Erling Haaland, Alisson, but no Bukayo Saka? Who Makes Jaspar Shepherdson's Premier League Team of the Season?

Published on 30 April 2023 at 12:00

As we rapidly approach the end of one of the most enthralling Premier League seasons in recent memory, it’s time to reflect on the standout performers who have stepped up and delivered for their team this campaign.


From dominant league debutants, stellar performances from stalwarts, and perhaps the greatest individual season we’ve ever witnessed, here’s my Team of the Season for the 2022/23 Premier League Campaign. 


With 534 players from 20 teams to choose from, there’s naturally going to be some harsh emissions and notable surprises in this XI of players, so get in touch and please let us know who makes your team and if you feel that someone’s been left out.  


Goalkeeper: Alisson


Brief spoiler alert: Alisson Becker’s name might be the sole positive mention of a Liverpool player in this list. 


The Reds have endured a torrid season compared to the high standards they’ve set over the last five years, finding themselves trophyless just a year on from their 21/22 quadruple chase.


Perhaps the only reason Liverpool don’t find themselves in mid table obscurity this season is because of Alisson, whose 11 clean sheets and nearly 100 saves have kept him not only in contention for the Golden Glove, but also Liverpool in contention for European football next season. 


Whilst the future of Liverpool’s defence may be in question regarding the age of Virgil Van Dijk, re-positioning of Trent Alexander-Arnold into midfield, and overall decline of Andy Robertson, Liverpool fans can still rest relatively easy that for as low as their mood may be and team’s performances may get, their Brazilian keeper at the back is still the envy of the rest of the division. 


Honourable mentions: Nick Pope, David De Gea, Bernd Leno

Right Back: Kieran Trippier


Trippier’s arrival from Atletico Madrid was the very first signing of the ‘New Era’ at Newcastle United, and the former Tottenham defender’s influence simply cannot be understated.


The Magpies boast the most formidable defence in the league this season: with only 26 goals conceded since the start of the campaign, Trippier’s leadership and years of experience have made him such a valuable asset to Eddie Howe and the rest of the squad. 


The seemingly perfect combination of defensive capability, leadership, and attacking prowess, Kieran Trippier has established himself as the prototypical Premier League full-back.


Honourable mentions: Benjamin White, Kenny Tete, Kyle Walker-Peters

Right Centre Back: Fabian Schar 


Whilst many fans and neutrals alike have pointed out just how seamlessly Sven Botman has settled into the Premier League, the 2022/23 season has seen the re-emergence of Swiss Fabian Schar as one of the division’s most dependable defenders. 


Starting the season off in stellar fashion with a wonderful longshot goal against Nottingham Forest, Schar has proven himself to be as adept at anchoring Newcastle’s defence as much as he contributes to the midfield and attack. 


At 31 years old, it’s unlikely Schar will be in the Newcastle starting XI for much longer, but his veteran instinct and drive has been nothing but crucial to the success of Eddie Howe’s side this season: the Swiss international stands as perhaps the most underrated player in the Premier League this season.

Left Centre Back: John Stones


From two men in the Premier League’s strongest defence to one in the next best lineup: John Stones has never looked more impressive than he has in the current Manchester City team.


Though much praise will of course be directed further up field for the Cityzens, Stones has been an absolute rock that Pep Guardiola has been able to rely upon time and time again. 


As the old saying goes, attacking may win you games, but defence wins you titles, and 28-year-old Stones is all but set to collect his fifth Premier League winner’s medal come Sunday, May 28th: a feat that is thoroughly deserved based on his performances this season. 


Honourable mentions: William Saliba, Lisandro Martinez, Lewis Dunk

Left Back: Pervis Estupinan


We all have a Premier League team we don’t mind and almost actively support outside our own.


For many of us, that team is Brighton and Hove Albion, who have enjoyed their best Premier League campaign to date since achieving promotion to the top flight back in 2017. 


Pervis Estupinan has been one of the breakout stars of this Brighton team since he signed from Villarreal last Summer, recording five assists and eight clean sheets as the Seagulls have found themselves surging up the table. 


The Ecuadorian has proven to be more than just a left back too, showcasing his versatility at both left midfield and at centre back: a more-than-worthy replacement of Marc Cucurella, Estupinan will be someone Roberto De Zerbi desperately wants to keep on Brighton’s books in the Summer.


Honourable mentions: Luke Shaw, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Alex Moreno

Central Defensive Midfielder: Casemiro 


It’s bizarre to think there were even questions about whether or not Casemiro, fresh off winning his fifth Champions League medal with Real Madrid, would be able to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League. 


After several seasons spent with the likes of Scott McTominay, Fred, and an ageing Nemanja Matic as their defensive midfield options, Casemiro's arrival has revolutionised the performances of Manchester United since day one. 


