Potential 2015/2016 Premier League Team of the Season

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If you had these players in your football fantasy team at the beginning of the season you would have been on the verge of collecting a year's supply of Pukka Pies without competition.

Here is a collage of the dream team this season in a 3-4-3 formation.

Goalkeeper - David De Gea - Manchester United

This was the hardest choice of the entire team. Only one can be picked out of an array of shot-stopping talents. The man who has fingertipped his way to the top of the list is Spaniard, David De Gea.


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He has carried his fantastic form from last season, and without him, Manchester United would not be amidst those competing for a Champions League spot.

He has improved his command of the box, in one-on-one situations he is usually the victor and his reflexes are astounding.

Moment of the season (MOTS): A stunning one-handed save from a José Fonte header in September that looked certain to fly in. 

Right side - Hector Bellerin - Arsenal

This man is on the travelator of turf when he runs. Even the quickest of left wingers are left chasing his shadow.

He has started 30 of Arsenal's 32 Premier League games so far this season, forcing experienced right-back Mathieu Debuchy to go out on loan to get regular game time.

A competent defender, he rarely jumps into a tackle maintaining an excellent disciplinary record of two yellow cards this season in all competitions.

MOTS: Leaving Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba panting for breath after running half the length of the pitch. (Champions League 2nd leg round of 16.)

Centre-back - Robert Huth - Leicester City

Huth is the rock at the centre of Leicester City's defence. Starting 32 times this season for the Foxes, his partnership with captain, Wes Morgan, has fortified.

With around one block per game, and winning the majority of aerial duels, Huth is an imposing figure with an even more imposing frame. One look into this man's eyes will make an unshakeable centre-forward quiver.

MOTS: A brace against Manchester City, which propelled Leicester six points clear of the Sky-Blues.

Left side - Toby Alderweireld - Tottenham Hotspur

Alderweireld was signed from Atlético Madrid to Spurs in the 2015 transfer window after he impressed during a season-long loan at Southampton.

Given his performances this season, he may prove to be their best signing in the last few years. He exemplifies slickness and composure on the ball, which many centre-backs still lack. Rarely will you witness a lumping of the football out of White Hart Lane onto the North Circular by the Belgian. This has resulted in an average of an over 80% pass success rate. 

MOTS: Scoring the equalising goal during the North London Derby at White Hart Lane.

Central-defensive midfielder - N'Golo Kanté - Leicester City

Is this man a reincarnation of Claude Makelele? Possibly so. Kanté is undoubtedly the unearthing of the season.

Signed from Caen for €8million, the man has tripled his worth as the banner of stolidity in front of Leicester's back four. With an average of tackles and interceptions that surpasses four per game, Kanté is a nuisance for anyone desiring time on the ball in midfield.

He possesses piston lungs and abundant energy, akin to former Chelsea man, Ramires. His disciplinary record is outstanding too.

MOTS: A man of the match performance against Watford, in which he scored his first goal for Leicester.

Centre-mid - Dimitri Payet - West Ham United

He is the signing of the season. It could just be left at that, but this man needs to be lauded upon some more.

Despite being injured for almost two months, the Hammers playmaker has notched up nine goals and eight assists so far, earning himself four man of the match awards in the process. His link up play, subtle flicks and world class quality on the ball are traits that West Ham have been vying for from a midfielder for seasons. He is the best free kick taker, possibly in the world at the moment. 

MOTS: Scoring a memorable free-kick against Crystal Palace that flummoxed Wayne Hennessey and the viewing public.

Right Wing - Riyad Mahrez - Leicester City

Mahrez gets the ball in the attacking third...10 seconds later, defenders are falling like pins, bowled over by the Algerian's manipulation of the football. How one can resist being in awe of this man's left foot defies human nature.

The amount of dribbles, nutmegs, shimmies and dummies that Mahrez has sold to his opponents (for a price that was too good to be true) is uncountable this season. He is the player of the year, and should be awarded the PFA trophy.

17 goals and nine assists are numbers that do not sufficiently portray what else he brings to the game. 

MOTS: A mesmeric display againstChelsea, setting up the first goal for teammate Jamie Vardy, and beating Cesar Azpilicueta, then Courtois with a finessed finish fit to win any match.

Central-Attacking Midfielder - Anthony Martial - Manchester United

Half the population lost their hearing once Martin Tyler bellowed the Frenchman's name against Liverpool. Dribbing past Martin Skrtel as a ghost floats through walls, Martial demonstrated a Thierry Henry-esque side foot finish past Simon Mignolet. He had announced himself onto the Premier League scene and instantly captured Manchester United fans' hearts. 

However, he did not follow the footsteps of a certain Federico Macheda as he has since scored 13 goals in all competition.

When on the ball he opens the dam for the attack to push through, unlike some of his teammates.

His first thought is to take on his man, and often leaves them kicking the freshly trimmed grass as opposed to the ball, tethered to his right foot.

MOTS: The aforementioned goal against Liverpool.

Striker - Sergio Agüero - Manchester City

Merciless is a word that describes the Argentinian once he steps into the box, which belies his baby-faced appearance.

The man scored 20 times in all competitions, despite sustaining an injury earlier on in the season. Not the biggest of lads, he manages to hold the ball up considerably well and will skin a defender like a potato if faced one on one with him.

MOTS: Scoring an incredible five goals in 20 minutes against Newcastle, making him the fifth player in history to ever do so. 

Striker - Harry Kane - Tottenham Hotspur

"He's one of our own, he's one of our own."

Spurs supporters will be hoping to sing this for years to come, praying that he does not get hauled over to Real Madrid like that former left-footed prodigy. After a slow start to the season given his torrent of goals last campaign, Kane has proven to us all that he is not an emerging fluke.

The 22-year old has netted 28 times in all competitions and cemented his place in the England starting lineup. As a striker, he has it all: strength, aerial ability, long shots, the ability to turn his man and close range prowess. MOTS: A cracking curling effort in the North London Derby.

MOTS: A cracking curling effort in the North London Derby.

Striker - Jamie Vardy - Leicester City

Vardy's work rate is one of the highest in the league, along with teammate Shinji Okazaki. Along with his high pressing game, it is surprising that a man nearly 30-years-old darts behind his opponents, instead of receiving the ball to feet. This is how he has scored a majority of his 21 goals this season, including probably the goal of the season against Liverpool in February. 

He and Mahrez have been the deadliest partnership in the league and is one of the reasons why Leicester are on the brink of creating history.

MOTS: Scoring in 11 consecutive games, writing a new record in the annals of the Premier League archives.

Notable Mentions: Hugo Lloris, Chris Smalling, Danny Rose, Kevin de Bruyne, Mesut Ozil, Romelu Lukaku.

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