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My teams of the season

Steve Wilson | 10:58 UK time, Monday, 18 May 2009

It's that time of the year when anyone and everyone seems to feel entitled to hand out their own football awards to whoever has caught their eye, sold the tastiest pie, preserved the most stone-age loo or even won a cup or two.

So with the end of the season in sight, I have decided to set myself, and you, a challenge. It is to select two teams; the first with one outfield player from each of the top ten Premier League sides and the second with one outfield player from each of the bottom ten sides. In goal will be the best keeper from each half of the table.

I am well aware that I could be accused of indulging in a pointless exercise, but what the hell. I'm writing this in my spare time and I promise I will not be claiming any associated expenses!

As the great Forsyth might say (Bruce not Frederick) "play along at home" - I look forward to reading your alternatives.

As we stand the top half are: Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton, Villa, Fulham, Spurs, West Ham and Man City.

Remember only one outfield player from each club allowed in a formation of your choice.
For my top half team I have decided to play 4-2-3-1 in the Benitez style.

Goalkeeper: Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd) - vastly experienced and oozing a calm authority which rubs off on those in front of him. His long sequence of clean sheets helped United come from behind to hit the top at just the right time.

Right back: Lucas Neill (West Ham) - now I am not saying that Lucas Neill is the best right-back in the country but I had to include a West Ham player and didn't feel they had anyone in any other position who could be my first pick.

Neill has had a steady season, showing good leadership and hardly missing a game in a team which under Zola has been greater than the sum of its parts.

Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson

Centre half: Brede Hangeland (Fulham) - a monster at the back for Fulham who has been outstanding this season missing only one league game and never being substituted. Reads the game well and is physically commanding.

Centre half: Ledley King (Spurs) - a modern medical miracle. Despite never taking part in training he is possibly the most influential player Spurs have.

His one off the field indiscretion should not take away from another remarkable contribution.

Left back: Joleon Lescott (Everton) - he may not have repeated his goal-scoring exploits of last season, but Lescott has been integral to another excellent Everton campaign.

He is a real handful when he races down the touchline and is rarely caught out defensively.

Centre midfield: Michael Essien (Chelsea) - only returned from injury in March but immediately underlined how much Chelsea had missed him. He has fantastic drive in midfield with aggression and touch as well as vision.

His goal against Barcelona may have been in vain, but boy, what a goal it was!

Centre midfield: Stephen Ireland (Man City) - by a distance City's player of the season. Has a great eye for goal but is also a great provider for others.

He is not afraid to speak out when a team-mate (ie. Robinho) takes the day off.

Right attacking midfield: Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd) - I would love to have played Rooney or Vidic but with only one outfield player from each club it has to be Ronaldo.

He scores more goals than most, he creates more goals then most and he sulks spectacularly. Like Sir Alex, I would live with sulking.

Central attacking midfield: Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal) - he has been worth every single penny Arsene Wenger paid for him and is the main reason Arsenal fans are not even more depressed.

If only he had not been cup-tied for the Champions League! For Arsenal he has shown some devastating finishing from the left but he also has the ability to run a game from a central position as he has for Russia.

Left attacking midfield: Ashley Young (Aston Villa) - has not yet added consistency to his game but on his day he has been almost unplayable.

His performance against Tony Hibbert in April will still be giving the Everton full back nightmares as one of the most one-sided head-to-heads of the season. He is Villa's brightest young star and one of England's too.

Centre forward: Fernando Torres (Liverpool) - I know, I know, no Steven Gerrard but you can't have them both.

Torres is as good as they come and is set to score 50 goals for Liverpool faster than Rush, Fowler or Owen; enough said.

Liverpool star Fernando Torres

And so on to the team from the bottom half. I have decided to play a simple 4-4-2 here. Remember, only one outfield player from each team with a goalkeeper of your choice.

At time of writing the bottom half are: Stoke, Wigan, Bolton, Blackburn, Portsmouth, Sunderland, Hull, Newcastle, Middlesbrough and West Brom.

Goalkeeper: Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton) - maybe the single biggest reason that Bolton stayed up, he has played in every game and is top performer week after week and season after season.

Right back: Glen Johnson (Portsmouth) - has looked more like the player who burst on to the scene with West Ham and less like the player who struggled at Chelsea.

He is good going forward too and is worth his place in Fabio Capello's team so he certainly makes mine.

Centre half: Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn) - totally reliable and one of the best value for money signings in recent years. He is a good captain and a strong, steadying influence on his teammates.

With timing and anticipation he can dominate taller opponents in the air.

Centre half: Andy Dawson (Hull) - one of the best performers at the KC this season at either left-back or centre half. Has played in all four divisions and has not looked out of place in the top one.

Left back: Danny Collins (Sunderland) - like Dawson he is equally comfortable at left back or centre half and does a great job. He is commanding in the air with a good positional sense.

Right midfield: Antonio Valencia (Wigan) - another South American jewel unearthed by Steve Bruce. If he added goals to his repertoire he would be even more sought after, but even so the offers will come flooding in this summer.

Centre midfield: Nicky Butt (Newcastle) - it's hard to think of any Newcastle players who have enhanced their reputations this season. However, Butt has been tidy, consistent and effective - everything Newcastle as a whole are not.

Centre midfield: Jonathan Greening (West Brom) - along with Chris Brunt he has been outstanding for the Baggies this season.

He still has great energy and is able to play in almost any position across the midfield. He deserved better than relegation.

Left midfield: Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) - sometimes he flits in and out of games too much and hasn't scored enough this season, but at Middlesbrough who has? He is still one of the best in his position in the Premier League.

Striker: Kevin Davies (Bolton) - Strength, work rate, bravery and, this season, with more goals thrown in. Davies has been a key-man for years.

Striker: James Beattie (Stoke) - probably the signing of the January transfer window, Beattie has reaffirmed his status as a Premier League striker to be reckoned with and his goals were the key to Stoke's mid-table finish.

With a nod to Roy Hodgson, my manager for the top half team would have to be Fergie and for the bottom half Tony Pulis.
Have a go, it's harder than it looks!

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Intersting top XI.

    Myself would have gone 4-4-1-1 with the players of:

    VDS
    Neill
    King
    Jagielka
    Konchesky
    Ronaldo
    Ireland
    Gerrard
    Young
    Arshavin
    Anelka

  • Comment number 2.

    That's quite tough...

    Top

    Reina
    Neill
    Vidic
    Jagielka
    Corluka
    Young
    Ireland
    Murphy
    Arshavin
    Gerrard
    Anelka

    Bottom
    Jaaskelainen
    Nelsen
    S Taylor
    Shawcross
    Collins
    Geovanni
    Steinson
    Brunt
    Valencia
    Crouch
    Tuncay

  • Comment number 3.

    No mention for Rooney but Ashley Young gets in? I think not!

  • Comment number 4.

    Have to say the top half is going to have some subs Bench:
    Reina
    Vidic
    Jagielka
    Alonso
    Gerrard
    Lampard
    Rooney

    Have to say any top Premier League XI for the season really should have Jagielka and Vidic as Centre backs, they have been simply immense.

