best duo, with 43 combined goals and assists. Son has been of equal importance to Kane this season and continues to be an elite player in the Premier League.

He is a player that plenty of opposition fans find hard to dislike and his performances this season have been ones to watch.

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