11 Premier League players you won't believe never made the PFA Team of the Year
FW - Marc Overmars
An unfortunate victim of early voting, for sure
Look, if PFA Teams of the Year teach us anything it's that positions in them are... well, flexible. So into our XI comes Overmars, who was criminally overlooked between 1997 and 2000 – particularly in his first season, when Arsenal won the Double. Ryan Giggs beat him on that occasion but not, strangely, in 1998/99 when Manchester United won the Treble. Go figure.
The flying Dutchman was a fearsome force on the left wing for Arsene Wenger's swashbuckling Gunners side, striking 12 goals in the 1997/98 campaign – most notably, in Arsenal's crucial 1-0 win at Old Trafford in March. On the day they won the league against Everton he scored twice; then again in the FA Cup final against Newcastle. An unfortunate victim of early voting, for sure.
FW - Robbie Fowler
With 163 Premier League goals in his career, the first 50 coming four months before his 21st birthday, he should feel a little hard done by
Last year, Dele Alli became the fourth footballer to win PFA Young Player of the Year two seasons running. Before him there was Wayne Rooney, who was also named in three Teams of the Season, and Ryan Giggs, who was in six.
And between them there was Robbie Fowler, Young Player of the Year in 1994/95 and 1995/96, yet never considered good enough for the big boys’ XI. With 163 Premier League goals in his career, the first 64 coming before his 21st birthday, he should feel a little hard done by.
FW - Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
He scored 103 goals in 205 Premier League games for Leeds and Chelsea, then helped Middlesbrough to a UEFA Cup Final
“Nobody cares about Hasselbaink!” you say.
“He scored 103 goals in 205 Premier League games for Leeds and Chelsea, then helped Middlesbrough to a UEFA Cup Final,” we say.
“Fair enough. Fancy a pint?” you say.
Oh, go on then.
As if these omissions weren't bad enough, we have a packed subs bench...
Just the 152 clean sheets.
Crucial to Mourinho’s title wins.
Back when Leeds were good.
Admittedly, he improved in Madrid.
Because the fans can’t vote.
Paolo Di Canio
Because his many opponents could.