TOTS prediction - Premier League
Posted on May 2, 2017, 3:09 p.m. by Aarong222
It's that time of the year again and after the initial MC squad I expect the usual routine to follow with the PL coming next.
Formation: 4-4-2. Squad link: http://www.futhead.com/17/squads/6000446/
Please keep in mind this side was created after game-week 34 for some of the stats may be slightly off when you are reading this.
De Gea - GK - OVR 90 This could go to one of many keepers but with De Gea being named PFA keeper of the year and is regarded by many as the best keeper in the world along with Neuer after another impressive season for the Spaniard I just can't see him being ignored. United are still in a stage of change as shown with another disappointing finish but once again De Gea has shone for the red devils.
Marcos Alonso - LWB - OVR 79 Alonso always impressed while playing his football in Italy for Fiorentina and with Chelsea implementing a similar 3-5-2 tactic throughout the season it really has allowed the Spaniard to flourish. Not only does Alonso have Chelsea's impressive defensive record to boast about but also has five goals and two assists. With Chelsea looking like clear favourites for title it won't come as a surprise that Alonso is one of many selected from the Blues.
David Luiz - CB - OVR 84 All three of Chelsea's CB's have a shout for a spot in this side but for me the Brazilian edges them. Luiz often gets stick, which can be related to his price tag but he defiantly plays a part for the side and is one of the best defenders in the world. He has just the one goal to his name but he is in for his and Chelsea’s defensive performances.
Cesar Azpilicueta- CB - OVR 84 Although I doubt all three will make it I am going to include two of them. Cahill is perhaps harshly being left out after he picked up a spot in PFA's TOTS however my personal opinion is that Azpilicueta has been the most consistent of the three. The Spaniard has played an unusual role in the middle but has excelled throughout.
Kyle Walker -RB - OVR 82 Walker's pace has always resulted in him being a decent defender but he has really stepped into his own during the 2016/17 campaign. Tottenham are keeping up the chase at the top and although a large part of that comes down to their attacking presence the defensive side of things can't be overlooked. Spurs have an impressive 1 clean sheets and although Walker didn't start in two of those matches he has still played a large part of that. The English RB has failed to score but does have a respectable six assists to his name.
Eden Hazard - LW - OVR 89 After the criticism, Hazard received last season it's safe to say that the Belgian is back to what is expected of him. He has arguably been Chelsea's most influential player with 14 goals and 5 assists to his name and although he has been patchy in places form wise he never fails to deliver when he is needed. The fact he has five special items already this FIFA shows just how important he has been for them.
Dele Alli - CAM - OVR 82 Alli goes from strength to strength and after last year you would have thought that was impossible, apparently not though with the Spurs midfielder managing an impressive 16 goals and 7 assists in an extremely strong title challenge from Tottenham. Alli is slowly developing into one of the best players in the English league and will no doubt be for the foreseeable future
N'Golo Kante - CM - OVR 83 The man that’s everywhere! After picking up PFA's player of the year the obvious choice of Kante was all but confirmed to be in TOTS as well. He is arguably the best in the world at what he does and with the reputation the Frenchman now possesses I fully expect the BPL to pick up a TOTY item during next year thanks to him. He may not add much offensively but defensively he is as good as it gets. Welcome to the new elite squad of 90+ The Kante gang
Sadio Mane - RW - OVR 82 You only have to look at Liverpool’s record both with and without Mane to realise just how important he is to them. There form dropped significantly when Mane went off to AFCON and had he remained with them who knows where the momentum could have taken them. He boasts 13 goals and 6 assists to his name which for a winger which has played 27 games is quite impressive indeed.
Romelu Lukaku - ST - OVR 84 With the likes of Aguero and Ibra running the division Lukaku goes under the radar when it comes to the best strikers in the division. The Belgian has made a real case though and had he been playing for a main side could well have been referred to as the very best. You can't ignore 24 goals and 6 assists in 33 games after all.
Harry Kane - ST - OVR 85 Once dubbed as being a one season wonder Harry Kane has now had his third consecutive wonder season and looks like he is here to stay. The Spurs striker bagged himself 20 goals and 5 assists in the 24 games he played and at just 23 years of age it won't be long before you see him join the elite strikers in BPL history.
