FootyAccumulators Premier League Squad of the Season so far
FootyAccums Squad of the Season - 2018/19
We're now beyond the halfway point in this season's edition of the Premier League, and to say that things are beginning to hot up is a huge understatement. After Liverpool's 1-1 draw with West Ham on Monday night, just three points separate the Reds with second-placed Manchester City, who themselves are just two points in front of Mauricio Pochettino's chasing Tottenham.
Just like every season, there have been some extremely memorable performances from individual players this time out, with some of the league's more lesser-known names frequently stealing the headlines on a Saturday afternoon. This gave us an idea, why not create a 'squad of the year so far', so that's exactly what we did. Below you will find an 18-man squad including players we deem to have been the standout performers in the Premier League this season.
A maximum of one player from each side can feature in this makeshift squad of endless talent, and we've opted to go with an outside-the-box 3-4-3 attack-minded formation to really accommodate our desired selections. Give it a read and let us know your thoughts on our choices by tweeting us @FootyAccums!
Between the sticks
Rui Patricio - Wolves
Wolves have taken to life in the Premier League extremely well since their promotion from the Championship last season. Nuno Espirito Santo's exciting side currently sit seventh in the table after 25 games and are also among the best six defences in the whole division having conceded just 32 goals all season. Patricio has made six clean sheets so far as his side look to push for a place in the Europa League next term; we're trusting the former Sporting Lisbon man as our number one.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka - Crystal Palace
The first name in our three-man defence is Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The 21-year-old, who signed for the Eagles aged 11 and has since worked his through the ranks at Selhurst Park, has been outstanding for the South London outfit this term. Wan-Bissaka has been a mainstay in Roy Hodgson's starting lineup all season, playing in all but one of Palace's 25 league fixtures. The England U21 international - who looks set for a senior call-up this year - has kept an astonishing nine clean sheets this season making him a really solid prospect.
Virgil van Dijk - Liverpool (c)
The second inclusion into our squad of the year needs no explanation, but we'll give you one anyway. Liverpool centre-half Virgil van Dijk has been exceptional for the Reds since his arrival from Southampton last January. The Netherlands international is arguably the best defender in world football right now and has massively eased Liverpool's defensive frailties this term, making them genuine title challengers this time around. A born leader who would header a brick if it meant his team gaining an advantage, van Dijk goes into our list as undisputed captain.
Lucas Digne - Everton
Everton'sLucas Digne has had a memorable opening six months to life at Goodison Park. The former Barcelona left-back has been a key member of Marco Silva's squad this time around and although the Toffees have started to drop off a little in recent weeks, they still remain sat comfortably in the top half of the division after 25 games. A dead ball specialist, Digne has netted three free-kicks for Everton this season, taking over from previous left-back Leighton Baines as the club's designated set piece taker/scorer.
Son Heung-min - Tottenham
Tottenham wide man Son Heung-min has been the club's best player this season. With both Harry Kane and Dele Alli ruled out through injury until March, and Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura all struggling with form, the South Korean is Mauricio Pochettino's main man at the moment, tasked with the job of maintaining a serious title challenge alongside Liverpool and Manchester City. With 14 goals and nine assists to his name this season - including two late goals in the previous weeks against Watford and Newcastle - the 26-year-old winger/striker continues to improve season after season and we just love everything about his game.
Paul Pogba - Manchester United
Arguably the most debate-provoking footballer on the planet, Manchester United's Paul Pogba has been a revelation since Jose Mourinho departed Old Trafford. The 25-year-old powerhouse, who last summer guided France to World Cup glory, is potentially the best central midfielder in the world on his day. His performances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have been outstanding and with eleven goals and nine assists to show for his efforts in all competitions this term, he makes his way into the centre of our midfield without a second thought.
Declan Rice - West Ham
West Ham midfielder Declan Rice will definitely be in with a shout of claiming the Premier League's Young Player of the Season Award at the end of the campaign should he continue to display the form he has shown since August. The 20-year-old has absolutely everything required to reach the very top: physicality, impeccable vision and bags of natural ability. Partner that with a good attitude and a desire to work hard and you've got yourselves an extremely good footballer. Rice gathered interest from the likes of Manchester City in this January's transfer window and it's easy to see why - in the words of Harry Redknapp: Top, top player.
Eden Hazard - Chelsea
This may well be the last season we see Eden Hazard in the Premier League, and if that's the case then it's a real shame, but also completely understandable. The Belgian wing-wizard is probably the closest player there is to Lionel Messi; with his obscene turn of pace, ridiculous feet and outrageous eye for goal, the Chelsea starlet shares many traits with the Barcelona No.10 and he could be going up against him next season as it looks almost certain he'll be moving to Real Madrid in the summer. With 15 goals and ten assists to his name this time out (all competitions), Hazard has yet again carried a Chelsea side who started to well under Maurizio Sarri, but are starting to look like they've ran out of steam. Arguably the Premier League's best player, it's going to be an extremely sad day when the 28-year-old departs West London, but it's been a pleasure watching him take the utter p*ss out of full-backs again this season.
