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Alisson - GK - OVR 87 After the Karius saga, the next Liverpool keeper was always going to impress. But Alisson impressed in a way that exceeded expectations, playing a huge role in the defensive side of Liverpool's game, which has seen just 20 goals conceded in the 37 games they have played, including a remarkable 20 clean sheets! DDG is obviously a big name to snub (more easily after his rough close to the campaign), but when it comes to keepers this season in the Premier League, it's extremely difficult to justify Alisson's exclusion.
Andrew Robertson - LB - OVR 83 I don't think anyone can argue with how impressive the defence of Liverpool has been and that is largely down to them as a unit playing well together. That leaves us with multiple "clear" choices for TOTS spots from the Liverpool defence. One of those is Robertson, who not only has done his defensive duties well, but arguably has been better going forward too. He currently stands on 11 assists, with his left foot being deadly time and time again, whipping crosses in.
Aymeric Laporte - CB - OVR 84 Manchester City's defence has seen a lot of rotation occur this season with Laporte being the only man to play the majority of their fixtures. This is far from an easy task, especially with City's defensive record being the second best in the division, conceding just 22 goals. Laporte is a big part in that and I can see him being the player to be recognised from the City defence.
Virgil Van Dijk - CB - OVR 88 Once dubbed the most overpriced defender in history by some, VVD has turned out to be one of the best pieces of business in recent time not only turning out to be the best defender in the Premier League, but also among the elite worldwide. At just 27 years of age, he still has many years to go too. The Dutch defender has been pivotal all year for Liverpool, not only helping their spectacular defensive record this season, but also up the other end offering a constant threat from set pieces especially. VVD easily deserves his POTY honors.
Trent Alexander-Arnold - RB - OVR 78 Should a Liverpool defender miss out as four could be deemed as excessive, it will inevitably be TAA, but he definitely deserves a place in the side after solidifying himself in the Liverpool starting lineup. The youngster has impressed all season, not only with his defensive contributions, but he has also provided 11 assists. His performances have seen him earn a call up to the international side and hopes are high surrounding TAA's future.
Mohamed Salah - RW - OVR 88 Salah was never going to recreate the magic that we witnessed during the 2017/18 campaign -- and that was to be expected -- but I still can't help but feel that he has been far from his best for long parts of this season. That being said, he is still among the most influential in the division. His impressive body of work makes him nothing short of a certainty for this side.
Paul Pogba - CM - OVR 88 It's been a rather up and down season for United, who ended up changing their manager for the one-time fan favourite OGS halfway through. Since OGS has taken over, we have seen several players step their game up, with Pogba particularly showing just what he is capable of. The Frenchman has developed into one of the best midfielders in the world and his displays this season reflect why that is. With 13 goals and nine assists from CM, I don't think you can ignore that, regardless of United's poor finish.
Fernandinho - CDM - OVR 87 Although without a doubt it helps, attacking contributions are not everything when it comes to selecting these sides. Fernandinho is a prime example of that with the Brazilian being crucial to Manchester City and widely recognised as one of the best midfielders this season, yet he only has one goal and three assists to his name. He is one of only a few players which seemingly dont get rotated under the Pep system and that is a sentiment to just how good the Brazilian is.
Eden Hazard - LW - OVR 91 Although Chelsea have a lot of promising youngster coming through their ranks, I still feel that their biggest piece of business in the summer would be keeping hold of Eden Hazard. The Belgian is so important in every game they play, and is often the difference between getting three points or not. We often see magic occur from the winger, and his stats back that up with 16 goals and 15 assists so far this season.
Sergio Aguero - ST - OVR 89 I am confident that I suggest this almost, if not every year, but Aguero is underrated despite being known as one of the best strikers worldwide. For me, he is the best and he continues to dominate the Premier League despite being hit by rotation in Pep's system, often being subbed around the 60th minute. He currently tied for second in the goalscoring rankings with 20 goals to his name and is part of the reason as to why City's attack is so potent.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - ST - OVR 88 I might get some stick for including PEA in the starting lineup over the likes of, say, Harry Kane, but when you consider that not only has PEA played fewer minutes than some but has also operated on the wing for parts of the season, I feel that what he has done is that much more impressive. The Gabon international has an impressive 20 goals for the Gunners this season, who although they came up short, at one point looked capable of pushing for a top 4 spot.
Ederson - GK - OVR 86 Onto the bench keeper, and once again I have given the nod simply due to the magnificent defensive record. Ederson is right up there with Alisson in terms of cleansheets, making him part of the second best defensive record in the division by quite a distance. I still expect City to win the league, and thus dominate the TOTS, but either way I can see both Liverpool and City keepers feature this season.
Shane Duffy - CB - OVR 76 Usually, we see an addition from a struggling side and this time around I expect that to be Shane Duffy. The Brighton defender has scored multiple goals (including some game-winners), something which for a struggling side can save a side from relegation. Duffy's work in helping keep the Seagulls up should see him in.
