The Premier League 2020/21 season is over. Once again, some of the biggest players proved why they are the best, and new stars emerged. I’m going for a 4-3-3 formation for my 2020/21 Premier League Team of the Season.
GK – EMILIANO MARTÍNEZ (ASTON VILLA)
Emiliano Martínez joined Aston Villa in search of first-team football and has played every minute this season. The Argentinian has been in terrific form averaging 3.7 saves a game, and has the 3rd most clean sheets with 15. He kicked off the 2020/21 campaign with a spectacular penalty save to deny John Lundstram.
The Villa fans love him and voted him their Player of the Season. Arsenal fans who disagreed with the decision to let him go will be looking on envious.
LB – LUKE SHAW (MANCHESTER UNITED)
Luke Shaw has been in fine form, picking up 10 clean sheets in his 32 appearances and staking a strong claim for best left-back in the Premier League. His performances have been rewarded with his teammates voting him Players’ Player of the Year for the second time in three seasons and an international recall.
There’s a good chance Gareth Southgate will start him in England’s Euro 2021 opening game against Croatia.
CB – JOHN STONES (MANCHESTER CITY)
Is John Stones first language Portuguese? Rúben Dias’s arrival has turned him into the player everything thought he would develop into. Confident, calm, dependable, and his form has restricted Aymeric Laporte to 16 appearances. The England international has collected 14 clean sheets and scored 4 goals.
CB – RÚBEN DIAS (MANCHESTER CITY)
After a shaky start to the season, Manchester City brought in Rúben Dias from Benfica, who were only forced to sell after failing to qualify for the Champions League. It turned out to be the best piece of transfer business this season.
His leadership and organization transformed Manchester City’s leaky defense into the best in the league. The 23-year-old Portuguese international deserves the alias “John Stones whisperer” after saving his City career. He has been world-class and worth every last cent of the $74.8 million transfer fee.
Dias was recently named the 2020/21 Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year. There’s a good chance he could take over the captaincy from Fernandinho when he leaves the club.
RB – JOÃO CANCELO (MANCHESTER CITY)
Joáo Cancelo has emerged as one of City’s most important players contributing to defense and attack. Pep Guardiola sang his praises earlier in the season “He’s a player in the final third with special quality. He has courage to play, he wants the ball, he’s not scared.”
He excelled playing at RB and drifting into midfield to help City dominate the center of the pitch with his passing ability. The Portuguese international has made 28 appearances, contributing 2 goals, 3 assists, and earning 13 clean sheets.
CM – ILKAY GÜNDOGAN (MANCHESTER CITY)
Ilkay Gündogan has thrived in a more advanced role scoring 11 goals in 12 Premier League appearances in December and January, helping City to rocket up the table. He turned up in the big games this season, getting goals against Chelsea, Liverpool, and Tottenham.
He became the first player in City’s history to win Player of the Month consecutively, earning the award in January and February.
CM – MASON MOUNT (CHELSEA)
Looking at Chelsea’s squad depth, you know Mount must be a quality player if Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel selected him for a combined 36 appearances. Both managers have been singing his praises for the high-level performances he puts in week in week out, and the fans voted him their player of the season.
A product of Chelsea’s youth academy, he has already reached 106 appearances for the club in two seasons. Mount has been handed the captain’s armband on a few occasions this year, and it won’t be long before he takes on the responsibility permanently.
CM – BRUNO FERNANDES (MANCHESTER UNITED)
Where would Manchester United be without Bruno Fernandes? 18 goals and 12 assists mean he has been involved in 41.1% of United’s goals. The Portuguese international hasn’t shied away from taking responsibility and been one of their biggest leaders on the pitch. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has leaned on him heavily this season, with 57 appearances under his belt.
Fernandes picked up the Player of the Month award in November and December and has the chance to end the campaign with silverware when they play Villarreal on Wednesday in the Europa League final.
LW – HEUNG-MIN SON (TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR)
Heung-Min Son has been this season’s most clinical player scoring 17 goals (joint 4th) from 68 shots (22nd), which works out to a 25% conversion rate. To put that in perspective, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is 19.27%, Jamie Vardy is 18.29%, Mohamad Salah’s is 17.46%, Harry Kane’s is 16.78%, Patrick Bamford’s is 15.88%, and Bruno Fernandes’s is 14.87%.
The South Korean international also provided 10 assists, and his partnership with Kane has developed into one of the best the league has ever seen. These two have combined 14 times to break Alan Shearer’s and Chris Sutton’s record of 13 set back in 1994/95.
RW – JACK GREALISH (ASTON VILLA)
It’s easy to forget just how good Jack Grealish was before his injury ruled him out for 3 months. The Villa captain was a joy to watch all season, and every time he got on the ball, you felt something special was going to happen. It’s no surprise his absence resulted in a huge downturn in Aston Villa’s form.
He finishes the season with 6 goals, 10 assists and is the most fouled player despite missing 12 games.
CF – HARRY KANE (TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR)
The England Captain has taken his game to the next level. Kane has been dropping deep and getting involved in the buildup, which has led to 37 goal involvements, scoring 23 and providing 14 assists. Those exploits have earned him the Golden Boot and Playmaker awards, and he has a strong claim for Player of the Season.
GK: Ederson (Manchester City)
Most clean sheets with 19 conceded the least amount of goals, and his distribution is unrivaled.
CB: Wesley Fofana (Leicester City)
Another example of the excellent work done by Leicester City’s recruitment team. They signed him from Saint-Étienne for $38.5 million, and The Foxes will make a sizeable profit when he moves onto one of Europe’s elite. The 20-year-old has contributed 6 clean sheets, averaging 2.2 interceptions, 3.4 aerial battles won & 3.4 clearances per game.
CM: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
The Belgian international only made 25 appearances but still managed to finish joint second in the assist charts with 12 and 2nd in the big chances created rankings with 19.
LW: Phil Foden (Manchester City)
Where are all the “Phil Foden needs to leave to get game time if he’s ever going to fulfill his potential” clowns now? Guardiola has managed his development perfectly, and if he continues on this trajectory, he will be challenging for the Ballon d’Or. 9 goals and 5 assists in 28 games this season means he has averaged a goal involvement every 2 games.
RW: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Salah has been the one shining light during Liverpool’s struggles with his finishing helping them secure a Top 4 finish. 22 goals meant he was one goal away from winning the Golden Boot.
MANAGER – PEP GUARDIOLA (MANCHESTER CITY)
Pep Guardiola was heavily criticized last season for Manchester City’s defending. He deserves all the plaudits for transforming his side into the best defensive unit in the league and developing Phil Foden into a world-class talent. They hit their stride in mid-December to late February, winning 13 games in a row, propelling them from 8th to 1st.
This is Pep’s fifth season at the club and third title win. Only Alex Ferguson and Arsené Wenger have rebuilt their side and won the Premier League again. He’s one of the best managers ever, and the Champions League trophy will be the icing on the cake for this superb campaign.
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