Following Shouts From the Stands recent articles looking into various awards and who we believe the candidates are and who we would pick as winners of those awards it is now the turn of our team of the season
This is going to be chosen on whos done more for their club rather than who is the better player as we don’t want to see the same old players popping up all the time.
For us this was a toss up between Edwin Van Der Sar and Ben Foster, there can be no argument that Van Der Sar has been more steady and has made less errors but in this team we will opt for Ben Foster, without some of his stunning performances this season Birmingham would be in deep trouble and possibly already relegated, so whilst Van Der Sar has been remarkable this term as have many others Foster is the man for our team.
This was a tough one for us as no one has been outstanding; we narrowed it down to Micah Richards and Bacary Sagna. Whilst Sagna has not been at his best this season he has still been the best right back in the Premier League, Richards has been back to his best form of a couple of seasons ago and is on this list because he has given City the have lacked in recent years and thus had a big impact on his side, his strength and aerial ability make him a solid defender and his pace and power make him a threatening attacking option. For our team due to the impact he has had on his club we will select Micah Richards.
For me there are two stand out candidates for these two slots in our side and those are Nemanja Vidic who I personally believe is favourite to win player of the year and Vincent Kompany who has really shown the Premier League what he can do this term at the heart of the Man City defence. I personally cannot see anyone who has come close to these two Gallas has performed well in his first season in a Spurs shirt but he has not been a rock who a defence can be formed around unlike Kompany and Vidic.
Again this was between the candidate who has probably performed best this term Patrice Evra and a candidate who has performed above all expectation Newcastle’s Jose Enrique.
Evra has not been up to his usual standards this season but has been far and away the best left back in the Premier League.
Jose Enrique’s performances this term have seen him linked with a whole host of clubs in European Football which will not please Newcastle fans, however due to him being a dependable option both defensively and bombing forward, Jose Enrique is our selected left back.
For me there was only one real option for this position. Despite his shock omission from the Player of the Year shortlist Nani has been stunning this term.
He has helped him self to 9 premier league goals and leads the assists table.
He has offered more to Man United’s attacking line up than any other and if they win the title he will have had a big hand in the triumph for this reason we will select Nani.
This was some what a tough call for us, as I decided to go with a 4-4-2 formation you generally need a defensive midfielder and a more offensive minded one unless there is an outstanding candidate who is a box to box midfielder this season although Joey Barton has been good I don’t think he’s done enough to make It into this side.
Although Samir Nasri has played in various positions he has been at his devastating best performing centrally or coming from the middle with a sort of free role after starting from the left hand side his performances have been recognised by the PFA as he has been shortlisted for the top prize and is selected as one of our central midfielders.
My candidates for the more defensive minded midfielder both came from clubs who were not challenging for honours, Chiek Tiote has been a colossus in his debut season in the Premier League and has been the ideal partner to allow Kevin Nolan to roam forward and find the net.
Scott Parker has commanded the West Ham midfield and the rest of his side in the dressing room at times if reports are to be believed, he has scored goals, made goal saving tackles, provided assist and generally kept his side flowing. Without him West Ham would be relegated already. His form has also been recognized by the PFA as he is nominated for the player of the year award.
For me Parker just shades Tiote as he also has goals and assists in his locker.
This was a tough decision for me as the two candidates are in completely contrasting situations. Matt Jarvis is struggling at the wrong end of the table to try and make sure his Wolves side can secure a Premiership future.
The other candidate I had in mind Gareth Bale has pushed his side to a Champions League quarter final and has helped Tottenham completely change the way they play and added a real dynamic dimension to the Spurs side, he is feared World wide now due to his performances this season, which is why he just shades Matt Jarvis and Gareth Bale is selected as our left winger.
It would be all too easy to select the players who top the scoring charts which would mean Dimitar Berbatov and Carlos Tevez would be our strike force, however for me Berbatov has not been impressive this term he has found the back of the net but you would not call him a shining light.
On the other hand Carlos Tevez has led the line for City and everything attacking City do comes through Tevez, despite the numerous millions spent on attacking talent Tevez is still their main man and again his efforts have been recognised by the PFA for these reasons Carlos Tevez is one half of our strike force.
The second striker was a really tough one for me to decide, for me since the start of 2011 Robin Van Persie has been the best player in the Premier League. His goals and creative ability have added a lot to Arsenals play and leaves fans wondering what if he had been fit all season.
The other candidate has also only played half a season. Andy Carroll was magnificent and helped give Newcastle a solid base to build upon in their first season back in the Premier League. The formidable target man has seen himself rise from a Championship player to an England international and the record British signing in the space of 10 months.
However since his move to Liverpool he has not hit the back of the net and his side are less dependant on him which makes him less valuable for this particular selection so whilst it may be my Arsenal tinted glasses on I am going to select Robin Van Persie
Our final 11:
Micah Richards Nemanja Vidic Vincent Kompany Jose Enrqiue
Nani Scott Parker Samir Nasri Gareth Bale
Carlos Tevez Robin Van Persie
What do you think of this selection? What would your side be and why? Have I made any glaring errors in this line up? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts