It’s not all about the top six. 

2017/18 saw the meteroic rise of lowly Burnley. All three newly-promoted sides stayed up. And Crystal Palace, after the most desperate of starts, could finish tenth! 

Beside the relentless goalscoring of Mohamed Salah and silky class of Kevin De Bruyne, the rest can be somewhat overlooked. 

So Tony Cascarino decided to get rid of the Premier League’s financial powerhouses and see what the team of the season might look like. 

Here’s what he conjured up:

GOALKEEPER: Nick Pope (Burnley)

In his debut season, Pope has more clean sheets than any goalkeeper outside the top six, making 111 saves along the way. The 26-year-old might even be rewarded with a place in England’s World Cup squad.


DEFENDERS: Matthew Lowton (Burnley), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield), Paul Dummett (Newcastle)

As you can imagine, Burnley feature heavily in what is a solid back five. Tarkowsi’s performances earned him an England call-up in March. Dunk featured in every game for Chris Hughton’s seagulls, keeping ten clean sheets. Schindler ensured Huddersfield didn’t ship too many goals either, as newly-promoted sides so often do. And Dummett battled his way through injury to play a key role in Newcastle’s campaign.

MIDFIELD: Anthony Knockaert (Brighton), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester), Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

It took Knockaert a while to adapt to the Premier League, but once he did, he was electrifying. Nobody can fill Kante’s shoes at Leicester, but Ndidi is doing a pretty good job having established himself in that midfield. Cook is another player who impressed Gareth Southgate, winning his first ever international call-up. And Zaha, arguably the league’s best player outside the top six, was the driving force behind Palace’s incredible survival bid. 

STRIKER: Jamie Vardy (Leicester) 

With more goals than Romelu Lukaku, Roberto Firmino, Alexandre Lacazette and Alvaro Morata – Vardy is unquestionably the most lethal striker outside the top six.