Garth Crooks' Team of the Season: Salah, De Bruyne, Aguero and Kane - who else?

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The Premier League season is over, with Manchester City deservedly crowned champions after sweeping all before them in a record-breaking campaign.West Brom, Stoke City and Swansea are facing up to relegation, while Arsenal enter life without Arsene Wenger.But who has made my team of the season[/img]

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Goalkeeper - David de Gea (Man Utd)
The moment Jose Mourinho persuaded David de Gea to stay at Manchester United, rather than leave for Real Madrid, you knew something was brewing. Neither have managed to win the title this season, but I wouldn't bet against them next term.De Gea has once again looked imperious in goal, and one player in the United set-up who warrants the accolade 'world class'. The issue for Mourinho is he has not been in a position to assemble a defence worthy of his keeper.Petr Cech had William Gallas, John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho to protect him when Mourinho was manager at Chelsea in 2004-05. That's why they won the title and why United haven't.

Did you know[/IMG]Defenders - Kyle Walker (Man City), Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Nicolas Otamendi (Man City), Ashley Young (Man Utd)
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[b]Kyle Walker:
When Kyle Walker left Tottenham Hotspur for Manchester City for £50m I thought Blues boss Pep Guardiola had suddenly gone to the 'dark side of the moon'. When I saw Walker make his Premier League debut for his new club at Brighton, I knew then that City had spent over the odds but were sure of exactly what they were buying. Walker has fulfilled his role and responsibilities brilliantly in this City side and got his reward as a consequence - it's called a Premier League title. Did you know[/img]
Midfielders - Kevin de Bruyne (Man City), Fernandinho (Man City), David Silva (Man City)
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[b]Kevin de Bruyne:
Of all the players I have watched this season, I have enjoyed no-one more than Kevin de Bruyne. It is unfortunate for De Bruyne that Mohamed Salah has had such a wonderful season, at the 'award-winning' expense of the Belgium international.De Bruyne lifting the Premier League title with City will compensate to a large extent, but not completely - that's the way it goes in football sometimes. To play the game with such grace and win matches on such a regular basis without an ounce of ruthlessness deserves some recognition. Selecting De Bruyne for my Team of the Season is the best I can do. Did you know[/img]
Forwards - Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Sergio Aguero (Man City)
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[b]Mohamed Salah:
What this lad has done for Egyptian football, not to mention social cohesion, cannot be quantified. What I can tell you is there is no better place on the planet than Liverpool Football Club to appreciate the talents of Mohamed Salah. He has had the most wonderful season.I'm not entirely sure what I have enjoyed more - the striker bearing down on the opposition with such blistering pace and leaving defenders in his wake, or his glorious ice-cool finishes. A chorus of "Mo Salah, Mo Salah, Mo Salah" ringing around Anfield is not far behind, by the way.Put that all together and there cannot be a better place on the planet for a player of Salah's class to play his football. [b]Did you know[/img]
Manager of the season - Rafael Benitez
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I was asked recently who were my top three managers this season. Without a moment's hesitation I said Rafael Benitez, Sean Dyche and Chris Hughton - in that order.I never expected Burnley to qualify for Europe, for Brighton to survive a season in the Premier League, or for Newcastle to finish with 44 points, ensuring safety with games to spare having started the season with seven Championship players in the team.Anyone who has watched Newcastle United this season will have observed Benitez and his boys refusing to compromise one iota on the brand of football their fans want to see. I wish I could say the same for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United. If Newcastle have lost a game they have done so with their dignity intact. They have taken the opposition on trying to play.There have been times when they have been outplayed, even outclassed, but they have never turned their backs on giving their fans 100%, which you have to do when playing for the Magpies.That is why Newcastle fans love Benitez, because they have seen the Spaniard turn their team from a Championship squad into a credible Premier League outfit.Give Benitez the resources and he would do what Kevin Keegan failed to do, and win Newcastle a trophy. Don't give him the resources to compete with the very best and he will leave - and quite rightly.
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