Predicted! FourFourTwo calls the 2017/18 PFA Premier League Team of the Year
GK: David de Gea (Manchester United)
De Gea has once again minded United’s goal in marvellous fashion, earning his side multiple points with a range of remarkable stops. His standout performance came in the 3-1 win at Arsenal, when the Spaniard repelled opposition attackers time and time again to help Jose Mourinho’s men hold on for all three points.
A recent feature on FourFourTwo.com revealed that De Gea has the highest save percentage in the division, while he’s also kept a league-high 16 clean sheets. It would be a shock if the former Atletico Madrid man wasn’t voted into the PFA line-up for a fifth time.
RB: Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Eyebrows were raised when Manchester City parted with £50m in exchange for Walker last summer, but the ex-Tottenham man has been fundamental to Pep Guardiola’s side’s title tilt. The right-back’s powerful running has been important in both attack and defence, while he’s also showcased ability on the ball which many weren’t sure he possessed.
Walker has also been adept at underlapping and moving infield when required, so much so that Gareth Southgate felt confident enough to deploy him as a right-sided centre-back in England’s friendlies with the Netherlands and Italy last month.
CB: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City)
It’s easily forgotten now, but City were a little shaky in the opening weeks of the campaign and Otamendi was rightly held up as a potential weak point. Since then, though, the Argentine has been magnificent, starting 30 of City’s 31 games and rarely putting a foot wrong after a testing first half against Mohamed Salah in September.
His controlled aggression routinely helps City regain possession quickly, and he’s also greatly improved his ability to pick out passes from the back. Otamendi is still prone to the occasional rash moment, but he should get enough votes for a spot in this year’s team.
CB: Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)
Toby Alderweireld was widely seen as Tottenham’s best defender at the start of this season, but many Tottenham fans will now feel they can cope without the former Atletico Madrid man should he seek pastures new this summer. That’s partly because of Davinson Sanchez’s tremendous potential, but it also has much to do with Vertonghen’s superb campaign.
The Belgian reads the game expertly and is difficult to beat in one-on-one situations, while he’s arguably the best in the Premier League when it comes to breaking opposition lines with penetrative passing from deep. There are other contenders at centre-half, but Vertonghen would be hugely unfortunate to miss out.
LB: Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)
It took a while for Robertson to make the left-back spot his own at Anfield – the Scotland international only started two Premier League matches before the beginning of December. He never looked back after an impressive performance in the 5-1 thrashing of Brighton, however, and the former Hull man has only improved since then.
A bundle of energy who incessantly pushes forward from full-back for 90 minutes, Robertson has provided four assists and created numerous more chances with his wicked deliveries from out wide. That his best form has come in the last few weeks – around the time when voting forms were disseminated – will only help his cause.