You may baulk at the extortionate wages and fees paid for a player on the wrong side of 30-years-old, but the short term investment of Casemiro to restore Manchester United back near the top of the Premier League pyramid has been worth every penny paid.


Honourable mentions: Rodri, Joao Palhinha, Matheus Nunes

Central Midfielder #1: Kevin De Bruyne


The incumbent 'Player of the Year' has been as dominant as ever this season. 


Still heralded by many as the best player in the Premier League and maybe the best midfielder to grace these shores, De Bruyne is a likely frontrunner to once again scoop the illustrious ‘Player Of The Year’ award.


With 7 goals and 16 assists, the Belgian maestro has showed no signs of slowing down over the years, and although he won’t receive as much attention as one of his teammates for his contributions to Man City’s impending success, there should be no denying that no other player on the planet can consistently do what Kevin De Bruyne does year after year.


Honourable mentions: Pascal Gross, Bruno Guimaraes, Andreas Pereira

Central Midfielder #2: Martin Odegaard


Having failed to truly capitalise on the hype prescribed to him at Real Madrid, many believed Martin Odegaard would fail to live up to the great expectations set upon him at such a young age. 


Whilst Arsenal (at the time of writing) have started to lose their grip on 1st place in the title race, their captain has remained as consistent and formidable as ever, producing moments of magic in the crucial games where the likes of Bukayo Saka, Aaron Ramsdale and Thomas Partey have shown their inconsistencies. 


Odegaard has received widespread acclaim for his stellar efforts, including being named as the 2023 ‘Premier League Player of the Year’ at the London Football Awards. As captain of this squad naturally growing in chemistry and confidence, it might not be long for Odegaard himself to be the frontrunner for the PFA Player of the Year award himself.


Honourable mentions: Alexis Mac Allister, Joelinton, James Ward-Prowse

Right Winger/Right Midfielder: Miguel Almiron


Cast your mind back to Man City’s title celebrations last season, where Jack Grealish openly mocked fellow player Miguel Almiron when deriding a recent performance from teammate Riyad Mahrez. The comments did seem to resonate with many football fans however, who wrote off the Paraguayan as a credible Premier League talent.


Few could envision just how good a season Miguel Almiron would then have: Newcastle’s top scorer for much of the campaign, as well as a League Player of the Month and Goal of the Month recipient, it feels like Almiron is finally showcasing the form he was showing in the MLS at Atlanta United for the rest of the Premier League to witness.


With crucial game winning goals against the likes of Everton and Wolves, and the first Newcastle player to reach double digits this season for goals scored, the 29-year-old’s form has been pivotal in forcing Newcastle into the European football conversation. It’s an exciting time on Tyneside, and Almiron is arguably at the very heart of it all.


Honourable mentions: Bukayo Saka, James Maddison, Riyad Mahrez

Left Winger/Left Midfielder: Gabriel Martinelli 


Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side has received much praise for highlighting young talent and for its exciting attacking style of play: Gabriel Martinelli is arguably the best performing player during Arteta’s tenure as manager.


With 15 goals and 5 assists in the league this season, the young Brazilian, similar to the aforementioned Almiron, looked like a lost cause once in his Premier League career. 


Revitalised and rejuvenated under Arteta, Martinelli’s frightening combination of speed, dribbling and finishing makes him the most dangerous winger in the league today, and one of the crown jewels in this excellent Arsenal team that have emerged as title contenders this season.


Honourable mentions: Leandro Trossard, Kaoru Mitoma, Marcus Rashford

Striker: Erling Haaland. 


Inevitable. Imperious. Incomparable. Words alone cannot define how impressive Erling Haaland’s debut Premier League season has been. So we’ll let the stats tell just some of the story instead.

  • Goal scored: 33 (and counting)
  • Goals-per-90 ratio: 1.28
  • Hat tricks: 4 (with 6 in all competitions)


Having surpassed the previous record of 32 goals in a 38 game season, he has displayed perhaps the best individual season in Premier League history, surpassing the likes of Luis Suarez and Mo Salah whilst leaving entire defences ruined in his wake.


At 22-years-old, Alan Shearer was still struggling for consistency at Southampton. Harry Kane was recording a ‘measly’ 21 goals in the 2014-15 season. Sergio Aguero was looking to simply break into the Premier League after a strong season at Atletico Madrid.


It doesn’t quite seem like hyperbole to say 22-year-old Erling Haaland has surpassed each of these domestic legends at their age, who knows what the future has in store for the man perhaps destined to be the best player in the world. 


Honourable mentions: Harry Kane, Ivan Toney, Ollie Watkins

Who makes your Premier League Team of the Season? Be sure to check back next week as another member of the HL Division Sport team makes their choices, and let us know which players are part of your XI today!



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