PFA Premier League 2021 Team of the Year: Man City dominate; four from Tottenham and Manchester United
Goalkeeper Ederson won the Golden Glove for a second year in a row, keeping 19 sheets clean, with defensemen Cancelo, Stones and Dias also named.
Stones have enjoyed a rebirth after losing favor to Pep Guardiola, while Dias, who signed the club’s record last summer, is widely recognized as the key addition to City’s squad.
De Bruyne’s creativity impressed again, despite injuries, while Gundogan’s 13 goals and two assists made him an outstanding player.
If he gets his way, Kane could join those six-star at City after a brilliant personal season in an average Tottenham side.
The England captain, who told Spurs he wanted to leave this summer, won the Golden Boot for the third time, with 23 goals and also topped the assists table with 14.
His bonding game with Heung-min Son has been a driving force behind Spurs’ rise to the top of the table over Christmas and the South Korean is also elected.
Son’s 17 goals and 10 assists were his best total and the 14 times he combined with Kane is a Premier League record, beating Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton’s 13 in 1994/95.
Manchester United were once again left without a trophy, but Luke Shaw and Bruno Fernandes were both elected to the squad after impressive seasons.
Shaw was the best performing left-back while Fernandes scored 18 goals and added 12 assists.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah also made the XI after leading Kane near the Golden Boot, scoring 22 goals – his second-highest combined total.
PFA Premier League Team of the Year
(4-3-3): Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Shaw; De Bruyne, Gundogan, Bruno Fernandes; Salah, Kane, son