Opta have revealed their team of the season based entirely on hard facts and statistical measures.
With the curtain closed on this season’s Premier League, fans can debate who should make the team of the year until they’re blue in the face.
But it’s tough to argue with hard evidence, particularly with the stringent selection process.
This is the Premier League team of the season based entirely on statistical evidence
Antonio Rudiger made the cut despite what many viewed as a difficult first season
Opta created their team of the season by using more than 300 different metrics in a variety of categories.
Each metric is awarded a positive or negative and the final total reflects how a player has performed over the course of the year.
An example of a negative would be an error leading to a goal or a shot off target for a forward.
Largely, the players you would expect to make the cut have been selected, with David de Gea in goal, Harry Kane, Mo Salah, Kevin de Bruyne and Christian Eriksen playing ahead of David Silva and Fernandinho.
The Golden Glove winner, David de Gea unsurprisingly features in the Opta team
In defence it starts to get interesting with Andrew Robertson given the left-back berth and Cesar Azpilicueta on the opposite flank with Spaniard performing better than any other defender all season.
Jamaal Lascelles features in the heart of defence after an impressive campaign for Newcastle but alongside him the addition of Antonio Rudiger will raise eyebrows.
The Chelsea centre-back hasn’t exactly set the world alight for Antonio Conte’s side who’s title defence fell flat.
Andy Robertson initially struggled to break into the side but has been hugely impressive
Rudiger struggled to nail down a place in the first-team consistently, starting 25 of 38 Premier League games.
But the statistics make for positive reading for the German, with Chelsea winning 64 per cent of league games he started and conceding double their average goals when he wasn’t picked.
If Conte has looked at the numbers, perhaps he’ll opt for the 23-year-old in the FA Cup final against Manchester United this Saturday.
Cesar Azpilicueta joined Chelsea team-mate Rudiger and was the best performing defender