Is it time to pick the Premier League team of the season? Well, the end is nigh! Yet another season of the Premier League is nearing its final lap. Twists, turns and ultimately a Usain Bolt emerging out of the chasing pack. Not that the athlete himself would be happy, given his allegiance to the red end of Manchester. The Premier League's Bolt is their neighbourly rivals - Manchester City. Pep Guardiola's men have supercharged to the top of the pile with breathing space. Even a minor hiccup at home against their red rivals have barely caused dent in their cavalry. 14 points ahead with nine games to go, City's camp are preparing for yet another blue moon with blue ribbons and blue delight.
Meanwhile, at the bottom, Sheffield United look primed to go down. It is quite a fall for a club that was challenging for a European berth. Fulham looked likely to join them in the Championship till a recent mini revival. The Lilywhites have picked up 8 points in their last 5 games including an away win at Anfield. This leaves Brighton in danger of the drop along with West Brom, who are 19th on the table.
Unlike any other league, however, the Premier League is unique in its distribution of top talents. Everton have a golden ball winner, Aston Villa have England's premier creator and Leicester City will always have Jamie Vardy. Meanwhile, Manchester City have not required Kevin De Bruyne at his best. Thus, it seems like a rather interesting exercise to pick the hitherto best team from the Premier League in 2020/21.
Premier League team of the season, Goalkeeper - Emiliano Martinez
Nick Pope ran him close but the Aston Villa custodian makes it between the posts. Martinez has kept 14 clean sheets in 26 games for Villa and has been a key man in their Premier League campaign. The Argentinian has made 95 saves, including one from the spot. He is also accurate with his distribution, having found his teammate accurately 194 times when playing long balls. It is safe to say that Emi Martinez has come a fair distance from the bench of Arsenal. And as things stand, he may even finish above his former club. It is perhaps worth reminding everyone that Aston Villa escaped relegation on the final day last season, due to a technical error.
RFT Price - 5.5
Premier League team of the season, Full Back - Joao Cancelo
The Portuguese is Pep Guardiola's latest successful experiment. Cancelo has received the Philipp Lahm treatment. And has come out with flying colours. Starting at right back and left back, Cancelo often finds himself in central midfield. When not central, he finds himself inside the opposition penalty area on the underlap. The Man City player has created 6 big chances in the league and has grabbed 2 assists. His 125 ball recoveries are an indication of the clever positions he assumes off the ball and also has 11 clean sheets in 22 starts. Cancelo has also scored once this season.
RFT Price - 7
Premier League team of the season, Full Back - Luke Shaw
The 25-year-old has been in scintillating form. Shaw has been a player transformed and as we stand, he is the best left back in England. It seems as though he has finally managed to shake off the double leg break. Shaw has done all the basics correctly at Manchester United this season. He has defended the correct spaces, he has been aware of his position, he has overlapped consistently, he he crossed well and finished chances too. It seems as though he is doing the simple things regularly. Shaw has 5 assists and 1 goal in this campaign, apart from creating 7 big chances. Defensively, Shaw has 134 ball recoveries and has won 104 duels.
RFT Price - 7
Premier League team of the season, Centre Back - Ruben Dias
There can be very little debate that Ruben Dias has turned City's campaign around. Since Kompany's departure, the Cityzens have desired for a leader in the defence. And Ruben Dias has fulfilled their wishes. The Portuguese has been vocal at the back and has even revived John Stones's career. He has 13 clean sheets in 25 appearances. In these games, Ruben Dias has made 109 ball recoveries and has won 94 duels. The 23-year-old is commanding in the air too, and has won 53 aerial duels in the league. He has also chipped in with a goal from central defence.
