Mundane, drab and infuriatingly predictable. Three things this glorious league will thankfully never represent.
In this season of seasons, there have been a plethora of players who have delighted, entertained and thrilled fans everywhere. From Fabrice Muamba to Carlos Tevez, football has played trump card after trump card, making Coronation Street seem almost believable.
Sure..this sport can throw up some incredibly unsavoury issues and incidents, it’s a game that’s destined to be shrouded in controversy for years to come and one which continues to distance itself from the stark realism of ‘normal life’.
But today we should forget all that, because whether you were watching Van Persie strike his 3rd at Stamford Bridge, witnessed City destroy United in their own back yard or sat open mouthed as an entire season was decided by a single stoppage time goal…you realise nothing comes close to this league or indeed this ridiculous sport. Here’s the eleven players who I believe contributed to that feeling more than any other.
As a Birmingham fan I can barely believe this guy was plying his trade at St Andrews only two years ago. Hasn’t looked back since Mancini opted for him over Shay Given, and can now stake a claim to being one of Europes finest. Saved City on numerous occasions with vital match winning saves.
Another young England starlet to return from a loan spell and cement a starting birth. People knew he was good, but I doubt anybody really believed he’d establish himself so effectively for Spurs. Lightning pace, dependable at the back and of course blessed with the ability to score the odd screamer.
Nobody batted an eyelid when the Belgian moved to City four years ago. Now, he’s the most accomplished centre back in the world. Scored the goal to take an enthralling title race to the wire, and consistently carried the aura of a born champion.
Another example of how silly football can be. When the Magpies were relegated three years ago, the perm haired Argentine was seen as a laughing stock. Now he’s the cornerstone of a side who narrowly missed out on the Champions League. Extraordinary.
Has been consistently excellent for the Toffee’s, and at times has out performed Ashley Cole in the league this season. Is exemplary going forward and defensively, whilst the former Wigan man also possesses one of the best left foots in the country. Will push Cole all the way for England in the near future.
Ya Ya Toure
Best midfielder by an absolute country mile. It’s no coincidence City’s form dipped when the Ivorian left for the African Cup Of Nations in January, and he came back to produce some huge performances when it really mattered.
Gets in on his form for three quarters of the season alone. Though he eventually burnt out, as he continues to get used to the demands of the English game, he challenged Van Persie for the best part of the season as the best individual in the league. His assists tally is astonishing whilst he scored some vital goals, including one in an incredible performance at Old Trafford.
Though their strikers have claimed most of plaudits, it’s the French maestro at the heart of Newcastle’s midfield who really makes them tick. Provides countless chances and plays a huge part in one of the best central midfield partnerships in the league. Complements the tenacious Cheick Tiote impressively, and credit goes to Alan Pardew for another masterstroke in the market.
He won the title. What else can you say? The diminutive Argentinian has scored so many crucial goals all throughout the season, with his effort on Sunday eclipsing them all. Is guaranteed to score another hat full next year.
This might be slightly harsh but United, for the first time in ages, have started to look like a one man team at times. That’s as much to do with the scintillating form of their striker more than anything else, but worryingly Rooney is one of the few players you’d actually think deserved to win a Championship medal after his efforts this season. Sure David De Gea improved massively, and Rio looked like his old self. Antonio Valencia is class and even Paul Scholes returned to show some tremendous form, but Rooney has stood head and shoulders above his team mates.
Robin Van Persie
Oozes quality and carried a very inconsistent Arsenal outfit to third place. People forget how badly his side were floundering at the start of the season, and after their humiliating defeats to United and Blackburn many people had them down to finish in mid-table.
But as Van Persie continued to score Arsenal rocketed up the table, and they’ll now look to build upon an impressive finish by keeping their Captain at the club.
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