Arsenal star, Tottenham trio, Salah feature in alternative Premier League Team of the Year
The Express Sport Alternative Premier League Team of the Season
This season’s Team of the Year was made up of mainly Liverpool and Manchester City players, as the two clubs go head-to-head for the title.
Paul Pogba was the only player not to play for the two sides to get into the line-up.
Premier League Team of the Season: Ederson; Robertson, Van Dijk, Laporte, Alexander-Arnold; Pogba, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho; Mane, Sterling, Aguero.
We’ve decided to pick an alternative Team of the Season using players who missed out on the squad.
The official PFA Team of the Season 2018/19
Premier League Alternative Team of the Season
GK – Alisson (Liverpool)
With 19 clean sheets in the Premier League this season, no goalkeeper has more than Alisson, who has conceded just 20 goals.
The backbone of this Liverpool side, together with his backline he has helped Jurgen Klopp forget about all of his defensive worries of the past.
RB – Aaron Wan Bissaka (Crystal Palace)
The England Under-21 international can count himself unlucky not have been haven on the shortlist for PFA Young Player of the Year award.
Crystal Palace will have to fend off interest for the right-back this summer from a host of top clubs.
He has made 120 tackles in the Premier League this season, only Idrissa Gueye and Wilfred Ndidi have made more.
CB – Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)
Yet again, another stellar season from the Belgian who continues to establish himself as one of Tottenham’s greatest ever defenders.
With Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth all receiving a fair share of minutes, Vertonghen remains Mauricio Pochettino’s go-to centre back.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is between the sticks for our alternative Premier League TOTS
Crystal Palace’s Wan Bissaka was unlucky to miss out on the PFA Young Player of the Year shortlist
CB – Willy Boly (Wolves)
With no real standout candidates to fill in the position, Willy Boly has played a crucial part in Wolves’ stunning return to the top-flight.
Netting four goals, he’s been a regular at the heart of Nuno Espirito Santo’s backline making the step up from the Championship look comfortable.
LB – Lucas Digne (Everton)
For all the cash Everton spent last summer, the £18million they thrashed out for Lucas Digne was probably the best of the lot, making replacing crowd favourite Leighton Baines look easy.
The Frenchman has provided four goals and four assists and his dead-ball delivery is proving a lethal weapon for Marco Silva’s improving side.
CDM – Declan Rice (West Ham)
A superb breakthrough season from the 20-year-old who has not only nailed down a place in Manuel Pellegrini’s side, but he has also forced his way into Gareth Southgate’s plans with England.
An old-school midfielder who is destined for great things in the Premier League, West Ham will do well to keep him beyond the summer.
CM – Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)
While he may have tailed off in recent months, the numbers are there to support Christian Eriksen’s inclusion.
The Dane has had a hand 19 league goals this season (seven goals and 12 assists) for Tottenham and has been pivotal in the absence of Dele Alli and Harry Kane.
Willy Boly and Christian Eriksen have earned a place in our XI
Declan Rice lines up in midfield in our Alternative Premier League TOTS
Mohamed Salah and Eden Hazard were unlucky to miss out on the PFA TOTS
LM – Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Eden Hazard can count himself rather unlucky not to be included in this season’s Team of the Year.
Having hit 16 goals and registered 13 assists, these are his best ever figures in a Premier League season for Chelsea with games to spare. You have to wonder where the Blues would be without him.
RM – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
The Egyptian king could still retain the Golden Boot as he remains level with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sergio Aguero on 19 goals.
It was still not enough to see him voted into the PFA Team of the Season by his peers, but if he wins the title with Liverpool he won’t be too concerned.
ST – Son Heung-min (Tottenham)
It’s been another fine campaign from Son Heung-min who has made a real impact for Tottenham despite taking part in the Asia Cup with South Korea in January.
The jet-heeled forward has scored 12 goals and assisted six times, he really stepped up in the absence of Harry Kane to keep Spurs’ season on track.
ST – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
In his first full season with the Gunners, Aubameyang could finish up top of the goalscoring charts.
Despite a slightly inconsistent second half of the season, the former Borussia Dortmund man has been one of the most deadly finishers in the division.
Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has 19 Premier League goals
Heung-min Son is one of three Tottenham stars in our TOTS
Our Alternative Premier League Team of the Season in full…
Premier League Alternative TOTS in full
Alisson; Wan-Bissaka, Boly, Vertonghen, Digne; Hazard, Eriksen, Rice, Salah; Aubameyang, Son.
Chilwell, Vardy, Kante, Rudiger, Wijnaldum, David Silva, Doherty.