Premier League Team Of The Year…So Far
February 9, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry

The 2016/17 season has seen a lot really interesting football played, a number of teams have adapted the modified version of 5 at the back with defensive wingers and top managers like Jose and Pep really struggled in the early parts of the season.

Along with this, some stars are fading and some are beginning to shine. So with the busy festive period well and truly over and teams beginning to settle down we decided it was time to look into who the best players have been so far. It goes without saying, but if your Fantasy Football squad needs a bit of fine tuning then there are a few names in here that could strengthen even the weakest squads, let’s get straight into it!

Goalkeeper – Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

hugo lloris

The Frenchman has been the unsung hero of Spurs title charge with many of the plaudits going to their attackers and midfielders but nobody has done more for them than their captain and goalkeeper. He launched a one man campaign to keep them in the Champion’s League too but was notably assisted by his outfield counterparts.

Right Back – Antonio Valencia (Man United)

Antonio Valencia

The powerful Ecuadorian has been a rock at the back for Manchester United while also providing some much needed penetration in attack. As well as being built like an old block layer from West Kerry, he possesses the speed and crossing ability needed to be effective in attack. For years, the unsung hero of Old Trafford, he is now getting the plaudits he deserves.

Centre Back – Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal)

shkodran-mustafi

The new signing to Arsenal’s back line has been immense and formed a great partnership with Laurent Koscielny that has that X factor he just could not find with Per Mertesacker. They combine what a good defensive pairing needs, the classic good cop, bad cop philosophy. While Mustafi does a lot of the roughhousing and arguing, Koscielny is a composed footballer and reader of the game who cleans up loose balls and intercepts well.

Centre Back – Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

Cesar Azpilicueta

Why am I choosing the man affectionately known by the Chelsea support as Dave? Because who among us would have foreseen at the start of the season that he would have been used centrally? He has excelled on the right of Chelsea’s three central defenders with David Luiz and Gary Cahill beside him while Victor Moses prowls the flanks out on his other side. He has the speed and intelligence to deal with any centre forward, which he is proving more every week.

Left Back – Danny Rose (Tottenham)

Danny Rose

The former attacking midfielder was transformed into a left back early in Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham career but it is only this year that we are seeing the full benefit of this transition. While Rose was putting in the hard yards in the background to adapt to his new role, Ben Davies and Jan Vertonghen were used in the left back slot but now there is only one man filling the No.3 jersey. With his attacking past and great recovery speed, Rose covers every blade of grass on the left wing.

Right Midfield – Michail Antonio (West Ham)

Michail Antonio

While results were not going to plan and questions were being thrown at Slaven Bilic’s future as West Ham manager, there was one man on the field doing more than most to try and change their fortune. Operating anywhere down the right side and even as a central striker, Michail Antonio seemed to be getting his head on every cross at both ends of the field. His impressive goals tally for the season highlights that.

Centre Midfield – Dele Alli (Tottenham)

Dele Alli

Signed from MK Dons only a couple of years ago as a teenager, the tall, rangy midfielder is showing to be the complete package. As well as being strong, quick and good on the ball, he’s showing that he can finish too. He’s added goals to his game this year and is quickly making a shout to be one of the first names in the England team sheet. His partnership with Harry Kane, while Moussa Dembele and Eric Dier mind the house behind him is proving to be a fruitful one.

Centre Midfield – N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea)

kante

For every midfield that contains a Dele Alli, you need an N’Golo Kante sitting in behind him and cleaning up the mess. The title winner with Leicester last year has become a bit of a cult hero in the Premier League for his tireless yet effortless ability to cover ground and read the game.

The French midfielder is the closest thing to a reincarnation of Claude Makélélé since the role was named after the current Swansea coach. Myth says that Kanté often runs home from away games intercepting every pass on his way.

Left Midfield – Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

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After a title hangover last year, the Belgian winger has found a new lease of life under Antonio Conte. He is being permitted to stay high up the field limiting his defensive duties while Marcos Alonso is playing in the wing back role behind him. Players like Hazard do not enjoy defending which is why ultimately Mourinho’s plans with Chelsea went against him and then so did results. Conte has them back to their best, similar to two years ago.

Centre Forward – Zlatan Ibrahimović (Man United)

cf-zlatan-ibrahimovic-man-united

Seen as a major coup in the summer, the Swede joined on a free transfer from PSG and all the old debate about whether he could do it in England has been flung out the window. He has scored 15 goals in his 23 Premier League games and seems to be invested in the club after scoring a late equaliser against Liverpool and celebrating reminiscent of the way a Manchester born and raised player might have. Every passing week further increases his legacy and he will go down as one of the best goalscorers of all time.

Centre Forward – Diego Costa (Chelsea)

costa

The Spaniard/Brazilian (he’s played for both) is back to his lethal, bruising best. He epitomises everything about thuggery when he’s on the field. He gets a lot of stick for being a scumbag or a bully but what team have you ever seen win trophies without a Diego Costa.

Manchester United at their peak had Roy Keane bossing the field, Arsenal had Patrick Vieira, Barcelona have Mascherano and PSG have Verratti. Everyone needs someone to be rough, tough and just downright annoying. It’s all the better if he’s also the man who is banging in 25/30 goals a season because that will just rile people up even more.

We think this has given a fair account of the leagues top players so far but that’s not to say that things wont change in 3 months time! If you still need a little more Fantasy Football firepower then we’d recommend having a read of our post on Using Your Second Fantasy Football Wildcard Wisely.

Ryan Corry
Jack of all trades, master of none. Optimistic Sunday league footballer and occasional PRO. Claim To Fame – I once played Minor at the age of 20.

