Now we were certain at least 3 Chelsea players would make the PFA Team of the Year, but the results have greatly exceeded our expectations! No less than 6 players have made the 11, with a back four who have all played together at Chelsea too. Ryan Bertrand gets the nod ahead of Cesar Azpilicueta, who in my opinion has been the best left back in the country by quite some distance. It’s great for Bertrand to make the cut though, the whole Southampton back line has been solid all year. From a purely selfish perspective, it’s pleasing to see the Chelsea Academy bearing more fruit, it’s just a shame it’s in red and white stripes.
As the image above shows, the 11 lists as;
David de Gea
For me, the strangest inclusion in the PFA Team of the Year is Coutinho. He’s had a great few months recently, but I’m not sure he’s been consistent enough since August to get a place in the team. With Costa and Kane scoring for fun you could never leave them out, Aguero has had a good season but the precedent he’s set in previous years may have done him a disservice this year.
Tonight, along with the rest of the planet, I am certain Eden Hazard will walk away with the main award – hopefully both, along with the Young Player of the Year too. He’s almost in the realm of the Messi’s and the Ronaldo’s of the World and his direct play has torn Premier League defences to pieces. One thing we have to remember is that the whole Chelsea team have performed above and beyond all expectations this season, and if it wasn’t for the entire squads’ work rate, Hazard may not be in the same position. In my opinion the sheet is missing two blue Spaniards, but maybe I am just greedy.