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Premier League: Best XI who just missed out

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With the PFA Team of the Season having been announced recently, I feel that credit should be given to some other outstanding players this season.

Here is a starting XI of players who I feel just missed out on a place in the team of the season. Feel free to give your comments and ideas on who would make this team... 

GK - David de Gea, Manchester United

The Spaniard is developing into a fine goalkeeper. This season he has so far managed to keep 12 clean sheets and made some crucial saves to keep United going. Ryan Giggs recently stated that De Gea is the only United player who is in better form than during last year's title winning season. 

RB - Branislav Ivanovic, Chelsea

I think Ivanovic could've even been chosen instead of Vincent Kompany in the PFA Team of the Season alongside teammate Gary Cahill. The Serbian, 30, is defensively strong and a threat going forward.

He has managed three goals and picked up one assist so far this season. Add that to the 15 clean sheets he has helped keep, I think Ivanovic has surely done enough to make this team, if not the PFA Team of the Season. 

CB - Per Mertesacker, Arsenal

Mertesacker has had a very impressive season this year with Arsenal. The German has been instrumental in keeping 15 clean sheets this season and has also picked up two goals. A very solid defender, his height advantage makes him almost unbeatable in the air whether it be defensive or attacking wise. 

CB - John Terry, Chelsea

What a season the Chelsea skipper is having. Terry, alongside Team of the Season member Gary Cahill at the heart of Chelsea's defence, has been nothing short of brilliant. Terry has scored three goals, picked up one assist and has been a driving force in keeping 15 of Chelsea's 16 clean sheets so far this season. He looked out of it last year, but under returning manage Jose Mourinho, it looks like Terry has regained his confidence and he continues to play at an outstanding level. 

LB - Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea

What can I say about this Spaniard? Perhaps in comparison to his teammates, Azpilicueta hasn't made the headlines as much, but what this right-back has done in the left-back position at Chelsea is astonishing.

Missing most of the start of the season due to his place behind Ivanovic in the pecking order, Azpilicueta was given his chance at left-back when Ashley Cole picked up an injury. Who knew he would then go on to help secure 13 clean sheets and push Cole to the Chelsea bench?

He has had a very impressive season and if he continues to grow in the Premier League, Azpilicueta will certainly be a top candidate for the PFA Team of the Season next year. 

CM - Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal

Ramsey's very bright start was sadly ended due to injury, but nonetheless he is a must for this team. Despite missing 14 games, Ramsey has still managed to score nine goals this season, picking up nine assists and helping keep 10 clean sheets.

The Welshman has certainly proved his critics wrong this season with his powerhouse displays and will hope to play the whole of next season and make himself a serious candidate for the team of the season. 

CM - David Silva, Manchester City

A favourite at Manchester City, Silva continues to shine for the title contenders. This season he has been in the shadows slightly due to the form of teammate Yaya Toure, however Silva has still managed to score seven goals and assist his team mates on 12 occasions. His silky dribbling and incredible eye for a pass make him one of City's best players and he will certainly be looking to make the PFA Team of the Season next year. 

RM - Kevin Mirallas, Everton

The pacey winger has been a bit quiet at times, however on his day he is a delight to watch with his trickery and eye for goal. Mirallas may be a surprise inclusion to some, but with nine goals and seven assists - along with a willingness to track back and defend - he makes it onto this team. The Belgian looks more and more comfortable in the Premier League and has been one of the key players in Everton's big push for a top-four finish. 

LM - Raheem Sterling, Liverpool

Nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Season award, Sterling is an absolutely brilliant talent. The English forward has been in scintillating form, breaking down opposition defenders with the incredible speed and control he has on the ball. Sterling is certainly going to be a very important player for Liverpool.

ST - Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

Other than De Gea, I believe that Rooney has been United's star performer this season. The Red Devils have often depended on the Englishman and he has lived up to the pressure that others have put on him. Without a fully functioning team around him, Rooney has still managed 17 goals and 12 assists this season, but will certainly look to improve on this next season. 

ST - Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Aguero has had a few injury issues this season, but he still remains one of the Premier League's most dangerous forwards. The Argentine has incredible skill and an unbelievable goalscoring ability.

He has managed to score 16 goals this season, which for him would not be as much as he'd hoped, but certainly due to injuries he can be pleased. One of the league's best talents, Aguero will definitely hope he can keep fully fit throughout next season and will be looking to take the Golden Boot award as well as make it on the PFA Team of the Season. 

This line up would certainly vary as it is based on personal opinion, please give your thoughts on who you would pick in this team bellow. 

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