Here's how wrong our predicted team of the season was


If there was a season to predict who would perform and who would pale in the Premier League, this was not it.

Leicester and Tottenham dominate the PFA Team of the Year, with eight of the players coming from the league's top two, while not a single one of their players featured in our predicted team of the season.

It may seem incredibly naive now, but if you'd have told ANYONE this would be the team of the year come the season's end your supporters' card would have been revoked and any credit built up stamped on.

Here's who we said would be the PFA's golden boys.

Goals: Petr Cech

Who was actually chosen: David de Gea

With one more clean sheet than David de Gea at the time of writing, and just five fewer saves, choosing Cech as our goalie is far from the worst decision in this team. As you'll soon see.

Cech and his trusty scrum cap joined on a free from Chelsea in the summer and has been largely great, although we felt very nervous about his inclusion in our team following his opening day blunders against West Ham.

How bad was this prediction? When De Gea finally leaves for Madrid we will be redeemed.

Right-back: Cedric Soares

Who was actually chosen: Hector Bellerin

Everton's Tom Cleverly (left) and Southampton's Cedric Soares (right) battle for the ball
(Andrew Matthews/PA)

Clearly we were trying to be clever here. Clearly it was a failure.

Soares has had a largely unspectacular first season in Southampton, with his most memorable moment coming as a result of his absence - remember when Cuco Martina filled in for him on Boxing Day and scored an absolute screamer, and nobody knew who he was? That was good, that.

How bad was this prediction? Maybe you should instead think about how magnificent it would have been had Soares come through for us. Next season eh?

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Centre-back: Laurent Koscielny

Who was actually chosen: Wes Morgan

If you remove Morgan, Toby Alderweireld and Robert Huth from the conversation, and ask who the best centre-backs in the league were this season, who are you left with? Maybe Chris Smalling, definitely Koscielny.

How bad was this prediction? This was not a bad prediction.

Centre-back: John Terry

Who was actually chosen: Alderweireld

Looking back this was very badly thought out. How often does a player make it into consecutive teams of the year? Quite a lot actually. But we failed to consider the fact that performing at the same level the season after winning the title is as difficult as anything in professional football, especially when you're turning 35 midway through the campaign.

On the plus side, look how good Terry is at keepy-uppies now!

How bad was this prediction? Pretty bad.

Left-back: Luke Shaw

Who was actually chosen: Danny Rose

Brace yourselves because we're about to make another prediction, despite our apparently terrible ability at doing so: if Shaw hadn't suffered a double leg break back in September, we think he'd have made the PFA team.

How bad was this prediction? Not only was this not bad, friend, it was good.

Right midfield: Raheem Sterling

Who was actually chosen: Riyad Mahrez

The tweet is not quite accurate - according to reported fees, the PFA team's combined cost is between £49 million and £53 million.

Mahrez won the PFA Player of the Year award because not only is he full of tricks, there's almost always something at the end of his tricks - be it a goal or an assist. The same cannot be said of Sterling, whose first season for Manchester City following a £50 million move has been largely disappointing.

Maybe Pep can bring back the levels.

How bad was this prediction? We should have known better.

Centre midfield: Cesc Fabregas

Who was actually chosen: Dele Alli

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas during the Emirates FA Cup
(Mike Egerton/PA)

Just as nobody could have predicted Leicester's remarkable charge to the top of the table, no-one could have predicted the rate at which Jose Mourinho's Chelsea would decline. Cesc Fabregas was blamed for a lot of that. He was the "rat" who would rather lose than win for Mourinho, and watching his performances you could see why people would think that.

Those arguments were eventually proven false following Mourinho's sacking, when it was revealed that Fabregas and the former manager were actually very close.

How bad was this prediction? The Spaniard's form in the closing weeks of the season show what he's capable of. If only he was as motivated throughout.

Centre midfield: Morgan Schneiderlin

Who was actually chosen: N'golo Kante

Because of all the incredible stories elsewhere in the league Schneiderlin's season hasn't been spoken about much. But it's been a weird one.

The Frenchman's commanding performances for Southampton in 2014/15 attracted interest from Manchester United, Spurs and Arsenal - and earned him an international call-up - so he was expected to be a vital cog in Louis van Gaal's red machine this season. He has made 42 appearances, but due to starting one week and sitting on the bench the next no consistency has been built up. It's been one to forget.

How bad was this prediction? We blame Louis entirely.

Left midfield: Memphis

Who was actually chosen: Dimitri Payet

We were enamoured by his reputation coming over from the Dutch league and the bag of goals he scored to fire PSV to the title, but were clearly misled. Memphis was supposed to be a free-kick scoring machine but much like Joffrey Baratheon, his claim to the throne was soon being disputed, which was not at all helped by the emergence of Payet.

Memphis will hopefully be given a chance to prove himself because there have been flashes of his ability throughout the season, including a great run of games that he was inexplicably dropped right after. Right now though, he doesn't seem up to the Premier League.

How bad was this prediction? So bad.

Striker: Wayne Rooney

Who was actually chosen: Harry Kane

Everton's Ross Barkley (right) is consoled by Manchester United's Wayne Rooney
(Nick Potts/PA)

We're sure you'll agree we made some shocking predictions at the beginning of the season, but perhaps none worse than this one. Rooney has been questioned consistently this season and we can't even begin to understand what made us think he was going to have such a good campaign.

Instead, the man who took his place in the PFA Team of the Year will probably also take his place in the England starting XI in France.

How bad was this prediction? Actually the worst.

Striker: Sergio Aguero

Who was actually chosen: Jamie Vardy

He's been the figurehead of Leicester's season but we refuse to believe anyone, anywhere, was spending August convincing their mates to put Vardy in their fantasy team. Aguero on the other hand is always a safe bet, and he hasn't let City down despite not making it into the team of the year and spending some of it out injured.

The Argentine reached 100 Premier League goals this campaign with a better goals-to-minute ratio than any other striker to grace the Premier League, but has still never been in the PFA Team of the Year?

How bad was this prediction? Can't be criticised.