Now the Premier League has reached its conclusion, it’s time to reflect on the best players from a campaign that saw Chelsea clinch their fourth crown since 2005, and said goodbye to Queens Park Rangers, Burnley, and Hull, who will all be playing in the Championship next year.
Here is A Different League’s team of the season:
GK- David De Gea
The Spaniard was fantastic all year for Manchester United, and would be sorely missed should he move to Real Madrid in the summer. His shot-stopping is arguably the best Old Trafford has seen since Peter Schmeichel left the club in 1999, and it is just a shame that he may not enjoy the best years of his career in the Premier League.
RB- Branislav Ivanovic
Though he doesn’t seem like the blueprint for the modern full-back – with few darting runs down the line to speak of – the Chelsea man has been so solid for the Blues this year. And despite the fact that he can’t boast the pace of either Nat Clyne or Hector Bellerin, he is a very useful player going forward, as he can make a nuisance of himself from set-pieces.
CB- John Terry
Having never really had any pace to lose, John Terry plays almost exactly the same way that he did when Chelsea clinched their first Premier League title a decade ago. He led by example – as he has done throughout his career – as the Blues conceded the fewest goals of any team in the top flight.
CB- Laurent Koscielny
The Frenchman has had to deal with the slow and clumsy Per Mertesacker alongside him, and yet the Gunners still finished in the top four, and can look forward to yet another season in the Champions League. He has been able to sure up the previously shaky Arsenal defence with his assured manner both on and off the ball.
LB- Ryan Bertrand
Southampton’s full-backs have been a critical part of how the side have played this year, offering support going forward, and not being afraid to cut inside. He is also willing to get stuck into a challenge, if the ball is there to be won.