With the Premier League season heading into its final few matches, it’s that time of year when those who have impressed throughout the campaign are recognised as the individual accolades start to be dished out.
This week saw the announcement of the PFA player of the year nominations, with the six-man shortlist revealed the award. Harry Kane, Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, David de Gea and Philippe Coutinho are the names shortlisted for the prize, with each one having enjoyed hugely impressive campaigns for their respective clubs.
But aside from the main trophies, there are also 11 spots to be filled in the team of the year that, as ever, looks to be a difficult selection.
There’s sure to BE plenty of different opinions as to what would constitute the strongest team based on their form this season and although certain positions will cause disagreement, others are much simpler to fill.
And with this in mind, here is one possible team of the season to start the ball rolling Do you agree and if not what would be your choice?
David de Gea has had another terrific season in the Manchester United goal and continues to get better and better.
His contribution to the team has been immense and some brilliant saves have proved the difference between winning and losing on numerous occasions.
Despite some clear defensive issues, United have the third best defensive record in the division, with the Spaniard playing a big part in helping achieve this feat.
Chelsea surge to the Premier League title has once again been based on their defensive solidarity, having only conceded 26 goals this season.
But while Branislav Ivanovic has been an important part of their back four, his contribution at the other end of the filed has proved just as important.
Having been utilised at right-back for much of the campaign, the Serb has netted six goals this season, and were it not for crucial goals against Aston Villa and Burnley the Blues wouldn’t be sitting so comfortably.
Like Ivanovic; John Terry has been pivotal to the success of Chelsea this season, and the skipper has shown no signs that he is finished playing at the top level just yet.
The 34-year-old has made an impressive 42 appearances this season, and as well as scoring six times he recently signed a new contract extension meaning he will remain at Stamford Bridge for another year at least.
Arsenal’s impressive run of good form has seen them emerge as favourites for second place and there have been signs in recent months that they have become a more defensively adept side after grinding out some important victories.
Laurent Koscielny is a big part of this and he has once again excelled at the centre of their defence to show why he is considered as one of the league’s best defenders.
Southampton have been the Premier League’s surprise package this season and could still secure a European spot for next season; an outstanding achievement given the comings and goings at St Mary’s last summer.
A strong defence has been the basis for their success and, with just 22 goals against them, they have the best defensive record in the top flight.
Left-back Ryan Bertrand has been one of their star performers and he certainly warrants a place in the team of the season after some assured displays.
Probably the most controversial inclusion, but one that could be justified given the improvement Jordan Henderson has made once again this season.
The soon to be captain of Liverpool has proved he can adequately fill the void left by Steven Gerrard, and he has developed into one of the clubs most important players thanks to his superb energy levels in the middle of the park.
Henderson has also improved his tally in front of goal with seven to his name and is a player Liverpool will need to tie down to a contract in the near future.
Having gone off the boil in recent weeks, Cesc Fabregas proved his value once more with a late winner at QPR last weekend to inch Chelsea closer to the title.
But the Spaniard was in mesmerising form towards the beginning of the campaign and at times was playing a part in almost every goal as he gained assist after assist.
He’s arguably the best midfielder in the league and there’s certainly no questioning his inclusion in this team.
Arsenal pulled off one of the signings of the summer when they brought Alexis Sanchez to the Emirates from Barcelona, and his performances have certainly lived up to expectations.
The Chilean took no time to adapt to English football and with 20 goals to his name he hasn’t disappointed.
There’s no doubting Arsenal would not be in the position they find themselves in were it not for Sanchez, who scored some vital goals at a time when the side were not firing on all cylinders.
The favourite to take the crown of PFA player of the year, Eden Hazard has taken his game to the next level and has to be considered as one of the world’s best players.
He has been the difference for Chelsea on a number of occasions and looks a threat almost every time he picks up the ball.
The winger has scored 18 goals already this season, and really has matured as a player who now delivers on a consistent basis.
The rise of Harry Kane has been one of the stories of the season and having come from nowhere he has quickly become one of England’s hottest properties.
With problems upfront, Kane was thrust into the Tottenham team and hasn’t looked backed since netting an impressive 19 league goals and 29 in all competitions.
It’s remarkable to think where Spurs would be without him, but impressive performances have put him at the forefront to pick up the young player of the year award and make his inclusion in the team of the season somewhat inevitable.
Despite his fair share of injury problems, Diego Costa has proven to be a great signing for Chelsea and could end the season with a golden boot to go alongside his Premier League winner’s medal.
Since arriving from Spain in the summer, Costa has caused headaches for plenty of defences this season and his 19 league goals have gone along way to ensuring Chelsea remain in the box set heading into the