The end of the season is looming, and this can only mean one thing. It’s time for awards, and the prestigious team of the season.
Firstly, these are just my opinions, and not the actual results! (Although I’d like to think I wouldn’t be far off…)
What a topsy turvy season. Liverpool came into the season as solid contenders, and that soon changed.
Manchester City started dodgy, and then put the HMS Guardiola into cruise control, and absolutely romped home with the league.
Arsenal done an Arsenal. Spurs done a Spurs.
Chelsea sacked another manager, and it somehow worked. West Ham were so high up they got a nose bleed.
Sheffield United were poor, Fulham and West Brom not quite as bad, but ultimately sunk to the Championship.
However, these awards are for the players! So this isn’t about the club, it’s about those who put the shirt on! Let’s see who should win what…
Player Of The Year
No messing about. Straight into the top award. Player of the year.
My Premier League Player Of The Year is…
RUBEN DIAS – MANCHESTER CITY
A real tough one this year. Kevin De Bruyne has been as good as ever, but I think Ilkay Gundogan has been better. They come 4th and 3rd respectively.
2nd would have to be Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese magician is always at the heart of the good things that Manchester United produce on the pitch, and he’s an outstanding footballer.
However, Ruben Dias has been magnificent since making the switch to the Premier League.
A critical part of the Manchester City defence, his performances in all competitions have seen City reign supreme, and he genuinely deserves all of the praise he’s receiving.
Young Player Of The Year
Again, a massively tough decision. There have been so many standout performances from numerous youngsters this season, however..
My Premier League Young Player Of The Season Is…
If you know me, you know how special I think this lad is. Crucial in the last two seasons for Chelsea, Mount was initially classed as ‘Frank Lampard’s son’ and only played under Lampard.
However both Thomas Tuchel and Gareth Southgate have spoken highly of Mount, and he’s received praise from some of the biggest names in football.
Phil Foden has had another exceptional season, and he’s guaranteed to end the season with 2, if not 3 medals.
Bukayo Saka also deserves recognition for his breakout season at Arsenal.
2021/22 is going to be another fantastic season for young players!
Goal Of The Season
One that is done monthly, but I’m doing yearly, is goal of the season.
There’s been some absolute belters over the past year, including the cheeky Lamela rabona against Arsenal, and Salah against West Ham.
However there is one that really sticks in my mind, and what a cracker it was.
My Premier League Goal Of The Season Is…
MANUEL LANZINI – WEST HAM VS SPURS
Last minute. After an epic comeback. BOSH. Pick that out.
What a strike that really was. Only one winner in my opinion!
Manager Of The Season
The final individual award! Manager of the season. Again there was a few candidates for this one, but…
My Premier League Manager Of The Season Is…
DAVID MOYES – WEST HAM UNITED
I just think the job Moyes has done at West Ham is incredible. With the budget they have and players in the team, they’ve overachieved massively in my eyes.
A team who struggled to stay up last season, to get into Europe is fantastic. A big hats off to David Moyes.
Marcelo Bielsa is another who has done brilliantly this season. Leeds have been exciting to say the least in their return to the Premier League, and a solid mid table finish was well deserved.
Team Of The Season
The final part of the awards. The best 11 players of the season, put into one fantasy team.
Edouard Mendy – This could’ve so easily gone to Ederson, however I feel like Edouard Mendy has had a fantastic season for Chelsea. With Thomas Tuchel coming in and shoring up the defence, Mendy has kept 26 cleans sheets in all competitions at the time of writing.
Luke Shaw – After the horrific injury that Luke Shaw suffered only a few months into his Manchester United career, it didn’t look great for the Englishman. However after his spell on the sidelines, he came back as good as ever. This season has proved what an outstanding defender Shaw really is.
Ruben Dias – My player of the year. Dias has been a revelation since joining the Champions, and is going from strength to strength. With such a commanding presence, it’s easy to forget that the Portuguese centre half is still just 23 years of age.
Wesley Fofana – Another young centre back, Fofana was a shrewd purchase by Brendan Rodgers. Fofana is 20 years old, and has been a rock at the heart of Leicester City’s defence. Definitely an exciting prospect for The Foxes.
Joao Cancelo – Just like Manchester City, it was tough to choose between Cancelo and Kyle Walker. However, the sheer technical ability of Joao Cancelo going forward, and back, gets him into my team.
Tomas Soucek – When Tomas Soucek joined West Ham in the summer, not many people had heard of him, let’s be honest. Yet the Czech international has been a revelation for The Hammers, scoring 9 goals in the Premier League despite often playing deep in midfield.
Bruno Fernandes – The Portuguese magician has been sensational for Manchester United once again this season. Since signing from Sporting Lisbon, he’s been the standout player for United. Fernandes has scored a massive 17 goals this season in the Prem, and assisted another 11 for his teammates.
Ilkay Gundogan – Gundogan really stepped up when Manchester City needed him the most. They were struggling mid season and couldn’t score goals, until the German stood up and made himself the number 1 target for goals. I think it’s fair to say his form has slightly dipped toward the end of the season, however he’s done enough to make my side.
Mason Mount – Anyone who knows me will know how much I adore Mason Mount. He’s been easily the best player for Chelsea under both Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel. He’s an all round player, and just a joy to have in your side. Enough said!
Riyad Mahrez – When Riyad Mahrez signed for Manchester City, he didn’t immediately hit the ground running. However in the past 18 months or so, Mahrez has returned to his very best that saw him help Leicester win the league back in 2015-6.
Harry Kane – Picking a striker was tough this year, however Harry Kane gets the nod. Despite being in an underperforming Tottenham side, he’s managed to get 21 goals and 13 assists, whilst managing a niggling injury. Without Kane and Son, it’s worrying to think where Spurs would be this season!
That’s it for another summer! The Prem is over.
However, don’t panic football fans! Euro 2020 is coming up, and we’ve got all the content covered!