As tends to be customary, the PFA Team of the Season contained several glaring omissions, with every department aside from the front two worthy of an eyebrow arch at first, second and third glance.
Several expectation-defying stars have been overlooked in favour of household names and media darlings.
Unfortunately, the votes of the fine minds manning the news.bwin.com/en/ fort carry absolute no weight or relevance when deciding the PFA seasonal XI, nor do we have a swanky awards ceremony planned for the lucky few who made the cut, but here are the five staples who’d make our line up.
Petr Cech out, David De Gea in
Chelsea may have kept more clean sheets than any side, but this isn’t necessarily down to the Czech stopper’s brilliance.
Cardiff’s Andy Marshall could’ve easily been nominated glovesmith, but the honour goes to De Gea, who has been consistently impressive throughout the campaign, hushing the plethora of critics all to eager to slight him following a shaky maiden season in the Premier League.
This is more than can be said of Cech, whose Lurpak-smeared fingers cost his side multiple early-season points.
De Gea has overseen an impressive 22 shut outs this term and his Man Utd team can be backed at 11/10 to keep Sunderland at bay next.
Vincent Kompany out, John Terry in
The Blues’ unrivalled defensive record of 17 clean sheets is the by-product of a compound between Jose Mourinho’s penchant for 19th century football and Terry’s partnership with Gary Cahill.
Despite his advancing years, the former England international’s backline-marshalling prowess has shown no signs of wavering.
Luke Shaw out, Leighton Baines in
How a left-back with five goals, three assists, an 85.3 per cent pass completion rate and 3.1 tackles per outing average is not deemed worthy of a spot in a team of the season is mind-meltingly vexing.
Clearly, there aren’t many fields the Everton man doesn’t excel in, unlike Shaw who, for all his unquestionable potential, is nowhere near the attacking force Baines is yet.
Steven Gerrard out, Aaron Ramsey in
The England skipper has played a huge part in Liverpool’s Premier League ascent, but, as was the case with Cech, his fresh-in-the-mind post-Christmas form has vanquished some early-season ordinariness from memory.
Were it not for a three-month lay-off, it would be impossible to exclude Ramsey, who has realised his potential this term in emphatic fashion.
His nine league goals and eight assists were largely accountable for Arsenal being in the title mix early on and their widely anticipated capitulation may not have occurred had the Welshman remained injury-free.
Adam Lallana out, Raheem Sterling in
If 2014 efforts alone were enough to earn Cech and Gerrard spots, Sterling must consider himself incredibly unlucky.
The Jamaican-born flyer has been a central figure in the Reds’ title charge since breaking back into the first-team in December.
Despite being afforded 13 fewer league starts than the Saints skipper, Sterling has matched his international colleague in the scoring stakes, while his assists tally is just two short of Lallana’s.