Premier League Team of the Year 2018: Full Lineup, Reaction and Analysis

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IApril 22, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25:  David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City celebrate after the Carabao Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on February 25, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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The PFA Premier League Team of the Year 2018 has been announced, and Manchester City stars dominate it with five players in the lineup.

Defenders Nicolas Otamendi and Kyle Walker, midfielders Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, and striker Sergio Aguero all make the team.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and Tottenham Hotspur's Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane are all in the lineup, which is completed by Chelsea's Marcos Alonso and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.

Here's a look at the team, per the PFA:


The PFA @premierleague Team of the Year! ๐Ÿ† #PFAAwards @OfficialPanini https://t.co/ZVOQAJZpCN

Manager Pep Guardiola's side won the title with five games left to spare, and it's little surprise to see them so heavily represented in the PFA team.

Otamendi has been a revelation for the Citizens this season and has enjoyed his strongest campaign since joining the club from Valencia in August 2015.

He's joined by team-mate Walker, who has enjoyed an impressive first season following his summer 2017 move from Spurs. The full-back is in the team for the third year in a row and said it was an honour, via Twitter:

Kyle Walker @kylewalker2

Honoured to be named in the PFA team of the year for a third year in a row, it's even more special to have won the league this time round. Congratulations to all my teammates past and present that were also included! @ManCity https://t.co/Oo7IQ0Ephc

On the opposite flank is Alonso, who has become an important player for Chelsea. The Spaniard has contributed six goals and two assists and slots perfectly into Antonio Conte's system.

However, the Chelsea manager was quick to bring his wing-back back down to earth, per Goal's Nizaar Kinsella:

Nizaar Kinsella @NizaarKinsella

Conte on Marcso Alonso being voted in the PFA Team of the Year: "I am happy for him but in the last game he played badly." #CFC

Manchester United look set to finish second in the Premier League but only have one representative on the team. Once again De Gea makes the lineup after another season in which he has further enhanced his reputation as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

Yet former striker Craig Bellamy said that Manchester City's Ederson should have been in the team ahead of De Gea, per Sky Sports PL:

Sky Sports Premier League @SkySportsPL

Craig Bellamy says he would have picked Ederson as his PFA team of the year goalkeeper over David de Gea. #TheDebate https://t.co/eiHle4698k

The Brazilian has enjoyed a fine first campaign in the Manchester City goal, and his ability to pass the ball out of defence has been a feature of the team's play.

But United could well be further down the table without De Gea's brilliance, particularly as he's played behind a defence that has been error-prone at times. Opta also showed just how impressive he's been:

OptaJoe @OptaJoe

14 - @D_DeGea has conceded 24 league goals this season (excl. OGs), but based on Opta xG data for shots on target faced, the average keeper would've been expected to concede 38 goals. This is the biggest differential by a PL goalkeeper in 2017-18. Exceptional. #pfaawards https://t.co/juoFcAuWUu

The heart of Manchester City's title success has been in midfield, where the playmaking brilliance of De Bruyne and the invention of Silva have allowed the team to carve open opponents seemingly at will.

Eriksen is another player who has lit up the Premier League with goals and assists. The Dane is Tottenham's creative hub and has developed into one of the best midfielders in the Premier League at Spurs.

Eriksen is included in the team ahead of Manchester City's Leroy Sane, who has played a big role in their title success. John Cross at the Mirror feels the Dane has to be on the team:

John Cross @johncrossmirror

Sane the glaring omission but you absolutely have to find space for Eriksen - super, super, super player

Up front, there are few surprises with Aguero having scored 21 goals in 22 Premier League games for City. Kane has an even better record of 26 goals from 33 outings, but Salah has topped both men and been the Premier League's outstanding player.

The Egyptian has netted an incredible 31 goals in his first season at Anfield to equal a Premier League record:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Elite company. Mo Salah equals Ronaldo's best-ever scoring season in the Premier League https://t.co/wy2LXVXjxh

Salah has lit up the top flight with his pace, dribbling ability and uncanny knack for being able to put the ball in the back of the net from almost any angle. Alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, he's formed a fearsome attack that has played attractive, attacking football and been a pleasure to watch.