- Raheem Sterling:
It is safe to say that the Englishman turned out his form this season under the guidance of Pep Guardiola. The former Liverpool man arguably played his best season at Manchester City this season. He has managed to score 17 goals and be involved in 8 assists this season to become a very important player for the Blues this season. If it wasn’t for Salah’s amazing form, Sterling would have definitely made to the list.
- Roberto Firmino:
The Brazilian forward is arguably the most underrated player in the Premier League. He has been involved both in goals and assists and has been incredibly consistent for JurgenKlopp. With 15 goals and 7 assists, Firmino has contributed immensely to Liverpool’s cause to end up in the top four. He has always made space for Salah and Mane to make those darting runs and his link up play has been a delight to watch. It is sad to not see a player of Firmino’s caliber in the PFA team this year.
- Leroy Sane:
Speaking of turnarounds, Sane too has managed to change his form drastically in the Premier League. Along with Sterling, Sane has been devastating on the wings, making solid runs and creating chaos for the opposition defenders. He has scored eight goals and assisted in 12 others, proving what an exciting talent he is. An injury sidelined him for a small period which in the end made a substantial difference when it came to being selected in the PFA team of the year.
- James Tarkowski:
The Burnley defender has been simply amazing this season which in the end earned him a spot in the England national team. Tarkowski has been very solid at the back for Sean Dyche’sBurnley. He has been smart in his decision making and proven a rock at the back, giving Gareth Southgate some serious headache to select between him and Gary Cahill for a spot in the World Cup squad. If he was playing for any of the top six teams in the League, we might as well have seen him in the PFA team of the year.
A lot of credit for Manchester City’s success has gone to their goal scorers but it is only right to give equal credit to Fernandinho for that success. The Brazilian has been very effective in the heart of the midfield, winning the ball back and helping City’s attacking players to do the damage. He surely nullified the need of YayaToure in the team and it is kind of unjust that he wasn’t included in the PFA Team of the Year.