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BBC's Premier League Team of 2017


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The 2017 Premier League XI selected by BBC Sport users

Who's missing from your team? Is everyone in that side deserving of a place?

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Would this team win the Premier League?

We asked you to choose your Premier League team of 2017 and after more than 115,000 of you did so, here are the XI that made the cut.

Almost 50% of the selected teams were done so in a 4-4-2 formation - and if you factor in those of you who opted for a solid back four that goes up to 77%.

It probably does not come as a huge surprise that Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne was the most selected player - a whopping 90% of you had the Belgian in your team.

He made the most assists in 2017 (18), had the second highest number of touches (3,405) and the fifth highest number of passes (2,556) in the league.

City, of course, are currently 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League and De Bruyne was one of three City players in the side, along with Spaniard David Silva and England full-back Kyle Walker.

Walker, who spent half of last year at Spurs before his £45m transfer last summer, is one of just two English players in the team.

Harry Kane - of course - is the other, with 78% of you selecting the striker.

Quite frankly, it would have been ludicrous had he not made the Premier League's team of 2017 because he had one of the most impressive calendar years in the tournament's history.

He scored 39 league goals, surpassing Alan Shearer's previous record of 36, and notched a record six hat-tricks along the way.

Overall, Kane scored 56 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions for Spurs and England in 2017, becoming Europe's top scorer over the past 12 months in the five major leagues (England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France).

An amazing five-a-side team? The top five picks - Kevin de Bruyne (90%), Harry Kane (78%), David de Gea (75%), Mohamed Salah (69%), Toby Alderweireld (52%)

Third on the list was Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (75%) - it perhaps says a lot about the current state of his club that he was the only United player to make the XI.

Like City, last season's champions Chelsea also had three picks, with Tottenham and Liverpool the only other clubs represented.

And England boss Gareth Southgate may be interested to note that with Eden Hazard and Spurs' Toby Alderweireld in the XI in addition to De Bruyne, there are three Belgium internationals on the list.

Southgate's England, of course, play Belgium in their final World Cup group game on 28 June.

There were plenty of highs for Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante to savour in 2017.

He won the Premier League with Chelsea the season after doing so with Leicester and was named the Professional Footballers' Association Players of the Year.

But the France midfielder just missed out on your XI after finding himself the 12th most popular pick.

Behind him came a trio of Man City players - John Stones, Sergio Aguero and the in-form Raheem Sterling.

In fact, the top 30 was dominated by players who are at clubs in the Champions League.

The only person in the top 30 from a club not participating in the competition? Leicester defender Harry Maguire - a player whose form saw him earn England honours last year.

And what about Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, two men about whom much was written in 2017? They made just 5.5% and 5% of teams. In so many ways, last year was one for them to forget.

 

As the article states, would that team win the Premier League (most likely given all the best players have been plucked from their respective teams).

No Pogba, Kante, Sterling, Mahrez, Vertonghen, Alli, Eriksen. The list goes on!

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7 minutes ago, RandoEFC said:

Think they should choose someone who played the full calendar year instead of Salah but then again these things are so meaningless that it was barely worth the effort of typing this comment in response. :whistling:

i'll delete the thread then

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The idea that people can specifically remember how well each player performed in the second half of last season and then mix those assessments with what's happened so far this season is bullshit, might as well just say team of the first half of the season like any sane person.

Or team of the Hinrunde :German:

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6 minutes ago, Inverted said:

The idea that people can specifically remember how well each player performed in the second half of last season and then mix those assessments with what's happened so far this season is bullshit, might as well just say team of the first half of the season like any sane person.

Or team of the Hinrunde :German:

Further to that, to have a really accurate team of *insert time span* you would really need to have watched at least detailed highlights of every single game. Perhaps that's extreme but the bottom line is that people tend to make these judgements based on Match of the Day highlights or Fantasy Football points. It ends up not that far from the mark but you can just see someone's chosen the big names up front then gone:

- De Gea is the best goalkeeper.

- Chelsea have had a good defence, Azpilicueta has the most assists and Alonso has a lot of goals for a defender so we'll stick them in.

- We need more than one Spurs player in there so let's make sure we get one of their centre backs in.

- We need another City player because of how good they've been so we'll stick Walker in at right back.

Might be that it doesn't end up too far off the mark but you can see the logic. I mean, didn't Walker actually lose his place at Spurs to Trippier in 2017?

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18 minutes ago, RandoEFC said:

Further to that, to have a really accurate team of *insert time span* you would really need to have watched at least detailed highlights of every single game. Perhaps that's extreme but the bottom line is that people tend to make these judgements based on Match of the Day highlights or Fantasy Football points. It ends up not that far from the mark but you can just see someone's chosen the big names up front then gone:

- De Gea is the best goalkeeper.

- Chelsea have had a good defence, Azpilicueta has the most assists and Alonso has a lot of goals for a defender so we'll stick them in.

- We need more than one Spurs player in there so let's make sure we get one of their centre backs in.

- We need another City player because of how good they've been so we'll stick Walker in at right back.

Might be that it doesn't end up too far off the mark but you can see the logic. I mean, didn't Walker actually lose his place at Spurs to Trippier in 2017?

probably because they knew he wanted to leave or that Man City were circling round him like vultures!

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