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    Premier League Statistical Team of the Season


    After the most incredible season that has seen 5,000-1 outsiders Leicester City win the title and last season's champions Chelsea miss out on a place in Europe, we take a look at those players who were statistically the best in their respective positions. There are some expected names mixed with a few surprises!


    The Defence



    Backed up by the best shot stopper in the league this season, Stoke City's Jack Butland (3.3 saves per game), the back four is made up of a collection of surprise names. In the central positions we have Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi and Southampton's Virgil van Dijk. In the absence of Vincent Kompany, Otamendi has made more tackles (3.1) than any other central defender in the league. Summer signing van Dijk has won more aerial duals (4.8) than any other defender and the pair make an average of 15 clearances per game.

    Leicester's Christian Fuchs edges the left-back position with 3.2 tackles per game and 3.7 clearances, whilst Chelsea's César Azpilicueta fills a right-back position that has not seen many great performers this season. Azpilicueta has won plenty of tackles (3.1) and is also always good for a couple of interceptions (2.3) and clearances (2.8).


    The Midfield



    In the engine room it is no surprise to see Leicester's N'golo Kante. The central midfielder has made more tackles (4.6) and interceptions (4.2) than anyone else in the league. In front of him are three attacking midfielders who have made 38 assists between them. Arsenal's Mesut Ozil has led the way all season (15), whilst Leicester's Riyad Mahrez (11) and West Ham's Dimitri Payet (12) have also chipped in with 17 and 9 goals respectively.


    The Attack



    With 49 goals between them, English duo Harry Kane of Tottenham and Leicester's Jamie Vardy lead the line. The pair are the top goalscorers in the league, whilst Vardy has also created six goals for his teammates, adding to his new record of most consecutive games to score in. Roy Hodgson will hope the pair can continue their form into Euro 2016.


    The Substitutes



    On the bench is the second best shot stopper in the league, Heurelho Gomes who also now holds the penalty saving record. Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny provides backup in defence with 3.8 interceptions per game and 5.7 clearances, whilst Watford's Nathan Ake made over three in both of those areas and tackles per game.

    Relegated Aston Villa's Idrissa Gueye was an unsung hero with the second most tackles (4.2) and interceptions (4.1) in the league, whilst Tottenham's Christian Eriksen provides another 15 assists. If Vardy and Kane do struggle to find the net, Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Everton's Romelo Lukaku have another 42 goals between them.

    Photos from Getty Images and The Guardian
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