Over the last 26 years the English Premier League has given some unbelievable moments. From Sergio Aguero scoring a last gasp winner to clinch the title for Manchester City to Manchester United winning their first title in 26 years in the early days of the Premier League. It’s moments like that we still remember and are still talking about today. It now looks as if we could be in for another one of these memorable moments by this seasons ends and probably one of the most incredible moments in the English Premier Leagues. Defying all the odds and after being at 5000-1 to win the premier league at the start of the season it looks as if Leicester City will win the Premier League. Not only the Foxes first Premier League but the teams first league title in the clubs 132 year history. It could certainly be a historic day today as Leicester need 3 points to claim the title. Although it may easier said than today as Leicester will try to get the 3 points from one of the most successful clubs in English history in Manchester United. For the Foxes it could make winning title even more sweeter and fitting if they could come away with 3 points from Old Trafford and 20 time league winners.
Have they deserved it? And then some yes. They have been the most consistent and exciting teams to watch in the Premier League all season. With all the money that has been spent by the bigger clubs to improve their squads, Leicester have shown that it’s not only about the money but about hard work and determination, and they have shown that in abundance throughout the season. The impressive displays of the fairy tale that is Jamie Vardy, the PFA player of the year Riyad Mahrez ( who they signed for £400,000 from lower league French side, Le Havre!) and the tough tackling Ngolo Kante have helped put Leicester 7 points clear of second place Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the league with 3 games left to play. Can Leicester claim those remaining 3 points? Will we witness history? Only time will tell and if their performances against the big boys are anything to go by this season, I wouldn’t bet against it.
With another phenomenal season coming to a close let us have a look at some of the best players in my eyes from this past season. This would be my team of the year and I am going to go classic and have a 4-4-2 formation ( can’t beat a 4-4-2).
GK- David De Gea (Manchester United)
After missing the first few games of the season and the Real Madrid transfer saga, the Spaniard has come back and cemented his place as one of the best keepers in the world if not one of the best. If wasn’t for some of his incredible saves this season who knows where Manchester United would be.
FB- Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)
The first of four Spurs players in my list and for this position it was a toss up between Hector Bellerin and Rose. I decided to go with the latter as Rose has been such a key player in Spurs title push this season. Doing exactly what a full back should do, great at getting forward on the wing and just as good at tracking back. His performances this season have led to him getting calls up to the England squad and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s on that plane to France.
CB- Toby Alderweirld (Tottenham Hotspur)
For me probably the best centre back in the league this season. Top of the list for defenders in fantasy stats and it’s easy to see why. Not only has been so solid defensively for Spurs in their Title push but he has been key with chipping in with quite few goals himself. Probably one of the buys of the season and Southampton must be kicking themselves.
CB- Chris Smalling (Manchester United)
Odd choice I know but just hear me out. Although it hasn’t been another great season by Manchester United’s standards, players such as Smalling have given them some hope for the future. Even though Man Utd have been finding it difficult to get the goals, they haven’t exactly conceded that many either and that is partly thanks to Smalling’s defensive displays this season. Also for me he is has been one of the most improved players this season.
FB- Christian Fuchs (Leicester City)
Probably one of Leicester’s unsung heroes this season. After arriving on free transfer at the start of the season, it took a few games for Fuchs to get into the starting line up but since the start of October has been ever present since. Throughout the season he has helped Leicester pick up 12 clean sheets and not only that. has shown his ability to get forward with his great delivery and long throw ins.
W- Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
What more can you say about the PFA player of the year? He has been the complete package for Leicester this season. He has created the chances, got the assists and scored the goals. He has added a sort of dynamism to the Foxes that I for one just didn’t expect to see. It’s hard to believe he was signed from Lower league French side, Le Havre for £400,000. It just goes to show that the hard work and determination can pay off.
CM- Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)
The PFA young player of the year and rightly so. Another key player in Tottenham’s title push this season. So creative in that centre midfield and his combination with Kane and Eriksen has been deadly this season. He is also one of the top assisters season in the premier league and I for one can’t wait to see him play during the Euros in France.
CM- Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
That was a difficult choice. It was going to be either Leicester’s Ngolo Kante or Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil. I decided to go with the latter once again. Its taken some time for Ozil to settle into the premier league but it seems this season has been as his best so far. With Santi Cazorla out of action, Ozil has stepped up and been a key figure for Arsenal’s campaign this season. It looks as if each time Arsenal have scored, Ozil played some sort of part in it.
W- Dmitri Payet (West Ham)
The bargain buy of the season it just has to be said. The free-kick specialist who’s goals this season will live long in the memory of footballing fans. Everytime now he steps up to take a free-kick from 20-30 yards out, you have a feeling something magic is going to happen. He has been a key figurehead in West Ham’s chase for Europa League football next season and it looks as if that might actually happen.
FW- Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
It has been another great season for Harry Kane. Once again constantly amongst the goals and at the moment top scorer in the premier league this season. Over the last couple seasons he has cemented himself as Spur’s talisman and been the man to pick out. Since Gareth Bale’s departure, Spur’s have looked for someone to replace and be that key player for the team and it seems Harry Kane has stepped up to take that role. There certainly could be more to come from Harry Kane in the coming seasons and he will defintley another one to watch in the Euros for England.
FW- Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
What a fairy tale it has been for Jamie Vardy. Over the last couple of seasons he has just got better and better in my eyes. Not long ago he was being interviewed by college students while playing for Fleetwood Town and now he is on the verge of a historic Premier league title. Over the course of this season he has shown how much of a talismanic figure he is for Leicester by breaking the premier league record for the most consecutive games with a goal or more being scored by one player. He has gone on to score even more goals and lies third in top scoring charts only two behind leader, Harry Kane. Vardy just like Mahrez has shown us just what you can achieve when you put your head down and put hard work in and just never give up.
But what do I know seriously……