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Tap Ins & Tap Outs Premier League Team of the Year 2020/21

We’re entering the final weeks of the Premier League season and everything is all but settled already for the first time in a while.

Manchester City are set to be crowned champions for a third time in four seasons, while it’s already confirmed that Sheffield United, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham will be playing their football in the Championship next season.

Top four is the only thing left to play for at this point, although Leicester and Chelsea currently have a decent sized cushion above their rivals with only a few games left to play.

That means it’s time for the awards to come out for the players and managers, including the team of the year. 11 players who have stood out the most in their respective positions to make up the best team to have taken part over the course of the entire season.

There are always a few locks in every team, but there are also always a few positions up for grabs that spark debate. With that said, here is the official Tap Ins & Tap Outs Premier League team of the year for the 2020/21 season.


GOALKEEPER: Edouard Mendy
Honourable mentions: Ederson, Emiliano Martinez

The Chelsea stopper joined the club right at the end of the summer transfer window but has taken to the English game like a duck to water. Using his size well to command his area and claim crosses, Mendy has done well with the ball at his feet and has gone on two long streaks of clean sheets this season including six games immediately after signing.

He has been a huge difference to a Chelsea side that conceded over 50 goals last season, conceding just 23 goals in 29 league games and keeping 16 clean sheets – a tally only bettered by Manchester City’s Ederson.

RIGHT BACK: Joao Cancelo
Honourable mentions: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Vladimir Coufal

Without a doubt the best right back in the country this season, Cancelo has shown why Manchester City were willing to spend around £60m and send Danilo to Juventus in order to sign him.

Flying down the wing all season but also tucking in and taking up a midfield role in possession, the Portuguese international has been a key cog in the reason why the Cityzens are going to be crowned champions this season. His passing, pace, reading of the game and brilliance on the ball has seen him rack up three assists and a goal in the league this season but his overall effect on the team is deserving of the spot more than his numbers.

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CENTRE BACKS: Ruben Dias and John Stones
Honourable mentions: Wesley Fofana, Harry Maguire, Lewis Dunk

The defence is very blue up to this point but it’s with good reason because of just how good this duo have been this season. Together they have formed a near perfect partnership, helping City to concede a league-low of just 26 goals this season.

Dias has without doubt been the signing of the season, with his impact likened to that of Virgil Van Dijk, while John Stones has resurrected his career after looking likely to leave last summer.

Brilliant aerially, impenetrable in one-on-one scenarios and tremendous on the ball, these two have been the stand-out defenders in the Premier League this season and deserve all the credit they get after leading their side to another title.

LEFT BACK: Luke Shaw
Honourable mentions: Aaron Cresswell, Kieran Tierney

There was only ever going to be one pick for this position and it had to go to Manchester United’s Luke Shaw.

After a tough spell at Old Trafford since signing back in 2014, Shaw has finally found his groove in the famous red shirt and this season has been absolutely sensational at both ends of the pitch. He’s picked up a career-high six assists this season while also scoring once and has been absolutely vital to the great performances United have managed this season.

He’s stayed fit and worked his way back into the England squad for Euro 2020 too, where he should start based on form.


CENTRAL MIDFIELD: Tomas Soucek and Ilkay Gundogan
Honourable mentions: Youri Tielemans, Declan Rice, Paul Pogba

It’s been an interesting season in midfield, with games coming so thick and fast that small injuries could see you miss five or six games simply due to the schedule. That has made it hard to choose between some players, but I’m comfortable in my choices of West Ham’s Soucek and Man City’s Gundogan.

Soucek has been a revelation since signing from Slavia Prague and has almost acted as David Moyes’ new Marouane Fellaini. With great defensive awareness and positioning, he has been key to helping West Ham challenge for a top four place and also chipped in with a fantastic nine league goals this season.

Alongside him is the top scorer for the champions elect, as Gundogan has had the best season of his career overall. He has stayed fit throughout the season and while his goals have been incredibly important his overall influence to a City team that played without a striker for the most part has been essential to them winning as much as they have done.

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ATTACKING MIDFIELD: Bruno Fernandes and Mason Mount
Honourable mentions: Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden

Two attacking midfielders who get into the team despite fiercely different numbers in the goals and assists department for their team, but their influence just as big as each others.

Bruno Fernandes continued his incredible impact from last season and has hit a startling 17 league goals with 11 assists in the league this season as of writing, making him one of only three players to have 10+ in both departments. His creativity, leadership, drive and determination have been key in seeing the Red Devils lose a league-low of just four games this season and as the team’s top scorer and arguably most influential player he deserves his spot.

As for young Mount, he has six goals and five assists this season but has been by far and away the best player in a blue shirt for Chelsea this season. His wonderful technique, great vision, creativity and drive have seen him win the hearts of fans and pundits alike and even potentially a starting spot for England at Euro 2020. What he lacks in the final third this season he has made up for with influence and it shows with Chelsea being much worse off without him for the most part. He is well deserving of his spot in this team.


FORWARDS: Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son
Honourable mentions: Mohammed Salah, Marcus Rashford, Patrick Bamford

One of the locks I mentioned earlier in this article is that man Harry Kane, who has hit 20+ league goals for a fifth time but also this season has led the assist charts since the early weeks of the campaign. The England skipper has become the league’s MVP this season and a move away from Tottenham is now likely as he continues to improve in search of trophies.

