PST’s Premier League award predictions: Here’s our Team of the Season

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With only eight games to go until the end of the 2014-15 Premier League season, (deep sigh) now seems like a good time to start thinking about our Team, Player and Coach of the Season picks here at ProSoccerTalk.

[ RELATED: All of PST’s award predictions ]

So that’s exactly what we’ve been doing, as below each writer at PST selects their early pick for Team of the Season with the likes of Harry Kane, David de Gea, John Terry and Nathaniel Clyne popping up a lot.

Let’s get to it, and don’t forget to tell us your Team of the Season in the comments section below.

Joe Prince-Wright (4-3-3 formation)

GK: David de Gea (Manchester United)
DEF: Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), John Terry (Chelsea), Jose Fonte (Southampton), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)
MID: Nemanja Matic (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
FWD: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Diego Costa (Chelsea)

Okay, the thing that probably sticks out to you is three Southampton players in the back four. Ronald Koeman’s side has the best defense in the league at the time of writing and have recorded 11 shutouts this season. If only they had a 20-goal striker at the other end to finish chances… John Terry is still the best English center back in the game and has held Chelsea’s backline together, while De Gea has been phenomenal in goal for United. The front three picks itself with Sanchez, Kane and Costa red-hot at different times of the campaign but oozing quality throughout. Matic will sit in as the holding midfielder and allow Coutinho and Hazard to join in the fun going forward.

Nick Mendola (3-5-2 formation)

GK: David de Gea (Manchester United)
DEF: Ashley Williams (Swansea City), Martin Skrtel (Liverpool), Jose Fonte (Southampton)
MID: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Nemanja Matic (Chelsea)
FWD: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham)

I know, I know, no Diego Costa. Maybe it’s the gloves, or maybe it’s the fact that I couldn’t in good faith put four players from one team on my team of the season. Costa’s 19 goals might be more than Aguero’s 17, but the Man City man has played less games and is a more complete playmaker. Santi Cazorla might be the most under-appreciated star in terms of possession and how he affects a team’s engine room, while Ashley Williams is a bulldog in Swans’ charge under Garry Monk.

Kyle Bonn (3-5-2 formation)

GK: David de Gea (Manchester United)
DEF: Jose Fonte (Southampton), John Terry (Chelsea), Martin Skrtel, (Liverpool)
MID: Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Nemanja Matic (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Daley Blind (Manchester United)
FW: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Diego Costa (Chelsea)

The only real surprise on here is Blind and maybe Coutinho. Blind’s passing numbers are off the charts, and he had the full weight of Manchester United’s possession play on his shoulders. Coutinho was magical on the ball and often did the hard work while Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge took credit in front of net.

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David de Gea, Manchester United FC

Kyle Lynch (4-3-3 formation)

GK: David de Gea (Manchester United)
DEF: Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), John Terry (Chelsea), Martin Skrtel (Liverpool), Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)
MID: David Silva (Manchester City), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
FWD: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Diego Costa (Chelsea), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

David de Gea gets the nod in goal as the Manchester United keeper kept his team alive for a good period of the season and has officially emerged as one of the best in the world. John Terry leads the back line as the veteran is enjoying one of his best seasons in years, and is joined by Chelsea teammate Branislav Ivanovic.  In the midfield Silva, Cazorla, and Hazard have consistently been three of the top players in the league, whether it be assisting their teammates or scoring themselves. No surprises here as the three forwards are the leagues top-three goal scorers, Costa, Aguero and Kane.

Andy Edwards (4-4-2 formation)

GK: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)
DEF: John Terry (Chelsea), Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)
MID: Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Nemanja Matic (Chelsea)
FWD: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Diego Costa (Chelsea)

As dominant as Chelsea have been this season, it’s hard not to name a number of Mourinho’s men in my Team of the Year. They’ve conceded the second-fewest number of goals this season, so the defense is full of Chelsea players. They’ve scored the second-most goals this year as well, so the attack is full of Chelsea players. Notice, though, that Kane (19 goals in 20 starts) is listed ahead of Costa (19 in 23).

Duncan Day (4-4-2 formation)

GK: David de Gea (Manchester United)
DEF: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), John Terry (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)
MID: David Silva (Manchester City), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
FWD: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Diego Costa (Chelsea)

Experience and know-how in the central defense, excellent quality at midfield and among the best finishers in the world up front.