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ROBBIE SAVAGE: My all-star XI, Signing and Goal of the Year… and more 2016 awards

Date Posted,December 30, 2016

As the year comes to an end, it’s time to look forward and back.

Click here to read Mirror columnist Robbie Savage’s thoughts on what we’ll see in football over the coming 12 months, as well as five developments he hopes will come about.

Below, you can find out which 11 players have made it into his Premier League XI, as well as his choices for the Best Manager of 2016, Best Goal, Best Signing, Best Referee, Team Of The Year and his Golden Moment


(In a 4-1-3-2 formation)

David de Gea Worth more points to Manchester United than any other goalkeeper to his club.

Hector Bellerin His athleticism and positional awareness gets the Arsenal right-back the vote ahead of Kyle Walker.

Robbie’s goalkeeper of 2016 flies to the rescue of Manchester United (Photo: REUTERS)

Wes Morgan Leicester captain who won the title against all odds.

Toby Alderweireld The Tottenham centre-back is a superb reader of the game with passing range to match.

Danny Rose Pace, mobility and attacking dimensions from Spurs’ England left-back.

N’Golo Kante No coincidence that he’s going to win the title a second year running after moving from Leicester to Chelsea.

Riyad Mahrez Has not been great this season, but brilliant for Leicester’s 5,000-1 legends.

Philippe Coutinho Pips Mesut Ozil because he scored and delivered consistently in big games.

Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool with Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on March 1, 2016
Coutinho’s more consistent impact gets him the nod over Arsenal ace Ozil (Photo: Liverpool FC/Getty)

Dele Alli Best young English player in the country.

Sergio Aguero Most goals in the calendar year in the Premier League.

Jamie Vardy His rags-to-riches story will inspire a generation.

MANAGER OF THE YEAR It’s got to be Claudio Ranieri, just for his dilly-ding, dilly-dong catchphrase.

BEST GOAL OF 2016 With honourable mentions to Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s ‘scorpion’ volley against Sunderland, Dimitri Payet’s mazy run and finish against Middlesbrough and that outrageous Jamie Vardy volley against Liverpool, one goal stands out above the rest.

Brilliant stuff from Mkhitaryan — but not Robbie Savage’s Goal of the Year (Photo: AFP)

Hal Robson-Kanu’s sensational Cruyff turn and finish for Wales against Belgium in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals, in the year we lost the Dutch legend himself, wins it for me.

BEST SIGNING OF 2016 The best things in life are free – so it has to be Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining Manchester United on a free transfer.

BEST REFEREE OF 2016 Mark Clattenburg took charge of the FA Cup final, Champions League final and the Euro 2016 final. Not a bad year’s work.

Referee Mark Clattenburg reacts
Whistler Clattenburg has his critics but doesn’t get the biggest games by accident (Photo: AMA/Getty)

TEAM OF THE YEAR Take your pick from the great underdogs of 2016 – Leicester or Wales.

GOLDEN MOMENT OF 2016 “Go and wake your kids up, something special is happening here tonight!” — my excitable commentary as Sam Vokes’ header against Belgium sent Wales into dreamland at the Euros, was my abiding memory of a night which took me back to my childhood.

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