Tom Heaton - GK - OVR 78 Although the starting keeper in this side can quite easily be debated when it comes to who has impressed in goal Heaton is the first name that comes to mind. Burnley struggle away from home but have one of the best home records in the division. A big part of that is Heaton who has racked up an impressive 123 saves with 9 clean sheets in the process. Heaton will be in this side without a doubt.
Seamus Coleman - RB - OVR 82 Coleman's season unfortunately came to an end courtesy of an injury however I feel that he had enough of an impact in the games he played to still make the cut for this side. Coleman managed to play 26 of the possible 38 matches which is pushing it but with four goals, four assists and a decent enough defensive record in that time I can see the Irishman making the cut for the first time since FIFA 14
Jan Vertonghen - CB - OVR 83 Either one of Tottenham’s CB's could get this spot and personally I would have edged towards Toby getting the nod but after Vertonghen was given the nod in MC it could well make him the favourite. There has been a tendency to use the MC items in the retrospective league TOTS's over the past few years and I expect it to follow suit.
Kevin De Bruyne - CM - OVR 88 Had De Bruyne been fully fit throughout the season I'm sure there would be little question about his inclusion in the side but seeing as his fitness has been hit and miss he becomes a fringe player in truth. The fact that the Belgian leads the assist rankings will work in his favour though and 3 is not something to overlook. Just the four goals to his name however.
Christian Eriksen - CAM - OVR 85 Another Spurs player now and rightfully so with them being the surprise package of the year. Since joining the club from Ajax Eriksen has developed into one of Spur's best players and his importance to the side is often over shadowed by their other big hitters. With 8 goals and 12 assists to his name this season including some vital goals it would be a shock to see him excluded from this team.
Alexis Sanchez - ST - 88 OVR Although Sanchez's games have been very varied between playing up top or on the wing the fact he has played more as a ST would suggest that he will be receiving his TOTS item in that position. The Chilean has once again excelled being Arsenal's star man, scoring 19 goals and setting up another 10. That’s 29-goal contribution in just 31 games, that’s quite impressive.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic - ST - OVR 90 Many thought that Ibra was going to flop when he made the move to United but with Zlatan being Zlatan he had other ideas. The Swede managed to score 17 goals and grabbed 5 assists to go with it. Although this doesn't compete with his Ligue 1 statistics nor with the best in the division it is still safe to say that Zlatan has done well for United.
Gareth Mcauley - CB - OVR 76 What Pulis has managed with WBA is quite simply astounding. Known for his ability to help teams survive is one thing but to lead WBA to 8th position is something which really shouldn't be overlooked. Mcauley is their second highest goal scorer with six goals and thus makes him their best option. WBA deserve a spot and Mcauley is by far the best option there.
Joshua King - CAM - OVR 72 King's second half of the season has been significantly more impressive than his first but in terms of TOTS it is beneficial to be that way around. With that being said a midfielder with 14 goals to their name always becomes difficult to ignore and his late surge in form makes him a strong contender for the side.
Gylfi Sigurdsson - CAM - OVR 82 Sigurdsson has occupied numerous positions over the course of the season thus making his actual position hard to judge. It will be between that of CAM and LW but regardless of what position he ends up at his importance to Swansea cannot be questioned. If it was not for Sigurdsson they would already be down. Due to Hylfi though they stand a chance of surviving going into the final games of the season. Talking statistics now the Icelandic midfielder has eight goals and twelve assists to his name.
Diego Costa - ST - OVR 85 You either love him or you hate him but what we can all agree on is that Costa will always cause problems. He has been rather patchy this season but despite that has still scored 19 goals for Chelsea in their title winning run. The Spaniard has also picked up 6 assists but is in my opinion the weakest striker option from those selected in this side and if 6 is a bit much he could well miss out.
Sergio Aguero - ST - OVR 89 Aguero has once again struggled with injuries which has limited his game time and in turn his chance for the golden boot. He has however featured in 26 games for City of which he has scored 17 times in. This will be more than enough to put him into a 23 man TOTS and although he hasn't been at the top of his game Aguero will always score goals.
Jermain Defoe - ST - OVR 81 This is pure speculation but much like the tournaments held last year for an extra item I expect the same to happen this time but with SBC's instead. The gold MC was allocated an extra item than the others and my guess is that’s for an SBC.
Sunderland may have been relegated but it would have been so much worse had it not have been for Defoe. He single handedly carried them for most the season and although his efforts were not enough he was always fighting a losing battle. He dropped off towards the end of the season but to score 14 goals for a side in last position is brilliant.