My Premier League Team of the Season

By on May 18, 2011

The difficult thing when picking a Premier League team of the season, is determining which qualities warrant a place in it. A lot of players have produced magical moments in the season, but haven’t been consistent enough to be named in the side.

The goalkeeping position is an interesting one; there have been a lot of solid performers in struggling teams such as Ben Foster and Paul Robinson, who are perhaps unlucky not to be named in the team but the place just has to be given to Edwin Van der Sar. At the age of 40, he is still producing performances of the very highest standard. His handling, decision making, distribution and kicking are all exemplary and he will be a real miss when he retires at the end of the season.

In truth, there hasn’t really been a stand out right back this season; I’m giving the slot to Phil Neville based on his experience and the edge he provides. After a poor beginning to the campaign, his form has helped push Everton up the table. Ask any Manchester City fan and they will tell you that Vincent Kompany has been their best player this season. He completed the transition from midfield to defence with ease and is a real force in both penalty areas.

Nemanja Vidic must be named the other of the centre backs; he is an absolute colossus and is without question one of, if not the best, centre back in the world. The numerous times he clears the ball from danger and his attacking threat at set pieces makes him such a stand-out player. The left back position is going to Jose Enrique; Leighton Baines is unfortunate to miss out but Enrique has been fantastic for Newcastle all season, who will be lucky to hang on to him in the summer. His decision making, pace and strength make him one of the finest left backs in the league.

It would have been really easy to pick players such as Gareth Bale, Samir Nasri and Charlie Adam who enjoyed absolutely superb early periods of the season. But it seems to have caught up with them recently, the former two now injured and the latter finding life tougher in the Premier League.

Nani must make the team purely on his assist record this season – 18 to date; he has also weighed in with 9 Premier League goals and although he has found himself playing second fiddle to Antonio Valencia in recent weeks, he has just been too good to be left out. Scott Parker has been inspirational in a struggling West Ham team and is perhaps the only player who can still hold his head high; he wouldn’t look out of place in any of the top teams who are sure to be after his services in the summer.

My other central midfielder is Luka Modric, the only criticism I have of him is that he doesn’t score enough goals, but he has been inspirational for Tottenham this season. Nigel de Jong is also worth a mention and has been fantastic for Manchester City this season, but just misses out. The final midfield spot goes to Ryan Giggs; there isn’t anything more I can add about the man because it would never do him justice. He has no right to be producing the type of performances he is at the age of 37.

The two strikers is a difficult one. Dimitar Berbatov has found himself out of the team in many of the big games this season but is likely to finish the season as the top scorer with 21 goals and on that basis he cannot be left out. My other choice is a controversial one; Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie has been in fine form of late but has missed large chunks of the season, whilst Carlos Tevez has also been injured and out of form in recent weeks. Javier Hernandez is also unlucky to miss out after a fabulous opening season in the Premier League that has seen him score 13 Premier League goals. The spot goes to Peter Odemwingie. He has scored 15 Premier League goals for West Brom and has been an inspiration in their turn around in form which has left them eleventh in the league with just one game to go.

The Team

Edwin Van der Sar (Manchester United)

Phil Neville (Everton)

Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United)

Jose Enrique (Newcastle United)

Nani (Manchester United)

Luka Modric (Tottenham Hotspur)

Scott Parker (West Ham United)

Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)

Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United)

Peter Odemwingie (West Brom)

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18 Comments

  1. Kieron

    May 18, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I agree with most of that. And i think Odimwengie is a good call.

    Only thing i would change is Phil Neville for Sagna. I know we’ve had our defensive problems to say the least but Sagna has been a rock and a tireless worker. I dont think there’s many better than him in the world let alone the prem.

  2. izzy gonner

    May 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    no rvp,nasri,sagna you nuts lol

  3. Bradford

    May 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Phil Neville hasn’t played right back all season and isnt the best! Jose Enrique? How about Baines, Assou-Ekotto, Ridgewell or even Cashley Cole??

    Giggs on the wing? Have you heard of Bale? Nzgobia? Vaughan? Jarvis? All played better this season.

  4. pistolpete

    May 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Well if that is the best you can pick i am very pleased they are not playing for Arsenal or we would never had made the top 4.

  5. Aman

    May 18, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Seriously ur choices suck, thank god ur not a manager, Neville for RB, i think Sagna gets the nod there, and LB def Baines, the strike best at the moment are RVP, and tevez, and in midfield how can you leave out players like wilshire and Nzgobia?? An 18year old who overshadowed Iniesta and Xavi?? And Nzgobia for pulling wigan back against west ham and wining from being 2-0 down, even my vote of the keeper goes to Joe Hart for the Van dar sar Blunder against WBA..

  6. hal

    May 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Sanga not neville and Hernandez not Berbatov

  7. Fatawu musah

    May 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Sagna is undoubtedly the best rb in the premiership this season.

  8. idowu abiodun lukmon

    May 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    well.i think d ppl u mentioned tried dis season xcept 4 berbatov nd phil.respect 2 his 21 goals.but i wil prefer rvp/chicarito & ivanovic nd my praises also goes 2 tevez 4 helping city qualified 4 champions league.

  9. raman

    May 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    sagna no doubt,best rb in premier league…and surprised not to see a wilshere or rvp….

  10. belay

    May 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    this best eleven only shows who you are not the best eleven,
    you left Samir Nasri and Bale becuse thier form is deep this time, why don’t n’t

  11. belay

    May 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    sorry you are just ,
    1. english
    2. M.UTD fun

  12. kajura

    May 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    no Wilshere(Arse), Nasri(Arse), Bale (Tot), Vander vart. this is from a Rugby manager perhaps.

  13. Ogunbona oluwatimilehin

    May 18, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Sagna as my rb,baines as lb,wilshere instead of modric,giggs as an outstanding player but i will give it 2 bale,tevez instead of barbatov

  14. Jeansy

    May 18, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    giggs, berbatov are laughable choices. hernandez has been better then berbatov.

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  16. malala

    May 19, 2011 at 8:09 am

    With all fairness,these players cnt make the team of the season:Nani,Giggs,Odemwinge n Barbatov.Guys lyk Charlie Adam,David Silva,Kolo Toure,Nasri,Van Persie,Tevez,Meireles,Kuyt,Drogba,Malouda r beta than sam of these players picked

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  18. kiggundu abraham

    May 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I do conquer wiyh the line up, don’t u believe that Arsenal fans should react for their nonsense this season?

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