CAM’S PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM OF 2017

WRITTEN BY CAM MITCHELL

It has been another action packed year of Premier League football. Every team has had its up’s and every team has had its downs.

From scorpion kicks, to kung-Fu kicks.

From Wenger out to Wenger In.

From ‘this is our year’ to ‘we are trash’.

We’ve seen it all.

A few players really have made it their year though, through thick and thin. These players have performed consistently and have led their teams to VARIED degrees of success.

In order to have a balance of positions, I have gone for a 4-4-2 formation.

(PLEASE NOTE: There will be players I have left out. If one of those players is your favourite… sorry but not sorry. This list is of course entirely objective and therefore discussion, debate and difference on opinion is welcomed! Bring it.)

GK | DAVID DE GEA

I’m not sure there will be too much debate on this one. In my opinion the best Goalkeeper in the world at the moment. So far this season he has 10 clean sheets from 18 games, and if you know Man United you know that’s not because of Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones. Bless ‘em. Without De Gea, United surely would have conceded a whole lot more than they have, and last season would have finished a lot lower down in the table.

RB | KYLE WALKER

As a Spurs fan, I’ll be the first one to call Kyle Walker a snake. I will also be the first to say “I don’t blame him”. Him along with Danny Rose were instrumental in Spurs’ attacking threat last season, no wonder Pep snatched him up. Since joining City he has been an absolute rock for them, and no doubt will play a big part as City win the trophy he so greatly seeks… as well as earning his £150k a week. Snake.

CB | TOBY ALDERWEIRELD

As well as having the most solid, slick, greased hair the Prem has ever seen, Toby Alderweireld has made the centre back position his own. Both Athletico Madrid and Southampton will be kicking themselves right now for putting him Right Back instead of in the centre. In my opinion, the best centre back the Premier League has to offer, helping to ensure Spurs broke a defensive record last season, and his absence this season has been crystal clear. Rest easy, sweet prince… we need you.

CB | CESAR AZPILICUETA

At 5ft8”, you would not look at Cesar Azpilicueta and go “BEAST.” But oh how he has proved the naysayers wrong. Easily Chelsea’s most resourceful centre back and while he still has the height disadvantage, he makes up for across the pitch with his speed, tenacity and composure on and off the ball.

LB | MARCOS ALONSO

Not going to lie, I didn’t know what Chelsea got when they brought in Marcos Alonso. We soon found out that they got a pretty dirty left foot, as well as a player who is switched on defensively. The way he adapted to the Premier League after years in Serie A (which players always say is so difficult) was scary. It’s like he’s the reincarnated ‘Prime’ Ashley Cole some games. You would be forgiven for forgetting he had a loan spell at Sunderland back in 2014, where he played 16 games one of which was was a Man of the Match performance against Manchester United. The signs were there… Chelsea capitalised. Fair play to them.

RM | MOHAMED SALAH

This option will cause a ruckus no doubt, because Salah only joined Liverpool in the summer. Guess what? He’s scored 14 goals in 18 matches, and that is just in the League. He’s a shadow of the player he was at Chelsea all those years ago, I don’t know what they are feeding them at Roma but it seems to be working. Salah will be an integral part of Liverpool’s Champions League chase this season, even more so if they lose Phillipe Coutinho. For me, Liverpool’s best player and right now could walk into most teams in the Premier League.

CM | N’GOLO KANTE

Voted 8th best player in the World, what can be said that hasn’t already been said about N’golo Kante? The guy is an absolute machine. To me one of the top finds across Europe within the last decade. His ball retention, vision and stamina can literally keep any team’s midfield alive. You might expect more goals, but that isn’t his job, and he does his job impeccable more often than not, every game, helping Chelsea lift the Premier League. Consistency wise one of the best in the game, and a very well known, humble professional. You go N’Golo!

CM | KEVIN DE BRUYNE

Hands down the best player in the Premier League. Yes, he looks about 14, and if you have seen the “Let Me Talk!” incident, he sounds like one too! But don’t let that distract you from the fact that he could probably pick Madeline McCann out with a pass. His vision is SUBLIME. There aren’t too many players that make you question what you just saw in a game once, let alone multiple times in one game. Watching him play alongside David Silva is a thing of beauty. Unless you’re not a City fan, then it is the thing of nightmares.

LM | EDEN HAZARD

Hazard has been Chelsea’s key attacking threat for a good few years now. During that time, we have seen him mature into one of the best wingers in the world. Since then he has won two Premier League titles, Player of the Season and a Goal of the Month award. The latter being one of the iconic moments of last season. I could watch Coquelin spinning around and hitting the deck like a fidget spinner all day and the way he sends Koscielny back to the U-21’s with that shimmy. Oooof. Class.

ST | ALEXIS SANCHEZ

This was a tough one. Not because Sanchez plays for Arsenal, but because there are a few players I might have put instead of him. The reason I chose Sanchez was simply because, you take him and Ozil out of their squad, and it is bang average. Mid table. A Stoke with a big stadium.

24 goals from Sanchez last season, that is 4 more than Aguero. If I was Arsenal (thank god I am not) I would give anything Sanchez wants. He could have been the star to bring back Arsenals glory years. But years of playing with Walcott, Ox, Ramsey and Elneny have taken it’s toll. Now it’s only a matter of time before a big club comes in for him. Most likely on a free unless sold in January. My heart bleeds.

ST | HARRY KANE

I’m going to keep this fairly short and sweet. From Leicester and Norwich loanee, to household name. Watching this man develop into the leagues most feared striker has been an absolute honour. I remember seeing him on FIFA 15 and being like “Naa 60 rated and English? This guy is bargain bin.” Oh how I was so so wrong. Trophies or not, Kane has helped Spurs become a real force in the Premier League. Without him, they crumble.

He has won back to back Golden Boots, with him having injuries in both of those seasons too. Placing 10th in Ballon D’Or voting and nominated for BBC SPOTY Award and only a few goals off beating Alan Shearer’s goal scoring record, it’s been quite a year for Harry Kane. Speech impediment or not, the man is a baller.

MANAGER | PEP GUARDIOLA

I dislike the man intensely, I think he is arrogant, rude and lets be honest he has been blessed with managerial jobs in the past. Both in budget, squad depth and quality.

But what the man has done to Manchester City over the summer is ridiculous.

He turned City into a La Liga team. Fabian Delph has transformed into Roberto Carlos and Otamendi has turned into a non-injury prone Vincent Kompany. It is too early to officially call them champions, but I doubt anyone can challenge and in actual fact, I reckon Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ record might just be broken…Ill give you this one Pep, just this once.

So there we have it. I am sure you are all wanting to rip my head off in some way or another, but for now just use the comments section below to vent any anger.

Much obliged.

Cam Mitchell

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