Published On: Sun, May 13th, 2018

The MVP for every Premier League team this season

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Without necessarily selecting each club’s own Player of the Season choice, theScore picks through every Premier League team and chooses its Most Valuable Player for the 2017-18 campaign.

Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey: The Welshman has polished his previously questionable finishing to be an oft-overlooked attacking threat in Arsenal‘s first-team fold, sometimes displaying Frank Lampard-esque timing in arriving late and undetected into the area. Ramsey‘s place should be safe under Arsene Wenger’s successor.

Bournemouth

Nathan Ake: Ake possesses composure that belies his 23 years, and certainly justified his £20-million fee with Bournemouth this season. He’s a perfect defender to slot into a back-three, and has been noted for his professionalism on the south coast. Eddie Howe is bracing himself for bids during the summer.

Brighton & Hove Albion


Pascal Gross: There were plenty of protagonists in Brighton‘s successful bid for survival – Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray were crucial – but Gross stood above them all. The German had developed a reputation as a midfield creator despite Ingolstadt‘s relegation from the Bundesliga, and was a £3-million coup for the Seagulls last summer. Only Kevin De Bruyne, Christian Eriksen, Cesc Fabregas, Mesut Ozil, and Eden Hazard played more key passes than Gross in 2017-18.

Burnley

Nick Pope: Narrowly beating out James Tarkowski is Pope, a former non-league goalkeeper who was given the daunting task of replacing the injured Tom Heaton between the sticks, and thrived. The 26-year-old was a key reason that Burnley boasted the sixth-meanest defence in the 2017-18 Premier League term.

Chelsea

Eden Hazard: He’s sometimes appeared off the boil and has irritated fans by casting admiring glances in the direction of Real Madrid, but there’s no denying Hazard’s productivity. In the Premier League, he led his team in both goals and dribbles, and was second only to Fabregas for key passes.

Crystal Palace


Wilfried Zaha: Who else? Crystal Palace without Zaha was found wanting for incisiveness in its attacks, and the Ivorian was relentless after overcoming his injury problems. The Eagles’ biggest job over the January transfer window will be keeping Zaha on their books.

Everton

Jordan Pickford: Everton‘s mindless spending last summer resulted in an unbalanced squad and an irksome Goodison Park. At least the club has a nailed-on No. 1 for the next decade, with Pickford‘s decisive distribution offering some decent weaponry. If he can rid his game of errors, Pickford could also be his country’s first-choice short-stopper.

Huddersfield Town

Christopher Schindler: Huddersfield Town players predominantly showed their best form in spells. Aaron Mooy was great at the beginning of the 2017-18 term, and Alex Pritchard was quick to make an impact after his mid-January arrival. The only consistent player was centre-back Schindler, who led the team for blocked shots, clearances, and aerial duels won.

Leicester City


Harry Maguire: Maguire‘s blocks and wellies have appealed to Leicester City supporters, but what sets the Sheffield lad apart from his barrel-chested contemporaries is that he’s quality in possession. He hit more accurate balls than any other Foxes outfielder this season, and performed almost double Jamie Vardy‘s count of successful dribbles per 90 minutes.

Liverpool

Mohamed Salah: The PFA Player of the Year was undoubtedly the best to turn out for Liverpool this season, submitting what was surely an unmatched effort by a footballer in his debut campaign for a Premier League outfit. He scored 32, assisted 10, and left countless red-faced left-backs stumbling in his wake.

Manchester City

Kevin De Bruyne: It could be argued that there were more important players in Pep Guardiola’s schematic – such as Fernandinho or Ederson – but the weight, audacity, and vision of De Bruyne’s passes were phenomenal. The Belgian finished the season with a league-leading 16 assists.

Manchester United


David De Gea: Manchester United tactician Jose Mourinho can get away with eking out one-goal wins because he has the world’s best shot-stopper between the sticks. Surprisingly, this season marked the first time De Gea collected a Golden Glove award. His performance against Arsenal in December was a particular highlight.

Newcastle United

Jamaal Lascelles: The 24-year-old was his manager’s lieutenant on the park, which was especially impressive given this was his first season as a Premier League regular. It will be an oversight if Gareth Southgate doesn’t select Newcastle United‘s captain in his World Cup squad to address the dearth of leadership in England‘s backline.

Southampton

Maya Yoshida: Previously an error-prone and lightweight defender, Yoshida was spared the wrath of Southampton fans due to his obvious work ethic and possibly due to looking like a savant of positional play alongside Wesley Hoedt, who could get lost in his own back garden.

Stoke City


Xherdan Shaqiri: The Swiss international beats fan favourite Joe Allen and loanee Kurt Zouma to MVP recognition because, quite frankly, he was often burdened with all of the attacking workload during Stoke City‘s ill-fated campaign. No teammate topped Shaqiri’s goal and assist tallies this term.

Swansea City

Lukasz Fabianski: A superb run of form from Jordan Ayew shortly after Carlos Cavalhal’s unveiling as manager gave the misfiring club its best chance of survival, but it was too fleeting. Fabianski was Swansea City‘s most consistent charge throughout the campaign, proving he should remain in the top flight following his club’s relegation.

Tottenham Hotspur

Jan Vertonghen: Toby Alderweireld‘s future at Tottenham Hotspur is in doubt, so it was up to Vertonghen to maintain his concentration and organise Mauricio Pochettino’s backline. Sometimes, the partnership with Davinson Sanchez wasn’t airtight, but Vertonghen displayed his eye for a pass and a quiet confidence that often went underappreciated beside Alderweireld.

Watford


Abdoulaye Doucoure: Many Watford players were blighted by their own inconsistencies, but Doucoure kept a high standard throughout the season. He has a studied positional sense of the game, but his athleticism also saw him make explorative runs between the lines as a quintessential box-to-box midfielder. He could be destined for a big move.

West Bromwich Albion

Craig Dawson: Slim pickings here. Dawson impressed when he moved to the centre of defence from right-back, outshining the in-demand Jonny Evans and attracting interest from a host of Premier League clubs. That’s not bad for a player who had to toil with Radcliffe Borough and Rochdale before reaching the big time.

West Ham United

Marko Arnautovic: The Austrian went goalless under Slaven Bilic and was lambasted when he was sent off for elbowing Southampton’s Jack Stephens back in August. But he flourished under David Moyes, as his goals, assists, and work ethic were all vital in the Hammers’ successful mission for Premier League survival.



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