Premier League team of the season

by Matt Quinn

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008


Matt Quinn gives his run down on who he thinks deserves to be in the Premier League team of the season. You may agree, you disagree, either way, we would love to hear your thoughts.

GK – David James

A truly excellent season by James was capped by his recent nomination for PFA player of the Season. He has almost single-handedly thrust Portsmouth to the FA Cup final with a number of breathtaking displays along the way. His performances in the league have not been bad either. All in all, while Friedel and Howard have also excelled this year, I just can’t see past England’s rightful number one. He’s also done wonders for my fantasy football team. Good lad.


RB – Bakary Sagna

“Bakery who?” was the question on Gunners fans lips at the start of the season. It took about 90mins to get an answer. Probably, along with Torres, the signing of the season and certainly the best value for money. Needing no time to adapt to the pace of the Premier league or Arsenal’s fluid passing style, he has easily been the stand-out right back of the season. His true value to Arsenal was fully appreciated recently when his injury caused a downturn in fortunes for the Gunners and their suddenly permeable defence.


LB – Gael Clichy

Probably the toughest decision in the whole team. There was really nothing to separate either Clichy or Evra. I’m not totally sure they aren’t the exact same player who gets double pay to turn out for Arsenal and United on a weekend. Clichy gets the nod mainly because he has stepped up to the mantle of replacing Ashley Cole with consummate ease. Evra had a shaky period of adaption last season, although has been most impressive this year. If Gareth Bale had remained fit it may have been a three-way tussle but Clichy gets the nod as he has banished all memories of that little scrotum, Cole.


CB – Rio Ferdinand

For years, ive never been able to understand the criticism levelled at Ferdinand. He has always seemed to me to be light years ahead of the rest of Englands defenders. Finally he appears to be getting the credit he deserves and his recent elevation to England captain has been the pinnacle of his year. When in the mood, possibly the finest defender in the world.


CB – Joleon Lescott

Goalscoring defenders are something of an enigma to me. Generally defenders only seem to be praised when they chip in with a few goals. Indeed, more often than not these goals can actually mask deficiencies in their overall performances, leading to excessive acclaim. Please see Harte, Ian. However, Lescott seems to be a rare breed of goal-scoring defender. He can actually defend. His performances have led to an impressive Everton defence, even though he has been regularly played out of position at left back. I’ve brought him into the middle here, despite stiff competition from Martin Laursen and Nemanja Vidic.


RW – Cristiano Ronaldo

The Portuguese winger scrapes into the team. Just.


CM – Cesc Fabregas

While his form and Arsenals season has tailed off a bit recently, his performances this year have ranged from very good to phenomenal. He is the fulcrum of the team and dictates the pace and tempo of each game he plays in. This year he has particularly sparkled in the bigger games, dictating play against United, AC Milan, Liverpool and Derby. He added goals to his game at the start of the season and while these have dried up recently, his creativity and influence has not.


CM – Michael Carrick

I struggled to think of another centre midfielder to include next to Fabregas. The likes of Makelele, Essien, Lampard, Flamini, Barry, Arteta, Mascherano all deserve a mention, but I just feel that United’s season has been, thus far, extremely impressive and one of the reason for that is the vastly underrated Michael Carrick. If you look at all of United’s “big” games, he is always picked. The rest of the midfield gets rotated. Anderson, Hargreaves, Scholes, Nani have all come in and out during the season. Carrick stays in that holding role and sprays the passes around, keeping possession and making angles. Ferguson knows the importance of Carrick to United and hopefully, Capello will too, soon.


LW – Ashley Young

When Ashley Young plays, Aston Villa play. Everything constructive and creative comes from his right and left boots. A genuinely two-footed player with pace and awareness should be a shoo-in for the current, insipid England team, although he has been strangely overlooked recently. 17 assists this year in the premier league has only been matched by Cesc Fabregas, as he has more than paid off the £9m price tag that hung ominously round his neck last year. Young has also branched out into the online world, where he has enjoyed similar success.


FW – Fernando Torres

Another one that doesn’t need much explaining. A superb first season in the Premier league, he can handle the physical stuff, never moans and then goes on to consistently produce moments of sparkling skill. When Liverpool signed the Spaniard, I knew he was a superb all round player, but I wondered whether he would score enough goals to justify his price tag. Not a great prediction from me. Up there with confidently stating that Craig Bellamy would win PFA player of the year last year. Anyway, back to Torres. Hes good. Really good… and sometimes I have unnatural thoughts about him.


FW – Roque Santa Cruz

Having never scored more than 4 goals in a season for Bayern Munich, it seemed the Paraguayan would be little more than a bit part player at Ewood Park, playing second fiddle to Benni McCarthy. Not only has he scored 16 league goals but he has banished McCarthy to the bench on more than one occasion this year. Another who has needed little time to adapt to the Premiership, thanks mainly to his impressive aerial ability and David Bentleys service. Adebayor, Rooney (who I think has had a superb season) and Berbatov all deserve a mention, but I thought it would be nice to put someone from Blackburn in my team.



Nemaja Vidic

A rock at the back of Uniteds defence. Again.


Alexander Hleb

Brilliantly watchable dribbler. Much improved season.


