Well the 20th season of the Premier League is drawing to an epic conclusion this weekend and there have been many outstanding team and individual performances.
From experienced Premier League players to foreign imports into our great league, there have been many outstanding players, most of whom made the PFA Team of the Year but some of whom didn’t make the cut because it is rare for the PFA to look outside the top four at players contributions.
Here is my Premier League team of the season for 2011-12.
GK – Michel Vorm (Swansea)
The Dutch import signed from Utrecht has been in unbelievable form for Swansea. He has 13 Premier League clean sheets in his first season and has made a string of wonder saves including a few penalty saves. Manchester City’s Joe Hart would be the obvious choice and he has been incredible but he has a host of world class defenders in front of him where Vorm does not.
RB – Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)
A controversal choice perhaps given Chelsea’s league position. However, he has been the most consistent RB in the Premier League for many years but is often overlooked. He is versatile and even during Chelsea’s poor run of form he was still performing to a high standard. Kyle Walker and Micah Richards have also been superb but Walker still has question marks over his defensive ability and Richards has fallen out of favour recently.
CB – Vincent Kompany (Man City)
Easily the best defender in the league this season. His what should be title winning goal against Man United was just the icing on the cake. His consistent performances and constant world class defensive solidity makes him a must for any team of the year.
CB – Martin Srktel (Liverpool)
Arguably Liverpool’s best player in what can only be described as a poor season by their standards. Scored in the Carling Cup final and didn’t put himself to shame in the FA Cup final either.
LB – Leighton Baines (Everton)
Been a consistent performer yet again this season. Defends well and attacks better, a great crosser and deadly from free kicks. The closest thing to Ashley Cole England have got as Cole’s back up for Euro 2012.
RM – Clint Dempsey (Fulham)
His 23 goals this season makes him unquestionably the best American outfield player to ever grace the Premier League. Top clubs will be after him this summer for sure and his goal scoring, creating, intellgence and heading ability would make him a great buy for any team. Truely deserves this recognition for his contribution to the league this year.
CM – Yaya Toure (Man City)
The closest thing the Premier League has to a Patrick Vieira since his retirement. Yaya has been superb this season and has scored some crucial goals during this campaign most notably away at Stoke and Newcastle. Man City suffered while he was away and he has proved himself to be worth every penny of his transfer fee.
CM – Scott Parker (Tottenham)
For me he is Tottenham’s best player this season. He gives everything, every game and leaves everything on the pitch. He has sured Spurs up defensively this season and has at times won them games with his gritty determination.
LM – Juan Mata (Chelsea)
Has been a shining light in a dark and depressing league campaign for Chelsea. His 13 assists and 6 league goals has kept Chelsea in contention for fourth place until the Newcastle defeat. Considering it is his first season in England he has settled remarkably quick and looks like he could go on to be a true Chelsea great. Picked just ahead of David Silva because he has played in a confident team all season and has tailed off after Christmas.
ST – Robin Van Persie (Arsenal)
Well simply the best player in the Premier League this season. With 30 league goals and 12 assists he has single handly guided Arsenal into the Champions League all being if they don’t lose at West Brom. Without him this season Arsenal would have been fighting relegation, therefore no one deserves their place more than him.
ST – Sergio Aguero (Man City)
Another player who has set the league alight in his first season. 22 goals in his first season and a massive contribution to Man City’s first Premier League title should they not slip up againt QPR. Many would have gone for golden boy Wayne Rooney but his form has dipped lately and alot of his goals this year have come from the penalty spot.
1 – Joe Hart
2 – Junior Hoilett
3 – Fabricio Colocini
4 – Papiss Cisse
5 – David Silva
6 – Grant Holt
7 – Joe Allen