  • Comment number 5.

    This is actually a really tough one! I thought it would be easy but when i started this i realised how wrong i was. I'll use the same formation as i like the one of the striker approach. Anyways here goes...

    Goalkeeper: Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) - I've always believed he is one of the best goalkeepers in the league and deserves to have spent his career winning trophys which unfortunately he has not. His number of clean sheets for what is not a world class Fulham team speaks for itself.

    Right Back: Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) - Hasn't been as great a performanxce as last season from the Frenchman in my opinion but i felt it was hard to pick any other Arsenal player for the team.

    Left Back: Herita Ilunga (West Ham United) - Was either going to be Ilunga or Lucas Neil from the West Ham team and i felt Ilunga has been consistent this season and looks a quality lef back.

    Centre Back: Jonathan Woodgate (Spurs) - I just think the lad is quality and deserves a break at one of the top clubs as long as his fitness levels stay high.

    Centre Back: Phil Jagielka (Everton) - This is the season i believe that has seen Jagielka become a quality premier league defender and is deservedly part of the England setup and im gutted for the lad to be missing out on the FA Cup final.

    Centre Midfield: Danny Murphy (Fulham) - Has had a great season and really does pull the strings almost single handedly from the Fulham midfield and since Bullards departure to Hull he had to step up and boy did he do it well. One of my favourite players this season.

    Centre Midfield: Stephen Ireland (Manchester City) - Yes he would play higher up the pitch but i just could not leave out the Irishman who has been a revelation this season and become City's most influential player. Quality personified.

    Right Wing: Ashley Young (Aston Villa) - Either wing it really doesn't matter because he needs to be in this team. He has been the best winger by miles this season and fully deserves the Award he recieved for Young player of the Year.

    Left Wing: Wayne Rooney (Man United) - In my opinion he is the man who has been Uniteds best and most consistent player all season but i know that will be very highly debatable by United fans.

    Attacking Midfield: Stephen Gerrard (Liverpool) - Time and time again proves why he is one of the best players in the world at the minute and why he is one the greatest players to ever have graced the Premier League.

    Forward: Nicholas Anelka (Chelsea) - Had a quiet period after Christmas but other than that he has had a terrific season and banged the goals in for Chelsea and although Torres would have been my first choice for this position i could not leave out Gerrard!

    Manager: Rafael Benitez (Liverpool) - What can I say i'm biased towards him! lol


    Bottom half now!!!

    Goalkeeper: Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton) - I have the same view of him as i do of Schwarzer. Should be winning trophys not fighting relegation battles. Outstanding once again.

    Right Back: Glen Johnson (Portsmouth) - Has been superb this season and i for one hope Rafa does decide to stump up the cash for Johnson because he is well worth it. Best right back in the league in my opinion.

    Left Back: Ricardo Gardner (Bolton) - Always thought he was talented and more importantly a consistently good performer for Bolton.

    Centre Back: Michael Turner (Hull) - One of Hulls best players this season and more importantly i don't think his performances have tailled off like a lot of his teammates have.

    Centre Back: Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn) - Big, strong and reliable! What else can you ask for from the Kiwi! A rock in Blackburn defence.

    Centre Midfield: Jonathan Greening (West Brom) - Sadly i rate very few players on the West Brom team which means Greening is the only player worth a mention from the Baggies in this team.

    Centre Midfield: Andy Reid (Sunderland) - Has a touch of class about him and with his lack of pace if he plays in the centre you can see his passing ability shine through.

    Right Wing: Antonio Valencia (Wigan) - Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United... Teams linked with Valencia? Enough said i think! A great performer.

    Left Wing: Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle) - Newcastle have been pitiful all season but this lad has a touch of class and real skill about him and is better that a relegation threatened team.

    Attacking Midfield: Sanli Tuncay (Middlesbrough) - Once again is there anyone else in the Boro team worth mentioning this season. Even Downing has been anonymous for most of the season. A touch of quality with his overhead kick at the weekend just nudges Tuncay ahead!

    Forward: James Beattie (Stoke) - The perfect player for the perfect team. They fit each other perfectly Beattie and Stoke. May only have been a January signing but has been their best player by far.

    Manager: Tony Pulis (Stoke) - Could I really have picked any other manager?

    phewwwwwww that was tough! lol

  • Comment number 6.

    Well done Steve, you obviously don't pay any attention to the bottom of the league, specifically Hull City, Andy Dawson has not played centre back for Hull once this season and Michael Turner has consistently outshone any other Hull player all year.

  • Comment number 7.

    My top XI (4-4-1-1):

    Schwarzer

    Corluka
    Hangeland
    Jagielka
    Ilunga

    Ronaldo
    Lampard
    Ireland
    A Young

    Arshavin

    Torres

  • Comment number 8.

    so qwertnels you are going to leave out Ronaldo - interesting!

  • Comment number 9.

    GK - Petr Cech (still the best in the world)
    RB - Corluka
    CD - Hangeland
    CD - Jagielka
    LB - Illunga
    RM - Ronaldo
    CM - Gerrard
    CM - Murphy
    LM - Young
    CF - Arshavin
    ST - Anelka

    4-4-1-1

  • Comment number 10.

    VDS

    Bosingwa
    Jagielka
    Vidic
    Evra

    Ronaldo
    Gerrard
    Giggs
    Rooney

    Anelka
    Torres

  • Comment number 11.

    4-4-1-1

    van der sar
    neill
    vidic
    haangeland
    lescott
    arshavin
    gerrard
    ireland
    kuyt
    agbonlahor
    anelka

  • Comment number 12.

    TOP XI 4-3-3 Wingers.

    GK: Schwarzer
    LB: Lescott
    RB: Corlukka
    CB: Hangeland
    CB: Tomkins
    CM: Lampard
    CM: Gerrard
    CM: Ireland
    LW: Arshavin
    RW: Ronaldo
    CF: Agbonlahor

  • Comment number 13.

    Can't believe no-one has picked Martin Laursen, who has probably been the best centre back in the Premiership in the past 2 seasons. Anyone who says otherwise has clearly not seen him play. He rivals the likes of Vidic and Ferdinand without a problem and doesn't have the luxury of relying on a fellow world-class defender to bail him out after he makes a mistake (not that he ever makes any)

  • Comment number 14.

    Looks like quite a few people are struggling with the concept of ONLY 1 PLAYER FROM EACH TEAM.

  • Comment number 15.

    #10 - Here We Go For 4IAR - you have 5 outfield players from Man Utd - that's 4 too many ---- ONE outfield player from each club ONLY!!

  • Comment number 16.

    In my opinion he is the man who has been Uniteds best and most consistent player all season but i know that will be very highly debatable by United fans.
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  • Comment number 17.

    Steve as a Newcastle fan I can't believe you included Nicky Butt. He has not as you say been tidy, consistent and effective. He has been ponderous, consistently out of position, giving away the ball once every few minutes and causing so many unnecessary free kicks in dangerous positions that cost us points.

