Our alternative team of the 2018/19 Premier League season
Picking a maximum of one player from each club, we reckon this is the strongest possible XI based on performances this season.
GK – Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham)
Once a member of Arsenal’s banter era, Fabianski proved his quality for Swansea before finally finding his place in the capital at the London Stadium.
The Poland international was brilliant all season for West Ham – winning Hammer of the Year at club’s end-of-season awards – and topped the Premier League in saves with 148.
RB - Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace)
Robust in defence and industrious in attack, Wan-Bissaka has catapulted from talented youngster to Premier League star in one stunning season.
The 21-year-old was many people’s pick for the Young Player of the Year and will be targeted by several top clubs this summer.
CB – Victor Lindelof (Manchester United)
One club which should target Wan-Bissaka is Manchester United, who endured pathetic season, particularly at the back as they conceded 54 goals.
In Lindelof, however, they have someone who they can build their defence around. The Swede finally lived up to his £30m price tag in 2018/19 – it’s just a shame he was playing alongside Phil Jones, Ashley Young and Chris Smalling.
CB – Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
One player who United no doubt wish could partner Lindelof in defence is the PFA and Premier League Player of the Year.
Van Dijk has established himself among the best defenders in the world this season and is a shoo-in to any Team of the Season, alternative or otherwise (sorry Mo Salah!).
LB – Lucas Digne (Everton)
An Everton defence without Leighton Baines at left-back is a strange sight, but there can be no doubting the impact of Digne this term.
The French flyer has injected some much-needed dynamism on the flank for the Toffees, contributing at both ends of the pitch and becoming a fan favourite at Goodison in the process.
CDM – Etienne Capoue (Watford)
Cattermole, Holebas, Ince, Savage and now Capoue. The Watford midfielder equalled the record for most yellow cards in a Premier League season with 14, but don’t let that distract you from his stellar year.
The 30-year-old far eclipsed his much-fancied teammate Abdoulaye Doucoure, dominating the midfield for the Hornets in a successful campaign for the FA Cup finalists.
CDM - Joao Moutinho (Wolves)
Where Capoue brings pace and power, Moutinho brings skill and guile, with the midfielder playing a significant role in Wolves’ stunning Premier League return.
His debut season in the competition was a long time coming – the veteran was endlessly linked with several clubs long before he moved to Molineux – but it was most definitely worth the wait.
RW – Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Picking just one player from the champions is a tough ask – for reference, six City players made the PFA Team of the Year – but it is impossible to overlook Sterling.
The FWA Footballer of the Year registered 17 goals and 10 assists to establish himself as one of the league’s most complete forwards – just don’t mention it to Liverpool fans.
LW – Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
One of the greatest players to grace the Premier League has likely played his final game in the competition – for now at least – but Hazard was considerate enough to go out with a bang.
The Chelsea talisman finished with 16 goals and 15 assists in guiding the club to third place – which accounted for almost half of his side’s goals this season.
ST – Heung-min Son (Tottenham Hotspur)
Don’t let his smile fool you: Son is among the most lethal attackers in the Premier League, netting 12 goals and six assists this term.
More impressive was the way the 26-year-old stepped up when injury-ravaged Spurs needed him most. Previously considered to be one of the division’s most underrated players, the South Korea international is now simply recognised as one of its best.
ST – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
A double against Burnley on the final day of the season helped Aubameyang to his first Premier League Golden Boot, an honour he shared with Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.
The Gabon international actually missed out on Arsenal’s Player of the Year to strike partner Alexandre Lacazette, but his extra pace and goal threat secure him a place in this team.
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