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PFA Team of the Year 2017/18: RealSport’s predict Spurs & Man City to dominate

Will David de Gea earn a place for the fourth consecutive year? Will last year's PFA Player of the Year impress again? RealSport predict the PFA Team of the Year.


 

  1. 1 GK: Hugo Lloris [Tottenham]


    The Frenchman has arguably been the most consistent goalkeeper in the league since he joined in 2012, yet has never been in the PFA Team of the Year.

    He might not be as good as David de Gea, but he's still one of the best in the world, and with Spurs now playing at Wembley, with more space, he might be called into action on a more regular basis.

    And he won't disappoint.

  2. 2 RB: Kyle Walker [Manchester City]


    The best right back in the league for the past couple of seasons, and a move to Man City will see him go on to another level performance-wise.

    Walker is a constant threat when attacking down the right flank with his pace and energy and has much better technique than he is given credit for. He could improve on his end product, but still got the joint-most assists for a defender in the league last season with five.

    The former Spurs wing back also looks more than comfortable playing in Pep's tactical systems and will prove a great purchase.

  3. 3 CB: Eric Bailly [Manchester United]


    The Ivorian had a very good first season at United and with Jose Mourinho's side set to challenge for the title; we think Bailly is bound to take up a place in the team of the year.

    He reads the game well, is intelligent and ideally suited to Mourinho's mid-block system, without being forced to play out from the back too often.

    He is extremely difficult to get past in one-on-one situations too and will the leading defender in another tight United defence.

  4. 4 CB: Toby Alderweireld [Tottenham]


    The best centre back in the league. The Belgian reads the game exceptionally well and never puts a foot wrong. The former Atletico Madrid defender has a wonderful pass on him too. 

    Since he joined Spurs, he has committed only 18 fouls in 68 Premier League games, an extraordinary record proving how intelligent he is.

    The best defenders anticipate the danger before it arises, and Alderweireld is one of those.

  5. 5 LB: Sead Kolasinac [Arsenal]


    It was a toss up between two new additions to the league; Kolasinac or Benjamin Mendy. However, due to Kolasinac not costing a penny, and already proving somewhat of a cult hero, we're going for the big and burly left back. 

    Arsenal fans loved the way he powered down the left flank against Chelsea on Sunday and scoring the equaliser was the icing on the cake for a very impressive cameo.

    Arsenal have needed a new left wing back for the three at the back system, with Kolasinac ideally suited.

  6. 6 RM: Kevin de Bruyne [Manchester City]


    Our shout for the PFA Player of the Year. The Belgian has been magical since his return to the Premier League. He registered 20 assists, more than any other player in the league last season, and also knows where the goal is.

    Pep Guardiola looks to be giving de Bruyne a free role in his side this season, and as a result the Belgian could have his best season to date.

    He's a genius on a pitch with wonderful technique and is a shoo-in for the side.

  7. 7 CM: Paul Pogba [Manchester United]


    The Frenchman was heavily criticised last season, but had a very good campaign. His technique and skill is extraordinary and set up countless chances which his teammates failed to convert.

    However, United will be an improved outfit this season and with the signing of Nemanja Matic, the reigns will be let loose on Pogba.

    He is about to show England what he's really about and should get double figures for goals and assists this season.

  8. 8 CM: Dele Alli [Tottenham]


    Last seasons PFA Young Player of the Year, Alli will prove once again what a superstar he is.

    The former MK Dons youth product is the English golden boy of this generation and is a potential Ballon d'Or winner in the future. He is a wonderful goalscorer from midfield and is capable of moments of sheer magic.

    There's little the 21-year-old can't do, and it's frightening to think how good he could get.

  9. 9 LM: Eden Hazard [Chelsea]


    The best player in the Premier League. Another Belgian on this list, Hazard could play for any team in world football.

    His ball manipulation is wonderful, able to weave his way in out and out of defenders with ease. Hazard also has excellent end product and is capable of hitting the 25 goal mark no doubt.

    If Chelsea wish to repeat their Premier League success and have a good campaign in Europe, Hazard is crucial to their chances.

  10. 10 ST: Gabriel Jesus [Manchester City]


    The Brazilian was a revelation since joining the Premier League last January, and finished the campaign scoring six goals in nine appearances, despite being out injured for a few months.

    However, he is back fit and will score goals. He is Pep Guardiola's ideal striker, able to get involved in the build up, work hard, and finish ruthlessly.

    Jesus made a point last season at how easy he was finding the league and we expect him to score at least 25 this season if he can stay fit.

  11. 11 Harry Kane [Tottenham]


    Two golden boots in a row and the favourite to claim another. Kane incredibly scored 35 goals in all competitions for Spurs last season, despite having two separate ankle ligament injuries.

    He has reached a goal a game standards and is the complete striker, able to drop deep, link play, pass and of course has every type of finish.

    He is now indisputably world class and should make the team the season once again.

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Harry Brooks

Harry graduated from UAL in Elephant and Castle with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in sports journalism.

He has an NCTJ diploma and also coaches football and teaches PE in schools.

Harry loves to talk football tactics!

PFA Team of the Year 2017/18: RealSport’s predict Spurs & Man City to dominate

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