Professional Footballers’ Association recently announced EPL’s Team of the year. Unsurprisingly, the team was dominated by Manchester City.
Unlike last few seasons, all the top six English clubs have dominated the Premier League this season and have not allowed any other teams to sneak into the European spots. Burnley and the newcomers Brighton have done exceptionally well and were unfortunate to not have any representatives in the PFA’s team.
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— PFA (@PFA) April 20, 2017
There were also a few names who had a great season but missed out due to sheer excellence of the players above them. We at The 12th Man decided to reward such players with an alternate team of the year from EPL 2017-18:
Nick Pope (GK):
There was never a doubt about who will be between the posts in the PFA team of the year. David Freaking De Gea.
But this year, another star was created in the EPL. Nick Pope, who had no prior experience in the top division, was picked in the English national side based on just his performances for Burnley this season.
The 26-year old wasn’t even the first choice goalkeeper for Burnley and was only forced to play after an injury to Tom Heaton. But the Englishman grabbed that golden opportunity with both hands. He has made astonishing 106 saves so far and has conceded only 28 goals in the league. With his 10 clean sheets, Nick has done better than any other English goalkeeper in the league. Russia calling?
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