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This should have been the team of the year

By Football Talk.

The premier league team of the year has been announced and is predictably dominated by Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal players. Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra, Darren Fletcher and Antonio Valencia make it from Manchester United, Branislav Ivanovic and Didier Drogba from Chelsea and Thomas Vermaelen and Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal.

The official team of the year:


Ivanovic                 Dunne                      Vermaelen                   Evra

Valencia                    Fabregas                    Fletcher                   Milner

Rooney                   Drogba

Now I’m not normally one to argue with the experts but for me, Fletcher, Ivanovic and Valencia haven’t done enough to warrant being included in the team of the year. Richard Dunne has been inspirational at Aston Villa, but again i think we could do better.

Valencia took a long time to settle at Manchester United and only really started to find him feet in recent months. He is far from a guaranteed starter either. Darren Fletcher is a much under-rated performer from the heart of Manchester United’s midfield, but again i don’t think he’s done quite enough. Ivanovic’s included because he plays for Chelsea, he has been steady but nothing special. The rest of the team is fine, but i will look at alternatives for these four players.

Firstly, i think the team of the year should be a 4-3-3 formation as there have been so many stand out performers up front this season.

Right Back:

Right back is a weak area in general in the premier league, there have not been that many stand out performers and many of the larger sides have been disrupted in this position throughout the season. Bacary Sagna at Arsenal had a great season last year but has been less consistent this term. Chelsea’s first choice Jose Bosingwa has been out injured for the majority of the season as has Glen Johnson at Liverpool, while Manchester United have had  to play several right backs during the course of the campaign. Vedran Corluka has played well for Tottenham, but i think you can’t look any further than Aston Villa’s Carlos Cuellar. Predominantly a centre back, Cuellar has adapted well to the full back position and has played 34 of Aston Villa’s 35 league games this season.

Centre Back:

Again, many of the usual suspects have either been injured or out of forms this year. John Terry has not been his usual self in the second half of the season, Rio Ferdinand and Namanja Vidic have both missed large periods through injury, while Jamie Carragher has been part of a very inconsistent Liverpool side. Richard Dunne is not a terrible shout, but i think Michael Dawson of Tottenham deserves a place in the team. He has been in superb form during the second half of the season and helped push Spurs towards a champions league place, surely Capello can’t overlook him for the World Cup?


Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas and Aston Villa’s James Milner deserve their places, so in my 4-3-3 formation that leaves only one place open and i can’t see how Frank Lampard didn’t make the official line-up. He has scored an amazing 20 league goals from the heart of Chelsea’s midfield, and is one of the most consistent performers around.


Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie began the season in fine form and would no doubt have been pushing for a place had he stayed fit. Darren Bent has scored an impressive 25 goals for an average Sunderland side and Fernando Torres has been a constant goal threat but missed large parts of the season through injury. But my third striker would be Carlos Tevez of Manchester City. He has done all he could so show Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson exactly what he’s missing and scored 22 goals in 30 premier league games, Tevez has also chipped in with 8 assists and been a focal point in City’s push for fourth this year.

My team of the year:


Cuellar                    Dawson                       Vermaelen                    Evra

Lampard                Fabregas                   Milner

Rooney                   Drogba                Tevez

What would your team of the year be? Please leave your teams in the comment section below…



  1. nick

    April 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    fabianski in goal?

  2. Lee

    April 26, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Hahaha Fabianski in goal for sure! I Agree indefinatley with your suggestion though. The only maybe would be Cuellar… But then again I can’t think of anyone else really? Tevez has been outstanding all season so he is a certainty

  3. The Fan

    April 26, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    If Glenn Johnson played more games this season he would have got best right back.

  4. nicky..

    April 26, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Ivanovic has been brilliant this year..
    You obviously don’t watch the games….

    • Football Talk

      April 26, 2010 at 3:04 pm

      Ivanovic has been good, but i just don’t think he deserves a place in the team of the year.

      As i said, right back is the weakest position in the league, there is no stand out performer. So i don’t think you can say any particular player has been the ‘best’ in that position, but it would be between Ivanovic, Cuellar and Corluka and i felt that Villa deserved to have a defender in the team due to their terrific defensive performances this year (except at Stamford Bridge!).

  5. seriously?

    April 26, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Fletcher hasn’t done enough? What drugs are you on?
    Tevez has been excellent but no-one seriously plays with 3 out and out strikers and Tevez/Rooney/Drogba wouldn’t be in the same time anywhere and he just isn’t/hasn’t been as good as Rooney/Drogba.

    Lampard deserves a slot in midfield ahead of Fabregas , but Fletcher has been outstanding and a key player in a team that has mounted a serious title challenge, won the CC and were unlucky in the CL. Arsenal have, yet again, won nothing.

    Fletcher deserves it as much for turning into such an important player despite taking huge amounts of stick for so long.

    Valencia has also been excellent although Malouda has probably done more to warrant a place, though these votes are taken in December and his best form has been since then.

