FourFourTwo’s Stats Zone Awards: and the Premier League Team of the Year is...

Dele Alli, Thibaut Courtois and Philippe Coutinho didn't quite make it, but some of their team-mates did. FFT, in association with Opta, crunches the numbers to reveal the most effective starting XI in the Premier League

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GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Heaton made more saves (141) than anyone else

It's fair to say that Heaton was busier than most of his fellow goalkeepers in 2016/17, yet he rarely let his concentration slip as he helped Burnley secure Premier League survival.

His record of 10 clean sheets was beaten by Petr Cech, David de Gea, Fraser Forster, Hugo Lloris and Thibaut Courtois - but Heaton made more saves (141) than anyone else, while a save percentage of 74.6 was second only to Lloris and Cech.

Tom Heaton

All in a day's work for Tom Heaton

RB: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool)

Clyne isn't generally hailed as being the most attack-minded of full-backs, but perhaps that's unfair. Of players in the England international's position, only James Milner created more chances this season – and he took many of Liverpool's set-pieces.

Clyne was defensively solid too, making 80 tackles, 43 interceptions and playing his part in the Reds' 12 clean sheets. The former Southampton and Crystal Palace defender, who spent much of his time in advanced areas of the pitch, was also steady in possession, posting an 83.39% pass-completion rate.

Nathaniel Clyne

Clyne's attacking contribution shouldn't be overlooked

CB: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

Chelsea's Mr Dependable barely put a foot wrong as Antonio Conte's charges swept all before them en route to the Premier League title. Though having predominantly played on the right-hand side of a back three, he contributed in every phase of the game.

As well as being an essential part of a defensive unit which managed 16 clean sheets, the Spaniard completed 87.22% of his passes and created 22 goalscoring chances for his colleagues.

Cesar Azpilicueta

Antonio Conte with his favourite of the Mr Men

CB: Ben Mee (Burnley)

Burnley defender Michael Keane has been linked with big-money moves to Liverpool and Manchester United this summer, but it's his centre-back partner who earns a place alongside Azpilicueta in the Stats Zone Team of the Year.

Defensive statistics, more than most other positions, are primarily descriptive (Burnley's centre-halves were always going to be busier than their counterparts at, for example, Manchester City), yet Mee's solid all-round score is nevertheless worthy of recognition. As well as making the most blocks in the division (44), the 27-year-old finished second for clearances (299) and 10th (73) for interceptions. Fine work all round.

Ben Mee

Mee (left) and Michael Keane have formed a solid partnership

LB: Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)

Monreal has been playing as a left-sided centre-half in a back three recently, but he still spent the majority of the 2016/17 campaign at left-back.

His record of 91 tackles was bettered only by James Milner, who Monreal edges out by virtue of his vastly superior interception success (88 to 44), clean sheets (11 to 10), blocks (11 to five) and pass completion (85.63% to 79.73%). He also provided only one fewer assist, despite the fact that the Liverpool man took a large proportion of his team's set-plays.

Nacho Monreal

Monreal's tackle numbers don't lie