PFA Team of the Year
Th PFA Premier League team of the season was announced over the weekend, it was a bit Manchester United heavy, with three Old Trafford men compared to Chelsea’s two inclusions.
It’s hard to question the choices though, as the selection of the team is chosen by the footballers themselves.
Only three Englishmen in there though, which probably replicates the fact that out of England’s likely starting 11, only Rooney has been in any sort of consistent form for the whole season.
The Eleven are:-
Joe Hart (Birmingham) – No real surprise here. Hart had a dodgy couple of games early in the season, but after he settled down he looked every bit the next England goalkeeper. No real surprise Manchester City don’t want to sell him. Is quite an accolade when up against the likes of Given, Friedel, Reina and van der Sar.
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) – This choice is one of those that has you wondering why? He has started 24 Premier League games this season, but is only really filling in for the injured Jose Bosingwa. Looks like one of those selections from a position where there is no outstanding candidate.
Richard Dunne (Aston Villa) – Was described as the bargin of the season after his £5M move from Manchester City, and in fairness he has totally out performed his replacements, Joleon Lescott and Kolo Toure. I was one of many people who thought it wasn’t good business from Mark Hughes at the time, and so it has proved.
Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) – Has settled in well and proved a real success for Arsenal. A rare big money signing for Wenger from Ajax, he has gone from an unknown to a much respected defender with a big presence, he has also chipped in with 7 league goals.
Patrice Evra (Manchester United) – With Ashley Cole missing for a large part of the season, the other outstanding candidate at left back is Evra. He is now an integral part of Manchester United’s team and has had another solid season.
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) – Another not totally convincing choice for me. Valencia has had a resonable season but at times has found himself left out for the improving Nani. Think what we can conclude from this choice, is that the English contingent of Wright-Phillips, Lennon and Walcott haven’t done enough to convince their peers.
Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) – He is now the first choice midfielder at Old Trafford, maybe even the first name on the teamsheet. He has added a lot more craft to his already undoubted workrate, all this while still managing to question every single refereeing decision throughout the season.
James Milner (Aston Villa) – Quite simply magnificent. He has been a revelation playing in central midfield and this has led to him picking up the Young Player of the Year Award, and his impressive season has seen him surely book himself a place on the plane to South Africa.
Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal) – At times this season it has looked like Fabregas has carried Arsenal, the home game against Aston Villa springs to mind when he came off the bench (half fit) to win the game before going off again. Another outstanding season from a player who is now one of the top performers on the world stage.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – Has been unbelievable this season, Rooney has come out of the shadow of Ronaldo and is now thriving in his role as the main striker. For too long he was a victim of his workrate and versatility and was used in counterproductive roles by Fergie. Has shown what he is capable off when put in his preferred role.
Didier Drogba (Chelsea) – Another consistent year from Drogba. Has bounced back well after looking a bit uninterested at times under Scolari last season, still a bloody pain in the arse with his antics though. It’s a shame he has to behave in this manner because when he is on song he is great to watch, which is far better than seeing him rolling around and driving people mad.