Premier League Team of the Season so far: Vote now!

Date published: Friday 1st January 2016 10:51

Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil: Make our Team of the half Season

Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil: Make our Team of the half Season

With the Premier League campaign now at its halfway point, vote on which players you think deserve to be included in the Team of the Season so far.

With 19 games gone, the Premier League table is starting to take shape – and a completely different one to which most people would have expected back in the summer.

Leicester City are joint top, Crystal Palace are fifth and Watford are in the top half, while reigning champions Chelsea are down in 14th and Swansea City are 17th after finishing eighth last season. Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Southampton have also so far failed to live up to pre-season expectations.

As far as players are concerned, Eden Hazard has suffered a remarkable fall from grace since winning the Player of the Season award, while Manchester City’s star trio of Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero have all suffered at the hands of injuries.

Here are the players that have impressed in the first half of the season…

GOALKEEPER

Our choice: Jack Butland (Stoke City)

With Stoke starting the season without the injured Ryan Shawcross and with several new players throughout the team, they struggled early on. Butland had to produce some sensational performances just to keep them in games, and he has continued to impress as the players in front of him have improved, keeping a league-high seven clean sheets.

Alternatives: Petr Cech (Arsenal), David De Gea (Manchester United), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Heurelho Gomes (Watford)

Who has been the best goalkeeper in the Premier League this season?

  • Jack Butland
  • Petr Cech
  • David De Gea
  • Hugo Lloris
  • Heurelho Gomes

Jack Butland

RIGHT-BACK

Our choice: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)

Arsenal’s defence was long seen as the main reason for their consistent failure to seriously challenge for the Premier League title, but those days have long gone, with only three teams conceding less goals in the first half of the season. Bellerin has established himself to such an extent at right-back that Mathieu Debuchy is looking to leave Emirates Stadium this month to protect his Euro 2016 chances. Bellerin’s speed at getting back into position when attacks break down make him a much better fit in this Arsenal side.

Alternatives: Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

Who has been the best right-back in the Premier League this season?

  • Hector Bellerin
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Kyle Walker

Hector Bellerin

CENTRE-BACKS

Our choices: Chris Smalling (Manchester United) and Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham)

This is one of the most competitive categories, but Smalling has been a rock for Manchester United as players around him have fallen foul of injury or form dips, while Alderweireld has made a huge impact for the only team to concede less goals than the Red Devils, Tottenham.

Alternatives: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Scott Dann (Crystal Palace), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)

Who has been the best centre-back in the Premier League this season?

  • Chris Smalling
  • Toby Alderweireld
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Scott Dann
  • Ryan Shawcross
  • Jan Vertonghen

Chris SmallingToby Alderweireld

LEFT-BACK

Our choice: Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)

Outside of north London, Monreal rarely gets the same amount of credit as his opposite full-back, but the Spaniard’s consistency certainly doesn’t go unnoticed among those connected to Arsenal. Bellerin is much younger, of course, and so will improve, but Monreal has made more tackles, more interceptions and created more clear-cut chances this season, making him an easy pick at left-back after Luke Shaw’s promising start was curtailed by injury.

Alternatives: Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City), Erik Pieters (Stoke City), Nathan Ake (Watford)

Who has been the best left-back in the Premier League this season?

  • Nacho Monreal
  • Aleksandar Kolarov
  • Erik Pieters
  • Nathan Ake

Nacho Monreal

HOLDING MIDFIELDER

Our choice: N’Golo Kante (Leicester City)

Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy get most of the credit (more about them later), but Esteban Cambiasso is Leicester’s reigning Player of the Season, yet the Foxes have not missed him one bit. Kante, in fact, has improved them, making more tackles and interceptions combined than any other player in the Premier League. The Frenchman is not just a stopper, though: he boasts the best pass completion ratio of any player in Leicester’s squad and has created just short of one clear-cut chance per game.

Alternatives: Francis Coquelin (Arsenal), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Lucas Leiva (Liverpool), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace)

Who has been the best deep midfielder in the Premier League this season?

  • N'Golo Kante
  • Francis Coquelin
  • Santi Cazorla
  • Yohan Cabaye
  • Lucas Leiva
  • Eric Dier
  • Dele Alli

N'Golo Kante

ATTACKING MIDFIELDERS

Our choices: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Mahrez and Ozil were obvious picks for the team having contributed combined goals and assists tallies of 20 and 19 respectively, the best in the Premier League, but lots of players can lay claim to have been the best attacking midfielder behind those two. We opted for De Bruyne over Barkley, just, on the basis that his combined tally of 13 goals and assists was achieved in four less appearances. Dimitri Payet would likely have been a strong contender were it not for his injury.

Alternatives: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Willian (Chelsea), Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace), Ross Barkley (Everton), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham), Dimitri Payet (West Ham)

Who has been the best attacking midfielder in the Premier League this season?

  • Riyad Mahrez
  • Mesut Ozil
  • Kevin De Bruyne
  • Alexis Sanchez
  • Willian
  • Yannick Bolasie
  • Ross Barkley
  • Marko Arnautovic
  • Mousa Dembele
  • Dimitri Payet

Riyad MahrezMesut Ozil

STRIKERS

Our choices: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Odion Ighalo (Watford)

Realistically, this was a choice between the three leading goalscorers in the Premier League, with Harry Kane taking time to find his best form this season. Vardy has to be included on the back of that incredible goalscoring run, but we have opted for Ighalo over Lukaku on the basis that he is playing in the Premier League for the first time with a newly-promoted team.

Alternatives: Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Who has been the best striker in the Premier League this season?

  • Jamie Vardy
  • Odion Ighalo
  • Romelu Lukaku
  • Harry Kane

Jamie Vardy

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    Mark Holmes
    Mark Holmes
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    With the Premier League campaign now at its halfway point, vote on you think deserves to be included in the Team of the Season so far.

    [See the full post at: Premier League Team of the Season so far: Vote now!]

    #766595
    SensibleS7
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    Keeper: Butland

    Right Back: Bellerin

    Left Back: Kolarov

    Centre Backs: Koscielny; Dann

    Holding Midfielder: Cabaye

    Attacking Midfielders: Arnautovic; Mahrez; Ozil

    Strikers: Vardy; Ighalo

    #766970

    Johnny Utah
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    Butland
    Bellerin Alderweireld Stones Shaw
    Coquelin
    Mahrez Ozil Payet
    Vardy Kane

    Shaw, Payet and Coquelin were all superb before getting injured so still make my team.

    #767132

    nine nine nine
    Moderator

    De Gea

    Bellerin
    Smalling
    Stones
    Kolarov

    Kante

    Willian
    Ozil
    Payet

    Kane
    Vardy

    #767777

    Farrugia
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    Petr Cech
    Hector Bellerin
    Nacho Monreal
    Laurent Koscielny
    Jan Vertonghen
    Francis Coquelin
    Ozil Alexis Sanchez Willian
    Romelu Lukaku Mahrez

    #768290
    Manthistle
    Manthistle
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    Butland

    Johnson
    Smalling
    Alderweireld
    Shaw (can’t think of a stand out)

    Ozil
    Mahrez
    De Bruyne

    Vardy
    Lukaku
    Ighalo

    #768326
    redblood
    redblood
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    Cech

    Bellerin-Alderweireld-Stones,Shawcross

    Ozil-Mahrez-Shaqiri

    Vardy-Kane-Lukaku

    #770150
    evratime
    evratime
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    Smalling plus ten others.

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