THE Premier League Team of the Year has been announced – and it includes some surprise names.
WhoScored’s stats-backed XI features regular high fliers such as Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes, Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
But it also features the likes of Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Southampton’s Jannik Vestergaard, who have outperformed others in their position over the course of 2020.
In goal is Aston Villa’s Emi Martinez, 28, who has been a revelation during his 13 games between the sticks for Dean Smith’s side.
Martinez spent the first half of 2020 at Arsenal before his move to Villa Park, where he ended up playing a key role in last term’s FA Cup win to land an average score of 6.99.
Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo, 26, is the pick of the bunch at right-back, having overcome a difficult start to life in England.
He saw off competition from Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Chelsea’s Reece James after becoming a mainstay in Pep Guardiola’s side, with a score of 7.33.
Burnley ace Tarkowski, 28, takes the first centre-back spot with a 7.14 score after another rock-solid showing under Sean Dyche.
Despite competing in the same league as Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Chelsea’s Thiago Silva, Saints giant Vestergaard, 28, also makes the side at centre-back with an identical 7.14 score.
At left-back is Everton’s Lucas Digne, 27, who is now widely regarded as one of the league’s best defenders and has a 7.20 score to show for it.
On the right of a four-man midfield is Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, 28, who scored 18 times in his side’s title win last season to earn a 7.37 score.
Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne, 29, is in at centre midfield with a 7.72 score – the best in the entire XI.
And he is joined in the heart of the side by United talisman Fernandes, 26, who has been nothing short of sensational with a 7.68 score to prove it.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa and England ace Jack Grealish, 25, takes the left wing spot after a stellar 2020.
Up front is Liverpool superstar Salah, 29, who has 13 goals in just 15 games this term and a score of 7.37.
He is partnered by Spurs ace Kane, who himself has nine goals and ten assists in as many matches with a score of 7.64.