By Dominic Toner

Alan Smith has preferred Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta over Tottenham’s Kyle Walker in his Premier League team of the year.

The PFA team of the year was announced on Thursday and Spurs’ 26-year-old was included in the side, which is voted for by fellow professionals.

However, Sky Sports pundit Smith has selected his team of the year and left out the Spurs right-back in favour of the Chelsea defender.

“This is a difficult position to pick, but he (Azpilicueta) is some player and he just pips Tottenham’s Kyle Walker for this role,” Smith told Sky Sports.

Walker has been a regular in Spurs’ starting line-up this season and is one of the most consistent performers.

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The England international has benefited from the arrival of manager Mauricio Pochettino and has thrived mainly in a right wing-back role this campaign.

He has chipped in with six assists so far this season and is one the side’s greatest attacking threats on the flank, with teammate Danny Rose doing a similar job on the left.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Azpilicueta is regarded by many as the best one-on-one defender in the Premier League.

The versatile player can slot in anywhere along the defence and has mainly played as a right sided centre-back this season.

The 27-year-old Spaniard has played a pivotal role in Chelsea climbing to the top of the Premier League this season and has kept his performances to a very high standard.

In other Tottenham news, David Luiz has admitted he loves this Spurs player.

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