Van Dijk, Rudiger, Matip: Premier League's 20 best CBs in 21/22 as Laporte reacts to PFA TotY

Aymeric Laporte did not appear to be happy that he missed out in the PFA Team of the Year

Aymeric Laporte did not appear to be impressed when the PFA Team of the Year was revealed on Thursday.

The team, voted for by footballers in England’s top tier, featured just three Manchester City players.

None of Laporte, Ruben Dias or John Stones made the side at centre-back.

Instead, the two centre-backs that were named in the team were Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger.

Laporte took to social media to send a series of posts following his omission.

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The Spaniard began by posting a number of stat charts that he topped in the 2021/22 season. Those were completed passes (2767), passing accuracy (94.8%), most last-man tackles (three) and mist goals from a centre-back (four).

The following morning, Laporte than posted a GIF of Jose Mourinho’s famous interview where he said: ‘If I speak I am trouble. Big, big trouble’.

Laporte accompanied the GIF with a facepalming and a shrugging emoji.

So, did Laporte deserve to make the side? According to statistics, he didn’t.

WhoScored.com gave him a rating of 6.91/10 for the 2021/22 season. That puts him 10th among centre-backs in England’s top tier.

View the 20 best centre-backs in the Premier League in 21/22, per stats provided by WhoScored, below…

20. Raphael Varane (Manchester United) – 6.78

19. Jan Bednerak (Southampton) – 6.81

18. Mohamed Salisu (Southampton) – 6.83

17. Romain Saiss (Wolves) – 6.83

16. Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea) – 6.85

Aymeric Laporte was named in the PFA Team of the Year over Aymeric Laporte
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 22: Antonio Ruediger of Chelsea celebrates their side’s victory after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on August 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

15. Liam Cooper (Leeds United) – 6.85

14. Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur) – 6.86

13. Max Kilman (Wolves) – 6.87

12. Nathan Collins (Burnley) – 6.87

11. Andreas Christensen (Chelsea) – 6.89

10. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) – 6.91

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9. Ben Mee (Burnley) – 6.91

8. Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur) – 6.92

7. Ruben Dias (Manchester City) – 6.96

6. James Tarkowski (Burnley) – 6.97

5. Ethan Pinnock (Brentford) – 6.97

4. Trevoh Chalobah (Chelsea) – 7.04

3. Thiago Silva (Chelsea) – 7.06

2. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – 7.18

Virgil van Dijk was named in the PFA Team of the Year over Aymeric Laporte
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 16: Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool applauds the fans following victory in The Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on April 16, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

1 . Joel Matip (Liverpool) – 7.35

So, according to stats, Laporte has a case that he had a better season than Chelsea’s Rudiger.

But there were players more deserving than him in making the Team of the Year, including Brentford’s Pinnock and Burnley’s Tarkowski.

The player that can have the most complaints that he didn’t make the team is Matip who, based on stats, was by far the best centre-back in the Premier League in 2021/22.

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