Frank Lampard has named five players from his former club Chelsea in his Premier League Team of the Season – but there’s no place for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.
Lampard was critical of the Chilean superstar on Monday Night Football, suggesting the player was a ‘real problem’ for Arsene Wenger and that the Gunners ‘lacked leaders’.
But Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa have made the grade – with Lampard also leaving out Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while admitting Everton’s Romelu Lukaku was “unlucky not to make the grade”.
“Lukaku could make a case to get in there up front but I think those two are the outstanding strikers at the moment,” Lampard told Sky Sports when selecting Costa and Tottenham’s Harry Kane as his front two.
Lampard also selected Burnley’s Michael Keane in the centre of his defence and reckons he’s been in fine form for the Clarets this season.
“We have to give credit firstly to Burnley as a team,” Lampard added.
“I’ve been really impressed with their play and I think when you’re a player who’s been let go by a top team and you have to go back down the ladder and now you’re looking at him… I’ve seen some games where he’s been fantastic.
“He might not be in everyone’s team of the year but I think you have to give respect to young English players who have made a mark and in a team who are defending a lot.”
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