My Team Of The Year: This Wasn’t Easy….

By on May 25, 2011

So the 2010/11 season is finished. Minus the small matter of the play-offs of course, but for the top division, it’s now a busy three months preparing to do it all over again.

Over the past campaign, there have been many players who have impressed, but which particular eleven individuals get the nod to make up my Team of the Year? Whether you agree or disagree, we’ve all got an opinion. Here’s mine…

Joe Hart – Manchester City

It’s easy to say Edwin Van Der Sar was the best keeper this season. For me, that seems to be a romantic’s point of view and if it wasn’t his final season he wouldn’t have been so glorified. Take nothing away from the Dutchman, he was superb, but in my humble opinion, the man who has got the most clean sheets gets the gloves. 18 shut-outs in one campaign is a mean feat, and although he had a rock-solid defence in-front of him, Hart made crucial saves at crucial times. Despite a wobbly patch, Hart has established himself as the county’s best keeper and now has an F.A Cup winners medal on his mantelpiece and Champions League football to look forward to.

Seamus Coleman – Everton

It’s not been a good year for the Premier League’s right-backs. Glen Johnson injured, Branislav Ivanovic and Bakary Sagna not at their best. Rafael had his moments but for me it goes to a player who hasn’t even played right-back .Strange, yes, but Seamus Coleman had to fit into the side somewhere, despite playing most of his football at right-midfield. Naturally a full-back, Coleman has been transformed into an attacking force and has chipped in with six goals this campaign. Quick, neat feet and strong in the tackle, Coleman has announced himself at the highest level and will only get better.

Vincent Kompany – Manchester City

First name on the team-sheet, Kompany has been colossal in Manchester City’s impressive back-line this season. One of the main reasons why Hart got his 18 clean-sheets, Kompany seemed to be everywhere, throwing his body into the path of shots, tackles and crosses. Still young and next season, he could get even stronger.

Nemanja Vidic – Manchester United

Probably the Premier League’s best centre-back, strong in the air and reads the game excellently. Positionally, the Serbian international has barely put a foot wrong and when fit, has been a huge factor in United’s push for their 19th top-flight title. Scored important goals too, netting in the remarkable late comeback away at Aston Villa.

Leighton Baines – Everton

This full-back choice is a lot more straight forward, following the controversy over the opposite flank. On form, Baines should be England’s No.1, No.3. Not only has the former Wigan man vastly improved defensively, his contribution to Everton’s attacking options has been the main reason behind his superb season. 11 assists and five goals in the league tell all you need to know.

Nani – Manchester United

Another obvious selection, Nani is starting to fill the shadow that Cristiano Ronaldo had left him in when they both resided in Manchester. 14 assists, nine goals, Nani has really shined in another successful season for the Red Devils and has calmed down on the previously infuriating play acting that overshadowed his undoubted ability. Now, the winger needs to kick on to further enhance his reputation.

Charlie Adam – Blackpool

Unlikely to be playing near Pleasure Beach next season, but what a campaign for the Scotsman. At times, single-handedly led Blackpool to some remarkable scalps in a memorable campaign for the Tangerines. It’s been said so many times that Ian Holloway’s side were “a breath of fresh air” for the Premier League, but it was Adam who really helped Pool liven up the top-flight, chipping in with 12 goals and eight assists.

Scott Parker- West Ham United

If there was ever a player who didn’t deserve to suffer the pain of relegation, it’s Scott Parker. Like Adam at Blackpool, at times it was like a one-man show at Upton Park, the Football Writers Player of the Year magnificent for the Hammers as he kept fighting through the months of turmoil. A move to bigger and better things beckons, but the Iron faithful won’t forget him. West Ham never won when Parker didn’t play this season, which further outlines his importance.

Rafael Van Der Vaart – Tottenham

There were a few contenders for this final midfield spot, especially Spurs team-mate Gareth Bale, but for his transfer fee and overall contribution, Van Der Vaart nicks in for me. Although the second-half of his season was less emphatic, the Dutchman has been a joy to watch and has scored some wonderful goals, netting 13 overall alongside eight assists.

Javier Hernandez – Manchester United

Signing of the season, by some margin. Few imagined the “Little Pea” would take so kindly to England’s top division but the Mexican has more than lived up to the cut-price £6m Sir Alex Ferguson paid for him. 20 goals in his first ever season in the U.K, 13 of them in the league and now one game stands between the striker and a Champions League winners medal. Don’t rule him out of scoring in that one either.

Darren Bent – Aston Villa

Nowadays it seems wherever he goes, he guarantees goals, even at mid-table sides. Sunderland looked odds-on for Europe, until Bent left for Villa in January, where he still managed to add to his 11 goals in 23 games for the Black Cats, with 9 in 16 for Gerard Houllier’s side. If Chelsea are paying £50m for Fernando Torres, Bent looks a snip at £24m after another brilliant campaign.

Beyond the first team, there were a number of players who can count themselves unfortunate not to make the XI. They do make up a good subs bench, mind.

