The end of the Premier League season has hit us like a steam train to the face – rather hard.
Because this summer, given the lack of a major tournament to sink our teeth into, is a little different to last year.
Chelsea are champions, Tottenham ‘applied the pressure’ once again but fell short and Hull, Middlesbrough and Sunderland are all saying goodbye to the top flight.
All week we’ve been reviewing the season and the best players throughout the campaign according to Dream Team points scored.
And today it’s time for the midfielders to prove their worth.
Take it away, Christian…
1 Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – 251 points
Eriksen’s form in 2017 has been nothing short of sensational considering a patchy start to the season that had even Tottenham fans questioning his ability.
He’s more than answered his critics though, emerging as Spurs’ main creative hub and driving their ultimately unsuccessful late season challenge to Chelsea’s crown.
Since Game Week 25 he’s earned an incredible five Star Man awards and scored 11o points, making him a worthy winner.
2 Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 249
Given the season Hazard has had it seems almost unfathomable how poor he was in the campaign before.
A genuine contender for PFA Player of the Year, the Belgian has been back to his tricky best all year long and produced his best goal return to since moving to Stamford Bridge in 2012.
Hazard might not have been the top performing midfielder on Dream Team, but he is the Premier League’s highest rated player on WhoScored.
3 Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – 218
Anyone who believes Pogba has underperformed in his first season back in England is clearly narrow-minded and too obsessed with individual goal return.
The Manchester United midfielder has been one of the most consistent performers this campaign and while his goals and assist categories might not shine, his influence on games cannot be underestimated.
Pogba regularly has the most touches and completes the most passes which means he’s an algorithm favourite.
4 Dele Alli (Tottenham) – 219
Like team-mate Harry Kane, Alli emphatically silenced those who suggested he might be a one-season wonder by getting even better this time around.
The feisty England man, albeit playing more as a second striker, has scored more goals than any midfielder in Europe this season by hitting 22 in all competitions.
Can he get even better next season?
5 Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – 214
De Bruyne, on his day, is probably the most effective player in the Premier League and his 18 assists – a league high – illustrate that.
The classy Belgian has been utilised in a number of different positions by Pep Guardiola this season and has flourished in pretty much every single one.
His understanding with David Silva makes City the most exciting team to watch going forward when they’re at full throttle.
Can’t wait for next season? Here’s everything you need to know about the Dream Team game – which will be back and better than ever in 2017/18.