Alexis Sanchez, David Silva, Zlatan ... here’s an alternative PFA Team of the Year based on angry tweets

When has the PFA’s Premier League Team of the Year ever NOT sparked outrage? 

The 2016/17 edition is no different. Chelsea and Tottenham contributed four players each, and even their fans weren’t entirely happy.

Here’s an alternative line-up, based on irate social media…

Goalkeeper

Tom Heaton – Burnley

Burnley’s Tom Heaton

(Nick Potts/PA)

Tom Heaton would have been a decent shout to be fair – with 17 more saves than any other goalie this season, he’s been essential to Burnley’s survival.

No arguments here.

Left back

Marcos Alonso – Chelsea

(Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport)

Lots of people had lots of questions about lots of players.

Danny Rose was awarded the position despite injury ruling him out of the last nine games.

Centre back

Toby Alderweireld – Tottenham

(Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport)

Ah, Toby Alderweireld – where are you? Not in the team of the year, that’s for sure.

The crying with laughter emoji proved a popular one.

Centre back

Jan Vertonghen – Tottenham

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen

(John Walton/EMPICS Sport)

This Twitter user can’t take the list seriously, not without Jan Vertonghen involved.

No Jan? Laughable stuff.

Right back

Antonio Valencia – Manchester United

(John Walton/PA)

Kyle Walker got a little bit of stick over his inclusion – is he better than Antonio Valencia?

Walker’s deserving of his place in our opinion.

Central midfield

David Silva – Manchester City

Manchester City midfielder David Silva

(Mike Egerton/PA)

No place for Manchester City’s little magician David Silva either.

Central midfield

Ander Herrera – Manchester United

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera

(Martin Rickett/PA)

Ander Herrera gets a place in our alternative team for this tweet alone, referencing his great work in keeping Eden Hazard quiet at the weekend.

Mmm, sassy.

Right wing

Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne

(John Walton/EMPICS Sport)

This Twitter user DEMANDS to know where Kevin De Bruyne is.

He’s probably at training.

Left wing

Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez

(Tim Ireland/AP)

We make this 12 crying with laughter emojis in Alexis Sanchez’s favour.

They make a strong case.

Striker

Sergio Aguero – Manchester City

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero

(Steven Paston/PA)

Sergio Aguero meanwhile can probably expect not to make the team these days.

Striker

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Manchester United

Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic

(Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport)

And last but certainly not least, Zlatan Ibrahimovic wouldn’t have looked out of place in the side.

Maybe next year, Zlatan.


Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

Related Articles

Stop arguing. According to the data this is the best fantasy team from 25 years of the Premier League

Sunderland have announced the double signing of Aiden McGeady and James Vaughan.

Stoke frustrate Man City in scoreless draw at Etihad

More in this Section

Only one top six Premier League side has NO players in the Fifa Fifpro World XI shortlist

Man City's Ilkay Gundogan watched his own cruciate surgery take place

FIFA launches investigation into Chelsea's recruitment of youth players

Watch: Dublin forward interfering with Mayo goalkeeper's kicking tees


Today's Stories

Waterford stars in battle with Joe Canning for hurler of the year award

Megan Campbell's class shines out

Waterford stars in battle with Joe Canning for hurler of the year award

Can anyone catch the mighty Dublin?

Lifestyle

Golden oldies: Jane Fonda and Robert Redford reunite in Our Souls at Night

The A-listers of Zeminar equipping Generation Z with the tools to deal with life’s challenges

Decoding craftsmanship at Cork event

More From The Irish Examiner