    The only player who has enhanced his reputation this season is Bassong (I know he had a bad one last Saturday), he saved us consistently with good performances despite bad players around him and we have been down long ago if it were not for him. As it happens he has just helped prolong the agony of having a glimmer of hope.

    Otherwise a good team. For the poster who suggested Jonas, all effort no end product.



  • Comment number 18.

    #6 - take on board your opinion -- so do a team of your own rather than have a go at me!

  • Comment number 19.

    Comment 10..... you really didn't get it did you?! further proof of the wealth of knowldege that some United fans have haha! :)

  • Comment number 20.

    Top Half

    GK.Almunia

    CB.Jagielka
    CB.Woodgate
    CB.Hangeland

    RM.Ronaldo
    CM.Gerrard
    CM.Ireland
    LM.Young

    LW.Arshavin
    ST.Cole
    RW.Anelka

    Bottom Half

    GK.Jaaskelainen

    RB.Johnson
    CB.Taylor
    CB.Nelson
    LB.Robinson

    RM.Valencia
    CM.Richardson
    CM.Geovanni
    LM.Downing

    CF.Davies
    ST.Beattie

    Beat That!!!
    x

  • Comment number 21.

    I'd go for:

    Van der Sar
    Sagna
    Vidic
    Jagielka
    Evra

    Ireland
    Cahill
    Carrick
    Gerrard

    Rooney
    Torres

    and for the bottom half

    Jaaskelainen
    Johnson
    Shawcross
    Nelsen
    Gardner

    Valencia
    Delap
    Nolan
    Geovanni

    Beattie
    Davies

  • Comment number 22.

    Considering Ilunga and Upson have been immense this season, I can't believe Lucas Neill is the player you've put in. You clearly don't rate West Ham from your little piece about Neill - you might as well have written 'Neill is rubbish, but then so are all the West Ham players but i had to put someone somewhere'.

  • Comment number 23.

    Just so I know Steve, did you choose your side based on this season performances or just their ability/reputation?

    If the former applies, I'm not sure how you can have Essien in there (as incredible a player as he is). If you're going to judge it on this season, Lampard has been head and shoulders above the rest and should be a shoe-in really. Sure, if Essien had been playing the whole season, chances are he'd be worth a place - we really did miss him for the first half of the season. But Lampard's been influential, consistent and just pure quality.

    I'm beginning to think that Frank's consistency is the reason why he's been overlooked by journalists, fans and players alike this season. Stats-wise he hasn't really had a better season compared to that of the last 4/5 years, but in truth his performances have helped save our season.

    In a season filled with inconsistency and average performers, Lampard has shone for us.

  • Comment number 24.

    4-4-2

    GK- Brad Friedel
    RB- Lucas Neil
    LB- Vederan Corluka
    CB- Jagielka
    CB- Hangeland
    RM- Luca Modric
    LM- Stephen Ireland
    CM- Steven Gerrard
    CM- Frank Lampard
    CF- Ronaldo
    CF- Anelka

  • Comment number 25.

    -----------------Van Der Saar---------------------

    Bosingwa ---Jagielka ---Hangeland -----Corluka

    -Arshavin--- Ireland©----Parker ------Young-

    ------------Torres -------Ronaldo

  • Comment number 26.

    #23 - fair enough opinion - come up with a team then!

  • Comment number 27.

    4-4-2:

    Arshavin Defoe

    Young Ireland Gerrard Davies

    Baines Upson Vidic Bosingwa

    Schwarzer

    Defoe only because had to put in a Spurs player, and he played brilliantly first half at Pompy
    Schwarzer has been absolutely brilliant
    Baines also fantastic
    Gerrard - what needs to be said?

  • Comment number 28.

    Post #22: I couldn't agree more. Whenever I have seen West Ham this season - which admittedly hasn't been much - your left back Ilunga has really impressed me, which is why I made the point in having him in my team.

  • Comment number 29.

    Top XI 4132
    GK Schwarzer
    RB Hutton (only cos i cant think of another good RB!)
    LB Ilunga
    CB Vidic
    CB Hangeland
    DM Barry
    CM Essien
    CM Cahill
    CM Ireland
    ST Torres
    ST Arshavin

    Bottom XI

    GK James
    RB Johnson
    LB Collins
    CB Cahill
    CB Bassong
    RM Valencia
    LM Brunt
    CM Tugay
    CM Geovanni
    ST Tuncay
    ST Beattie

    Up the boro! Keep the faith!

  • Comment number 30.

    Michael Turner has been superb for Hull. Goals, blocks, clearances so he should be the Hull player.

  • Comment number 31.

    You could not pick Glen Johnson over Crouch this season. Without Peter Crouch's goals and assists Pompey would have been relegated this season. Glen Johnson has not kept them up. If Crouch is brought in Beattie would be out and then we could bring in Abdou Faye from Stoke in defence.


    Arshavin I am sad to say shouldn't qualify for the top team in the top half as he has only played half a season however I can't think of one other player that has covered themself in glory from Arsenal this season and that is pretty depressing considering they got to the CL semi-final.

    Essien would have to be subbed out for Lampard who kept his team in the running when all around him whinged and whined about Scolari. If he had made the CL final he would have been first on the Chelsea teamsheet and he should have definitely won PFA player of the year.

    Torres is the best striker in the league by quite a long way so he would keep Stevie G out of the team but he would have to be on the bench.

    The one other change would be Barry in for Young. Young was good at the start but when his form disappeared so did the team's and Barry has been consistently good in every single match. I think if Villa lose him this summer it will be a much bigger blow than if Real Madrid buy Young.

    I would also go for Rafa as manager as of the top 4 Liverpool are the only team this season that have really given others a hammering and humbling rather than scraping through with a 1 goal win.

  • Comment number 32.

    This was harder than imagined. Wanted to put Steven Gerrard and David Wheater in, but no Tottenham strikers or Blackburn midfielders have really been worthy of their place this season, so Palacios and Nelsen had to step in.

    TOP-
    VAN DER SAR

    BOSINGWA
    HANGELAND
    UPSON
    BAINES

    PALACIOS
    IRELAND

    RONALDO
    ARSHAVIN
    YOUNG

    TORRES

    BOTTOM-
    JAASKELAINEN

    JOHNSON
    BASSONG
    NELSEN
    COLLINS

    BRUNT
    TUNCAY
    GEOVANNI
    VALENCIA

    DAVIES
    BEATTIE

  • Comment number 33.

    Heres my top half team.

    Reina

    Bosingwa

    Hangelaand

    Lescott

    Ilunga

    Modric

    Ireland

    Fabregas

    A Young

    Torres

    Rooney



    Bottom Half..



    Kirkland

    Johnson

    Cahill

    Dawson

    Warnock

    Valencia

    Delap

    Tuncay

    Brunt

    Owen

    Kenwynne Jones


  • Comment number 34.

    also, gerrardswhiskers..... Barry has been average for us this season, Petrov has been much better than him, our best players (IMO) have been Petrov - L Young - Carew - A Young - Laursen - Barry.... in that order.

  • Comment number 35.

    riena

    jagielka
    upson
    hangeland
    corluka

    young
    lampard
    ireland
    arshavin

    torres
    rooney

  • Comment number 36.

