3 players who merited a place in the PFA Team of the Season
May 12, 2015 | Filed Under: Blog
It has been yet another wonderful season in the English Premier League, with so many twists and turns creating unpredictable drama and suspense at both ends of the table. There promises to be yet more excitement in what could be a climatic end to the 2014/2015 campaign, with three teams battling for the right to finish runners-up to inevitable title winners Chelsea and seven teams facing a real fight to avoid relegation. Although the final league positions have yet to be decided, the PFA have announced the Team of the Season which contains a select eleven of the best players nominated by every one of their peers at all twenty Premier League teams. Perhaps not surprisingly, the team contains six Chelsea players who have played a major role in their team remaining at the summit for the majority of the season, while PFA Young Player of the Year Harry Kane also makes it in after an outstanding breakthrough season. Football is all about opinions though, with Bookies team of the season among many of other teams formed by fans and media pundits who have had their own say on who were more deserving of being included over certain players, with Gary Cahill and Philippe Coutinho among those who some believe do not deserve their place in the PFA Team of the Season.
Southampton have surprised many by mounting a serious challenge for a top four finish despite losing their manager and a number of star players last season, with Ronald Koeman deserving immense praise for the work he has done on the South coast. Although the Saints have played some enterprising football under the Dutchman, it is their superb defence that has provided the foundations for an excellent campaign, with Southampton in with a great chance of securing a Europa League spot. Ryan Bertrand deservedly made it into the PFA Team of the Season at left-back, but while it could be argued that Nathaniel Clyne deserved to be included, it is the omission of centre-back Jose Fonte which has surprised many. The 31-year-old centre back has been outstanding throughout the season, with his commanding presence and leadership qualities at the back integral to how Southampton have performed. Fonte has even forced his way into the Portugal national team, with his excellent performance against Serbia in their recent European Qualifier showing he has what it takes to play at the highest level.
Having six players included in the PFA Team of the Season may be an adequate number for a team who have dominated the Premier League and are on the verge of being crowned champions, but Cesc Fabregas’ omission from the team has caused considerable shock and anger on social media sites. The 27-year-old has been one of the buys of the season, with the former Barcelona star making a real impact in his first season at Stamford Bridge. His wonderful eye for a pass and creative mindset has been fundamental in Fabregas being the outright leader of the assist table with sixteen to his name, and has left many wondering why the likes of Coutinho and Santi Cazorla were picked ahead of him. Fabregas arguably deserves to be in there for the manner in which he has been integral to Chelsea’s midfield alongside Nemanja Matic, with consistently excellent performances making his case much stronger than two players who have only shone during the second half of the 2014/2015 season.
Although Tottenham look set to compete for a Europa League spot having once again missed out on an opportunity to finish in the top four, Mauricio Pocchetino’s team would not be where they are in the table without the outstanding talent of Christian Eriksen. The 23-year-old has been the undoubted shining light at White Hart Lane alongside goal-scoring sensation Harry Kane, with the Denmark international revelling in his first season in the Premier League. Eriksen developed a wonderful knack for scoring crucial late goals – superbly taken ones, it should be added – with his creative flair, skill and set piece ability leaving the attacking midfielder with a career-equalling ten league goals for the season. It would be hard to bet against Eriksen enjoying his best goal-scoring season, with his fantastic form throughout the season making him more deserving of a place in the PFA Team of the Season over Coutinho who, despite showing numerous moments of brilliance for Liverpool, has not shown the same level of consistency and failed to produce when it matters.
Another one i think that should have made the bench is Aguero , now on 25 Premier League goals this season, five ahead of Harry Kane, and six more than Diego Costa .