Martin Petrov

One of the signings of the season. Direct, pacy and excellent awareness. Taken over the mantle from Elano as City’s main creator.


Marlon Harewood

Super-sub. Always makes things happen when he comes on for Villa. His goals (6) per minutes played ratio can only be beaten by Ronaldo.



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  • bobby lucas

    what is a Marlon Harewood??….Even Richard Scudamore has a better understanding of the game.

    Matt you biased sock Villa brum brum!!

  • Matt Quinn

    Bobby Lucas. I was looking at my subs bench and thought, “why not put on the sub of the season” (that was my exact thought)
    Sub of the season is Harewood. The impact he has when he comes on is exceptional. He is awful if he starts mind.
    However, his goals per minutes played, as i said, is the 2nd best in the league… and everyone knows you cant argue with statistics. Anyway, 95% of people ive met agree with his inclusion.

  • Tef1on

    Hmmm. Flamini has had a better season than Carrick in my opinion, Then again i’d have Almunia in Goal over Calamity James too… but cant put the whole arsenal squad in can we… 😀

  • Darren

    I must confessed, I actually guessed Matt’s team except for James & Lescott. I would agree with most of it except I would have put Robbie Keane in there somewhere, on the bench at least. Mind you, the Spuds were crud until Ramous gave in so actually no, leave him out. Actually, they still are crud!




    Santa Cruz


    It’s so hard not to use the same players as everyone else, but the truth is they have been the best by far.

    Prems Worst team

    Roy Carrol (Derby)

    Ashley Cole (for being a twat)
    Cacapa (Newcastle)
    Bramble the tit (Wigan)
    Ledley King (4 games in 36)

    Eboue (0 goals, 0 assists)
    Moulda (waste of money)
    Boa Morte (More boo’s than McClown)
    Robbie Cabbage (just becos)

    Shevchenko (30 m, is he ‘avin a laff?)
    litmanan (fit enough to play for Finland)

  • mikie

    Almunia? He doesn’t bring confindence to the back four, although I do agree with Sagna and Clichy, Toure, Gallas (twat) an Senderdros have made more mistakes this season then the two full backs will make in their careers. For Sagna has been one of the signings of the season, he’s solid, he’s quick and like Clichy loves to bomb forward.

    Ferdinand has been class, so as has Vidic, and even Brown.

    Carrick has been good, over the last few weeks I have noticed how good is passing actually is.

    I think it’s been a very poor year for goal scorers though, the Premier League certainly does miss Van Mistletoe & Mr Henry.

  • joejoejoe

    Martin Laursen has been an awesome defender for Aston Villa. Richard Dunne has been good for Manchester City. I wonder sometimes how good the defenders are at the top clubs relative to the mid table clubs. Are the top teams better on defense or just so awesom on attack that teams don’t press forward as much out of fear?

  • chalovesmonkeys

    Nice team,

    I also have unnatural thoughts about Fernando and he has truly replaced Henry as the striker whose skill pays for the pints in front of Sky on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

  • matt

    Very nice team. I like all these picks although I am a little surprised that Gerrard isn’t mentioned as a possibility for CM. Although he started the season slow, he (along with Torres) has really come on strong in the second half to take away any doubt of Liverpool falling out of the fourth Champions League spot. I don’t think he should be in there, but should get a nod for honorable mention.

  • Dave

    G: James – No one else comes close this year

    RB: Bakary Sagna – Arsenal’s best player this year
    CB: Vidic – Was missed when injured more than Ferdinand
    CB: Woodgate – Tightened up Spurs defence and has been consistent when he has played
    LB: Lescott – Solid and goalscorer – Played laft back for most of season

    RM: Ronaldo – Best player in the world
    HCM: Carrick – Better than Fabregas at passing, breaking up play and consistency
    ACM: Cole, J. – Sorely missed cy Chelsea in Carling Cup and dangerous whenever he gets the ball
    LM: Ashley Young – Been phenomenal. Goal scorer and assist king

    F: Torres – Scores at will – If Ronaldo wasnt in UK, would have got more attention
    F: Keane – Work rate up there with Rooney’s but he scores and assists too

    Ferdinand – Great season but still some schoolboy errors
    Flamini – Was more valuable than Fabregas over whole season and gave more to the team
    Essien – Consistent and scores some cracking goals
    Adebayor – Superb when he isn’t distracted by Gallas’ inability to captain a football team
    Rooney – Workrate and passion

    Barry just misses out but Santa Cruz, Gerrard, Fabregas have not been consistent enough, Hleb falls over too easily and punches people in the face when he doesnt get his own way and Gallas shoudl be banned forever for his total twatiness!!!

  • H10

    LM- Kranjcer. Excellent campaign for Portsmouth and Croatia. Crafty, reliable and excellent running at defenders.

  • Michael

    whats that mug doin there??

    Oh yeh now i remember lol

  • James Webb

    Unsung Team of the season

    Tim Howard
    Mario Melchiot
    Herman Hreidarsson
    Richard Dunne
    Martin Laursen
    Phil Jagielka
    Lassana Diarra
    Niko Kranjcar
    Roque Santa Cruz
    John Carew

  • Football-Shirt-Man

    Ronaldo a MUG ??? you avin a laugh mate

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