The 2016-17 Premier League season has officially come to a close so now it is time to bring you our final Team of the Week. Enjoy!
Goalkeeper: Jack Butland
Jack Butland made 6 saves and 3 claims on the final day of the season to ease Stoke City to a 1-0 draw against Southampton, helping them finish level on points with Leicester in 13th place. The British goalkeeper has had to spend almost the entire season out due to injury but has come back strong and will look to have a massive season in 2017-18. Rating: 9/10.
Right Back: Kieran Trippier
He looks to be Kyle Walker’s heir and may take over for the Barcelona/Manchester City bound fullback sooner than expected. Trippier’s been brilliant whenever Kyle Walker has missed out this season and had another amazing performance on the final day as he assisted two goals in Tottenham’s stunning 7-1 win. Rating: 9.5/10.
Centre Back: Vincent Kompany
Vincent Kompany has been so unlucky to miss so much of this season with injury but has shown everyone once again how good of a centre back he really is. He has been magnificent to end this season and has been one of the stars of May, coming up with three team of the week appearances in the last month. The Belgian defender scored a goal and was wonderfully solid defensively on Sunday as the Citizens cruised to a 5-0 win. Rating: 9.5/10.
Left Back: Fernandinho
He’s not even a fullback but that is where Pep Guardiola has chosen to deploy him in recent months and that is where he has found his best form. Fernandinho has been so important to Guardiola’s team this season and without him, third place might not have been so easily achieved. The Brazilian was also brilliant on the final day, scoring a goal as well as making 3 tackles, 3 interceptions and 2 clearances. Rating: 9.5/10.
Centre Midfield: Georginio Wijnaldum
Georginio Wijnaldum was one of the most important players to Liverpool’s successful achievement of Champions League football for next season. It was his goal that relieved all the pressure off of the Reds when he scored just before half-time and then later on he popped up with another crucial assist on Adam Lallana’s fantastic final day strike. Wijnaldum has been brilliant for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season and what a wonderful way to cap off such a stellar season. Rating: 9/10.
Right Wing: Christian Eriksen
One of many standout Tottenham performers on Sunday and perhaps one of the biggest stars of their season on the whole, Christian Eriksen has been incredible in 2016-17. The Danish midfielder will now end the season with an insane tally of 15 assists in addition to his 8 goals scored, finishing as the second highest goal-creating player in the league. That was in part because of his incredible final day performance in which he assisted two goals and ran the show from an attacking perspective, nearly coming up with several goals for himself. Eriksen has had a brilliant season and this isn’t the last you’ve heard about him on this site as he will be safely inside our upcoming end of season Top 100 Footballers list. Rating: 10/10.
Attacking Midfield: Kevin de Bruyne
Kevin de Bruyne has finished the 2016-17 season so strongly and has made it one of his best again thanks to a fantastic final month and two more assists on the final day against Watford. His two assists on Sunday mean that he will finish the season with 6 goals and 18 assists, the top assist man in the league and only second to Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg in Europe’s top 5 leagues. Rating: 10/10.
Left Wing: Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho is another player who has just finished this season so strongly. Liverpool needed the Brazilian to have an important role on the final day of the season and he was absolutely superb, dictating the tempo of the match and being Liverpool’s limewire in attack once again. The Brazilian midfielder had a stunning total of 132 touches on the ball, just dancing his way around Middlesbrough’s defence on his way before scoring another stunning free kick goal. Philippe Coutinho has had a wonderful season and if PFA Team of the Year’s were announced at the end of the season, he might actually have had a shot at making it. Rating: 9.5/10.
Striker: Gabriel Jesus
Gabriel Jesus might just be the man for the future of the Premier League. Still only 20 years old, the Brazilian striker has had an incredible season with Manchester City and he’s hardly even played! The 20-year old has featured in just 9 matches this season but with his final day goal and assist, he’ll finish the season with 7 goals and 4 assists! Jesus is so insanely good at this game and will be a star in the making for the future of this league if he isn’t there already. Rating: 10/10.
Striker: Harry Kane
Well it’s been one hell of a season for Harry Kane and he capped it all off with one of his best performances of the season on the final day in a 7-1 victory against Hull. It really was looking like Romelu Lukaku was going to take this Golden Boot a few weeks ago but Kane’s last two performances have just been so good that Lukaku has been completely wiped out and now been out-scored by 26 goals to Kane’s 29. With his final day hat-trick no player was better than Kane on Sunday and with 29 goals and 7 assists for the season it really is hard to make the point that any player has been better this season. Rating: 10/10.
Striker: Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero offered everything Pep Guardiola could have wanted him to on Sunday and it is so nice to see him playing alongside Gabriel Jesus and the two of them playing so well together. Aguero bagged two goals on the day to get his tally up to 20 for the season and also added an assist, making this a complete performance from the Argentine striker as he finishes the season strong. Rating: 10/10.
Formation: 3-4-3: Butland, Trippier, Kompany, Fernandinho, Wijnaldum, de Bruyne, Eriksen, Coutinho, G. Jesus, Kane, Aguero
Substitutes: Toby Alderweireld, Ben Davies, Paul Pogba, Victor Wanyama, Heung-Min Son, Josh Harrop, Danny Welbeck, Michy Batshuayi
Paul Pogba may have only played 44 minutes on Sunday but that was simply because he did such a good job and was so brilliant in giving Manchester United a 2-0 lead. With a goal and an assist before half time, Jose Mourinho could afford to take him off and rest him for Wednesday’s Europa League final. Pogba ran the show for those first forty-five minutes, just completely dictating the tempo of the game and where the ball was going to go while also linking up with his wingers in Lingard and newboy Josh Harrop fantastically well. His touch on the ball was magnificent while the way he just calmed everything down before picking out a perfect pass was amazing to watch. Paul Pogba might have only played 44 minutes against Crystal Palace but with a goal and an assist he was easily one of the stars of the final day of the season. Rating: 9/10.
Player of the Week: Harry Kane
Won the golden boot with a stunning hat-trick and helped his team achieve the biggest win of the 2016-17 Premier League season, a 7-1 victory against Hull.
Manager of the Week: Jose Mourinho
Played a load of kids but still managed to come up with an emphatic 2-0 win against Crystal Palace and avoid any injuries going into Wednesday’s Europa League final.
So there it is! The final Team of the Week for the final day of the 2016-17 season. It has been a wild ride and has been so much fun to cover all season long. The Mastermind will be back with more very shortly. See you soon!
PS make sure to check out The Mastermind’s Premier League Team of the Season right here!