The SIX midfielders Man Utd star Paul Pogba could have been replaced by in PFA team

The SIX midfielders Man Utd star Paul Pogba could have been replaced by in PFA team

Despite being involved in 22 Premier League goals (13 goals, nine assists), which is his best ever return in a single top-flight campaign, fans were less than impressed.

The 2018 World Cup winner with France has converted seven penalties in the process, boosting his stats.

And many feel there are other worthy candidates who should be in the team instead made up solely of Liverpool and Manchester City players beyond Pogba.

Starsport analyses SIX Premier League stars who could feel hard done by they were not selected in the PFA Team of the Year.

Georginio Wijnaldum

Ask any Liverpool fan and they will tell you the Dutchman has been their best midfield this season.

In terms of consistency and levels of commitment, Wijnaldum has been hard to match at Anfield.

He was an unsung hero of the 2017/18 campaign as Liverpool finished in the top four and reached the Champions League final.

Wijnaldum and Rice were not in the PFA TOTY

Wijnaldum and Rice were snubbed for Pogba in the PFA Team of the Year (Pic: GETTY)

“Wijnaldum is Mr Consistent”

Alan Shearer

But his influence has not been ignored this term and the 28-year-old has been at the heart of Jurgen Klopp’s side striving for Premier League glory.

Perhaps the reason he was snubbed was due to his lack of goals (3) and assists (0), but there is far more to Wijnaldum’s game.

Discussing the PFA Team of the Year on BBC, Alan Shearer said: “Wijnaldum is Mr Consistent. I don’t think Liverpool would be where they are without his performances. 

“He offers solidity and is a leader in that midfield. Not many people mention him compared to the others, but he has been a regular 8/10 each week.”

Declan Rice 

West Ham’s rising star was named as a PFA Young Player of the Year nominee.

And his sensational season in Manuel Pellegrini’s midfield saw him quickly become a leader in the team at the age of just 20.

Rice has shown huge maturity, consistency and a calm head in a challenging season for even the most experienced of professionals.

The England international had to juggle the debate surrounding his national allegiance to the Republic of Ireland or England, his future at West Ham as the club haggled over a new contract, and the Hammers’ injury plague in a disappointing season.

Ruben Neves

Ruben Neves gave Wolves the lead against Arsenal last night from a free-kick (Pic: GETTY)

But former centre-half and Chelsea youth Rice took every hurdle in his stride and his form at the London Stadium has attracted attention, most notably from Manchester United.

On the PFA Team of the Year, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said: “This boy Rice has caught my eye. He is 20 but plays so maturely and in an important position where you have to be unselfish. 

“What I have noticed is he does it simply, getting the ball and playing it. He has a pass accuracy of around 80%. He has been very consistent and against Manchester United at Old Trafford, he played a magnificent game and was above everyone else.”

Ruben Neves 

Wolves have enjoyed a stunning first season back in the Premier League and their Portuguese contingent have excelled in all departments.

Neves, Joao Moutinho, Rui Patricio, Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota have all been fantastic and helped Wolves all but guarantee a top-half finish off the back of promotion.

But it is Neves in particular who stands out at Molineux, with the 22-year-old proving his worth.

In 2017, he cost a then club-record £16m to sign from Porto.

Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen scored a last-minute winner for Tottenham at home to Brighton on Tuesday (Pic: GETTY)

And the step up from the Championship to the Premier League has not fazed Neves in the slightest.

His free-kick in the 3-1 win over Arsenal last night typified his incredible talent and links to City are understandable given his ever-growing potential.

Christian Eriksen

Few top players go about their business in the Premier League as quietly as Eriksen at Tottenham.

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have led the way in attack this season and rightly get plenty of plaudits.

But Eriksen has once again orchestrated Spurs’ play from midfield expertly.

A whopping 12 assists and seven goals from 32 Premier League appearances so far this season is a very solid return for the Dane.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have long been linked with a move for the 27-year-old, whose future is still up in the air amid contract talks. 

And one of Mauricio Pochettino’s best pieces of business this summer would be to keep hold of their star playmaker.

Abdoulaye Doucoure

Abdoulaye Doucoure has been a machine for Watford in the middle of the park this season (Pic: GETTY)

Abdoulaye Doucoure

Rarely does a player from Watford make fans across the country stand up and take notice.

But Doucoure’s dominating performances at Vicarage Road have been difficult to miss this term.

PSG are hunting the 26-year-old Frenchman, who has openly admitted he desires Champions League football.

In fairness to the box-to-box midfielder, he deserves a shot at it having given so much for Watford this term.

His five goals and six assists from the middle of the park have helped the Hornets reach eighth spot with three games to go.

Europa League qualification is touching distance away, as is an FA Cup winners medal with Watford facing City in the final next month.

David Silva

How could we ignore other stars of Pep Guardiola’s City team – it’s not like they haven’t performed as a unit.

While Wijnaldum has been Liverpool’s shining light in the middle, Silva has been overshadowed somewhat by his namesake from Portugal at the Etihad.

But the 33-year-old is far from wading as he edges towards the end of his playing days.

City’s long season, which saw them competing for the quadruple until earlier this month when they were knocked out of the Champions League in dramatic fashion by Tottenham, has meant Guardiola has had to rotate his players and keep them fresh.

While Bernardo Silva, 24, has shown remarkable levels of stamina and fitness to consistently start and outrun his opponents, David Silva has still flourished when in the side. 

He has made 25 starts for City in the Premier League this term, appearing five times from the bench too.

And his six goals and six assists show he is not ready to lose his place in the first XI at City any time soon.

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