The Professional Footballers’ Association’s Team of the Year was released a couple of days ago, and it had its fair share of surprises.
While the team was dominated by Manchester City and Liverpool players as expected, there were some bewildering inclusions as well as omissions.
— Professional Footballers' Association (@PFA) April 25, 2019
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba made the side while Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard missed out. Some Spurs fans weren’t happy with Son’s omission while others insisted that Moussa Sissoko also deserved to be there.
When Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was asked about the lack of Spurs players in the team, he suggested that we have to accept the results since it’s the players who voted.
Speaking during his pre-match press conference, Pochettino told Football.London, “That is decided by the players, the players decide the PFA. That is the players’ decision, it is not my decision, it is not my vote.
“That is between them, they choose the best players. What can I say or do? I cannot say absolutely anything because the players voted for the best players in the Premier League.
“You must accept what they say. Of course, you would love to have your players there but what can I say? Nothing, only to accept.”
Spurs Web’s take:
The Tottenham manager is certainly right in that Spurs fans cannot complain about the team of the year, since it is the Premier League players who voted in the award.
While Son will consider himself unlucky to miss out, a lot of his goals have come in the Champions League and the Carabao Cup. The truth is that no Tottenham player has had an outstanding Premier League campaign this time around.
However, it isn’t a bad sign for Spurs that no player has made the team of the year despite being third in the table, as it means different players are taking up the responsibility in different games.
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