    Have you noticed how the people who complain about such and such being left out have not actually done a team?

    Eg #22 --- I am not saying that Lucas Neill is the best right back or even West Ham's best player - what I am saying is that, for me, Upson could not dislodge Hangeland or King and that Ilunga is not better than Lescott.


    I have nothing against West Ham at all. As I said I think Zola has created a team that is better than the sum of it's parts. Don't be so sensitive!

    Try doing a team and you soon find yourself having to leave out players you thought you would definitely include.

  • Comment number 37.

    Baines Schwarzer & Gerrard should be in every team - no performance from any other player on their teams compare

  • Comment number 38.

    C'mon Steve, Dawson has never been a CB!

    TOP HALF
    ------------Schwarzer
    Bosingwa--Vidic--Hangeland--Illunga
    -------------Petrov
    ---------Fellaini--Ireland
    Lennon--------------------Arshavin
    -------------Torres


    BOTTOM HALF
    -------------Jussi
    Johnson--Turner--Bassong--Warnock
    Valencia--Koren--Digard--Taylor
    ----------Fuller--Jones

    It's really hard to actually find a Boro player worthy of a place! Digard's earns a place purely because he hasn't yet been that bad (had he been fit and played more it may be another matter...)

  • Comment number 39.

    Very Tough

    Top Classic 4-4-2

    R. Green
    M. Richards
    P. Jagielka
    M. Laursen
    K. Gibbs
    L.Modric
    S. Gerrard
    F. Lampard
    D. Murphy
    C.Cole.
    W.Rooney

    Bottom Classic 4-4-2

    J. Jaaskelainen
    G. Johnson
    A.Ferdinand
    S.Taylor
    A Ooijer
    R.Delap
    J. Greening
    D. Geovanni
    L.Cattermole
    Tuncay Sanli
    K.Davies

  • Comment number 40.

    Nicky butt centre midfield ....joke

    no bassong

    nelsen and turner you're clueless

  • Comment number 41.

    Top

    GK - Mark Schwarzer - just beats out VDS as he has had plenty more work to do than the big Dutchman

    RB - Bacary Sagna - very good going forward and defending, a rarity in an Arsenal defender
    CB - Brede Hangeland - simply phemonenal this year
    CB - Martin Laursen - look how Villa have struggled since his injury and it proves how vital he was
    LB - Henri Ilunga - fantastic debut season

    RM - Cristiano Ronaldo - missed two months and still the top scorer. The bets in the world still
    CM - Stephen Ireland - outshone all of the 'big' name imports
    CM - Wilson Palacios - brilliant for Wigan and Spurs
    LM - Mikael Arteta - Absolute class before season-ending injury. A joy to watch and proves how good Spain are

    ST - Nicolas Anelka - Joint top scorer in the league and not really sulking
    ST - Steven Gerrard - I think everything has been said before about this guy

    Bottom

    GK - Thomas Sorensen - a key factor in Stoke's brilliant home record

    RB - Glen Johnson - deservedly won back his England place
    CB - Gary Cahill - has a lot of the top clubs sniffing round him after a string of fine performances
    CB - Sebastien Bassong - has enhanced his reputation despite playing at the back for Newcastle
    LB - Danny Collins - by all accounts Sunderlands only consistent performer

    RM - Antonio Valencia - quietly brilliant all year
    CM - Rory Delap - as good as Fuller and Beattie have been, Delap has provided the majority of Stoke's best moments this year
    CM - Stephen Warnock - could have played several positions in this team and had to be in as Blackburn's representative
    LM - Geovanni - the goals he scored at the start of the season meant Hull have a chance of staying up

    ST - Tuncay - the only player worth a pick from Boro
    ST - Fortune - scored a few really good goals in Albions late push for safety

  • Comment number 42.

    Swap Samba for Nelsen and you are doing well. Would have to have Vidic in there too.

  • Comment number 43.

    GK - Reina
    CB - Neill
    CB -Woodgate
    CB - Jagielka
    RM - Ireland
    CM - Gerrard
    CM - Murphy
    LM - Barry
    LW - Rooney
    ST - Arshavin
    RW- Anelka

    Manager: Benitez, who else is there?

    Bottom 10:


    GK.Robinson

    RB.Johnson
    CB.Nelson
    CB.Ferdinand
    LB.Gardner

    RM.Valencia
    CM.Nolan
    CM.Geovanni
    LM.Brunt

    CF.Tuncay
    ST.Beattie

    Manager: Tony Pulis

  • Comment number 44.

    Thought long and hard about Tuncay - one of my favourite players - also agree that Bassong has been excellent - but neither quite made the cut. It's all about opinions and in this case about juggling people and positions.

    V. good debate so far - keep it friendly! Gotta go - off to Portsmouth v Sunderland.

  • Comment number 45.

    Steve - here's mine

    GK - Reina
    FB - Upson
    CB - Hangeland
    CB - Vidic
    LB - Jagielka
    RM - Ireland
    CM - Modric
    CM - Gerrard
    LM - Young
    CF - Anelka
    CF - Arshavin

    Lower half

    GK - Juski Jaskelienan
    RB - Glen Johnson
    CB - Michael Turner
    CB - Gary Cahill
    LB - Stephen Taylor
    RM - Antonio Valencia
    CM - Glen Whelan
    CM - Stephen Warnock
    LM - Chris Brunt
    CF - Kenwyne Jones
    CF - Tuncay

  • Comment number 46.

    Van Der Sar
    Micah Richards
    Ilunga
    Hangaland
    Jagielka
    Lampard
    Ireland
    Gerrard
    Young
    Rooney
    Arshavin

    Jaskalainan
    Glen Johnson
    Kieron Richardson
    Stephen Taylor
    Ryan Shawcross
    Valencia
    Tuncay
    Giovanni
    Brunt
    Santa Cruz
    Davies

  • Comment number 47.

    Here Goes:

    4-1-3-2

    1. VDS
    2. Neil
    3. Illunga
    4. King
    5. Hangeland
    6. Fellaini
    7. Gerrard
    8. Ireland
    9. Arshavin
    10. Rooney
    11. Anelka

    4-4-2

    1. Kirkland
    2. Johnson
    3. Bassong
    4. Cahill
    5. Collins
    6. Valencia
    7. Geovanni
    8. Tugay
    9. Brunt
    10. Tuncay
    11. Beattie

  • Comment number 48.

    I actually think you made some horrible picks the top team will obviously be this:

    Swachzer (van der saar doesnt have much to do dont deserve it)

    Bosingwa
    Brede Hangeland
    Rio ferdinand
    Patric Evra

    Ronaldo
    Essien
    Gerrard
    Arshavin

    Torres
    Drogba



  • Comment number 49.

    I've gone for a balanced team, with a holding midfield player in a diamond.

