No other player saved as many points for their team as Manchester United keeper David de Gea. Following a turbulent start to his career in his first couple of seasons at Old Trafford, De Gea has grown into a world-class performer -- possibly United’s only player on such a level. His shot stopping, one-on-ones and bravery has turned the Spanish international into the best keeper in the Premier League. The Red Devils need to hold onto their best player; otherwise they could find themselves in trouble next season.
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Cesar Azpilicueta, Defender, Chelsea
Azpilicueta is just one piece of the best defense in the Premier League – Chelsea only conceded 32 goals all season -- but his contribution is not to be underestimated. The Spanish full-back is happy for headline grabbers such as Hazard and Costa to take all the limelight, going about his business with minimal fuss. The fact that Filipe Luis -- who Jose Mourinho brought in from Atletico -- has only been used sporadically this season speaks volumes about Azpilicueta. What he lacks in attacking flair, he more than makes up with his mentality of keeping defending simplistic.
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John Terry, Defender, Chelsea
John Terry isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but this man oozes defensive class. In 2014/15 he captained Chelsea to a fourth Premier League crown since joining the club as a boy. He was the Premier League’s best defender and his leadership on and off the pitch was key to the Blues title march. The former England international played every game under Mourinho, when old regimes had previously put his place in jeopardy.
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Jose Fonte, Defender, Southampton
The Portuguese international won the Southampton player of the season award in a year that saw him and the club reach new levels. Fonte was a rock at the back, as he led the Saints to a seventh-place finish in the Premier League. Ronald Koeman’s men only conceded 33 goals in an incredible season that saw them keep in touching distance of the Champions League places for most of the season. After Dejan Lovren, Luke Chambers and Luke Shaw all departed in the summer for pastures new, it was down to Fonte to organize a new-look backline and he didn’t disappoint.
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Ryan Bertrand, Defender, Southampton
It was always going to be a tough ask to replace one of the hottest talents in British soccer -- we are, of course, talking about Luke Shaw -- but Bertrand took the bull by the horns and then some. He has become possibly the best left-back in the Premier League and forced himself into the England team -- quite a season. Southampton managed to make a $26million profit by selling Shaw and bringing in his replacement. An even better deal when you realise Bertrand has all the defensive capabilities of Shaw, while he glides forward with much more intent. What a find!
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Alexis Sanchez, Midfielder, Arsenal
What an impact this guy has made! Not many players make the transition to the Premier League so easily in their first season -- Sanchez’s teammate Mesut Ozil is good example of how not to do it. The Chilean star joined for a reported $54million fee from Barcelona, and he was worth every penny! In his debut season he scored 25 goals in 52 appearances culminating in a crucial FA Cup final goal to help Arsenal on their way to victory. Instant results!
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Cesc Fabregas, Midfielder, Chelsea
Fabregas signed from Barcelona for a fee reported to be in the region of $37million and he hit the ground running. Already a Premier League veteran -- having played for Arsenal for seven seasons before his move to Barca -- Fabregas was an assist-machine as Chelsea steamrolled teams up until Christmas. From the New Year onwards the assists dried up but the consistent and effective performances kept coming and eventually he helped secure Chelsea their Premier League crown. He ended the season on 23 assists and five goals.
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Nemanja Matic, Midfielder, Chelsea
Matic is widely credited with being the unbeatable shield in front of Chelsea’s defense, and was key in the Blues’ low scoring, but successful second half to the season. The Serbian won’t always be in the headlines, owing to his low goalscoring record, but he offers Chelsea something just as valuable -- an effective barrier. He protects the defense brilliantly, allowing flair players such as Hazard, Oscar and Willian to do the damage. Matic and Fabregas formed the best and most dynamic midfield partnership in the Premier League last season. It would be unfair to break them up in our team of the season.
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Eden Hazard, Midfielder, Chelsea
This was the season that Eden Hazard came of age and proved that he could rival Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in future years. Hazard’s relentless energy, combined with assists, goals and trickery made him a nightmare to defend against this term. The Belgian international has come to life since Mourinho’s appointment two years ago and capped off an outstanding season with the PFA Player of the Year. An exceptional talent.
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Sergio Aguero, Striker, Manchester City
When Sergio Aguero is fit he is as good as any other player in the Premier League. Luckily for Manchester City he only missed five games in the league this time round. The little Argentinian is a pest for any defense in England, with his low sense of gravity and nimble footwork. Aguero finished an impressive season with his 26th goal in the final league match against Southampton. His impressive tally earned him the Premier League Golden Boot award and a place in our best XI.
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Harry Kane, Striker, Tottenham
From out of nowhere a new star was born. Following several loan spells and a handful of games for Tottenham, Harry Kane finally realized his potential this season. In 2013-14 he only played ten times for Spurs, then Mauricio Pochettino was appointed and he’s never looked back. Under the Argentine, Kane, played 34 times in the league and scored an incredible 21 goals. His glittering performances for Tottenham led to England caps followed quickly by the PFA Young Player of the Year award. Plenty more to come from this young lion.