Goalkeeper – Joe Hart
Narrowly beating the soon-to-be-retired van der Sar to the number 1 jersey is Manchester City’s young starlet. At the start of the season, a few eyebrows were raised when Hart was selected ahead of Shay Given, but the 24-year-old’s performances have been of such a high standard that he is now recognised as England’s first choice goalkeeper.
Defence – Nemanja Vidić
The Serbian is the rock of the Manchester United defence. After taking over as club captain at the start of the season, United have conceded less than a goal per game, which played a big part in their 19th Premier League title win. The no-nonsense defender also scored five league goals this season, including the winner in the crucial victory against Chelsea at Old Trafford.
Defence – Robert Huth
After joining Stoke City in 2009, the uncompromising German centre-back has been an integral part of the team’s remarkable recent progress. At the time of writing, he had scored 13% of the club’s league goals: an amazing statistic for a defender. To put this into perspective, Nicolas Anelka accounted for just 12% of Chelsea’s goals in the Premier League. Huth might be a surprise choice in our team of the season, but he is deserving of his place.
Defence – John Terry
Despite having conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League this season (along with Manchester City), Chelsea failed to retain the title, however, the Chelsea captain’s performances have been up there with his very best (when Terry plays, Chelsea concede, on average, a goal every 110 minutes). Indeed, his form has been so impressive that England manager Fabio Capello reinstated the 30-year-old as the captain of the national side in March of this year.
Midfield – Yaya Touré
Standing at 6 foot 3½”, the powerful younger brother of team mate Kolo has been a revelation in his debut season for Manchester City. The high points of the season for the former Barcelona star was his Man of the Match performance against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final, where he scored the only goal of the game and, of course, scoring the winner in the 1-0 FA Cup final win over Stoke City.
Midfield – Scott Parker
In West Ham’s dismal league campaign, Parker has been their one shining light. The tough-tackling midfielder couldn’t save his team from relegation, but the 30-year-old’s performances earned him the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award. In the summer, it is likely he will move on, with Tottenham and Liverpool reportedly targeting the midfielder.
Midfield – Dirk Kuyt
Since Kenny Dalglish’s return as Liverpool manager, Kuyt has been scoring goals for fun (10 in the 18 league games since Dalglish has been at the helm). With 8 assists to his name, the industrious Dutchman has been Liverpool’s standout player this year. It was a close call between Kuyt and Nasri, who was outstanding for the first half of the season, but Kuyt makes the team for his remarkable hatrick against Premier League champions and fierce rivals Manchester United.
Midfield – Charlie Adam
It could be argued that no player has been more pivotal to their team than Charlie Adam. The Blackpool player has scored an incredible 12 goals and set up a further 9 for his team mates and was our tip for PFA Player’s Player of the Year award, where he eventually lost out to Tottenham’s Gareth Bale. In a difficult season for Blackpool, which ultimately ended in relegation to the Championship, their captain has been truly inspirational, helping this team to home and away victories over Liverpool and a 3-1 win against Tottenham (gaining himself numerous Man of the Match awards in the process).
Midfield – Nani
The Portuguese 24-year-old has the most assists in the Premier League this season with 18 and has played a key role in Manchester United’s domestic success. His new-found maturity is what Sir Alex Ferguson attributes his impressive form to, and with Nani beginning to realise his potential, there is now little doubt that United fans now have a new favourite Portuguese player.
Forward – Dimitar Berbatov
This has been the Bulgarian’s finest season in a Manchester United shirt. He finished the season as the Premier League’s joint top scorer with 21 goals – a respectable strike rate of one per 105 minutes he played. He even scored five goals in one match against Blackburn Rovers at the end of November and it was his hatrick against Liverpool in September that proved the difference between the two teams in United’s 3-2 win.
Forward – Peter Odemwingie
This selection may be surprising to some readers, however, there can be no doubting the quality of the West Bromwich Albion striker. This season (his first in English football) Odemwingie won two Barclays Player of the Month awards, becoming only the sixth man to have received the accolade twice in a season. He has scored a remarkable 15 league goals for the club and has 8 assists to his name (the same total as Ryan Giggs and Dirk Kuyt).
GK Edwin van der Sar
DF Vincent Kompany
DF Leighton Baines
MF Gareth Bale
MF Samir Nasri
FW Darren Bent
FW Carlos Tevez
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