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2016/17 Premier League best XI according to statistics

Friday 3rd March 2017
Based on current form and according to stats such as average game rating, pass success percentage, aerial challenges won per game, goals, assists, saves and more, here is the Premier League's best starting XI this season.

There were many players who could've and very nearly did make this list, but ultimately the players who did make it are the ones who are here by playing consistently well on an individual basis. Just to reiterate, this is according to statistics.

GK - Tom Heaton. It's true Courtois has kept more clean sheets but Burnley's man between the sticks has made an impressive 105 saves compared to Courtois' 52. Despite not having as good a defence in front of him he has still managed to stand out from the crowd as an in-form shot-stopper.
LB - James Milner. Kolarov gets an honourable mention, but James Milner's 6 goals and 3 assists, paired with the fact he looks like Liverpool's most solid defender despite naturally being a midfielder just about gives him the edge. It's also worth mentioning his work rate and attitude, being willing to play in an out-of-favour position with no complaints and better than the side's natural left back.

CB - Cesar Azpilicueta.  Another close one as Vertonghen was also very close to getting this spot, but just lost out due to Azpilicueta's superior stats of 88% pass success percentage and being a 3-time Man of the Match winner.

CB - Laurent Koscielny. With a pass success percentage of 87.7% and an average of 3.7 aerial challenges won per game, Koscielny has shown once again that he is one of the best and most reliable defenders in the league.

RB - Kyle Walker.  As one of the most athletic players in the league, Kyle Walker has been just as good going forward as he has at getting back, as shown in the five assists he has claimed so far.

LW - Eden Hazard. Perhaps slightly overshadowed by the heroics of teammate Diego Costa, the 26-year-old is into double figures for the season and has been voted Man of the Match a massive nine times.
CM - Dele Alli. Though Tottenham's number 20 has technically only played 9 games this season in the traditional central midfielder role, with the rest being played in a central attacking midfield position, the young Englishman has managed 12 goals and two assists, being the most prolific attacking player for the club after frontman Harry Kane.

CM - Kevin De Bruyne. City has seen manager Pep Guardiola make changes left, right and centre this season, but one thing that hasn't changed is the class and consistency that Kevin De Bruyne brings to the team. With four goals and nine assists, it's safe to say the Belgian deserves his place in this lineup.

RW - Sado Mane. With 11 goals and four assists, it's easy to see that Mane is already proving to be worth the £34m paid for him in the summer, and looks like one of Liverpool's best players.

ST - Harry Kane. Though Costa or Lukaku could have taken this spot on another day, Harry Kane has scored the joint most amount of goals and in the least amount of games, as well as having the best minutes per goal time (106 minutes) in the league after Olivier Giroud (82 minutes).

ST - Alexis Sanchez. With an incredible average game rating of 7.91, racking up 17 goals and eight assists, Sanchez has arguably been the Premier League's best player this season, not to mention a joy to watch.
Daniel Felix Hobson

I'm a 20-year-old film student and writer of all things football.

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