Sportsmail experts choose their Premier League squads of the season – fr

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Sportsmail experts choose their Premier League squads of the season – fr


With just a handful of games to go in this Premier League campaign, awards season is now in full swing and nothing really causes debate like the Team of the Season.

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville agreed to include six players when they revealed their respective teams on Monday night football.

Manchester City and United played big roles in both, as expected, with Tottenham’s Ruben Dias, Luke Shaw, Bruno Fernandes, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Harry Kane in unanimous caps.

Ruben Dias is a unanimous pick in Sportsmail’s Premier League Journalists’ Teams of the Season

Neville's roster was dominated by Manchester stars

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville picked their Monday Night Football Team of the Year

The Sky Sports duo have agreed on the selection of six stars in their XI, with Phil Foden in attack

The Sky Sports duo have agreed on the selection of six stars in their XI, with Phil Foden in attack

But the Sky Sports duo disagreed on a few selections with Carragher looking outside the ‘Big Six’ to choose Aston Villa’s Emi Martinez and West Ham defender Vladimir Coufal.

Neville, meanwhile, included United pair Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford, as well as Chelsea plug Edouard Mendy between the sticks.

But who makes our team of the season? Sportsmail the pundits have picked their best XIs from the top-tier campaign and explain the thinking behind some of their decisions.

Chris Wheeler

(4-2-3-1): Martinez (Aston Villa); Coufal (West Ham), Stones (Man City), Dias (Man City, Shaw (Man United); De Bruyne (Man City), Ndidi (Leicester); Mount (Chelsea), Fernandes (Man United), Foden (Man City) ))); Kane (Tottenham)

No surprise to see Manchester City dominate the XI and rightly so given the season they have had.

It seems difficult to include just one Chelsea player when they could end up winning the Champions League and the FA Cup, but they are a Premier League side after all, so Manchester United have a few representatives with Leicester, West Ham and Tottenham one each.

The three players who narrowly missed the cup were Mo Salah, Son Heung-min and Ilkay Gundogan.

Vladimir Coufal made an instant impact at West Ham, helping them take on Europe

Vladimir Coufal made an instant impact at West Ham, helping them take on Europe

Joe Bernstein

(4-5-1): Meslier (Leeds); Walker (Man City), Stones (Man City), Dias (Man City), Robertson (Liverpool); Mount (Chelsea), Gundogan (Man City), Fernandes (Man Utd), De Bruyne (Man City), Grealish (Aston Villa); Kane (Tottenham)

Manchester City predictably dominate, but the big omission is Phil Foden.

As fantastic as he is, his contributions throughout the campaign cannot be compared to Mason Mount or Jack Grealish, who have been their squad’s most essential players. Foden has started less than half of City’s Premier League games.

Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier, 21, who, far from being the predicted weak link, has been integral to the great success of Marcelo Bielsa and Andy Robertson of Liverpool who has always been excellent given the personnel changes in the rest of the defense.

Leeds goalkeeper, 21, Illan Meslier was integral to Marcelo Bielsa's great success

Leeds goalkeeper, 21, Illan Meslier was integral to Marcelo Bielsa’s great success

Kieran Gill

(4-3-3): Mendy (Chelsea); Walker (Man City), Stones (Man City), Dias (Man City), Shaw (Man United); De Bruyne (Man City), Kante (Chelsea), Fernandes (Man United); Mont (Chelsea), Kane (Tottenham), Foden (Man City)

An English front three of me.

Neither Gary Neville nor Jamie Carragher had Mason Mount on their teams, but I had to bring him in somewhere. He’s a starter under all managers, including England’s Gareth Southgate, for a reason.

So Son Heung-min made way for Mount in my XI. I loved seeing the emergence of Phil Foden too, so he had to be by my side.

Mason Mount was left out by Carragher and Neville but he was so good for Thomas Tuchel

Mason Mount was left out by Carragher and Neville but he was so good for Thomas Tuchel

Matt Barlow

(4-2-3-1): Martinez (Aston Villa); Cancelo (Man City), Dias (Man City), Stones (Man City), Shaw (Man United); Gundogan (Man City), De Bruyne (Man City); Mount (Chelsea), Fernandes (Man United), Foden (Man City); Kane (Tottenham)

City dominated… but Martinez had a huge impact on Villa, perhaps the key to getting them out of the relegation fight.

