‘Shoo-in for me’: Tim Sherwood shares his PL team of the season, includes many Newcastle players
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‘Shoo-in for me’: Tim Sherwood shares his PL team of the season, includes many Newcastle players

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has shared his team of the season for the Premier League thus far, in which he has included five Newcastle United players.

Speaking on talkSPORT, the 53-year-old was tasked with picking his best XI, in which he named Nick Pope, Kieran Trippier, Sven Botman, Dan Burn and Miguel Almiron as mainstays in the side.

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“I’m going with [Nick] Pope in goal. I think he’s been outstanding,” he said.

“He’s doing what every goalkeeper should so – keep the ball out of the net. He commands his area really well, so for me, I don’t think there’s been a more outstanding goalkeeper in the league up to now.

“Kieran Trippier, I think he’s been their best signing. Not only for what he gives you on the pitch, but just his character and his experience…

“Trippier’s like a shoo-in for me.

“[Sven] Botman’s been a great signing, so he goes alongside him…

“Left-back, got two completely different options here, but I’m going for Dan Burn because I think he’s been outstanding and he’s 6 foot 8…

“Dan’s unlucky not to get in that [England] squad because [of] his versatility, could have played left-side centre-half as well. But I’m going for Dan Burn because I think he’s been brilliant – brilliant signing….

“[Miguel] Almiron has to be in the side because of the goals and the assists. You know the transformation of him since Eddie Howe has gone to Newcastle, has been outstanding.”

Sherwood picks five Newcastle players

With the Magpies third in the Premier League table, Sherwood can’t have gone far wrong with his picks.

Although the likes of Manchester City are expected to be fill out these sorts of squads, Newcastle have seemingly come out of nowhere this season.

A huge shift on and off the pitch has been evident at St James’ Park, and the entire Toon XI have encapsulated this.

In front of Pope, the defence of Trippier, Botman and Burn have demonstrated incredible leadership in Howe’s starting side.

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This was very much needed last season, when the back-line often seemed lost with one another.

With the joint-best defensive record in the league, you cannot argue against a number of Newcastle defenders going into Sherwood’s back-line.

Going forward, Almiron’s electric form speaks for itself. Having bagged seven goals in his last eight top-flight appearances, the Paraguayan has been scoring for fun this season.

Therefore, it would almost be a joke if he was not going to be included.

All-in-all, fans may argue about Bruno Guimaraes’ absence, but five players out of the entire XI cannot be too bad for Newcastle.