Predicted! FourFourTwo calls the 2017/18 PFA Premier League Team of the Year
FW: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
The consensus was that Liverpool had made an excellent signing when they captured Salah last summer, but no one would have envisaged the Egyptian wreaking such havoc on his return to the Premier League.
Twenty-nine goals in 31 Premier League games would be an astonishing return for a seasoned centre-forward, let alone a player who nominally starts out wide. Salah’s speed and footwork have also caught the eye, but it’s his lethal finishing and absurd scoring rate that have truly set him apart this season. He may yet add the PFA Player of the Year award to his mantelpiece on April 23 – even rival Kevin De Bruyne has voted for him.
FW: Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Kane, incredibly, continues to improve and this season seems to have been the one in which he’s finally forced his way into conversations about the world’s best striker. The homegrown frontman has scored 24 times in 30 appearances to further underline his importance to Tottenham's cause, with his unerring finishing never failing to impress.
Kane is now taking more shots than ever before and Mauricio Pochettino has demonstrated a willingness to build the team around his centre-forward. That may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s testament to Kane’s quality when you consider some of the other fine players in Spurs' squad.
Unfortunate to miss out...
Manchester City’s Ederson has been sublime between the sticks, with his composure in possession and long-range distribution making him the perfect fit for Guardiola’s side. Burnley’s Nick Pope has also deputised superbly for Tom Heaton, while his team-mates Ben Mee and James Tarkowski – as well as Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta – will no doubt each earn a few votes at centre-back.
Ben Davies and Ashley Young both had a claim for the left-back spot, which was the toughest position to predict. N’Golo Kante has been impressive in Chelsea’s midfield once more, and Raheem Sterling will consider himself unlucky if he misses out on a place – ditto Christian Eriksen. Sergio Aguero has been terrific but the Argentine’s wait for a place in a PFA Team of the Year could continue for another season.