After the Premier League season wrapped up last weekend, it is time to reveal which 11 players have made the made the Balls and Brawls Team of the season.
Goalkeeper: David De Gea
There was three strong contenders I could have chosen for the best goalkeeper this season, but Manchester United’s David De Gea makes the team because he has played yet another vital part between the posts for the Red Devils this season.
Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge of Man United did not go to plan, but things could have been worse without the Spanish number one pulling off a host of fine saves all season to prevent things even being even worse for Man United.
Man United fans would do anything to keep De Gea at the club next season, but I think this could be the year that the 26-year-old finally gets his dream move to Real Madrid. He’s not the best goalkeeper in the world yet, but he is not too far behind.
Right-Back: Cesar Azpilicueta
Chelsea secured a second Premier League title in three years and part of that was down to Chelsea’s very organised defence under Antonio Conte. One of the Blues unsung heroes this season is their right-back Cesar Azpilicueta.
Azpilicueta has thrived under the tutelage of Antonio Conte this season with his 84 tackles among the highest for a defender this season, and was the only defender to contribute to more than over 2000 passes with an impressive 87% success rate.
The Spanish defender played every minute this season making him just the fourth man after John Terry, Wes Morgan and Gary Pallister to play every second of a winning title campaign. Azpilicueta was always consistent for the Blues and deserves more plaudits coming his way.
Centre Back: Toby Alderweireld
Tottenham were also rock solid at the back this season and while Jan Vertonghen could have easily made the team of the season, I have gone for his fellow Belgian Toby Alderweireld.
The 28-year-old followed up on an impressive debut for Spurs last season with another consistent season and alongside Vertonghen in the heart of the Spurs defence, not too many have found a way past the Belgian duo.
His importance to the team was highlighted by a knee injury he suffered back in December in which Spurs endured a dip in form and in the nine games he missed, they won just two games. If he had stayed fit, one has wonder that the title could have been Tottenham’s this season.
Centre Back: David Luiz
When David Luiz rejoined Chelsea last summer on a £35m deal from PSG, many thought Antonio Conte had lost the plot. However, it turned out to be a very smart buy by the Italian, as the eccentric defender proved his doubters wrong.
Luiz’s first spell at the club was full of occasional lapses and controversial moments, but Luiz has matured and strengthened a lot as defender in his two and a half years away from the club and proved to be rock solid in the Chelsea defence this season.
The ball-playing defender thrived in the centre of a solid three-man Chelsea defence, as Conte made the ex-Benfica player to keep his head down and become one of the best defenders in the league.
Left Back: Marcos Alonso
When you think of the best left-backs this season, only one stands out and that is Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso who lived up to his big price tag on his return to Premier League football.
After previous uneventful spells at Bolton and Sunderland, many would have thought forking out £24m for the ex-Fiorentina defender was nothing more than a panic buy. However, Alonso thrived under Conte’s guidance and proved his doubters wrong.
Playing on the left-wing of a 3-4-3 system, Alonso enjoyed a very successful season in a Chelsea shirt causing many teams problems down the left-flanks. He also racked up an impressive six goals and three assists, as one of the league most consistent performers over the campaign.