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Premier League Team of the Season (so far)

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As 2016 rolls to close we're taking stock of the Premier League's stand out stars in our 'Team of the season (so far)'. 

In goal: Tom Heaton

Burnley’s English number 1 has gone from strength to strength this season and is one of the most important players in Sean Dyche’s squad. If Burnley survive (at present it seems they will), it will be largely thanks to Heaton. 

Back four: Azpilicueta, Cahill, Van Dijk, Rose

Azpilicueta and Cahill make the cut as Chelsea’s unstoppable spree rolls on. Favourites looking to take the league title at this point, this defensive duo have played no small part in that. Azpilicueta is still probably the best right back in the league and Cahill is having what’s probably the best season of his career, and doing it with a more steely consistency than his skilful but erratic defensive partner, David Luiz.

Virgil Van Dijk continues to impress for Southampton and looks likely to attract bids from bigger clubs in January. Danny Rose has found his rhythm at Tottenham and is one of the most consistent left backs in the league at the moment. Gareth Southgate will surely be sizing up the 26-year-old to stake a more permanent claim to the England left-back spot. 

 

 

Midfield: Walcott, Carrick, Kante, De Bruyne

Theo Walcott is statistically outperforming Eden Hazard (at time of writing) so far this season and looks to have found some of the confidence he has lacked at other stages of his career.

Michael Carrick has been Manchester United’s linchpin this year and is having, despite his age, arguably the best season of his career. He offers a structure that United’s midfield lacks without him and has battled to reclaim his rightful place in the starting eleven. His playing style suits his current role of ‘experienced old head’ much more than it ever suited his younger, more athletic phase.

N’Golo Kante is working his magic for Chelsea to such an extent that pundits have been quick to theorise that his absence alone is enough to explain Leicester’s unfortunate season. He’s the next great Premier League workhorse and more than fills the gap left in Chelsea’s squad by Ramires’ sale.

Meanwhile Kevin De Bruyne is still world class, (yes Alan Shearer, I said it,) and really coming into his stride this year. Moments of real quality from De Bruyne are increasingly common and Chelsea’s mistake in parting with the young Belgian is becoming more and more glaring.

 

 

Up-front: Sanchez, Costa

The League’s two top scorers: While Aguero still has to be the ‘best’ striker in the Premier League these two are excelling and on current form have to make the cut over City’s Argentine forward.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is hard to leave out and only just behind Sanchez in terms of goals; however he also doesn’t provide the assists that Alexis Sanchez does.




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