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Former Leeds United star Max Gradel spearheads an alternative Ligue 1 XI

Max Gradel finished with 17 goals as he enjoyed an excellent end of the season for Saint-Etienne.

Quite often some very good performances can be overlooked when naming one Team of the Year. Spearheaded by former Leeds United forward Max Gradel, this is an alternative Ligue 1 team, made up of players that enjoyed excellent seasons, but missed out on the first XI.

GK: Benjamin Lecomte: FC Lorient

Lecomte is an excellent shot-stopper and a crucial part of Lorient staying up this season.

RB: Fabinho: AS Monaco

Another brilliant season for the Brazilian full-back, his ability to push up and down the flanks was key for Monaco. Has signed a four-year deal at the club.

CB: Hilton: Montpellier HSC

The veteran almost played every game for Montpellier. The 38-year-old was perfect until he was sent off in Week 36.

CB: Damien Da Silva: SM Caen

Da Silva is a commanding, tough and uncompromising defender. He also scored one of the goals of the season.

LB: Jordan Amavi: OGC Nice

The 19-year-old is one of the brightest young defenders in Ligue 1. He has a dangerous left foot and is an asset in the air.

CM: Morgan Sanson: Montpellier HSC

Beautiful box-to-box player, has blossomed further in Remy Cabella's absence.

CM: N'Golo Kante: SM Caen

One of the breakout stars of the Ligue 1 season. Great at stopping opposition attacks, but has the drive and ability to push forward. He would be perfect for any Premier League side looking for a dynamic midfielder.

CM: Jordan Ferri: Olympique Lyonnais

At Lyon, no-one sees more of the ball than Ferri. Can look long or short and has the ability to score from distance.

AM: Oscar Trejo: Toulouse FC

Started to really shine under Dominique Arribage, three goals and one assist in the last two months of the season.

CF: Max Gradel: Saint-Étienne

Easily one of the standout stories of the season. Finishing with an incredible 17 goals, but is unsure if Saint-Etienne are able to match his ambition.

CF: Diego Rolan: Girondins de Bordeaux

In the last two home games, Rolan scored the last two goals at the Stade Chaban Delmas and then christened the new stadium with a double against Montpellier.

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