Premier League Team of the Season: Manchester City leads the way

Erling Haaland, Premier League Champion with Manchester City (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Erling Haaland, Premier League Champion with Manchester City (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) /
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CDM: Rodri (Manchester City) 

Rodri personifies cool. He is as cool as a cucumber, as cool as the other side of the pillow, whichever phrase floats your boat, Rodri is that guy. There were comparisons with Partey, somewhat forced it seems this season, but Rodri has shown he is clear of any midfielder in his position this season once again.

He controls the game, can see danger developing before it plays out, knows what needs to be done to properly shield his defense, and has an immense range of passing. Even from his deeper-lying role, Rodri managed to grab 6 assists in the Premier League, alongside two goals. His goal tally was less than what it was last season, but with Haaland in the side, there was no need.

Without him, the level of play for Manchester City drops, especially defensively, explaining why he has started 33 of the 36 games so far this season.

CM: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) 

Kevin De Bruyne has been the best midfielder in the Premier League for years now, and this season is no different. That statement might bother some, but if you dig deep down, you know it’s true. He has 16 assists this year to go with 7 goals, 27 starts, and 31 matches as a whole. This represents his ability to continue to deliver that final ball, no matter who plays ahead of him.

He’s got to be thankful for a target like Haaland in the box now after playing behind a false-9 setup for a season and then some with injuries to Sergio Aguero two seasons ago. Now, he gallops and patrols wherever he pleases on the field, with his final ball proving surgical for yet another season. My advice, enjoy him while you can because having him in the Premier League is a luxury that others would surely love to have.

He plays the game with elegance and makes even the most difficult passes look so easy (only to find out when trying to recreate them that they are, in fact, not easy).

CM: Martin Ødegaard (Arsenal) 

Ødegaard has been the main man in that midfield for Arsenal going forward. After loan spells with the club, the decision was made to make his time at the Emirates permanent and it seems this was the right choice. Helping Arsenal mount a title charge, grabbing 15 goals and another 7 assists this season, his play has been outstanding.

Being handed the captain’s armband is no light responsibility, just ask previous captains Granit Xhaka and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. He has handled that role with grace and poise and looks set to be the creative spark for Arsenal’s midfield for years to come. Arsenal fans should feel incredibly excited for the player they have in Martin Ødegaard.