RFT Price - 6
Premier League team of the season, Centre Back - Harry Maguire
Joining Ruben Dias is Harry Maguire from the red end of Manchester. While it may seem like a controversial pick, every fantasy football player on the Real Fantasy Teams app can testify for his brilliance. Maguire is the highest scoring centre back with 283.5 fantasy points. The United captain is often maligned for what he does not possess. That narrative completely overlooks his qualities. He is good in the air, reads the game very well and is very accomplished on the ball. The defender has won 114 aerial battles and 168 total duels. He has made 163 ball recoveries and averages nearly 70 passes per game, with 131 accurate long balls in the league. Maguire has also scored twice and assisted once in the league so far.
RFT Price - 8.5
Premier League team of the season, Central Midfield - Rodrigo
One cannot look beyond Manchester City's ever present number 6. James Ward-Prowse from Southampton could also be considered in this position but the City man edges it given the choice of formation: 4-3-3. Rodrigo plays in a three-man midfield with two attack minded players on either side. Thus, he would be better suited to a similar setup. Rodrigo has made a whopping 212 ball recoveries, won 156 duels and is successful with 61% of his tackles. Rodri makes 82 passes per game and has 114 accurate long balls in the league thus far. He has also contributed with a goal and an assist. Furthermore, for someone who commits plenty of tactical fouls, he has only 3 yellow cards.
RFT Price - 5.5
Premier League team of the season, Attacking Midfield - Jack Grealish
Grealish kept Aston Villa in the Premier League almost single-handedly last season. And he has flowered in this campaign as an elite creator. After a summer of speculation, Grealish decided to stay at his boyhood club. Some suggest that his boyhood club may have priced him out of a move. But, nothing has bothered the 25-year-old from turning up and dictating games. There is a certain swagger about the way Grealish carries the ball. The Villa captain has 6 goals and 10 assists in 22 games so far. But, it is not as much about his numbers as his general presence. Grealish is almost impossible to dispossess. He has created 14 big chances in the league. One may raise an eyebrow with his positioning in midfield. However, Grealish has been defensively effective with 110 ball recoveries and has won 212 duels.
RFT Price - 8
Premier League team of the season, Attacking Midfield - Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes played half of last season and won Manchester United's player of the season award. He also found a spot in PFA's Premier League Team of the year. And he has only carried his form forward. In his 28 games this season, the Portuguese has 16 goals and 10 assists. On top of these jaw slacking numbers, he has created 17 big chances which have not been converted by his teammates. Bruno also works hard for his team, having made 117 ball recoveries and won 109 duels. Bruno could have scored more goals had 3 of his attempts not hit the woodwork.
RFT Price - 10
Premier League team of the season, Right Forward - Mo Salah
Liverpool has faltered in their title defence. But Mo Salah has not been the reason for the reversal. The Egyptian has been in fine form for Liverpool and has often bailed Jurgen Klopp out. Salah has 17 goals and 3 assists in 27 league appearances this season. He has also created 8 big chances. Salah's directness and eye for goal makes this a very dangerous team, with the likes of Bruno and Grealish pulling the strings from midfield.
RFT Price - 10
Premier League team of the season, Left Forward - Son Heung-Min
Mason Mount misses out by a whisker. The Chelsea player has been stellar this season but lost out to Grealish in midfield and now, to Son, upfront. There is good reason for this choice too, as will be revealed shortly. The South Korean is lightning on the break and will provide a fantastic wide outlet to the creativity of Bruno and Grealish. Son is a runner as opposed to someone who will drop deep and that suits the balance of this side. The Spurs man has 13 goals and 9 assists from the left hand side. He has also put in 22 tackles.
RFT Price - 8.5
Premier League team of the season, Centre Forward - Harry Kane
Was there ever any doubt? It is said that good players make better players out of those around them. And perhaps Kane had an influence on the selection of Son. Kane has ridiculous individual numbers - even better than Bruno. The Spurs man has 16 goals and 13 assists in 25 league appearances this season. Kane is not just a goal machine. He has been brilliant with his all-round play too. He can drop deep and create chances, presses well and is also a clever reader of space. Kane also helps out his defenders from set pieces. The striker has made 32 clearances, including 30 with his head.
RFT Price - 10.1