With his partnership with club teammate Heung-Min Son producing more goals than any other duo in the league this season whichever way you swing it, it was hard to leave Son out with the South Korean front man being the third player to have double digits for goals and assists.

Pace, ability with both feet, great passing, creativity, ability to beat a defender and the composure to finish both these forwards deserve their place among the team of the year and player of the year candidates.

Europa League last 32 predictions – Tottenham and Leicester

The Europa League returns for the knockout rounds and will host four English sides as opposed to the three that were in the group stages. While Manchester United drop down from the Champions League, Arsenal, Leicester and Tottenham Hotspur will reconvene in Europe’s secondary competition.

Arsenal will face Benfica in their knockout tie, while Manchester United will face La Liga outfit Real Sociedad in theirs but the other Premier League sides will have considerably easier tasks at hand

The Foxes will take on Slavia Prague, the champions of the Czech Republic, while Spurs will travel to take on Wolfsberger AC who hail from Austria.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are currently in fantastic form in the Premier League, sitting in third place currently on goal difference. They’ve been able to beat Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea this season domestically and went through the group stages as group winners on goal difference having won four of their six games.

Jose Mourinho’s side on the other hand have had a very odd season, from the highs of topping the table after 12 games to currently sitting in ninth place having accumulated just 12 points in the following 12 games. In the Europa League though, they were able to cruise into the next round as group winners scoring 15 goals in their six group games.

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Both sides will be heavy favourites in their knockout ties but will need to be wary of their opponent’s threats.

Slavia Prague were able to score 11 goals in their six group stage games but conceded ten. It means their games were open ended, with three or more goals scored in each game barring their home game against Bayer Leverkusen which they lost 1-0.

Rodgers will be aware of this and will know that means that they aren’t afraid to change their game plan at home when they come up against a stronger side. Leicester’s recent form has seen them lost just once in their last 14 games in all competitions, winning three of their last four and conceding only once.

Spurs on the other hand will come against Wolfsberger AC, who scored only seven goals in their six games but they also only conceded six. Defensively they proved relatively solid and hard to beat, but they could barely hit a barn door with a banjo in their attacking third.

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Mourinho’s side will be very confident of a win, despite losing five of their last six games in all competitions and conceding 13 goals in those games. The north Londoners will likely use their large squad to their advantage and rest several key players, but the fact they can call upon stars like Harry Kane and Heung Min-Son in an emergency means they should have far too much quality for their opponents.

Both English teams will go through comfortably over two legs and expect key players to be rested as they prioritise the Premier League run for now.

PREDICTIONS:

Slavia Prague 0-2 Leicester
Leicester 3-1 Slavia Prague
(Leicester to progress 5-1 on aggregate)

Wolfsberger AC 0-3 Tottenham
Tottenham 3-0 Wolfsberger AC
(Tottenham to progress 6-0 on aggregate)

Is the Carabao Cup enough for Tottenham and Jose Mourinho?

It’s been 13 years since Tottenham Hotspur won a trophy, when they beat Avram Grant’s Chelsea side 2-1 after extra-time at Wembley Stadium.

It was supposed to be the start of something fruitful and successful, but instead it turned into a one and done. The special era that consisted of players such as Robbie Keane, Dimitar Berbatov, Ledley King and others won just the sole pot of silverware.

Now as we enter a new year, Spurs have a chance to make their first cup final since that day in 2008 when they take on Brentford in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday night.

In a slightly different layout to usual, the semi-final stage will take place as a one-off game this year instead of the usual two-legged final four.

It means that Mourinho’s side need to navigate a home fixture against another London side, who currently reside in the division below them.

The Portuguese boss has an affinity with the League Cup. He has won the tournament on four separate occasions, including during both of his tenures as Chelsea boss.

It’s always been his way of showing everyone that his process is working and instilling confidence in his players ahead of the season run-in. This year will be more different still, with the final now taking place in April instead of it’s usual spot in the final weekend of February.

Should Mourinho win the tournament, it will be seen as a success for the club. But is it?

With a new, shiny £1bn stadium and a squad worth hundreds of millions of pounds, is a League Cup that other clubs don’t take nearly as seriously as they do other competitions really that successful?

It’s certainly a start. You need to win trophies to breed a winning mentality, something that Mauricio Pochettino never quite managed. The club need to show the top players entering their prime years that they’re serious about progressing and becoming a club that wins trophies, not just challenges for them.

Harry Kane has specifically said for years that he wants to win trophies and as the England skipper turns 28 later this year, he is still yet to lift any type of silverware.

Rumours have begun circulating that the biggest clubs in the world are eyeing up a potential move for him and there’s only so long he can go before he seriously considers the move.

Mourinho was brought into the club to win and this is the best chance he has of doing so this season. The league table right now is tight, with any sort of good run of form likely to put you towards the top of the table.

But Spurs should be content to walk before they can run. They have the talent to win the league in the squad, but it shouldn’t be an expectation.

A win against Brentford will have the fans dreaming of silverware once again, and this time they’ll be hoping that it will be the start of an era of success rather than another one and done.