The Professional Footballer’s Association team of the year was announced this week, and, as expected with the league table looking the way it does, it was dominated by Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur players.
Most players can’t be quibbled with. However, it seems that the PFA have focused on trying to reward Leicester and Spurs for having great seasons rather than rewarding individual players for having an amazing season.
Take the strikers for example. One of Harry Kane or Jamie Vardy should be able to make the team. They have both had great seasons and scored over 20 goals thus far. But what about the striker with a better goals/minute ratio than both?
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Sergio Aguero is the best striker in the Premier League, and although injuries have limited his appearances, he still has played over 2000 minutes. If anything, it is further proof of his ability that Harry Kane, with over 1000 minutes more, has only managed one more goal (and one less assist).
Manchester City have had a mixed season, to be sure. The satisfaction of a trophy in the form of the League Cup and a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League have been tempered by a very early exit from the Premier League title race. However a team of the year is rewarding 11 players for individual excellence in a team sport, and having Vardy over Aguero, while somewhat heart-warming, isn’t right.
A similar argument could be made with the selection of Dimitri Payet. West Ham are a club on the up and up, massively over performing this season regarding their league position, and preparing to move to a fancy new stadium next season. Arsenal by contrast, have had a typically Arsenal season, top of the league in January before a collapse that will hurt all the more this season because it is to an underdog and their North London rivals.
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