Case for the defence: An alternative Player of the Year shortlist
Published 13/04/2016 | 14:36
The PFA Players' Player of the Year shortlist was published on Wednesday, with defenders absent.
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.