Premier League: Alternative Team of the Year

The official PFA Team of the Year has been announced with the likes of David De Gea, Christian Eriksen and Mohamed Salah making the cut. Here is an alternative team of the year which mainly features overlooked players from outside the top six.

Goalkeeper – Nick Pope (Burnley)

Pope came on for Tom Heaton in September against Crystal Palace, making his Premier League debut and hasn’t looked back since. 30 appearances later and Pope is one of the main reasons why Burnley are on course for a European adventure. His excellent form also earned him his first England call-up last month.

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Right Back – Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

During an indifferent season for Chelsea, Azpilicueta has been one of their best players. When the rest have let their heads drop, Azpilicueta is always up for the challenge and gives his all. As well as keeping 13 clean sheets, he has scored two goals and provided six assists. Would be a worthy captain.

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Centre Back – Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United)

The youngest captain in the Premier League, Lascelles has been immense at the back and led by example. He’s attracting interest from plenty of other Premier League clubs but Newcastle fans are urging him to stay at St James’ Park and become a Toon legend.

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Centre Back – James Tarkowski (Burnley)

One of many Burnley players who is having a fantastic season. Tarkowski has made 26 appearances with just 20 goals conceded when he has played. Like team-mate Pope, he was rewarded with his first England call-up last month where he played the full 90 minutes in an impressive performance against Italy.

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Left Back – Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)

Started slowly but has really come into his own as the season progressed and is making the left-back position his own. Liverpool’s attack is phenomenal and they are finally improving defensively with Robertson being one of the main reasons for this. Yet to score his first goal for the Reds but has provided four assists.

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Midfielder – Fernandinho (Manchester City)

Does all the dirty work which allows City’s attacking players to express themselves. He has also chipped in with three goals and three assists. City are reportedly looking for his successor this summer and that won’t be an easy task.

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Midfielder – Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) 

Second, only to Wilfred Zaha, Milivojevic has been Palace’s most valuable player in this season’s relegation scrap. Solid in midfield, Milivojevic has also contributed his fair share of goals. He has scored 10 goals, seven from the penalty spot, making him the club’s top scorer.

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Midfielder – Pascal Gross (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Unknown before Brighton signed him from FC Ingolstadt 04, Gross has made his mark this season. He has taken to the Premier League very well in his first season scoring six goals and notching eight assists. Another player whose impact has been vital in helping his team stay away from the relegation zone.

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Forward – Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United)

The talisman West Ham have been crying out for since Dimitri Payet departed. Arnautovic has been superb for the Hammers and given the fans something to smile about during a turbulent season. Nine goals and four assists have shown his worth.

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Forward – Wilfred Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Undoubtedly the best player outside of the top six, Palace would not be the same without him. Zaha is loved by Palace fans and rightly so. He runs at defenders, never giving them a moments peace and has scored seven goals and created two assists as a result.

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Forward – Glenn Murray (Brighton & Hove Albion)

At the age of 34, Murray is Brighton’s top scorer with 12 goals this season, his best tally in the Premier League. His fine form has ensured that Leonardo Ulloa and Jurgen Locadia are on the bench more than they would like to be.

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