GLEN JOHNSON With no Premier League action scheduled until further notice, we decided to ask Brand Ambassador Glen Johnson to pick his Team of the Season so far.
With the Premier League season currently postponed, for my blog this week I’ve put together my team of the season so far. It wasn’t easy at all and many will feel hard done by that they’ve missed out. So without further ado, here are the 11 players I’ve been most impressed with in the Premier League so far.
Alisson – He’s been absolutely brilliant since he signed for Liverpool. They’d struggled to find a top-class keeper for a number of years, but in Alisson they’ve found one of the world’s best. He’s made a number of key saves for the club so far, with that one against Napoli in last season’s Champions League perhaps the most crucial.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – I think people still forget that Trent is only 21! He’s still got plenty to learn, but he just seems to get better and better every time he puts on a Liverpool shirt and he’s got the potential to go right to the top. The scary thing is that being so young means he’s got time on his side and playing alongside the likes of Virgil van Dijk will only stand him in good stead moving forward.
Virgil van Dijk – There isn’t too much that hasn’t been said about the quality of the Dutch international and given he finished runner-up in the Ballon d’Or, he has to be in my team. Football is a very taxing sport both physically and mentally, but everything seems to come so easy to Van Dijk and he’s a huge reason for why Liverpool have been so successful this season.
Jonny Evans – He might be a slightly surprising choice, but I think Evans has been fantastic for Brendan Rodgers and Leicester this season. Though he might not get the plaudits the likes of Van Dijk gets, he does the basics really well and his experience has proved vital on a number of occasions.
Ben Chilwell – Andrew Robertson has been superb for Liverpool this season, but I think Chilwell has been equally impressive for Leicester. He’s become one of the most consistent players in the Premier League and has chipped in with both assists and goals this season as well. He looks to have nailed down the left-back shirt for England too.
Mason Mount – Given it’s Mount’s first season in the Premier League, he’s done incredibly well. Playing for a big club like Chelsea at such a young age was never going to be easy, but he’s really impressed me with how he’s gone about things. Frank Lampard looks to have a serious prospect on his hands.
Jordan Henderson – It was not that long ago that Henderson looked like he’d be on his way out of Liverpool, however in the past couple of seasons he’s become one of the players Jurgen Klopp relies on most at Liverpool. He might not be the most eye-catching of midfielders, but players like him are often the most influential players in a successful side.
Kevin De Bruyne – Although Manchester City haven’t hit the heights this season as they have in previous campaigns, De Bruyne has continued to show what a top player he is. He’s got everything you need in a world-class midfielder and I sometimes don’t think he gets the plaudits he deserves. He rarely has a bad game and as far as I can see, doesn’t have any weaknesses in his game.
Mohamed Salah – All of Liverpool’s front-three could have made my team, but I’ve chosen Salah because I still don’t think he gets the credit he deserves. He’s already scored 91 goals for Liverpool and although he can be wasteful in front of goal sometimes, he’s still incredibly dangerous. He’s scored some really crucial goals as well as some absolute crackers including that fantastic strike against Chelsea last season.
Jamie Vardy – Being the top-scorer in the Premier League with 19 goals shows how potent Vardy has been in front of goal this season. There aren’t many more lethal finishers in world football let alone in England than the Leicester forward and he is a huge reason for the success the Foxes have enjoyed in recent years.
Sergio Aguero – Though now 31 years of age, Aguero is still one of the best strikers in the league and has scored 16 goals so far this season. He might be reaching the twilight of his career in terms of his age, but he shows no signs of slowing down in the number of goals he scores for City. Pep Guardiola’s side will do very well to find someone as consistent as Aguero when he finally leaves the Etihad.