Callum Wilson - Bournemouth
The first of our dynamic forward three is Bournemouth's Callum Wilson. The 26-year-old has been one of the Premier League's surprise packages this season, netting ten league goals whilst also bagging six assists for the Cherries in their quest for a top-half finish in the country's top tier. Wilson's exploits earned him his first ever England call-up last November, while Chelsea were also keen on signing him to help bolster their lacklustre forward line last month. Having overcame two serious knee injuries in the previous four years, Wilson has done extremely well to get where he is and we've got the utmost respect for it.
Sergio Aguero - Manchester City
One of the greatest strikers to ever grace the Premier League, Manchester City's Sergio Aguero is still tearing defences apart in his eighth season at the Etihad. After scoring his 14th PL hat-trick against Arsenal on Sunday, the Argentine is now just two goals behind leading scorer Mohamed Salah and with Harry Kane sidelined until March through injury, has a real shot of clinching the Golden Boot at the end of the campaign should he continue with his emphatic form. There's no better striker in the Prem than Aguero, that's just a fact.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Arsenal
Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completes this deadly attacking trio; the Gunners' record signing has been a revelation since joining the club from Borussia Dortmund last season, scoring 25 goals in 38 appearances for the North Londoners. The Gabon international has netted 18 goals in all competitions so far this term, whilst also chipping in with four assists. It's been years since Arsenal had a striker who would guarantee them 15+ goals a season, but in Aubameyang they look to have a really talented player on their hands.
On The Bench
GK: Martin Dúbravka - Newcastle
In a season with little to smile about at St James' Park, the form of goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka has got fans of the north east club excited. Bought from Sparta Prague for just £4 million last summer, the 30-year-old looks to be one of the Premier League's signings of the season. The Czech stopper has kept seven clean sheets so far this season and was extremely unlucky not to get another one against Tottenham at the weekend; he could well be the reason Newcastle stay up this term.
DF: Jose Holebas - Watford
Watford's Jose Holebas is a Fantasy Football player's dream. The defender - who can also operate in midfield - costs just £4.8 million and is worth every single penny, believe us. The Hornets' current eighth-placed stance in the league is largely thanks to Jose Holebas' performances; he's the PL's highest assist-making defender with six to his name and has also managed three goals from defence. Loves a booking too but we won't get into that just now.
DF: Ricardo Pereira - Leicester
Portugal international Ricardo Pereira has been a fantastic acquisition to Leicester City's squad. The flying full-back is such a good all rounder at the King Power: strong defensively but also destructive on the attack. The 25-year-old has scored two and turned provider four times in his 22 league appearances for Claude Puel's men this term, making the right-back slot his own ahead of Danny Simpson.
MF: Nathan Redmond - Southampton
Southampton's Nathan Redmond looks a completely different player under new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. Once a player of such potential, the former Birmingham and Norwich winger has shown glimpses of what he can do at St Mary's, but not consistently. Now entrusted to play in a more centralised position for Saints, the 24-year-old has got his confidence back and has looked a real threat for the southerners in recent weeks. He'll be looking to build on the three league goals he's already got this weekend when Southampton host fellow strugglers Cardiff on Saturday.
MF: Callum Paterson - Cardiff
Versatile midfielder Callum Paterson, who has filled in as a defender and a striker for Cardiff this season makes his way onto our bench having scored four league goals for the Bluebirds so far. There hasn't been much to smile about in South Wales this season with the club languishing near the foot of the table, but Paterson's performances have definitely been a positive.
ST: Glenn Murray - Brighton
At 35 years of age, Brighton front man Glenn Murray is the oldest addition to our squad. The Seagulls striker continues to bamboozle defenders, scoring ten league goals thus far. He's hugely experienced and extremely difficult to play against, making him one of the divisions best strikers this season. Without him Brighton would be in real trouble.
ST: Ashley Barnes - Burnley
Goals have come few and far between at Turf Moor this term, however the Clarets' leading scorer Ashley Barnes is doing a decent job of keeping the Lancashire club's head above water with six to his name in the league. The 29-year-old netted a last minute penalty to ensure Burnley nicked a point against Southampton on Saturday and always causes defences a problem with his robust stature and direct style of play.
So here it is folks, the Footy Accumulators PL Squad of the Year so far. Don't forget to drop us a tweet (@FootyAccums) letting us know your thoughts!
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