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My Premier League team of the year 2015/16

There have been a lot of brilliant campaigns by players from various clubs in the Premier League this season and quite a few of those have been surprises, with Leicester, West Ham and Watford having respectively impressive seasons – among others.

Where there is good, there is also bad: clubs like Chelsea and Everton have underperformed but they have also had their own diamonds in the rough. Yes, I’m looking at you, Ross Barkley. Speaking of diamonds in the rough, it brings me to the first player of my selection.

David De Gea

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There hasn’t been a player with as much individual talent in a United squad since a certain Cristiano Ronaldo and on several instances this season De Gea has won his team points that, frankly, some of the other players didn’t deserve. Speaking of the Spaniard’s team mates…

Chris Smalling

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Smalling has stepped up in a big way for Manchester United this season, he’s improved drastically as it has progressed and there’s a smidgen of Rio Ferdinand in how he plays. If Smalling had a consistent (and competent) partner, we’d likely have seen De Gea sweep the Golden Glove.

Toby Alderweireld

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It’s no mistake that Spurs have had such an exciting season and that is, in no small part, down to their defence. It was hard to not just say Tottenham’s back four and move straight onto the midfield but I feel Alderweireld has been standing out and his acquisition is looking like a masterstroke.

Danny Rose

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At the start of the season, if you asked me to name the three best Premier League left backs I’d have likely said Leighton Baines, Cesar Azpilicueta and probably Alberto Moreno or a fit Luke Shaw. That being said, Rose has been solid for much of the season and has managed to grab three assists and a goal so far.

Hector Bellerin

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He’s quick. Admit it, you’re picturing that interception against Swansea last year. He’s not just pace though, there’s lots of fast full backs but Bellerin can put in a decent tackle, torment other full backs on the wing when he overlaps and the 21-year-old has even scored this season.

N’Golo Kante

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Wow. One of three main reasons Leicester are the 2015/16 Champions. I’m a Liverpool fan and I know many Arsenal fans will sympathise with me when I say I am so jealous of Leicester, Steve Walsh (scout) has found who could now be considered the best [defensive] midfielder in the Premier League. Perhaps I could even remove those brackets? Yeah, I’m kind of annoyed Leicester Liverpool’s replacement for Javier Mascherano for just over £5million but I didn’t even know who he was in 2014 so fair play to The Foxes there.

Dele Alli

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Potentially the next Steven Gerrard.

Mesut Ozil

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The assist king! No, not James Milner. It’s hard to choose out of the attacking midfielders this season, possibly the main reason I also chose the popular 4-2-3-1 formation for my selection too. Mesut Ozil has been Arsenal’s most important player this season; he’s been making Olivier Giroud look like Karim Benzema. Arsenal’s “title race” came to a close recently and that has a lot to do with Ozil’s deteriorating form since New Year but he’s done more than enough to warrant a place in any team.

Dimitri Payet

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If you add this man to Tottenham’s team or Arsenal’s in August 2015, they go on to win the title. He’s been that good. It’s been a while since the Premier League has had a player that the opposition would truly fear over a dead ball and the wizard of West Ham is exactly that. He has everything in his locker; a decent first touch, an accurate pass, sharp dribbling, goals, assists and, of course, deadly set pieces.

Riyad Mahrez

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Another player that Leicester recently added to their books that not too many people had heard of. That has changed dramatically this season, Mahrez has managed to impress more than any other player this campaign and is, by far, Leicester’s most talented offensive player and has been the best players in the Premier League this season. Hands down.

Harry Kane

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Considering I left myself with only one slot for the striker, I had a lot to choose from. Obviously there are shouts for Jamie Vardy, Sergio Aguero and maybe even Giroud or Romelu Lukaku but it has to be the “Hurrikane” for me. Some friends of mine will have no problems reminding me calling Kane a one season wonder but he’s proved me wrong. The Spurs’ striker has been deadly, he’ll win the Golden Boot but it’s a shame his efforts will not be rewarded greater this year.

Honourable mentions: Jack Butland, Jan Vertonghen, Wes Morgan, Ryan Bertrand, Nathaniel Clyne, Eric Dier, Kevin De Bruyne, Jamie Vardy, Romelu Lukaku.

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