The PFA Team of the Year is always dominated by players from one or two clubs. It’s monotonous and the choices are too often staggeringly obvious. So how about a different approach to the team of the year? How would it look if each club was only allowed to have one player in the chosen 11?
Jordan Pickford (Sunderland): The only positive to emerge from a catastrophic season on Wearside. Big clubs will surely come calling for the England under-21 goalkeeper who has shown he can make great reflex saves as well as having good distribution.
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United): Continues to prove correct Jamie Carragher’s belief that all fullbacks are either failed wingers or failed centre-halves. He has learnt the defensive dark arts under José Mourinho and provides great energy on the wings.
Michael Keane (Burnley): Looked comfortable on his England début against world champions Germany. He’s announced he’ll leave Burnley at the end of the season and there’ll be plenty of suitors for the composed defender. Another one that Man United regret allowing to leave?
Gareth McAuley (WBA): At 37, McAuley shows no sign of letting up. His experience, bravery and six goals from set pieces have kept his side on course to equal their highest-ever Premier League finish (8th).
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton): After years of loan spells and bench-warming at Chelsea, Bertrand has found his feet. A rare breed of fullback that can defend as well as he can attack, he could become England’s first choice left-back if Danny Rose doesn’t recover from injury before the post-season internationals.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea): Finally back to his thrilling best. 15 league goals and numerous dizzy defenders later, Hazard has thrived in his new role under Conte. Chelsea will hope to fend off the rumoured and understandable world-record bids from Real Madrid.
Dele Alli (Spurs): Only 21, he’s already the complete player. Comfortable across the midfield, Alli has everything: vision, tackling, touch, technique, aggression and a love for nutmegs. He’s England’s most exciting player and will only improve under Pochettino.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City): The player with the joint-most assists this season is the heartbeat of Swansea’s bid for survival. Quality set-piece deliveries and his comfort using both feet, he has relished being the team’s focal point.
Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal): His will-to-win and attitude allegedly caused problems in the dressing room but he’s their only world-class player who deserves better than a sixth-place league finish.
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool): Has almost reinvented the centre-forward role in Klopp’s system. The man with the whitest teeth in England has had plenty of reasons to show them off this term.
Romelu Lukaku (Everton): Perhaps overlooked by his peers in this year’s vote due to his selfishness in front of goal, his record is staggering. A bully who can create goals from nothing with his pace and power, Lukaku’s infamous agent Mino Raiola will line his pockets when he leaves Everton for a huge fee this summer.