Premier League

Premier League Team of the Half-Season

Nick Pope

Every Premier League team has now played at least half of their games this season, which means everyone can now start mapping out their awards races (I’m sure that’s how it works).

Today, we’re taking a look at the team of the season so far, one of the only things we didn’t acknowledge in our awards piece prior to the World Cup break. Smaller sample sizes are easier to deal with at individual level and I will not be taking any further questions.

Here’s 90min’s official Premier League Team of the Half-Season…

Nick Pope

Pope’s been one of the signings of the season / Stu Forster/GettyImages

Club: Newcastle United.
Defining moment: Diving with his head for a ball bouncing across the ground at Anfield.

Ok, a lot of people knew Nick Pope was good, but ’12 clean sheets in 20 games’ good? That’s absurd.

The lanky goalkeeper has been a huge reason behind Newcastle’s rise to the top four so far this year.

Honourable mentions: Bernd Leno, David Raya

Kieran Trippier

What a comeback story / Richard Sellers/GettyImages

Club: Newcastle United.
Defining moment: Becoming the most valuable non-striker FPL asset of all time for some reason.

Kieran Trippier turned 32 earlier this season and he’s playing some of the best football of his career by miles. Fair enough.

Honourable mentions: Diogo Dalot, Ben White

Gabriel Magalhaes

Gabriel’s stepped up / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Club: Arsenal.
Defining moment: Growing a decent hairline.

William Saliba has grabbed the headlines, but the performances of Gabriel Magalhaes have gone under the radar. He’s been sensational and deserves a bit more credit.

Honourable mentions: Fabian Schar, Raphael Varane

Sven Botman

Solid / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages

Club: Newcastle United
Defining moment: Being the best player ever to miss out on a place in his country’s World Cup squad.

Louis van Gaal, you are a wise man, but the decision to not take Newcastle rock Sven Botman to the World Cup with the Netherlands is going to age like milk. He’s been extraordinary since arriving on Tyneside.

Honourable mentions: William Saliba, Lisandro Martinez

Oleksandr Zinchenko

He loves it / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

Club: Arsenal
Defining moment: Stepping out from Manchester City’s shadow.

Oleksandr Zinchenko always looked a tidy player at Manchester City, but with a more important role in this Arsenal side, you can see why Mikel Arteta was so determined to reunite with him at the Emirates Stadium.

Honourable mentions: Luke Shaw, Dan Burn

Bukayo Saka

Terrific little player / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

Club: Arsenal.
Defining moment: Turning into prime Gareth Bale…

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