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GUARDIAN – Louise Taylor’s Premier League team of the season | Louise Taylor

The Professional Footballers’ Association announces its Premier League Team of the Season on Sunday. Here, Louise Taylor picks her first XIArsenal’s former third-choice goalkeeper signed for Sunderland as cover for Keiren Westwood but when the latter injured his shoulder he got his big chance and has made the most of it. Without Mannone and his string of vital saves, Gus Poyet’s side would have been relegated a while ago. The modestly remunerated Italian could not afford to buy the Liverpool-bound keeper Simon Mignolet’s old home on Wearside last summer but the fact he has won Sunderland’s player of the year award while playing behind a less than stable defence confirms he is a worthy successor to the excellent Belgian. Continue reading…