The 2016-17 season has seen Chelsea claim the Premier League title and Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho fail to live up to preseason expectations at Manchester City and Manchester United respectively. Tottenham have once again gone close to the title, but who have been the outstanding players and manager of the campaign?
David De Gea
It has not been a vintage season for goalkeepers, but the Manchester United No. 1 has arguably been the most consistent and the one most likely to produce a crucial save when it matters.
A model of consistency at the back for Chelsea and a player who has been crucial to the club’s success this season. Conte’s back three has worked so well because of Azpilicueta’s form.
His return to Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain last August prompted many raised eyebrows, but Luiz has been outstanding at the heart of Conte’s back three and confounded the sceptics with his contribution to the club’s title success.
The Chelsea defender has grown into the role of being the club’s experienced head at the back and helped phase out John Terry. Cahill has also made the transition from a back four to a three under Antonio Conte.
The Manchester United player has been the best right-back / right wing-back in the Premier League. His physical gifts, combined with a better understanding of the role, have made him indispensable to Jose Mourinho.
Became the first player to win back-to-back titles with different clubs since Eric Cantona and also landed both Footballer of the Year awards. An exceptional defensive midfielder, who has been crucial for Chelsea.