The Premier League season 2021/22 is over but the fallouts continue to linger. The title has been won and lost, places have been retained and lost. Through 38 weeks of football action, some players distinguished themselves. At Goaldball, we have made our Team Of The Season, including the bench.
Goalkeeper – Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa)
The Argentine divided Arsenal fans with his brilliant performances for Aston Villa. A large section of Arsenal fans thought he should not have been let go due to his brilliant performances. He was at the heart of a strong Villa defence that stayed clear of the relegation zone.
He kept 15 clean sheets, behind only Ederson Moraes and Edouard Mendy.
Rightback – Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)
Though the Portuguese was deployed at leftback occasionally by Pep Guardiola, he makes our team at right-back.
He finally proved why Guardiola went all out to get him two seasons back with some brilliant attacking plays on the flanks.
Leftback – Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
The Englishman enjoyed a season of revival. He ran the entire left-hand side of Manchester United with apparent ease. He reduced new signing Alex Telles, who was supposed to be his replacement, to a peripheral role.
Centerback – Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
Arguably the signing of the season. The defender has already gotten some recognition for his impressive first season in the Premier League.
He has won the Football Writers Association Player of the Season. Ever present and reliable, his solid defensive work was the bedrock of City’s success.
Center-back – Harry Maguire (Manchester United)
Maguire was ever solid and ever present for the Red Devils till he got injured at the tail end of the season. Manchester United impressive away record was down to some defensive solidity.
Maguire finally showed glimpses of why Manchester United got him for record fee.
Central Midfielder – Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester)
Mr consistency – Wilfred Ndidi was ever present as Leicester pushed for a Champions League spot again.
He ranks high on the list of most tackles and interceptions.
Central Midfielder – Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City)
The German had his best goalscoring season yet at Manchester City. He scored 13 goals to help City’s cause.
In addition to the goals, he was most times City’s brain box in the middle and his performances made Kelvin De Bruyne absences manageable.
Attacking Midfielder – Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
The Portuguese ranks high on both the goals and assists chats. He has had a positive influence since joining the Red Devils in January.
With 18 goals and 12 assists to his name, he is a contender for the Premier League Player of the Season.
Right Wing-Forward – Mohammed Salah (Liverpool)
Despite Liverpool’s struggles, Mohammed Salah was still able to rake in the goals. He scored 22 goals and only lost the Golden Boot to Harry Kane on the last day.
Right Wing-forward – Phil Foden (Manchester City)
Playing slightly as a wing forward and as an attacking midfielder, the young Englishman was a menace to opposing defences.
He stepped into David Silva’s shoes impressively and was at the heart of City’s attacking forays.
Center-forward – Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Harry Kane won his third Golden Boot award, reiterating his quality and importance to this Spurs side.
He added another dimension to his game this season by also creating goals for others. He topped the assist chat in the Premier League with 14 assists.
Following reports that he is set to move on from Spurs, he is the hottest property in the transfer market.
Manager – Pep Guardiola ( Manchester City)
Guardiola has not done anything new. He has probably done the expected by reclaiming the title but the manner of achieving it deserves recognition.
At a point in November/December, the Citizens were in midtable and it appeared Guardiola had reached his limits but an impressive turnaround led to his third Premier League title.
Substitutes: Ederson Moraes (Manchester City), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Tyrone Ming’s (Aston Villa), Tomas Soucek (West Ham), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Son Heung Min (Tottenham)
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