Premier League Team Of The Season And Most Underrated Player Are Chosen
Seven Liverpool players have made it into a Premier League Team of the Season, while two Leicester players are selected but only one from Man City.
The starting XI was announced by The Athletic at their awards night, where Kevin De Bruyne was crowned overall Men's Player of the Season.
His 16 assists and eight strikes mean he's been directly involved with more goals than anyone else in the Premier League, with writer Stuart James claiming: "That he's played so consistently in a City team that has been well below its best, struggling to hang onto Liverpool's coat-tails, makes De Bruyne's performances all the more impressive."
The full Premier League team of the season is as follows.
GK: Alisson; RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold; CB: Virgil van Dijk, Caglar Soyuncu; LB: Andy Robertson; MF: Kevin De Bruyne, Jordan Henderson, Jack Grealish; FW: Mo Salah, Jamie Vardy, Sadio Mane.
No surprise that it's Liverpool-heavy with the Reds having dominated the 2019/20 season, with Alexander-Arnold also picking up the award for Men's Young Player of the Year. The 21-year-old's 12 Premier League assists mean only De Bruyne has made more.
Leicester are the only other side with multiple entries, as the top flight's top scorer with 19 goals, Vardy, is selected, alongside breakthrough centre-back Soyuncu. Grealish is rewarded for some sparkling displays for Aston Villa.
However there was no place in the Team of the Season for the man chosen as Underrated Player of the Year.
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That award was given to Danny Ings, who boasts 15 goals in 29 league games for a Southampton side that struggled badly for the first half of the season before an upturn in form.
The other 'Underrated' nominees were Manchester United's Fred, Raul Jimenez of Wolves and Leicester full-back Ricardo Pereira.
But Ings won out with The Athletic's Southampton reporter Carl Anka noting: "The striker turned his first injury-free season in ages into a banner campaign where, for a few months at least, he was the most irresistible striker in Europe."
Goal of the Season went to Son Heung-min for his incredible solo effort from Tottenham's 5-0 demolition of Burnley, with De Bruyne's volley against Newcastle earning him runner-up spot.
:soccer: Son Heung-Min: #THFC vs. Burnley (Home)pic.twitter.com/HXakg2ludy
- The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) April 24, 2020
Women's Player of the Year was given to Bethany England with the Chelsea forward praised for her "Bergkamp-esque goal and finish" against - ironically - Arsenal.
Manchester United midfielder Lauren James was given Women's Young Player of the Year, with Harriet Drudge labelling the 18-year-old: "One of the most exciting young talents in the country who will undoubtedly go on to represent the Lionesses in the not-too-distant future."
You can see the full list of The Athletic's award-winners, nominees and their reasoning here. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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