Kane remains the Premier League’s best center-forward and Mount has consistently excelled during both halves of Chelsea’s contrasting season.

Emi Martinez (right) may have been the key to pulling Aston Villa out of the relegation fight

Emi Martinez (right) may have been the key to pulling Aston Villa out of the relegation fight

Daniel Matthews

(4-2-3-1): Mendy (Chelsea); Coufal (West Ham), Dias (Man City), Fofana (Leicester), Shaw (Man United); Kante (Chelsea), Gundogan (Man City); Foden (Man City), Fernandes (Man United), Mount (Chelsea); Kane (Tottenham)

It would have been easy to pack this XI full of Manchester City players – Kyle Walker, Joao Cancelo, John Stones, Kevin De Bruyne… all more than deserve their place.

But Vladimir Coufal and Wesley Fofana deserve recognition for their respective first seasons for West Ham and Leicester, while Luke Shaw’s resurgence has been staggering.

In midfield, Gundogan has been an unlikely goal machine for City, while N’Golo Kante has returned to his best in recent months.

The three up front have all provided regular sparks of genius and Harry Kane is up for another golden boot.

Defender Wesley Fofana deserves recognition for debut Premier League season at Leicester

Defender Wesley Fofana deserves recognition for debut Premier League season at Leicester

Tom collomosse

4-3-2-1: Mendy (Chelsea); Coufal (West Ham), Dias (Man City), Konsa (Aston Villa), Shaw (Man United); De Bruyne (Man City), Ndidi (Leicester), Gundogan (Man City); Mahrez (Man City), Fernandes (Man United); Kane (Tottenham).

They aren’t necessarily the best players in the XI, otherwise it would have been tempting to simply pick Manchester City’s top pick team.

Instead, I opted for players who had a significant impact on improving their team: Coufal, Mendy, Ndidi, Konsa.

Harry Kane is the best forward in the league and cannot be overlooked, while Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw have been outstanding for Manchester United. It would have been nice to find room for Youri Tielemans, Tomas Soucek or Mason Mount, but Ilkay Gundogan finally eliminated them.

Likewise, Riyad Mahrez just won the lead from teammate Phil Foden, while Jack Grealish, Raphinha, Bukayo Saka and Harvey Barnes all had solid claims.

Ezri Konsa has had a significant impact on Aston Villa's defense under Dean Smith this season

Ezri Konsa has had a significant impact on Aston Villa’s defense under Dean Smith this season

Adrian Kajumba

(4-3-3): Mendy (Chelsea); Cancelo (Man City), Andersen (Fulham), Dias (Man City, Shaw (Man United); De Bruyne (Man City), Gundogan (Man City), Fernandes (Man United); Foden (Man City), Kane (Tottenham )), Grealish (Aston Villa).

Joachim Andersen can raise eyebrows as Fulham is down, but their issues are on the other end. Has distinguished himself on several occasions for Fulham and it will come as no surprise that he is back in the Premier League and higher next season.

The other dilemma was who to play as a right-handed striker. Riyad Mahrez and Raphinha were contenders, Mo Salah scored a lot again, but the final choice was between Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka, both brilliant young English players who had a huge impact on their teams.

Foden has just passed him because of what his performances have contributed to, two trophies already and possibly a third.

Joachim Andersen has always stood out for Fulham and is expected to be in the top flight next season

Joachim Andersen has always stood out for Fulham and is expected to be in the top flight next season

Sami Mokbel

(4-3-2-1): Mendy (Chelsea); Walker (Man City), Dias (Man City), Rudiger (Chelsea), Shaw (Man United); Gundogan (Man City), De Bruyne (Man City), Rice (West Ham); Mount (Chelsea), Fernandes (Man United); Kane (Tottenham).

Lots of omissions here – Son Heung-min, Paul Pogba, Ben Chilwell and Phil Foden are all about to enter.

Likewise, a few controversial appeals included – Antonio Rudiger has only played half the season but his impact on Chelsea has been profound.

The inclusion of Declan Rice may also raise a few eyebrows, but he is emerging as an accomplished central midfielder and deserves his place.

Declan Rice may raise a few eyebrows but he is emerging as an accomplished midfielder

Declan Rice may raise a few eyebrows but he is emerging as an accomplished midfielder

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