Robin Van Persie – Arsenal – When fit was extremely clinical, his goals were missed for long periods.

Gareth Bale – Tottenham – Had one unstoppable spell during the season but injuries caught up with him soon afterwards.

Ali Al-Habsi – Wigan – A real gem in goal for Roberto Martinez, crucial to keeping them up. Jack Wilshere – Arsenal – Impressive breakthrough season saw the 19 year-old become a regular for both the Gunners and England.

Dirk Kuyt – Liverpool – The Reds’ most consistent performer over the campaign, top-scorer with 14 strikes.

Peter Odemwingie – West Brom – 15 goals in his maiden season in English football was a superb return for a fee, supposedly, under £2m.

David Vaughan – Blackpool – Out-shone by Charlie Adam but made the second most tackles over the whole season and will no doubt be coveted over the summer.

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19 Comments

  1. David Smithers

    May 25, 2011 at 11:26 am

    No Modric? And Darren Bent? This is the worst ‘team of the year selection i’ve ever seen.

  2. Andrew

    May 25, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Have you heard of Luka Modric by any chance? He won Spurs’ player of the year, and was far better than Van der Vaart and Bale. As for Bent, yes he scores goals but he contributes absolutely nothing else. He still scored less than Tevez, Berbatov and Van Persie who all do a lot more than him.

  3. Matt84

    May 25, 2011 at 11:34 am

    No mention of Luka Modric…

  4. steve

    May 25, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Van Der Sar
    Rafeal
    Gallas
    Kompany
    Enrique
    Downing
    Modric
    Tiote
    Bale
    Berbatov
    Van Persie

    subs –
    Foster
    Vidic
    Coleman
    Van Der Vaart
    Giggs
    Tevez
    Herdandez

  5. yates

    May 25, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Wilshere!!

  6. ben

    May 25, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Nasri??

  7. pridders

    May 25, 2011 at 11:50 am

    no nasri or tevez? van der vaarts done nothing since january, same as nasri and bale, but even at his peak at the start of the season he was no way near as impressive as those two, good value yes but thats it

    • pridders

      May 25, 2011 at 11:53 am

      also, I believe sagna should at least get a place on the bench if not replace coleman, easily arsenal’s best player (although thats not saying much) and best right back in the league and one of the best in the world, by far imo

  8. Padraic Connell

    May 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    VDS
    Sagna Kompany Vidic Baines
    Nani Parker Modric Nasri
    RvP Tevez

  9. stool

    May 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Man u fan by any chance?

  10. Travis

    May 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    what a nutter! as you said its your opinion and i intimate by saying your opinion sucks!!!

  11. Langers

    May 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Joe Hart

    Ivanovic Kompany Vidic Baines

    Nasri Parker Adam Modric

    Van Persie Tevez

    Subs: Van der Saar, Gallas, Hernadez, Van der Vaart, Nani, Bale, Wilshere

    Wow…that was tough!

  12. Tony

    May 25, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I’m a Tottenham fan, and I wouldn’t have included Van Der Vaart or Bale, quite simply because of their poor 2nd half of the season. But to not have Modric is bloomin ridiculuos, not just our best player by a HUGE margin, but argubly the best in his position in the league! Crazy…

  13. asas

    May 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Nasri…really??? I dont think so

    Good first half of the season (like Bale or VDV), but thats is it.

  14. Loz

    May 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Im a Spurs fan

    Formation 4-2-3-1

    GK Hart
    RB Sagna
    CB Vidic
    CB Kompany
    LB Baines

    DM Sandro
    C/DM Fabregas

    RMF Nani
    AMF Modric
    LMF Nasri

    CF Hernandez
    CF Tevez

    Subs Bale, VDS, Wilshere, Parker, Silva, Dawson, VDV, Rooney

    Easy, and would destroy your best team blad.

    • Paul

      May 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      and just hope the ref doesn’t spot we have 12 men on the field I suppose

  15. Arsenal4Life

    May 25, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Where are Nasri and Wilshere?

    VdSar
    Sagna Vidic Kompany Baines
    Nasri Wilshere Parker Nasri
    Chicarito RVP

  16. james storey

    May 25, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Gk : E. Van der Sar

    RB : B. Sagna
    CB : N. Vidic
    CB : V. Kompany
    LB : P. Evra

    RM : A. Young
    CM : J. Wilshire
    CM : C. Adam
    LM : L. Modric

    ST : C. Tevez
    ST : J. Hernandez

    Subs Bench;

    GK : J. Hart

    LB : L. Baines
    CB : J. Carragher

    RM : A. Valencia
    CM : S. Parker

    ST : R. Van Persie
    ST: L. Suarez

    I know I included suarez even thou he was brought in january, however has been a vital influence under dalglish, feel free to comment

  17. sahil

    May 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    were you drunk when you selected this team

    joe hart
    sagna vidic company baines
    wilshere modric parker nasri
    van persie tevez

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