    TOP HALF:
    GK SCHWARZER

    RB TOURE
    CB VIDIC
    CB JAGIELKA
    LB KONCHESKY

    DM MASCHERANO
    CM MODRIC
    CM IRELAND
    AM LAMPARD

    ST C.COLE
    ST ROONEY

    Now a usual 4-4-2
    BOTTOM HALF:

    GK SHAY GIVEN (Cheating I know)

    RB G.JOHNSON
    CB TURNER
    CB A.FAYE
    LB WARNOCK

    RM MALBRANQUE
    CM PALACIOS (Again cheating, sorry) CATTERMOLE
    CM GREENING
    LM TUNCAY

    CF MARTINS
    ST DAVIES

  • Comment number 50.

    I'd imagine this was put together as a bit of fun so I'm surpised how worked up people get about it. The article is Steve's own opinion and one that he has encouraged people to challenge - I don't see what all the fuss is about.

  • Comment number 51.

    TOP HALF (Christmas Tree)
    M: Roy Hodgson - Fulham
    GK: Tim Howard - Everton
    RB: Vedran Corluka - Tottenham
    CB: Martin Laurson - Aston Villa (sad to see him retire)
    CB: Phil Jagielka - Everton
    LB: Herita Ilunga - West Ham
    CM: Danny Murphy - Fulham
    CM: Xabi Alonso - Liverpool
    CM: Michael Essien - Chelsea
    AM: Andrey Arshavin - Arsenal
    AM: Stephen Ireland - Man City
    ST: Wayne Rooney - Man Utd

    BOTTOM HALF (4-4-2 Diamond)
    M: Tony Pulis - Stoke
    GK: Chris Kirkland - Wigan (England #1 for me)
    RB: Glen Johnson - Portsmouth
    LB: Stephen Warnock - Blackburn
    CB: Michael Turner - Hull
    CB: Sebastien Bassong - Newcastle
    DM: Lee Cattermole - Wigan
    RM: Liam Lawrence - Stoke
    LM: Chris Brunt - WBA
    AM: Sanli Tuncay - Middlesbrough
    ST: Kenwyne Joens - Sunderland (No other decent Sunderland players)
    ST: Kevin Davies - Bolton

  • Comment number 52.

    Riena
    hard to choose the right back but if i had to, Sagnol
    hangeland
    Larsen
    Rooney
    Ireland
    Gerrad
    Alonso
    Anelka
    Torres

  • Comment number 53.

    Have people read what Steve is asking for? 1 outfield player from EACH team! the amount of people who don't have one Villa player in there is ridiculous, there are other teams who are consistently ignored by a few mupets but Villa have been superb apart from the last few months. Just goes to show how short some football fans memories are.....

  • Comment number 54.

    GK Gerrard

    RB Gerrard
    CB Gerrard
    CB Gerrard
    LB Gerrard

    RM Gerrard
    CM Gerrard
    CM Gerrard
    LM Gerrard

    SS Gerrard
    CF Torres

  • Comment number 55.

    Damn accidently put 2 united players in mine see #49, swap out Vidic and put Martin Laursen in.

  • Comment number 56.

    How on earth is Lucas Neill the West Ham player chosen?! You evidently haven't watched us play this season - the man is a liability and the amount of goals that have occurred due to his ineptitude is quite staggering. Herita Ilunga has been West Ham's one stand out player this year, Jack Collison aside but I concede there are more deserving players than him in his position. Anyway here is my two cents:

    Top Half(4-3-3):

    Shay Given(GK) - An outstanding GK that moved from one mediocre team to a slightly less mediocre one. Will be an important player for them next year

    Jose Bosingwa (RB)- Started off brightly and sort of faded away but best choice of the RBs

    Herita Ilunga (LB) - Good in an otherwise average team.

    Brede Hangeland (CB) - Foundation upon which Fulham's season has been built.

    Ledley King (CB) - Only Spurs player worthy of a mention, when he's played he has made a real difference.

    Stephen Ireland (CM)- City's best player by a country mile, in my opinion was unfortunate not to pick up Young Player of the Year.

    Tim Cahill (CM) - Edged Fellaini out, Cahill has carried their side at times this year in the absence of a recognised striker.

    Michael Carrick (CM) - He has really begun to look comfortable in an excellent United side and I expect him to build on this next season.

    Ashley Young (AMR) - Massively influential at the start of the season, has seemed to drift off towards the end.

    Andrei Arshavin (AML) - Despite the lack of Arsenal players who have excelled themselves this season, AA already looks like a key player for them.

    Fernando Torres (FC) - If only he had been fit for the whole season - lethal when given half a chance.

    Bottom Half(4-3-3):

    Ju



  • Comment number 57.

    Steve Wilson I apologise i didnt read the top of your blog. Just changed name from - Here We Go For 4IAR

    My new TOP XI ;


    VDS

    Bosingwa
    Jagielka
    Hangelaand
    Illuga

    Walcott
    Gerrard
    Modric
    Barry

    Robinho
    Rooney

    My bottom XI;

    Robinson

    Johnson
    Shawcross
    Turner
    Figureoa

    Morrison
    Butt
    Tainio
    Downing

    Davies
    Mcarthy

    Extremely difficult- what do you think now steve

  • Comment number 58.

    Gk- Reina
    Rb- Richards Cb- Hangeland Cb- Jagielka Lb- Ilunga
    Rm- Lennon Cm- Essien Cm- Barry(c) Lm- Nasri
    Cf- Rooney
    Cf- Torres



    Bottom half

    Gk- Jaaskelinen
    Rb- Beye Cb- Shawcrosss Cb- Nelson(C) Lb- Warnock
    Dm- Greening
    Rm- Valencia Lm- Matt Taylor
    Am- Geovanni
    Cf- Tuncay Cf- Jones

  • Comment number 59.

    Dam it ive jus realised i got neil and illunga sorry, replace neil with Luke Young

    4-1-3-2

    1. VDS
    2. Young
    3. Illunga
    4. King
    5. Hangeland
    6. Fellaini
    7. Gerrard
    8. Ireland
    9. Arshavin
    10. Rooney
    11. Anelka

    4-4-2

    1. Kirkland
    2. Johnson
    3. Bassong
    4. Cahill
    5. Collins
    6. Valencia
    7. Geovanni
    8. Tugay
    9. Brunt
    10. Tuncay
    11. Beattie

  • Comment number 60.

    I like HonestDeclan's, but here's mine:

    4-2-3-1

    GK: Reina (Liverpool)
    RB: Bosingwa (Chelsea)
    CB: Vidic (Man U)
    CB: Jagielka (Everton)
    LB: Ilunga (West Ham)
    RM: Lennon (Tottenham)
    CM: Murphy (Fulham)
    CM: Ireland (Man City)
    LM: Young (Villa)
    Second striker: Gerrard (Liverpool)
    ST: Arshavin (Arsenal)--even he said he doesn't know why he's not playing striker!

    Coach: Hodgson (Fulham)

    Bottom half: 4-4-2

    GK: Jaaskelainen (Bolton)
    RB: Johnson (Portsmouth)
    CB: Turner (Hull)
    CB: Nelsen (Blackburn)
    LB: Bassong (Newcastle)
    RM: Valencia (Wigan)
    CM: Greening (West Brom)
    CM: Delap (Stoke)
    LM: Reid (Sunderland)
    ST: Davies (Bolton)
    ST: Tuncay (Boro)

    Coach: Pulis (Stoke)

  • Comment number 61.

