Has David De Gea been the Premier League's best keeper this season?

Should the keepers at Stoke City and Sunderland have been considered for selection ahead of the Manchester United man?

The PFA Awards ceremony was held last night and there was no surprise when Gareth Bale waltzed away with both the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year award after his excellent campaign for Tottenham Hotspur.

In fact there were few surprises all around in the PFA Team of the Year.

It is hard to argue against the inclusions of Pablo Zabaleta and Leighton Baines at the full-back positions while the likes of Robin Van Persie, Luis Suarez and Juan Mata essentially picked themselves.

Some may argue that Rio Ferdinand and Jan Vertonghen were debateable inclusions for the centre back roles with the likes of Michael Dawson, Matija Nastasic, Jonny Evans and Ashley Williams being mentioned as alternatives; but when you truly reflect on the season there can be little doubt that they got that decision correct as well.

Which brings you to the goalkeeper choice; David De Gea.

This time last year the thought of the young Spaniard getting the nod as the best keeper in the league was simply unthinkable however he has indeed come on leaps and bounds this season both mentally and physically; but has he been the best?

Well we can discount a few of the first-choice stoppers this campaign.

Joe Hart has been poor compared to the heady standards he has set himself in his early career. Petr Cech has been consistent but I would have to agree that De Gea has produced more eye-catching performances then the Chelsea stopper. Wojciech Szczesny found himself dropped after bad form this year while Hugo Lloris has had an admirable debut but again De Gea has probably had a more influential campaign.

So in regards to the main competitors around him you would have to say it was the right call.

But then you go down the list of clubs and two teams jump out at you; Stoke City and Sunderland.

Surely their incumbent stoppers should have been given the recognition they deserve for their impressive terms.

Asmir Begovic has been as solid as ever for The Potters but for me the Belgian at The Stadium Of Light should have got the nod. Take nothing away from De Gea who has had a superb campaign but I cannot emphasise the importance of Simon Mignolet better than as the fine line between promotion and relegation.

His performances this term have been nothing short of superb and without their Player of the Year not even Paolo Di Canio could have saved them from relegation at the end of the season.

Who was your Premier League goalkeeper of the year?

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