Bernardo Silva - CM - OVR 84 Silva has been City's gem this season, playing in a central role in comparison to his usual winger position he has excelled for them, keeping his spot in the side week in-week out, which states a lot for his performances. He has chipped in with seven goals and seven assists and although it shouldn't do his performances in cup competitions, will be in the back of peoples minds and thus could easily have a say on his inclusion.
Raheem Sterling - RW - OVR 87 Sterling's ability and potential has always been present in his game but his finishing ability was always in question. Specifically, in the second half of the season, we have seen this improve in his game though and due to that, he has been one of the most impressive players this season, giving hope to English fans worldwide. With 17 goals and 10 assists to his name, he has solidified himself as Pep's preferred winger in a highly competitive squad, which is a testament to what he has achieved.
Sadio Mane - LW - OVR 86 Perhaps it's due to a smaller expectation on Mane in comparison to Salah but I can't help but feel that the Senegalese winger has had almost as big an impact on Liverpool's season. Both are obviously phenomenal players, but I have been more impressed with Mane's emergence of late personally. There's a reason that he is now linked with the likes of Real Madrid, and his 20 goals this season show just how dominant he has been down that left flank.
Jamie Vardy - ST - OVR 82 Although not even slightly to the calibre which Leicester and Vardy both managed a few seasons ago, they have both had good seasons. Leicester have secured a high mid table finish, while Vardy has managed to bag 18 goals. He could easily be made a Weekly Bbjective or an SBC should EA decide to do that, but he is in my 23-man squad, and thus that's how I will predict it.
Harry Kane - ST - OVR 90 Since Kane's breakthrough season he has never looked back, picking up a TOTS item every year since. That trend should continue for a fifth season, after scoring 17 goals for Tottenham. While still just 25 years old, I expect Kane to continue scoring twenty plus goals a season for the next five years at least. Only injuries can slow him down at this point.
Matt Doherty - RWB - OVR 77 Wolves have been one of the surprise packages this season, having clinched 7th place after being promoted from the Championship just last season; they have beaten several of the bigger sides and consistently grinded out matches in the process. One of the players to stand out from their season is RWB, Doherty who has excelled at both ends of the field. EA have already noticed his performances this season as shown with a winter upgrade item and a TOTS is very likely on the way too.
Christian Eriksen - CM - OVR 88 I was surprised at how difficult it was to actually include Tottenham players ,with only Kane standing out as a must include option. There were then several fringe players to consider, and with Tottenham a near mortal lock to finish with a Champions League spot, I do expect a few to come from them. Eriksen currently near the top of the assist tally with 12, which from CM is particularly impressive.
Ryan Fraser - LM - OVR 77 When you consider that the past four FUT's Fraser has been rated as a Silver item on the game ,he has seriously come into his own this season. He has arguably been Bournemouths best player, consistently performing down the left flank. This is backed up by his stats which make for good reading at seven goals and 14 assists.
Gylfi Sigurdsson - CAM - OVR 82 Sigurdsson is usually at least in the debate when it comes to TOTS each year, and once again the Icelandic international has impressed, once again while playing for Toffees. Sigurdsson should make the cut for his goal tally alone, from which he has managed 13. His deadly set pieces often get him in the spotlight, and I would be surprised if he ends up missing out here.
Raul Jimenez - ST - OVR 78 I have already mentioned how well Wolves have performed after claiming promotion last season and Jimenez has been a vital part of that success. The Mexican has 13 goals and 7 assists to his name and provides his attacking contributions on a regular basis for Wolves, which for a team with only 47 goals this season shows how important his contributions have been.
Obviously, this section is pure speculation at this point, but I shall be conducting these spots as the next three in line which would have made my prediction.
Luka Milivojevic - CM - OVR 79 This is an interesting one as Luka is getting the nod for nothing short of scoring a lot of penalties. In total, he has 12 goals for Palace which looks impressive but you could argue so-called "stat padding" with 10 of those 12 goals being from the spot. That being said, his penalties have picked up Palace a significant amount of points, and thus his contribution is something which can't be shrugged off just due to being pens.
Leroy Sane - LW - OVR 86 Sane is an interesting one as he has not exactly been in the spotlight for City due to the superb performances of both Aguero and Sterling, but the German has still performed well despite his rotation and has a very respectable 10 goals and 10 assists to his name. There is high competition specifically in the winger places, but I feel that Sane's name stands for a lot and its not like he's been poor either, which is why I can see him being added as an additonal player.
Callum Wilson - ST - OVR 78 It has been Bournemouth's attack which has impressed all season, with some enthralling results coming from their matches. Alongside Fraser, Wilson has provided a significant amount of their goals, scoring 14 and assisting another nine. Although I don't feel he has done quite enough to make a 23-man squad, I do feel that he is on the fringe, and is also a good option for potential extras, which EA could well include based on promos this year.