    Its funny that giggys aint in anyones team, yet won [player of the year] lol

  • Comment number 62.

    I find it funny that people have written off a lot of Spurs players. Obviously I'm biased here but if Spurs had had Harry Redknapp at the start of the season they would be 5th. 49 points from 28 games is no mean feat and combine this with our brilliant record against the big clubs this season, bar Howard Webb's shocking decision, we would be unbeaten against the top 4.
    I am amazed that Aaron Lennon is not in more teams, as well as Modric who would walk into any team in the prem. It's too easy to put Corluka at LB or RB and shows how little many people on here know about football.

  • Comment number 63.

    #54

  • Comment number 64.

    This is actually very hard. i read it looked at other peoples posts and thought it surely cant be that bad. then i started trying to do it myself.
    anyway here is my attempt. the one outfield player from each club really makes it hard especiaally in a season when vidic, rooney, ronaldo, giggs, and ferdinand have all be amazing not to mention gerrard, torres and arshavin. i am going to use a 4-3-3 formation.

    Gk VDS, has the most clean sheets so far, and while he has only had a few saves to make he has been an outstanding moppper up for the man u defences' sparse mistakes.

    LB Cole, while he has not been as good this season as perhaps he was before he is still first choice left back for engalnd for a reason.

    CB Vidic, in my opinion very unlucky to miss out on PFA award. has been superb in defence for the entire season and is the real reason man utd had the run of clean sheets.

    CB Ledley King, not certain he has been the one of the very best centre backs in the top ten, but has been very influential for spurs and i have another everton player i wish to put in the team so bad luck phil jagielka.

    RB lucas neill, for the same reasons as the post.

    LM Cahill, Left mid may not be jis position but he has show that he can play anywhere with his upfront play when everton where desperate. he is the root of so much of evreton's success and i think they would be struggling to get in the top ten without him.

    CM Arshavin, i was a little scepitical about how he would be when arsenal bought him as he had been great for two russian performances then had been annoymous the next match. however four goals against liverpool is enough proof for me.

    RM Ireland, it is very funny that with all man city's money there best player was bought for 750,000 from cobh city. consistently outperformed robinho, and has deservedly probably won himself a contract which will double his current wage.

    F Zamora, been okay this season and i couldnt think of another fluham player.

    F Torres, trully great player who has scored an amazing amount of goals already. the difference for liverpool when he was on the pitch to when he was off it says it all.

    F Ashley Young, while he has petered off towards the end of the season has still been quality for the early part and was one of the main reasons aston villa climbed so high, and his loss of form one of the main reasons they fell. plus i needed an aston villa player.

  • Comment number 65.

    Can't say I agree with your selections. Notably the inclusion of essien who played a fraction of the season when someone like carrick who has become instrumental at United might've been a more justified selection.
    It would've been easy just to choose the united back 4 but the inclusion of Ledley King is another interesting one, as well as Lucas Neil albeit your motivation was clear.

    At the other end of the table the omission of Tuncay from your starting eleven is a noticeable absentee and I think krancjar is another who I think did a great job for a club that doesn't get a lot of press attention.

    Apart from that I don't have any arguments with your selections, particularly Kevin Davies and James Beattie who are two of the most underrated centre forwards in the league.

  • Comment number 66.

    Top Half 3-4-2-1:

    GK: Van Der Sar
    CB: Upson
    CB: Jakielka
    CB: Vidic
    LM: A.Young
    RM: Lennon
    CM: Dempsey (has been superb)
    CM: Ireland
    CF: Arshavin
    CF: Gerrard
    ST: Anelka

    Bottom Half

    GK: Jaaskelainen
    LWB: Warnock
    RWB: G.Johnson
    CB: Faye
    CB: Turner
    CB: Bassong
    LM: Brunt
    RM: Valencia
    CM: Richardson
    CM: M.Taylor
    ST: Tuncay

  • Comment number 67.

    14. At 1:34pm on 18 May 2009, Shoots wrote:
    Looks like quite a few people are struggling with the concept of ONLY 1 PLAYER FROM EACH TEAM.

    INCLUDING STEVE WILSON!!

    Van der Sar and Ronaldo - you've broken your own rule!!

  • Comment number 68.

    gk-Schwarzer
    rb- Neill
    cb- Hangeland
    cb- Jagielka
    lb- Corluka
    cm- essien
    cm- Gerrard
    cm- Ireland
    lf- Arshavin
    rf- Ronaldo
    cf- Carew

    Manager- Roy Hodgson

    gk- Jaaskelainen
    rb- Johnson
    cb- Turner
    cb- Bassong
    lb- Gardner
    rm- Valencia
    cm- Warnock
    cm- Delap
    lm- Brunt
    cf- Tuncay
    cf- Jones

    Manager- Tony Pulis

  • Comment number 69.

    Hey there...yeah this seemsa very tough one. Could pick almost anyone out of Man U as they have all been high quality and really consistent (even though I am a chelsea fan!)...anyway, here it goes:

    Top Half: 4-5-1

    GK: VDS
    DF: Bosingwa
    DF: Hangeland
    DF: Jagielka
    DF: Ilunga
    MD: Arshavin
    MD: Ronaldo
    MD: Ireland
    MD: Lennon
    MD: Ashley Young
    FW: Torres - boy is class!
    Manager: Roy Hodgson - It would have been Hiddink if he was there a full season im sure, but what he's done with Fulham to turn them around has been class. Also replacing Bullard and bringing the best out of his current crop has been really good.

    Bottom Half: 4-4-2

    GK: Robinson
    DF: Johnson
    DF: Turner
    DF: Collins
    DF: Steinsson
    MD: Greening
    MD: Valencia
    MD: Tuncay - only good part about Middlesborough
    MD: Duff - only player actually trying, apart from Butt maybe.
    FW: Fuller - a real handful and skillful too, very passionate!
    FW: McCarthy
    Manager: Has to be Pulis, maybe Brucey gets a shout but all year round Pulis has managed to get a good work ethic out the players and keep a consistent home record - vital for premiership survival.

  • Comment number 70.

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  • Comment number 71.

    My god there are some people on here who can't even follow simple instructions! Jeez. And there's one guy on here who's picked a player that doesn't even play in the premier league! Lunchtime drinking eh?

    Oh, and CISSEATION - top comment mate. Had to laugh at that one!

    I'll do a team myself when i get home later.

  • Comment number 72.

    manu, liverpool, chelsea, arsenal, aston villa, everton, fulham, spurs, westham, man city.

    3-4-3 formation:

    given - mancity

    upson - westham
    vidic - manutd
    jagielka - everton

    lennon - spurs
    murphy - fulham
    alonso - liverpool
    young - villa

    anelka - chelsea
    gerrard - liverpool
    arshavin - arsenal

  • Comment number 73.

    Why is there no edit function? Sorry for the double post....

    Bottom Half (4-3-3):

    Jussi Jaaskelainen(GK) - Nothing short of breath-taking at times, Bolton would have been relegated many a time were it not for this chap.

