Paul Pogba Is In The Team Of The Year By Stats
Paul Pogba's inclusion in the PFA Team of the Year on Thursday morning caused a lot of confusion and, in some cases, anger but the Manchester United man makes it in the team based on stats alone.
It's been a story of several chapters this season for Paul Pogba. The Manchester United midfielder has been at the centre of everything good and bad that has happened for the Premier League team.
After winning the World Cup last summer the Frenchman was greeted with criticism from Jose Mourinho, then he was soon handed the captain's armband, soon things started going wrong and it was taken away from him, he was placed on the bench and, in Jose's last game against Liverpool, he didn't even get on as a substitute.
The 26 year old's whole season turned around with the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and he looked liked the player United had spent £90 million on.
But once again in recent times Pogba's form has slipped and with it United's, with Solskjaer's team losing seven of their last nine games in all competitions since the famous win over PSG.
The inconsistency has led many to question his place in the PFA Team of the Year but according to WhoScored his 13 goals and nine assists are enough to earn him a place in the Team of the Year based on stats:
The 22 goals that Pogba has had a direct hand in is the most for any midfielder in Europe's top five league and those goals have earned United 22 points, which without them would put them level with Crystal Palace.
Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho and Virgil van Dijk are the only players who manage to remain from the PFA's team.
Eden Hazard was probably the most obvious omission from the PFA version of the team and WhoScored point out that the Chelsea forward has been involved in more goals this season than anyone else in the league.
The Belgian has more man of the match awards on the stats site than any other player this season too, with 13.
It's interesting to see that the stats team has a strong contingent of players outside the top six in Lukasz Fabiański, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Fabian Schar and Lucas Digne.
Who would make your team of the year?
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