Ryan Giggs selects FIVE Tottenham players in his Premier League Team of the Season

Joanna Durkan
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With a mere five weeks left of season 2016/17, journalists and pundits alike are gearing up to select eleven players who have impressed them this season. And ​The Telegraph has asked former Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs for his best XI of the campaign. The 43-year-old is familiar with the qualities and performances needed to be named in the Team of the Year having been selected on six occasions throughout his career, not to mention being named in the 1997-2007 PFA Team of the...

With a mere five weeks left of season 2016/17, journalists and pundits alike are gearing up to select eleven players who have impressed them this season.

And ​The Telegraph has asked former Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs for his best XI of the campaign.

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The 43-year-old is familiar with the qualities and performances needed to be named in the Team of the Year having been selected on six occasions throughout his career, not to mention being named in the PFA Team of the Century.

But that didn't stop Giggs from making a couple of selections which are sure to catch some by surprise. 


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Giggs' Team of the Season: De Gea; Valencia, Luiz, Alderweireld, Rose; Kante, Dembele; Lallana, Alli, Hazard; Kane.

Giggs has opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation and Tottenham have obviously impressed the 13 time Premier League winner as five members of their squad, who look certain to finish in the top two, dominate his select eleven.

In between the sticks he has selected Manchester United's David de Gea, who he acknowledged has not kept as many clean sheets as Courtois and Lloris but said, "He is the best goalkeeper in the Premier League...(and was selected due to) his ability to pull off the game-changing save."


De Gea's United teammate, Antonio Valencia takes his place at right-back after his "best ever season at Old Trafford," with David Luiz and Toby Alderweireld rightfully taking their place at the centre of defence.

Danny Rose rounds out the back four with Giggs comparing the England international to Patrice Evra due to his consistent efforts forward and back on the left side.

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The two selected to sit in front of defence, N'Golo Kante and Mousa Dembele are likely to receive polarising opinions. Kante has been exceptional this term and is likely to feature in millions of select XI's this season with Giggs selecting Dembele due to his increased ability to complete the full 90 minutes.

The selected attacking trio of Adam Lallana, Dele Alli and Eden Hazard have each been key in their side's fortunes this season with a combined 54 goals scored due to their involvement this season.


Harry Kane is set to lead the line ahead of the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Diego Costa due to his prolific work-rate and willingness to give everything for his team.

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