    If Fletcher hadn’t been recognised for this seasons performance there would have been something wrong.

    • Football Talk

      April 26, 2010 at 3:28 pm

      Football is about opinions and mine is that Fletcher doesn’t deserve a place, he’s been very good but Fabregas has been the best midfielder in the league this year, by quite some distance.

      Of course no-one play’s with 3 out and out strikers, but this is a ficticious argument. It’s like having the ‘how many Man Utd players would get into the Chelsea team’ argument with your mates down the pub. I think based on how the season has gone, the formation should have been 4-3-3. Very few teams play 4-4-2 these days anyway.

      Valencia has been excellent in a handfull of games, and they were not before December so why should he be in the team?

    • Fab4

      April 26, 2010 at 3:48 pm

      Haha, Lampard and Fletcher ahead of Fabregas…priceless stuff.

      Fletcher hasn’t done that much more than Song! He’s been decent, nothing more. Lampard should get in with Fabs simply cos of the number of goals the guy gets.

      And Valencia…you United fans just don’t see past your own players do you!?! He puts in a couple of decent crosses and suddenly he’s had a great season.

      The fact that Arsenal haven’t won a trohpy means f-all in terms of who should be in the team of the year. Typical arrogant United fan.

  6. Jules

    April 26, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Song should be in there 100%

  7. seriously?

    April 26, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Song? ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Arsenal and Fabregas were shown up at the Emirates by United. Men against boys.

    Thankfully it was professional players who took this vote and not clueless myopic Arsenal fans who don’t see what players like Valencia and Fletcher have achieved this season over clowns like Song.

    • Fab4

      April 26, 2010 at 4:07 pm

      I can see perfectly well that Fletcher has grown into a very solid midfielder and Valencia has the potential to be a great winger. But that doesn’t mean they are the best around just because they play for the mighty Man Utd.

      You have been a one-man show all year and relied on Rooney, without him, your Fletcher’s and Valencia’s would look average in an average team.

      Song has his limits, but at least i can admit that he has them. You United fans can’t bare to hear a bad word said against your precious lot.

  8. David

    April 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I have to agree with you, I don’t think valencia’s really done anything special at all and for me fletcher is the most over-rated under-rated player in the league. He’s great at running around fouling people but on serveral occasions is let down by his poor technique. For me I’d swap Malouda with Valencia, Lampard with Flethcher and I’d probably drop Drogba for Tevez.

  9. Bee

    April 26, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    What a mug! Lampard deserves a spot ahead of Fabregas…. Yeah Right!! ‘Seriously’ WRONG!!!!

  10. james

    April 26, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Ivanovic for me has been outstanding this year. I think Carlo was very clever as he played him first game of the season (Man Utd. in the Charity Shield) and hauled him out at half time due to his lack of pace. I think over the season his pace has really stepped up and although not as quick as Bosingwa he is much better defensively and has put in cross after cross on the right hand side.

    I’m not sure he could have done a lot more to be included. Up until his injury I thought he was in the top three Chelsea players this year. Which when you consider he’s not even a right back, is rather impressive.

  11. Jonser

    April 26, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    It’s not the offical premier team of the year it’s the pfa team of the year which means it was picked by the players. Can’t really argue with it if there the ones coming up against each other every week.

  12. Geo

    April 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Ivanovic has been one of Chelsea’s stand out players this season and is a top versatile defender who has performed admirably at right back. To the extent that the Chelsea Player of the Year award (to be decided this week) are highly likely to be a pick between Ivanovic and Malouda.

    Lampard often seems overlooked in these sorts of things of late. He now has 140 goals across the last 7 seasons.

  13. sauxboy

    April 27, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Truely..What have Fabregas and Fletcher done…… F….A.. . Lampard the most consistent Box to Box (attacking & Defensive) midfielder in England next to Gerrard and dosen’t rate a mention. The panel must have been Man U sympathisers! I don’t think 2 players can be considered “Dominant”, however 21 goals in 3 games is!

  14. Rasszz Kourikov

    April 27, 2010 at 3:30 am

    The real team of the year should be base on the performance & influence to team as well. The initial list is a total crap as well as your list. The list must be like this.

    1.Van De Sar
    3.Sagna 6.Vidic 5.Vermaelen 2.Evra
    8.Arshavin 4.Fabregas 7.Malouda
    10.Anelka 9.Rooney 11.Drogba

    Cheers 🙂

  15. Martin

    April 27, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Fletcher should be in the team, are you saying Fabregas sa defensive CM or Lambard. It is either Fletcher and Fabregas or Fletcher and Lampard simple!

    • Fab4

      April 27, 2010 at 10:22 am

      Who says there has to be a DM? Its a fictional team! It doesn’t need to have any balance to it. Last years team had Young, Giggs, Gerrard and Ronaldo in midfield. 2008 had Gerrard and Fabregas in the middle. Who is the defensive mid in those teams?

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