English Premier League Team of the Season (So Far)
So far this English Premier League (EPL) season, there have been numerous stand out performers. With half the season now complete, we at WFC have selected the best EPL team of the season to date.
GK - David de Gea
The Spaniard ranks 1st in the league for clean sheets (10) and 2nd for saves (71). Undoubtedly the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, and possibly even in the world.
LB - Sead Kolasinac
The summer signing from Schalke 04 has looked like the real deal so far this season. Currently, he ranks 4th for shots by defenders (15), =2nd for big chances created by defenders (5), and =2nd for assists by defenders (4). Has also been extremely solid in defence, winning 79% of all tackles and 66% of aerial duels.
LCB - Nicolás Otamendi
The big Argentine defender has bossed opposition sides this season. He has won 47 aerial duels, and completed 85% of his attempted tackles. Moreover, he ranks =1st for goals scored amongst defenders (4), 2nd for shots among defenders (21) and tops the league for completed passes per game (89.3).
RCB - Phil Jones
Jones has finally lived up to his potential this season, controlling the Red Devils’ backline with calmness, making crucial interceptions and tackles. The quality he has shown this season is highlighted by the fact that his side only kept 1 clean sheet in 5 games when he was out injured.
RB - César Azpilicueta
In the first half of this season, Azpilicueta has again been one of the best defenders in the league. Currently, he sits 1st among all defenders for assists and big chances created. His superb all round performances so far this season are evidenced by the fact that he has collected the most bonus points among defenders in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) this season.
CDM - Wilfred Ndidi
Ndidi has filled the shoes of Kante brilliantly for Leicester this season, leading the league for attempted tackles (78) and tackles completed (49). Pair that with 3 assists, Ndidi has been a standout performer in central midfield this season.
LCM - David Silva
With his craft and vision, the Spanish magician does things that no-one else in the world can. He has been absolutely outstanding this season, ranking 3rd for passes per game (83), =1st for assists (8) and also netting 5 goals.
RCM - Kevin De Bruyne
The Belgian wizard has reached another level this season, controlling matches with class and composure. He is =1st for assists (8), 1st for chances created (56), and 1st for big chances created (10). To go with this, he has netted 6 goals from 41 shots and ranks 5th for passes per game (74.3).
LW - Mohamed Salah
The Egyptian has been unstoppable this season. Currently leading the goal boot race with 15 goals (equal with Harry Kane), as well as providing 5 assists. In terms of shooting, he is ranked 2nd for shots (71) and 2nd for shots on target (37). He is also ranked 2nd for completed take-ons (46). If the PFA Player of the Year award was given out now, Salah would almost definitely win it.
ST - Harry Kane
Sits atop the league for shots (97 @ 6.1 per game) and goals (15). The Englishman is a goal scoring phenomenon, sitting 2nd behind Messi for goals in a calendar year (53), as well as equal 1st with Alan Shearer for Premier League goals in a calendar year (36).
RW - Raheem Sterling
With 12 goals (=2nd in the league) and 7 assists (2nd in the league), Sterling has found greater consistency this season. He has used his pace superbly, and defenders have struggled to contain him.
GK - Nick Pope
Called into action on match day 4 to replace Tom Heaton, and has proven to be a more than capable replacement. With 9 clean sheets in 15 games, averaging 3.5 saves per game, Pope has shone this season.
LWB/LB - Marcos Alonso
Alonso has carried on well from his breakout 2016/17 season. At the halfway point of the season, he ranks =1st for goals scored by defenders (4) and 1st for shots by defenders (34). Whilst attacking strongly, he has also contributed to 8 Chelsea clean sheets so far.
CB - James Tarkowski
Tarkowski has filled the shoes of Keane excellently so far this season. He has been a calm presence in the Burnley backline, keeping 9 clean sheets. Also, he has dominated opposition forwards in the air, currently ranking 1st in the league for aerial duels won (89).
CDM/CM/CAM - Aaron Mooy
The Australian has controlled the Huddersfield side with composure and skill. At the halfway point of the season, he ranks 3rd for crosses and 4th for tackles. Creating 26 chances, no other defensive midfielder has assisted as many shots as Mooy. He has also popped up with some important goals (4) for his side, contributing greatly to gaining 3 points against Newcastle, Manchester United and Watford. Thus, Mooy has stood out for both his defensive and attacking capabilities.
CDM/CM/CAM - Aaron Ramsey
The Welshman has re-found his 2013/14 form this season, excelling in numerous areas. On the attacking front, Ramsey has done very well, ranking 10th among all midfielders for shots (40), =5th among all midfielders for shots on target (17), and =1st among all players for assists (8). He has also completed 85% of his passes. Additionally, on the defensive front, Ramsey has completed 20 tackles, which is great for someone who has is involved in so much attacking play.
CAM/LW - Philippe Coutinho
The Brazilian is a world class player who is having one of his best seasons yet. In 11 starts, he has netted 6 goals and provided 6 assists, meaning that so far this season, he has directly contributed to a goal per game. He also ranks =1st for shot frequency, with 1 every 20.2 minutes.
LW/RW - Leroy Sané
Sané has been untouchable for the most part of the first half of this Premier League season. Creatively, he has excelled, ranking =1st for assists (8) and big chances created (10). He has also been a potent goal scoring threat, with 6 goals. Full of confidence, he also ranks 4th for take-ons completed (37).
ST - Sergio Agüero
Written off at the beginning of the season as being past his peak, the Argentine has proven doubters wrong in the first half of the 2017/18 season. In 12 games where he has played 60+ minutes, Agüero has netted 12 goals and provided 4 assists – more than 1 direct goal contribution per game. Furthermore, he is ranked 2nd overall for shot frequency, with 1 every 20.3 minutes.
How the squad looks:
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