This past Sunday, the PFA team of the season was revealed. Your feature editor Dominic Hanley (@dominiho7) has decided he doesn’t wholly agree with the team that was picked and has selected his own XI that he believes has been the best this season.
GK – David De Gea
The only shining light from a dismal season for Manchester United. De Gea has played with class all season, minus the hiccup against Sunderland in the Capital One Cup, he has been United’s player of the season, and at times kept the embarrassment levels down when it looked like United could have be beaten by a cricket score. As you have probably heard a million times before, he struggled when he first arrived in Manchester but has turned into a world class shot stopper.
Notable mention – Simon Mignolet
RB – Seamus Coleman
No other right back in the country has been better that Seamus Coleman this season, FACT! He has flourished under the leadership of Roberto Martinez, much like the entire Everton team. Coleman has provided six goals from the right back position this season, none better than his effort against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. Will he still be with Everton come the start of the 2014/15 season, I’m sure all Evertonians hope so.
CB – John Terry
Back to his best under Mourinho, the controversial Chelsea captain has rolled back the years and has been a mainstay in the blues side this season. A major reason for Chelsea only conceding 26 in the league (the best of all sides this year) he has benefited majorly from the return of the Special One. Many thought he would become a bit part player, but unlike Ashley Cole and to an extent Frank Lampard, Terry has played 33 of the 36 league games, if only he was available for England……
Notable mentions – Gary Cahill, Curtis Davies, Per Mertesacker, Martin Skrtel
LB –Leighton Baines
Now many will ask where is Luke Shaw well for me Baines has been the best left back for a number of years now. Shaw 100% deserves to be his understudy in Brazil this year. Baines not only brings you the qualities needed to be a good defensive full back, his attacking play and dead ball ability is unmatched in the Prem. A late bloomer Baines has been a consistent for Everton since he moved across from Wigan and has rightly become England’s number one left back. A move to Manchester United never materialised and Baines delighted fans by signing a new contract. Everton can currently boast at having the best two full backs in the country.
Notable mention – Luke Shaw
DM – Steven Gerrard
Stevie G has been the ticking heartbeat in the middle of the park for the Reds this season, and one of the major reasons they currently sit top of the pile. Playing more as a deep lying playmaker, the Liverpool captain’s experience has been vital in the final months of the season as Liverpool won 11 games on the bounce. A slip against Chelsea could well cost Liverpool the title this season but Gerrard’s contribution has been vital and he more than deserves to be in this XI.
DM- Yaya Toure
What can you say about the man mountain, Yaya Toure? He is Manchester City’s driving force in the middle of the field; he provides goals, assists, power and pace. At times he is literally unplayable , just ask Marouane Fellaini, and has been a revelation playing further forward since his arrival from Barcelona. The most important player in the Man City line up, he could be the key to City winning the league this season.
RM – Adam Lallana
England debutant Adam Lallana has been in great form for Southampton this year and has helped the coastal club cement a place in the top half of the Premier League table. The Southampton captain has been linked with North-West giants Liverpool and Manchester United and many expect him to leave St Mary’s to release a dream of playing Champions League football. A near certainty to be on the plane to Brazil this summer; he thoroughly deserves a place in the England squad. He has provided Southampton with nine goals this term, three times the amount of the previous season.
CM – Aaron Ramsey
Often ridiculed as a waste of money and time, Ramsey has turned those perceptions of him on their head. He began this season with a bang and if it wasn’t for an injury mid season who knows where Arsenal may have ended up. Even with the signing of Ozil, Ramsey still stood head and shoulders above his team mates and has really become a player to fear when facing the Gunners. Even with the injury mid-season, I felt he deserved his place in the XI as he has also performed well on his return.
Notable mention – David Silva
LM – Raheem Sterling
Still only 19 years of age but showing maturity beyond his years, Sterling has been awesome at times for Liverpool this season. He has chipped in with 9 goals this season and has been a constant threat down the wing, stretching teams so that his team mates can exploit the space and score the goals. Will now most likely be included in the England squad for Brazil, even if he doesn’t play it will be a great experience for him to learn from.
Notable mention – Eden Hazard
Striker – Luiz Suarez
Unbelievable and World Class, is probably the best superlatives used to describe the Uruguayan this season. Though he missed the first five games through suspension due to him biting Branislav Ivanovic, he still finds himself top of the scoring charts with just two games left. If he scores another two he will be the first ever player to beat the record of 31 goals in a 38 game season; Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo currently hold that record.
Notable mentions – Jay Rodriguez, Alvaro Negredo
Striker – Daniel Sturridge
Along with Suarez, Sturridge has been prolific this season; becoming the first Liverpool player to score seven consecutive Premier League games. One half of the new SAS (Originally Shearer and Sutton), Sturridge has been a constant threat to all teams he has come across this season and England fans will hope that he can take this kind of form with him to Brazil. Injuries threatened to derail his season but he just came back stronger than before.
So there you have it my team of the season, obviously some players are the same as the PFA team but that was always going to be the way.
Obviously we want to hear your opinions on whom you think should and shouldn’t have made the team so please provide your comments below.
But also look out for the SoccerStarz Collector Team of the season. You will be able to cast your vote on Facebook starting Tuesday 6th May, so make sure you keep an eye out for that.