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Premier League Team Of The Year…So Far
February 9, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry

The 2016/17 season has seen a lot really interesting football played, a number of teams have adapted the modified version of 5 at the back with defensive wingers and top managers like Jose and Pep really struggled in the early parts of the season.

Along with this, some stars are fading and some are beginning to shine. So with the busy festive period well and truly over and teams beginning to settle down we decided it was time to look into who the best players have been so far. It goes without saying, but if your Fantasy Football squad needs a bit of fine tuning then there are a few names in here that could strengthen even the weakest squads, let’s get straight into it!

Goalkeeper – Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

hugo lloris

The Frenchman has been the unsung hero of Spurs title charge with many of the plaudits going to their attackers and midfielders but nobody has done more for them than their captain and goalkeeper. He launched a one man campaign to keep them in the Champion’s League too but was notably assisted by his outfield counterparts.

Right Back – Antonio Valencia (Man United)

Antonio Valencia

The powerful Ecuadorian has been a rock at the back for Manchester United while also providing some much needed penetration in attack. As well as being built like an old block layer from West Kerry, he possesses the speed and crossing ability needed to be effective in attack. For years, the unsung hero of Old Trafford, he is now getting the plaudits he deserves.

Centre Back – Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal)

shkodran-mustafi

The new signing to Arsenal’s back line has been immense and formed a great partnership with Laurent Koscielny that has that X factor he just could not find with Per Mertesacker. They combine what a good defensive pairing needs, the classic good cop, bad cop philosophy. While Mustafi does a lot of the roughhousing and arguing, Koscielny is a composed footballer and reader of the game who cleans up loose balls and intercepts well.

Centre Back – Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

Cesar Azpilicueta

Why am I choosing the man affectionately known by the Chelsea support as Dave? Because who among us would have foreseen at the start of the season that he would have been used centrally? He has excelled on the right of Chelsea’s three central defenders with David Luiz and Gary Cahill beside him while Victor Moses prowls the flanks out on his other side. He has the speed and intelligence to deal with any centre forward, which he is proving more every week.

Left Back – Danny Rose (Tottenham)

Danny Rose

The former attacking midfielder was transformed into a left back early in Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham career but it is only this year that we are seeing the full benefit of this transition. While Rose was putting in the hard yards in the background to adapt to his new role, Ben Davies and Jan Vertonghen were used in the left back slot but now there is only one man filling the No.3 jersey. With his attacking past and great recovery speed, Rose covers every blade of grass on the left wing.

Right Midfield – Michail Antonio (West Ham)

Michail Antonio

While results were not going to plan and questions were being thrown at Slaven Bilic’s future as West Ham manager, there was one man on the field doing more than most to try and change their fortune. Operating anywhere down the right side and even as a central striker, Michail Antonio seemed to be getting his head on every cross at both ends of the field. His impressive goals tally for the season highlights that.

Centre Midfield – Dele Alli (Tottenham)

Dele Alli

Signed from MK Dons only a couple of years ago as a teenager, the tall, rangy midfielder is showing to be the complete package. As well as being strong, quick and good on the ball, he’s showing that he can finish too. He’s added goals to his game this year and is quickly making a shout to be one of the first names in the England team sheet. His partnership with Harry Kane, while Moussa Dembele and Eric Dier mind the house behind him is proving to be a fruitful one.

Centre Midfield – N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea)

kante

For every midfield that contains a Dele Alli, you need an N’Golo Kante sitting in behind him and cleaning up the mess. The title winner with Leicester last year has become a bit of a cult hero in the Premier League for his tireless yet effortless ability to cover ground and read the game.

The French midfielder is the closest thing to a reincarnation of Claude Makélélé since the role was named after the current Swansea coach. Myth says that Kanté often runs home from away games intercepting every pass on his way.

Left Midfield – Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

eden-hazardd

After a title hangover last year, the Belgian winger has found a new lease of life under Antonio Conte. He is being permitted to stay high up the field limiting his defensive duties while Marcos Alonso is playing in the wing back role behind him. Players like Hazard do not enjoy defending which is why ultimately Mourinho’s plans with Chelsea went against him and then so did results. Conte has them back to their best, similar to two years ago.

Centre Forward – Zlatan Ibrahimović (Man United)

cf-zlatan-ibrahimovic-man-united

Seen as a major coup in the summer, the Swede joined on a free transfer from PSG and all the old debate about whether he could do it in England has been flung out the window. He has scored 15 goals in his 23 Premier League games and seems to be invested in the club after scoring a late equaliser against Liverpool and celebrating reminiscent of the way a Manchester born and raised player might have. Every passing week further increases his legacy and he will go down as one of the best goalscorers of all time.

Centre Forward – Diego Costa (Chelsea)

costa

The Spaniard/Brazilian (he’s played for both) is back to his lethal, bruising best. He epitomises everything about thuggery when he’s on the field. He gets a lot of stick for being a scumbag or a bully but what team have you ever seen win trophies without a Diego Costa.

Manchester United at their peak had Roy Keane bossing the field, Arsenal had Patrick Vieira, Barcelona have Mascherano and PSG have Verratti. Everyone needs someone to be rough, tough and just downright annoying. It’s all the better if he’s also the man who is banging in 25/30 goals a season because that will just rile people up even more.

We think this has given a fair account of the leagues top players so far but that’s not to say that things wont change in 3 months time! If you still need a little more Fantasy Football firepower then we’d recommend having a read of our post on Using Your Second Fantasy Football Wildcard Wisely.

Ryan Corry
Jack of all trades, master of none. Optimistic Sunday league footballer and occasional PRO. Claim To Fame – I once played Minor at the age of 20.

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