With Manchester United legend Gary Neville naming a hugely Chelsea-dominated Premier League XI of the season in the Daily Telegraph, here’s a look at an alternative team of 2015/16, with no Blues players and some underrated Arsenal, Liverpool, Southampton and Tottenham stars…
GK: Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)
After a nightmare start to the season, full credit to Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet for turning it around in a situation where few others have recovered, becoming a top performer for the Reds in their recent revival.
DC: Emre Can (Liverpool)
A top class young defender who has found his feet brilliantly in his first season in England, combining all the skill of a midfielder with the intelligence and work-rate to perform as part of a back three.
DC: Ashley Williams (Swansea City)
Rock solid as ever for Swansea, Ashley Williams continues to show himself to be one of the most underrated players in the Premier League.
DC: Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool)
Another surprise performer for Liverpool as they turned their season around, Mamadou Sakho looks a great buy for the Reds now after a difficult first season.
MC: Francis Coquelin (Arsenal)
Various statistics show that Arsenal youngster Francis Coquelin has been the best defensive midfielder in England this season, coming from nowhere to be the ideal solution to the Gunners’ problems in that position.
MC: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
Forget Ozil, forget Sanchez, Santi Cazorla is probably the best signing Arsenal have made in the last few years, with the Spaniard taking his game to a new level this season.
MR: Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)
It’s been a season of wing-backs, so here’s a spot for in-form Southampton star Nathaniel Clyne, who may be on his way to a bigger club after this outstanding campaign.
ML: Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)
Another up-and-coming England star, Danny Rose has been a hugely improved player for Tottenham this season and will surely become a regular for the national team before long.
AMC: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
A terrific young playmaker who gets better all the time, Philippe Coutinho has shown the future is bright for Liverpool this season even if they don’t keep Raheem Sterling.
FC: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Back to his best under Louis van Gaal, Wayne Rooney has performed well as captain for Manchester United, and looks like he’s enjoying his football again after a quiet couple of seasons.
FC: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
Injured at the start of the season but with the best non-penalty goals-per-minute ratio in the Premier League, Olivier Giroud has been superb for Arsenal recently, proving his critics wrong in emphatic style.