After what was probably the best Premier League season ever ended with what is definitely the most exciting ending ever, we’re left with one question unanswered; who were the best players? Look no further…
N.B I’ve kept the team based on the Premier League only but the players best moments are from all competitions.
GK – Petr Cech: Not a guy you’re gonna see on many of these lists, Cech is a forgotten master. In among the young pretenders such as Hart and de Gea, who are immediately redeemed of their errors because they are inexperienced, it is a joy to watch Cech dominate the box, read 99% of situations correctly, never make mistakes, and show the kind of footwork that many Prem players would dream of.
Best Moment – F.A Cup Final Save:
DF – Fabricio Coloccini: Colo was once a bit of a joke among the league’s defenders, no longer though. As the Senegalese strikers kept the goals flowing up front, he kept the Toon regimented and strong at the back, keeping 15 clean sheets. He possesses a great turn of pace as well a real solid strength.
Premier League Combined Goals and Assists: 0
Best Moment – 122nd Minute Winner in Carling Cup
DF – Martin Skrtel: The big Slovakian made the transition this season from good to great with a frequent supply of towering headers and intelligent challenges. Where he used to seem eager to go to ground, Skrtel now appears a much more refined product even pushing the accomplished Carragher out of the starting lineup.
Premier League Combined Goals and Assists: 3
Best Moment – Equalising Goal in Carling Cup Final
DF – Vincent Kompany: All the attributes I just applied to Coloccini and Skrtel apply to the Man City captain in a greater magnitude and then some. A leader that keeps his head and is always in the perfect place to block that shot or intercept that pass, he blends the tough qualities of a traditional English centre half with the more intelligent qualities of the continental defender.
Premier League Combined Goals and Assists: 5
Best Moment – Only Goal in Manchester Derby
DF – Micah Richards: For me, Richards has it all. Great strength, great pace, endless stamina, good shot, and good deciding make Micah a nightmare to take on and to be taken on by. A player capable of turning defense into attack in seconds, Richards would be capable playing in most positions on the field.
Premier League Combined Goals and Assists: 7
Best Moment – General Consistency when Played
MF – Alex Song: Perhaps one of the most impressive players this season, the Abel Xavier impersonator has developed into a truly world class talent. Song will remain positionally responsible all game, taking the ball off opponents, drawing fouls, playing simple but effective passes, and then blam! He’ll stroke a masterpiece of a pass through or over defenses, exploiting the smallest mistake or finding the slightest hint of a run.
Premier League Combined Goals and Assists: 12
Best Moment – Assist in the Champions League:
MF – Yaya Toure: Dominant in the air – Check. Overpowering strength on the floor – Check. Unbearable turn of pace – Check. Clinical finish – Check. Tika-taka ability – Check. I had Yaya all wrong; thinking he was a defensive mid at Barca was an impression that was put to rest pretty early on as he raced to being one the best players City have.
Premier League Combined Goals and Assists: 14
Best Moment – Brace Against Newcastle
MF – Juan Mata: Since his debut game against Norwich yielded a goal, John Kill has looked more than at home in the Prem. A brand of player that we just don’t have natively in England, Mata creates space comfortably between the lines and is devastating in that space. Other teams need to learn quickly how to deal with him.
Premier League Combined Goals and Assists: 19
Best Moment – Equalising Goal Against Arsenal
MF – David Silva: His influence has waned towards the end of the year, perhaps due to the intensity of the Premier League, but we cannot forget the way he began the season. In typical Spanish fashion he has eyes all over his head, a perfect short pass, and insane close control that just leaves you wondering how an earth you tackle him.
Premier League Combined Goals and Assists: 23
Best Moment – Assist for Dzeko Against Man United:
MF – Theo Walcott: Very Narrowly pipping Valencia, little Theo has demonstrated he has the powers that we all bestowed on him years ago. His pace is unbearable and he is never afraid to take a player on – this is as it’s always been, it’s the end product that Walcott has added to his game that gets him on this list. Now he finds his man, and seems to have an uncanny ability to finish inside the near post.
Premier League Combined Goals and Assists: 18
Best Moment – ‘Never Stop Going’ Goal Against Chelsea
FW – Robin van Persie: Obviously. RVP is scooping all the plaudits currently, and rightly so. I decided to go with only one striker in my XI because there really isn’t anything between Aguero and Rooney this season, but there is something between them and Robin. A fantastic striker of the ball, he is powerful enough to play up front alone and never goes missing in games despite this. As unselfish as he is clinical, Batman’s sidekick is happy striking a dead ball, curving one in, chipping, and seems to have mastered the volley. If he can stay fit I don’t see why he won’t do it again next season.
Premier League Combined Goals and Assists: 40
Best Moment – The Volley
Thanks to the fantastic myfootballfacts.com for the statistics.
Knowing the nature of football fans, I’m absolutely sure that you agree with this list.