Tuesday, November 8, 2011

English Premier League team of the season...so far.

Just over a third of the English Premier League season has past and it’s been extremely entertaining. Goals flooding in from all over the place. New stars making their names at their respective clubs. Old ones fading out of the limelight. Controversial decisions. Fantastic goals. Great saves. John Terry doing something wrong. Basically, the regular service we have become accustomed to in the Premier league every season has continued onto this one and with that I'm giving you the players that I think would make the team of the season, so far. This line-up will probably change in the coming months, but for now, let’s satisfy ourselves with it. We’ll go for a typical 4-4-2 formation and start right at the back:

GK - Michel Vorm (Goalkeeper – Swansea City)
How bloody good has he been? Conceding only once at home so far, the Dutchman has been a rock in goal for the Swans. He could easily be the bargain of the season.

RB - Kyle Walker (Defender – Tottenham Hotspur)
Spurs’ right back has been a revelation this season and has deservedly been called up into the England squad. Strangely enough, in every game he’s played for Spurs, they haven’t lost.

CB - Phil Jones (Defender – Manchester United)
A big price tag for a big player. His move from Blackburn has been fully justified as he’s started more games, in all competitions, than any of United’s defenders so far this season. A feat he probably wouldn’t have expected this early in his Old Trafford career.

CB - Vicent Kompany (Defender – Manchester City)
Best defender in the Premier League at the moment without a shadow of a doubt. When he’s missing, City’s defence looks untidy. He’s taken the captain’s armband and lived up to the role.

LB - Ryan Taylor (Defender – Newcastle United)
But for his performances, Jose Enrique would have gotten the nod here at left back. The second Taylor of Newcastle has not only been putting in great defensive performances this season, but he’s also chipping in with quite a few man-of-the-match displays!

LM - David Silva (Midfielder – Manchester City)
That pass against Manchester United demonstrated all you need to know about the little Spaniard. Definitely a contender for Player of the season if he keeps this form up. He should be knocking on the Spanish National team’s door, because his form merits a place in the starting eleven.

AM - Rafael  Van Der Vaart (Midfielder – Tottenham Hostpur)
The Flying Dutchman seems to relish playing in an attacking side like Tottenham Hotspur. A magician on the ball, his 6 goals and 2 assists are what have made Spurs tick this season. Luka who? VDV is the king of White Hart Lane.

DM - Cheikh Tiote (Midfielder – Newcastle United)
Is there a better defensive midfielder in the league? He could probably slot right into the starting 11 of pretty much every team in the Premier League at the moment. That’s how good he is.

RM - Juan Mata (Midfielder – Chelsea)
His creativity has been the biggest spark in Chelsea’s relatively slow start to the season. The Blues’ new number 10 holds the key to keeping their title hopes alive. Like Silva, should be forcing his way into the starting line of Spain’s national team.

ST - Robin Van Persie (Striker – Arsenal)
No matter what anyone says, the Gunners captain is carrying that side on his shoulders and leading by example. His performances this season have been nothing short of brilliant, and would make a former Dutch number 10 at Arsenal very proud.

ST – Edin Dzeko (Striker – Manchester City)
For all the noise that Aguero’s move has made this season, the big Bosnian has been the one that’s been scoring goals for fun. Having had some difficulties at the start of his City career, Dzeko now finds himself just behind Van Persie in the top scorers charts with 10 goals so far.

Honorable mentions/Subs: David De Gea, Jose Enrique, Steven Taylor, Nani, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero, Luis Suarez.


  1. That's a one of a kind line up you got there.
    I would've went for micah richards for kyle walker since both are known for their attacking capabilities but micah richards is really pitching in on the defensive end, whereas kyle walker is lacking most of the time.
    Phil jones hasn't really shown his defensive skills at center back since half of his games where at center the rest at right back or even midfield (he even earned his 1st cap as english player as a right back)
    I think the CB position should be left empty since there's no real defender that has shown his real strength - one could argue this goal spree is due to the lack of defensive skills of defenders (like john terry's mistake, Mertesacker's lack of positioning, foolishness of johny evans to name a few).
    As for the striking departement: I still think aguero should be in place of dzeko, well you can say that he's scoring goals for fun (something he failed to do last term) but the real strength of City now is the link-up between silva and aguero take one or the other and everyone will struggle. Balotelli showed he's a fit as well just because those two were able to put him in great scoring opportunities.

  2. I was debating between Richards and Walker. But we've seen which one of the two was chosen by Capello. My preference is Walker, simply because he adds so much to Tottenham's defence.

    Phil Jones was put at CB, because I had to put someone capable of playing there. I agree that he hasn't shown himself much in that position.

    Dzeko has scored more and assisted as much as Aguero this term, and played less than him.

  3. Kyle Walker has surprised me recently. With him around and with the progress of Micah Richards I guess Glen Johnson should retire himself from International football.

  4. This is an important lesson to remember when you're having a bad day, a bad month, or a shitty year. Things will change: you won't feel this way forever. And anyway, sometimes the hardest lessons to learn are the ones your soul needs most. I believe you can't feel real joy unless you've felt heartache. You can't have a sense of victory unless you know what it means to fail. You can't know what it's like to feel holy until you know what it's like to feel really fucking evil. And you can't be birthed again until you've died.