Bournemouth are looking ahead to another season of Premier League football, and they've now got even more to celebrate after three of their players were picked for the 46-man strong shortlist for FIFA 16 Ultimate Team of the Season - which is one more than Manchester United had.
The EA SPORTS FIFA 16 Ultimate Team - Barclays Premier League TOTS shortlist, revealed in a Benchwarmers TOTS special, saw Dele Alli and comedian Lloyd Griffith go up against West Ham starlet Reece Oxford and comedian Iain Stirling.
Cherries boss Eddie Howe will undoubtedly be pleased to have noted Matt Ritchie, Steve Cook, and Charlie Daniels in the shortlist.
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Those numbers might give Louis van Gaal pause for thought, with David de Gea and Chris Smalling his only players to make the grade.
Even more concerning for United fans, though probably not for the defensive-minded van Gaal, no United strikers or midfielders were considered, though that may be because Marcus Rashford came to prominence too late in the season.
Ritchie, Cook, and Daniels have all been superb for Bournemouth, with Ritchie offering a lot going forward, and the latter two helping to create a fortress at the back.
Bournemouth were not the only team whose defensive work was recognised. Leicester and Spurs dominated the team partly for that very reason, though their attackers were also prominent in the shortlist. The Premier League's top two both saw eight of their representatives selected.
Impressive seasons recognised
Unsurprisingly, Claudio Ranieri's side were highly-rated, and as expected, the likes of Kasper Schmeichel, Jamie Vardy and N'Golo Kante all made the list.
And while Leicester claimed the top spot at Spurs' expense, the Lilywhites have still been given plenty of recognition, with Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane - and of course, Alli - among the names to make the shortlist.
Mirroring the real-life Premier League, Arsenal came reasonably close, though not quite touching distance, to Leicester and Spurs. Four Gunners, including PFA Team of the Year candidate Hector Bellerin, featured. However, unlike in the PFA's selections, this time there was a place for Mesut Ozil, due to his 8 goals and 18 assists in all competitions this season.
Watford and West Ham were rewarded for exceeding expectations, as Heurelho Gomes, Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo all featured on behalf of the Hornets, while Dimitri Payet, Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate all represented the Hammers.
Petr Cech, David De Gea, Jack Butland, Heurelho Gomes, Kasper Schmeichel, Hugo Lloris
Toby Alderweireld, Wes Morgan, Kurt Zouma, Chris Smalling, Christian Fuchs, Kyle Walker, Robert Huth, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin, Virgil Van Dijk, Steve Cook, Danny Rose, Scott Dann, Charlie Daniels
Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Dimitri Payet, Mesut Ozil, Mark Noble, N'Golo Kanté, Willian, Kevin De Bruyne, Danny Drinkwater, Christian Eriksen, Phillippe Coutinho, Riyad Mahrez, Cheikhou Kouyate, Marko Arnautovic, Ross Barkley, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Matt Ritchie
Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero, Troy Deeney, Jamie Vardy, Odion Ighalo, Roberto Firmino, Romelu Lukaku, Jermaine Defoe, Diego Costa
Click here to see the Benchwarmers TOTS special, including the exclusive EA SPORTS FIFA 16 Ultimate Team - Barclays Premier League TOTS shortlist announcement.
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