De Bruyne, Mane & Van Dijk: Who makes the Premier League’s statistical XI of the season?

De Bruyne, Mane & Van Dijk Who makes the Premier League

It’s a campaign that will be remembered for years to come, mostly due to the fact that proceedings were delayed for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Of course, Liverpool also ended their 30-year wait for a league title, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all qualifying for the Champions League as well.

Norwich City, Bournemouth and Watford were the unlucky three to be relegated from England’s top-flight, while Aston Villa were the lucky party to escape the dreaded drop on the final day.

So with all 38 rounds of fixtures played out, we can now look at who were the top performers from the Premier League in 2019/20.

While we’ve all picked our own ‘Team of the Season’ in our heads, let’s focus on those who have smashed it in the English top-flight from a statistical perspective.

Below, we’ve provided WhoScored’s Premier League Team of the Season, with only two Liverpool players making the cut.

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GK – Bernd Leno (Arsenal)

Ederson may have claimed the Golden Glove with 16 clean sheets, but Arsenal’s number one emerges victorious with a 6.9 rating, 0.28 higher than the Man City man.

RB – Ricardo Pereira (Leicester)

No Trent Alexander-Arnold?! Madness. Pereira was brilliant for Leicester before his injury, but the Portuguese’s two assists in the league pales in comparison to Alexander-Arnold’s 13.

CB – Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

It was never going to be anyone else, was it? The best defender in the league by a country mile at the moment and probably the finest in the world.

CB – James Tarkowski (Burnley)

The Burnley man is quietly stating a claim to be one of England’s centre-back choices for Euro 2021 after his performances in 2019/20.

LB – Lucas Digne (Everton)

A strange inclusion. Digne was probably Everton’s Player of the Season, but that isn’t really saying much. Andy Robertson contributed 12 assists in the Premier League from left-back…

RM – Adama Traore (Wolves)

A breakthrough season for the muscle-bound winger. The Spaniard’s end product is now of the highest order, with Traore scoring four goals and assisting nine more in 37 appearances.

CM – James Maddison (Leicester)

The Foxes’ woeful end-of-season form coincided with Maddison being absent through injury, that’s how good he was in 2019/20.

CM – Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)

It’s no surprise to anyone that the Belgian is the highest-rated player in the XI, 0.5 more than anybody else. De Bruyne scored 13 goals and notched a record-equalling 20 assists in a season that could – probably should – be crowned with the PFA Player of the Year award.

LM – Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

The Reds’ main man in attack was unplayable in 2019/20. In 35 games, the Senegalese winger scored 18 goals and assisted seven more – what a player!

ST – Harry Kane (Tottenham)

No Jamie Vardy?! That’s right, the 2019/20 Golden Boot winner misses out, but Kane’s record of 18 goals in just 29 games is mighty impressive.

ST – Anthony Martial (Man Utd)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Danny Ings – with 22 goals apiece – miss out after Martial’s best Premier League season, in which he scored 17 goals and assisted a further six. Well played, Anthony.

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