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Friday, December 23, 2011

Premier League Team of the Season So Far

Premier League Team of the Season So Far

The English Premier League will reach its 19-match midway mark before end of the year. As we close the year, I would like to put forward the Best XI players I think have outperformed their peers in a 4-3-3 formation. Feel free to add your comments or suggest your best XI.



Goalkeeper - Michel Vorm

Swansea City have conceded 21goals so far in the season but this could be twice more had it not been for the form of their Dutch goalkeeper Michel Vorm. The £1.5 million former Willem II custodian has been one of the star performers between the sticks this season. No other team but Liverpool can attest to the influence of the 28-year-old who pulled off stunning saves to deny the Anfield club three points in their own backyard.

Honourable Mentions - Ali Abdullah Harib Al-Habsi (easily one of the most underrated footballers in the league), and Pepe Reina – by virtue of having conceded the least number of goals in the league so far.

DEFENCE

Micah Richards           Daniel Agger                Vincent Kompany              Phil Jones  
        
Liverpool boast the meanest defence in the Premier League having conceded only 13goals in 17 matches at the time of writing this article. In such situations, plaudits are mostly given to goalkeepers but Daniel Agger nicks it. The Danish center-back has formed a rock-solid partnership with Martin Skrtel at Liverpool and is easily one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League when fit. Manchester City sit at the apex of the Premier league and this can be attributed to the leadership of club captain Vincent Kompany. The 25-year-old Belgian stalwart has made the Citizens’ defence impregnable and will be key for the rest of the campaign. Man United’s Phil Jones has played as a box to box midfielder, centre-back and full-back for the club this season. His adaptability has seen him score a goal or two and rack in a few assists for the club. One of the best deals of the summer. Micah Richards has contributed as many assists as Gervinho, Ryan Giggs, Adebayor, Agbonlahor and Van Persie. Too impressive for a player who operates as a rightback.
               
Honourable mentions – Jose Enrique, Thomas Vermaelen, Ledley King


                                                         MIDFIELD

David Silva                          Check Tiote                                        Lucas Leiva

Manchester City’s David Silva twinkles the midfield like no other. He’s always at the center of all the good that the Citizens do. He has racked in 9assists this season, more than any player in the league. In writing about David Silva, I was tempted to say that he’s impossible to stop. But one players shut him down at Anfield. Lucas Leiva. The Brazilian before his injury was one of the best midfielders in the EPL. In the two clubs encounter at Anfield, Joe Hart’s mouthwatering saves earned him man of the match award to the chagrin of many who rightfully thought the Brazilian could have won it. The injury put him out, but he earns his place in my team of the season. Ivorian international Cheikh Tioté joined Premier League side Newcastle United on 26 August 2010 for a fee of £3.5 million. That his fee has already skyrocketed to around £20m tell you how much impact the former FC Twente midfielder has made in the league this season. The rumour mill has it that he will be moving on to a bigger club in January. Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal are likely suitors.           

Honourable Mentions – Scott Parker, Juan Mata, Luis Nani

                                                        STRIKERS

Robin Van Persie                        Demba Ba                                           Luis Suarez 

Robin Van Persie has been a joy to watch this season. "Robin Van Persie, he scores when he wants" is the song the Gunners fans have been singing to the in-form Dutch striker. He not only leads the race for the Barclays golden boot with 16 goals but is on the brink of breaking Allan Shearer’s 1995 record of 36 Premier League goals in a calendar year. He now has 34, with two matches against Wolves and QPR before the year ends. Demba Ba is the second Newcastle player to grace this list. The French-born Senegalese has scored all manner of  goals for the Magpies which saw them sit comfortably in the top four before their downfall started amidst a string of tough matches. He has scored two hat tricks this season and has a cumulative 13goals, second only to Van Persie. Liverpool haven’t been scoring goals for fun this season. That Luis Suarez is chosen for the team of the season so far is debatable but the Uruguayan graces this category because he does more than score. He has been misfiring and hitting the post countless times, but how he creates those chances is second to none in the league.


Honourable Mentions – Emmanuel Adebayor, Wayne Rooney, Kun Aguero

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2011!!! :)

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