As part of the forth coming 20th Anniversary of the Premier League, a panel of experts have drawn up various shortlists in several categories to commemorate the great and the good since 1992. One of these shortlists is the Top 10 Premier League players of the last two decades.
Looking over the shortlist in The Mail it is brimming with players that have had the skills to entertain hundreds of thousands of people with a swing of their foot. What also is apparent is that the players people seem to remember most are the attacking players. There is not one defender or goalkeeper in the list. Why do these players always seem to be overlooked and under-valued?
To combat this I have decided to compile my own list, but instead of picking my best 10 players I am going to increase the number to 11 and devise my best Premiership team ever to ensure that goalkeepers and defenders are included. I am going to pick one goalkeeper, four defenders, four midfielders and two strikers. I shall try to use players in their correct positions, but am not going to worry too much about whether they are left or right sided players.
So here goes:
Goalkeeper: Peter Schmeichel
Probably has to be one of the best goalkeepers of the modern age. Add to that his passion, ability to organise his defenders and his longevity; and the ‘Great Dane’ has to be the obvious choice.
Central Defenders: Tony Adams and Jaap Stam
As part of one of the most solid back pairing of all time Adams has to be part of my defence. Again he has leadership qualities, consistency and longevity. He may have had his problems off the pitch but on the pitch he was solid as a rock. Alongside him I have put Jaap Stam for the reason that for one season he was undoubtedly the best fullback in the world.
Wingbacks: Gary Neville and Ashley Cole
I had to pick Gary Neville for two main reasons. First would be the his achievements in the game, countless Premier League titles and a European Cup. The other main reason is again his longevity. He also obviously brings leadership qualities. Ashley Cole is in for being one of the most skillful wingbacks I have ever seen and a few seasons ago was probably the best player in his position ever in the Premiership.
Midfield: Ryan Giggs, Matt Le Tissier, David Beckham and Steven Gerrard
Beckham goes in for his ability to take a free kick and for that goal from the halfway line. Le Tissier for his ability to score from 40 yards out and let us not forget he pretty much kept Southampton in the Premiership single-handily for many a season. Giggs for being one of the best wingers in the game and being at the top of the game season after season. Gerrard is in for his ability to grab the game by the scruff of the neck, get stuck in and get that important goal.
Strikers: Alan Shearer and Eric Cantona
Shearer surely must be the most undebateable choice. Premier League’s record goalscorer. Need any more be said? Cantona is in because anyone who can make a Manchester United side look like a one man team must surley be remarkable. He has the vision and ability to do the special in bucketloads.
Do you agree with my choices? Please comment and add your own selections below!