Kane, Hazard and Sanchez - Premier League 16/17 best XI

Sport360 staff 23:10 21/05/2017
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Three players from champions Chelsea, four from runners-up Tottenham – and one from basement boys Sunderland.

As another Premier League season comes to an end, have a look at a team of 11 men who have sparkled in the division in 2016-17.


In a wretched season for rock-bottom Sunderland, their 23-year-old goalkeeper Pickford has emerged as a real star, with his form earning him a call-up to the England squad.


The England and Tottenham man looks to have developed into one of the best right-backs in Europe.


Walker’s club-mate Vertonghen has been hugely impressive – like his central defensive partner and fellow Belgium international Toby Alderweireld – at the heart of the Premier League’s most solid defence.


Another young star who has broken into the senior England set-up this season, 24-year-old Burnley centre-back Keane is reportedly interesting his former club Manchester United, something hardly surprising given his outstanding performance level in 2016-17.


The versatile Spain international, who featured at left-back during Chelsea’s title-winning campaign two years ago, has excelled this term on the right side of a three-man defence that has been key to the Blues becoming champions once more.


Also absolutely vital to Chelsea’s success this season has been the man who sits just in front of the defence, PFA player of the year Kante, who has continued the superb kind of work that saw the France midfielder help Leicester to their shock title triumph a year earlier.


The way the 21-year-old Spurs and England midfielder, who last month picked up a second successive PFA young player of the year award, has built on his brilliant first Premier League season with an even more scintillating effort this time around has left observers wondering just what heights he is capable of reaching in the game.


With the Belgium playmaker, so potent when on song, having looked well and truly back to his best this season, it seems almost natural that the campaign is concluding with him as a Premier League champion once again.


The Chile forward has been the shining light for Arsenal during a season in which they have frequently underwhelmed, and him departing the club this summer, as appears a strong possibility, would surely be a major blow.


At the end of a third season on the bounce of scoring over 20 Premier League goals for Tottenham, the 23-year-old is looking every inch the man who will be England’s number nine for years to come.


Everton’s powerful 24-year-old Belgium international, another striker with more than 20 league goals this season, just appears to be getting better and better – and possibly destined for a return to his old club Chelsea this summer.

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