Gus Skinner’s Team of the Season

Goalkeeper – Jack Butland

Although Butland is now out for the rest of the season which is gutting with EURO 2016 just around the corner but still he has been astonishing this season. Nobody knew him that well at the beginning of the season but now a lot of people would have had him to have the no.1 shirt for England. He made 102 saves in his 31 games and has saved Stoke around 5-10 points this season and at such a young age that is a great effort.

Left Back – Christian Fuchs

Leicester have been great this season and everyone is delighted that it looks as if they are going to win the league. Fuchs has been a stalwart in defence for the foxes since he joined from Schalke on a free transfer. He seems to always know when to boot it and when to play the clever passes in field. Although he is yet to find the back of the net he has 4 assists so far this season and with Leicester winning by close margins, his help has been invaluable.

Centre back – Toby Alderweireld

This man sort of picks himself. He has been so solid at the back for Tottenham and has been one of the main reasons why they are up near the top of the league. His heading ability when defending and attacking set pieces has really been shown this season and he looks like a quality player for the long term for Spurs.

Centre Back – Robert Huth

Most people would have thought that his career would be over by now and probably was at Leicester in case of emergency but he has proven a lot of people wrong. He has played every minute apart from 1 game this season and has contributed 3 goals. He proves that the old Stoke way of hoofing it up can still be very effective and so it has been. The foxes haven’t conceded for 5 games now and look set for the title.

Right Back – Hector Bellerin

Although it hasn’t been Arsenal’s season, they still have played some nice football and at one stage definitely looked like they could win the league. Bellerin has been one of their best players. He has used his pace in defence and in attack. He has scored 1 goal and assisted 5 which is a good effort from a player playing in defence. Arsenal have been pretty solid in defence most of the time and a lot of that is down to him.

Left Midfield – Mesut Ozil

I know it is weird to be playing Ozil on the left but he had to be in my team somehow. He is still assisting and scoring for Arsenal but the limelight has been taking off him with Arsenal’s season falling apart. He has played with flare all season and when playing with Sanchez and other quality players around him he looks to be one of the best players in the world.

Centre Midfield – N’golo Kante*

Kante has been the best player this season for me because he has started all the Leicester attacks which allows players like Mahrez and Vardy to score the goals. A lot of credit has to be to Ranieri in the system he has played to allow space for his attacking players but he needed a defensive player who could win the ball. Kante isn’t very impressive when it comes to stats but watching him intercept and make vital tackles this season has been a joy. I really hope he stays at Leicester where he will continue to flourish.

Centre Midfield – Dimi Payet

How can you not put this man in your team? He has been unbelievable this season and West Ham have done well to keep through January when a reported £38.7m bid came in for him and offered him £230,000 a week. They have tied him up on a new contract and he looks happy to be at West Ham. He has played to elegantly this season with the ball at his feet and his free kicks have just been incredible. When West Ham get a free kick near the area you just expect it to go in.

Right Midfield – Rihad Mahrez

Many will have Mahrez as their player of the season. He has only just been tipped by Kante for me. He has shown skill and determination on the ball and certainly looks the part with all of his tricks. He has been involved in the most goals this season (joint with Jamie Vardy) and deserves to win the league. Remembering back to his game against Chelsea his quick feet have destroyed many experienced defenders such as John Terry and that is no mean feet. Again I think Leicester is the right club for him and I hope he doesn’t disappear off the Spain this summer.

Striker – Harry Kane

He has scored the most goals this season and has helped Spurs into second place so there was no way he wasn’t making my team. Kane has put down all the ‘one season wonder’ accusations this season after a shaky start. He looks good to be leading the England line-up with hopefully the no.10 shirt. He has scored all types of goals this season from headers two yards out to his screamer against Arsenal – he is showing what a well-rounded player he is and the best thing is that he is only 22.

Striker – Jamie Vardy

You would have to be nuts to not have Vardy in your team. It is really good to see a player come from so far down the English leagues to being at the stop. His attitude may annoy people but I personally love the way he is a little bit rebellious and not the normal English football player. I hope England use him as a super sub this summer because I think that is the way he will be most useful.

That is my Premier League 2015/2016 Team of the Season.

Close Calls – Dele Alli, Romulu Lukaku, Mark Noble, Danny Drinkwater, Odion Ighalo

*Player of the Season

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