    Glen Johnson(RB): Certainly recaptured some of his form that led to shouts for England RB berth.

    Maynor Figueroa(LB): Looked very effective at times this season, especially going forward.

    Sebastien Bassong (CB): Most likely the only Newcastle player to come out of the season with his reputation in tact.

    Michael Turner (CB): Consistently Hull's best performer this season, he was overshadowed by the antics of Geovanni and co.

    Sanli Tuncay (MC): See description for Bassong - if all of Boro's players showed his commitment they wouldn't be in such deep trouble.

    Chris Brunt (MR): Had a good season overall, I would be surprised to see him remain at the Baggies.

    Stephen Warnock (ML): Going to have to give him a midfield position, key performer for Blackburn.

    Kevin Davies (FC): As always, hardly prolific but plays and essential role for his side.

    James Beattie (FC): Goals have been vital in Stoke's survival despite only joining in January.

    Djibril Cisse (FC): Good performer throughout the season, his partnership with Kenwyne Jones shows promise.

  • Comment number 74.

    Would have to say....

    4-4-2

    VDS

    Lescott (LB)
    Hangeland
    King
    Behrami

    Young
    Gerrard
    Ireland
    Ronaldo

    RVP
    Anelka



  • Comment number 75.

    Chelsea-Fan-B4-the-Money - the goalkeeper can be from ANY club you like. It's the OUTFIELD players who you are only allowed to pick one of from each club. Read Steve's blog properly before you start critisising him!

  • Comment number 76.

    Lennonisagod - whilst spurs have got some good players, it's not so easy as to say they should be in this team given that there is only 1 player from each team. the other 5 attacking players i have selected apart from Modric (young / fabregas / ireland / rooney / Torres ) IMO are all better than the rest of tottenhams, and if i was allowed more players from each team then you could choose Gerrard, Ronaldo, Drogba, Lampard Carew, Cahill, Arteta etc.... all above the rest of Spurs players. So it isn't so easy as to say people are overlooking your players.

  • Comment number 77.

    54. At 2:18pm on 18 May 2009, CISSEATION wrote:
    GK Gerrard

    RB Gerrard
    CB Gerrard
    CB Gerrard
    LB Gerrard

    RM Gerrard
    CM Gerrard
    CM Gerrard
    LM Gerrard

    SS Gerrard
    CF Torres
    ****

    typical scouse

  • Comment number 78.

    Howz about;

    van der sar
    sagna
    vidic
    konchesky
    terry
    mascherano
    cahill
    ireland
    modric
    agbonlahor
    zola

  • Comment number 79.

    post 67 you are a fool. the blog clearly says OUTFIELd player. now i dont know about your team perhaps the GOALKEEPER doesnt stay in goal, which is why they are so poor but even you should be able to work out the if you are choosing from tenteams for eleven position one team is going to have two members in it.

  • Comment number 80.

    ---------------Van Der Sar---------------
    Corluka----Lescott----Hangeland----Illunga
    -----------Lampard----Ireland-------------
    A.Young---------------------------Arshavin
    -----------------Ronaldo------------------
    ------------------Torres------------------
    Let Ronaldo play where he want as you can't really stop him moving about...
    Was struggling to find a left back.
    I'll do the bottom half when i can have a Watford player in it (10+ years then) :)

  • Comment number 81.

    TOP HALF: 4-1-2-2-1

    Tim Howard
    Lucas Neil, Hangeland, Jagielka, Wayne bridge
    Polacios, (holding)
    Lampard, Arshavin (middle right, middle left)
    Ronaldo, Ashley Young (wide right, wide left)
    Torres,


    BOTTOM HALF: 4-2-2-2

    Jaskelinan
    Glen Johnson, Gary Cahill, Bassong, Warnock
    Gary O'Neil, Chris Brunt,
    Geovanni, Valencia
    Cisse, Beattie

    (bottom half is hard)

  • Comment number 82.

    Did anyone else find it difficult to think of a Spurs player to pick?!

  • Comment number 83.

    Also can't Stoke effectivly still be in the top half...?

  • Comment number 84.

    post 72 you have got to love it. even lists the ten different clubs and then still gets two players form the same club in there, while listing the names of the different clubs (or not) next each player.

  • Comment number 85.

    wow top table 11 not easy to pick with so many players having good seasons and so many having avarage ones. i have gone fro a 3-1-4-1-1 mostly to suit the players i wanted:

    reina-liverpool
    neil-w'ham
    king-totenham
    lescot-everton
    essien-chelsea
    ireland-m'city
    dempsy-fulham
    nasri-aresnal
    ronaldo-m'united
    gerrard-liverpool
    carew-a'villa

  • Comment number 86.

    Top Half

    Tim Howard

    Brede Hangeland
    Rio Ferdinand
    Martin Laursen

    Wilson Palacios
    Stephen Ireland
    Valron Belrhami
    Steven Peinaar
    Andrei Arshavin

    Nicolas Anelka
    Fernando Torres

    Manager Harry Redknapp


    Bottom Half

    Jussi Jasskelainen

    Glenn Johnson
    Sebastien Bassong
    Ryan Nelson
    Andy Dawson

    Steed Malbranque
    Jonathan Greening
    Liam Lawrence
    Antonio Valencia

    Kevin Davies
    Tuncay Sanli

    Tony Pulis

  • Comment number 87.

    Is a tough choice, especially with Liverpool and Man Utd. Plus it should be players that have been consistent over the whole season. Ronaldo started poorly and Arshavin didnt arrive until late January. My top half team would be:

    GK: Schwarzer
    RB: Sagna
    CB: Jagielka
    CB: Hangeland
    LB: Ilunga
    RM: Lennon
    CM: Ireland
    CM: Giggs
    LM: Young
    AM: Gerrard
    F: Anelka

    Manager: Roy Hodgson

  • Comment number 88.

    to "love-lfc"

    its supposed to be 1 player from each team...not a Woolworths pick and mix

  • Comment number 89.

    I think a 4312 for the "top" team

    Schwarzer

    Niel
    Hangeland
    King
    Jagielka


    Ireland
    Barry
    Garrard

    Arshavin

    Rooney
    Anelka

  • Comment number 90.

    Gk - Schwarzer
    DR - Sagna
    DL - Ilunga
    DC - Jagielka
    DC - Hangelaand
    MR - Lennon
    ML - A.Young
    MC - Ireland
    MC - Gerrard
    AMC - Ronaldo
    FC - Anelka

    Manager - Roy Hodgson

    Gk - J.Jaaskelainen (Bolton)
    WBR - G.Johnson (Portsmouth)
    WBL - M. Taylor (Bolton)
    DC - Turner (Hull)
    DC - S. Taylor (Newcastle)
    DC - R. Nelson (Blackburn)
    MRC - Valencia (Wigan)
    MLC - C. Brunt (WBA)
    MC - Tuncay (Middlesbrough)
    FC - Fuller (Stoke)
    FC - K. Jones (Sunderland)

    Manager - Tony Pulis

  • Comment number 91.

