With Chelsea and Tottenham players dominating the official Premier League Team of the Year knocked out by the PFA this morning, Pies thought we’d have a bash at concocting one of our very own.
Steering clear of any and all the players selected by the PFA, here’s our alternative pick of the pops…
Jordan Pickford (Sunderland): Let’s not beat about the bush here, Sunderland have been nothing short of diabolical in the main this year.
However, one of the few players to emerge in credit will be their brilliant young goalkeeper, who has doubtlessly played his way to a decent move elsewhere as and when that big ‘R’ befalls David Moyes’ flagging side.
Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham): Flawless. Again. Underappreciated by the masses. Again.
Gareth McAuley (West Brom): 37 years old, a proper, old-fashioned rock at the back and the Baggies’ joint-top goalscorer this season.
McAuley may not be the height of footballing fashion, but the man can simply do no wrong in our eyes.
Eric Bailly (Manchester United): After a slightly spotty start, Bailly has flourished into – dare we say – Jose Mourinho’s best signing as United manager.
Harry Maguire (Hull City): As stout of resolve as he is of chin, Maguire is a future England centre-back in waiting – and a deceptively skillful one at that.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham): When he’s on form, Eriksen’s delicate technique and precise, inventive passing is a true joy to behold.
Dele Alli may attract the majority of the plaudits from the hoi