Sunday 25 September 2016

Case for the defence: An alternative Player of the Year shortlist

Published 13/04/2016 | 14:36

Three Leicester players made the PFA player of the year shortlist, but defender Robert Huth was not among them
Three Leicester players made the PFA player of the year shortlist, but defender Robert Huth was not among them

The PFA Players' Player of the Year shortlist was published on Wednesday, with defenders absent.

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Here Press Association Sport selects an alternative six-man Player of the Year shortlist for the 2015-16 season made up entirely of defenders.

:: Wes Morgan (Leicester)

The Foxes captain and Jamaica international has been an integral figure in their Premier League title bid.

:: Robert Huth (Leicester)

Derided as a reject of Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Stoke, he could return to Germany's squad for Euro 2016.

:: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham)

The Belgium centre-back has been the foundation stone on which Spurs' title bid has been built.

:: Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

United have conceded the fewest goals, bar Leicester, and Smalling has been a key component of the rearguard.

:: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)

He may, or may not, be quicker than Usain Bolt (we expect not), but the Spaniard has developed quickly this season.

:: James Collins (West Ham)

Started the season as the Hammers' fourth-choice centre-back, but has established himself as an immovable object.

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