The new Premier League and fantasy football seasons aren’t far away at all.
With no major international tournament to feast our eyes on so far this summer it’s been a barren few months for the typical football fan.
But with the big kick off edging closer and closer, we’ve started to look back at last season to give you some handy Dream Team tips.
So who won the most Man of the Match awards last season?
Using our Dream Team Star Man metric and WhoScored’s rating system, we’ve established the top 10 players to have earned the accolade…
1 Alexis Sanchez (13 Star Man awards)
Dream Team’s highest points scorer of the season (by some distance) was arguably the one shining light of Arsenal’s campaign as they missed out on the top four.
The Chilean forward scored 30 goals and had 15 assists too in 51 appearances in all competitions.
2= Eden Hazard (12)
Hazard was back to his wizard-like best last season after a truly appalling individual campaign the season before.
The Belgian produced his best ever goalscoring season for Chelsea and was WhoScored’s highest rated player in the Premier League.
2= Paul Pogba (12)
Many haters felt Pogba had a tough first season back in England but the statistics actually beg to differ.
How did Pogba perform in fantasy football last season?
- Third-highest rated player (7.72) in the Premier League last season, behind only Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez
- Consistent points scorer throughout the Premier League season
- Scored 236 points Dream Team last season, the third-highest for a midfielder
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The Manchester United midfielder’s huge influence on possession and touches meant he was an algorithm favourite as the Star Man awards piled in.
4 Philippe Coutinho (11)
This is quite some feat given Coutinho missed nearly two months in the middle of the season through ankle ligament damage.
The Brazilian magician finished the season as Liverpool’s top scorer with 14 Premier League goals and fired seven goals in his last eight games.
5= Christian Eriksen (10)
Eriksen produced his best season since arriving in England on the back of Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid in 2013, finally adding consistency to his prestigious talent.
The Dane became Tottenham’s creative hub and a fine 2017 nearly inspired Spurs to a surprise first title.
5= Kevin De Bruyne (10)
De Bruyne, on his day, is arguably the most effective player in the Premier League and he excelled in a number of different positions under Pep Guardiola last season.
The Belgian playmaker’s pinpoint passing and dead-ball delivery helped him finish the season as the division’s top creator with 18 assists.
5= Zlatan Ibrahimovic (10)
Many experts doubted whether Ibrahimovic could continue his imperious goalscoring form in England, but he silenced the doubters emphatically.
The big Swede carried Manchester United at times before a debilitating knee injury likely ended his short stint at the club.
8 Sergio Aguero (9)
It may shock a few to learn that, despite losing his place to new boy Gabriel Jesus in the latter months, last season was Aguero’s best ever goalscoring return for City with a massive 33 goals in all competitions.
The Argentine averaged a goal a game in the Champions League and FA Cup.
9= Christian Benteke (7)
Benteke’s departure from Liverpool after a torrid single season on Merseyside completely reignited his career.
The Belgian’s currency has always been goals and he backed that up with 17 in all competitions for Crystal Palace.
9 = Harry Kane (7)
Three season wonder anyone?
Kane continues to defy critics and get better and better every single year, finishing the season with seven goals in two games to snatch the Premier League Golden Boot for the second successive season.
How does fantasy football work?
The setup for Dream Team is rather simple – as a manger you get a budget of £50m to spend on your team of 11 players.
Game Weeks will run from Friday to Thursday this season and you’ll be allowed to transfer out players who have already played in that Game Week.
Each manager gets a maximum of three transfers a month – so it’s important to pay attention to upcoming fixtures.
And if the incentive of beating your mates in our Mini-League system isn’t enough, there’s a whopping £750,000 prizepot at stake too.
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