Sergio Aguero is in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year – but what can Opta numbers tell us about the selection? News 18 Apr 2018, 18:57 IST The PFA Premier League Team of the Year was released on Wednesday, prompting the usual arguments over who should and should not be included in the XI.Champions Manchester City predictably dominate the selection with five representatives, but could have had even more, with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane possibly unfortunate to miss out.Liverpool fans would surely make cases for forward Roberto Firmino and left-back Andrew Robertson, while no players from outside the league’s top-five sides have got the nod from their peers.Here, we analyse the 11 men who made the cut with the use of Opta numbers – and suggest who else could have made the team.DAVID DE GEASpain’s number one is included for the fourth year running. De Gea has conceded 24 league goals this season – stripping out own goals – but Opta numbers suggest the average goalkeeper playing for United facing the same shots would have let in 38. This is the biggest xG differential by a Premier League goalkeeper in 2017-18.Unlucky to miss out: Nick Pope (Burnley), Ederson (Manchester City)KYLE WALKERThe decision… Read full this story
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