    4-3-3

    GK: Schwarzer (Fulham)
    RB: Young (Villa)
    CB: Alex (Chelsea)
    CB: Vidic (Man Utd)
    LB: Ilunga (West Ham)
    DM: Fellaini (Everton)
    CM: Gerrard (Liverpool)
    CM: Ireland (Man City)
    RW: Lennon (Tottenham)
    LW: Arshavin (Arsenal)
    FW: Ronaldo (Man Utd)

    Coach: Hodgson (Fulham)

    Bottom half: 4-3-3

    GK: Jaaskelainen (Bolton)
    RB: Mendy (Hull)
    CB: Taylor (Newcastle)
    CB: Nelsen (Blackburn)
    LB: Wilkinson (Stoke)
    RM: Valencia (Wigan)
    CM: Cattermole (Wigan)
    LM: Brunt (West Brom)
    ST: Cisse (Sunderland)
    ST: Davies (Bolton)
    ST: Tuncay (Boro)

    Coach: Pulis (Stoke)

  • Comment number 92.

    Ok so my method was to pick my 1st and 2nd choice for Player of the Season at each club and then decide upon my Team of the Season. I attempted to include as many players who have been the best(in my opinion) at their respective clubs over the past season.

    THE FOLLOWING ARE MY CHOICES FOR PLAYER OF THE SEASON AT EACH TOP HALF CLUB:

    MANU - VIDIC(1st) / RONALDO(2nd)
    LIV - GERRARD / ALONSO
    CHE - LAMPARD / ANELKA
    ARS - CLICHY / VAN PERSIE
    EVE - JAGIELKA / FELLAINI
    AST - A.YOUNG / CAREW
    FUL - HANGELAND / MURPHY
    TOT - MODRIC / WOODGATE
    WHAM - UPSON / COLE
    MANC - IRELAND / ROBINHO

    TOP HALF TEAM OF THE SEASON:

    VAN DER SAR

    UPSON
    VIDIC
    HANGELAND
    CLICHY

    MODRIC
    GERRARD
    IRELAND
    YOUNG

    FELLAINI
    ANELKA

    May I just add that other than score 4 goals against Liverpool, Arshavin has contributed nothing to Arsenal's season, since arriving IN FEBRUARY...why are so many people picking him?!?!?

  • Comment number 93.

    Top Half i wanted to be different so i went for a 3-2-3-2 mainly to help deal with the WH problem

    Keeper
    VDS (Man Utd) too many clean sheets to ignore

    Cb's
    Jagielka, Upson and Hangeland 3 CB's who are all decent in the air and thus would be useful against the barrage of attacks that a side with 3 CB's and no full backs would often come up against.

    Holding midfielder
    Tom Huddlestone has had a fantastic season and his distribution is awesome he would always provide a useful connection between going forward and holding back leaving the team 6 other members to be of a fairly attacking nature

    Other central midfielder

    Essien great distribution and creativity coupled with an eye for goal and a great work rate has had a fantastic season in a dissapointing man city side who i feel would work well off huddlestone.

    My attacking threat would then begin with a triumvate of

    Young, Ireland and Arshavin

    3 quick players who would score plenty of goals but hopefully create even more.

    Stikers
    Rooney and Torres not many teams would have a defense capable of dealing with the speed and finishing of torres coupled with the creativity and pure ability of rooney
    --------------------VDS--------------------
    ------jagielka-----Upson-----Hangeland-----
    ------------Huddlestone--Essien------------
    ---Arshavin--------Ireland-------A.young---
    ------------------------rooney-------------
    ------------------Torres-------------------

    bottom half, being a lower league fan I pretty much watch MOTD as my only view of the bottom half of the table but from what i have seen my side would compose of

    in a 5-4-1 suiting a lower half style

    Jussi- A keeper i have always rated would have been shay but he left for man city

    RB Johnson revelation this season who I'm glad has found his way into the england squad

    LB WArnock i like warnock and i have heard good stuff about him this season

    CB's
    Bassong Turner and Faye, had to fit in a newcastle player in somewhere while i thought the other two centre backs were fantastic this season

    CM Greening and Muamba

    RM Valencia

    LM Downing

    CF Kenwyne Jones

    ---------------Jussi--------------
    -------Faye---Bassong---Turner-----
    Johnson----------------------Warnock
    --------Greening----Muamba----------
    --valencia-----------------Downing--
    ----------------Jones---------------

    Is that ok

  • Comment number 94.

    Dammit!!

    Sub: Davis (Portsmouth) ON
    Valencia (Wigan) OFF

  • Comment number 95.

    Wasn't Valencia at Wigan before Bruce was hired?

  • Comment number 96.

    Top XI (4-5-1) - Manager: Roy Hodgson

    Van der Sar
    Sagna
    Hageland
    Upson
    Lescott
    A Young
    Lampard
    Gerrard
    Ireland
    Ronaldo
    Defoe

    Bottom XI (4-4-2) - Manager: Tony Pulis

    Jaaskelinen
    G Johnson
    M Turner
    S Taylor
    D Collins
    Brunt
    Andrews
    Cattermole
    M Taylor
    Tuncay
    Fuller

  • Comment number 97.

    #21 - Nolan? Really? He wasn't even Bolton's best player!!

    Top Half Team (3-5-1-1)

    Manager - Harry Redknapp

    Gk - Mark Schwarzer (Fulham)
    Df - Vidic (Man Utd)
    Df - Jagielka (Everton)
    Df - Upson (West Ham)
    Mf - Young (Villa)
    Mf - Modric (Spurs)
    Mf - Murphy (Fulham)
    Mf - Ireland (Man City)
    Mf - Lampard (Chelsea)
    Am - Arshavin (Arsenal)
    St - Torres (Liverpool)

    Bottom Half Team

    Manager - Tony Pulis

    GK - Jaaskelainen (Bolton)
    Df - Ab Faye (Stoke)
    Df - Samba (Blackburn)
    Df - Figueroa (Wigan)
    Df - Belhadj (Portsmouth)
    Mf - Gutierrez (Newcastle)
    Mf - Greening (West Brom)
    Mf - Whitehead (Sunderland)
    Mf - Geovanni (Hull)
    St - Tuncay (Middlesbrough)
    St - Davies (Bolton)

  • Comment number 98.

    77. At 2:37pm on 18 May 2009, quickalex20 wrote:

    54. At 2:18pm on 18 May 2009, CISSEATION wrote:
    GK Gerrard

    RB Gerrard
    CB Gerrard
    CB Gerrard
    LB Gerrard

    RM Gerrard
    CM Gerrard
    CM Gerrard
    LM Gerrard

    SS Gerrard
    CF Torres
    ****

    typical scouse
    _________________________




    Typical humourless idiot.

  • Comment number 99.

    A lot of people are picking Arshavin because who else was there?

    to Mad Glover - I thought your pick was very good

  • Comment number 100.

    given
    niell
    hangeland
    lescott
    bridge
    lennon
    gerrard
    essien
    ronaldo
    arshavin
    agbonlahor

    reliable defence, unbelievable attack

 

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