Apr 11, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT
There have many great performers in this season’s Premier League, but as it reaches its climax, who makes the cut in the best team of the season?
GOALKEEPER- BRAD GUZAN (Aston Villa)
The American international has been great for a struggling Villa side. Without his influence in goal there is every chance they would already be relegated. His form will be crucial from now until the end of the season.
RIGHT-BACK- PABLO ZABALETA (Man City)
In a season where many of his teammates have struggled for form, the Argentinian has been brilliant. His passion and hunger to win makes him very likeable, and he’s great both defensively and offensively.
CENTRE-BACK- PHIL JAGIELKA (Everton)
The England international has been a rock at the heart of the Everton defence all season long. His form has earned him a regular place in the England side, and on current form he is one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
CENTRE-BACK- JAN VERTONGHEN- (Tottenham)
Signed from Ajax at the start of the season, the Belgium international has been a revelation at White Hart Lane. Strong in the air but also classy on the ball, he’s been a great addition to both his club and the Premier League.
LEFT-BACK-LEIGHTON BAINES- (Everton)
Is he now England’s first-choice left-back ahead of Ashley Cole? He’s certainly getting very close now. Baines has been consistently excellent, and has created more chances than any other player in Europe this season. That’s how good he’s been. His crossing and set piece deliveries, in particular, are awesome.
CENTRE MIDFIELD- MICHAEL CARRICK- (Man Utd)
This has been Carrick’s standout season at Old Trafford. He has been United’s most reliable, and possibly most important, player. The 31-year-old has played the holding midfield role to perfection: starting moves, showing great positional sense and displaying expert defensive qualities. Underrated by many.
CENTRE MIDFIELD- MAROUANE FELLAINI- (Everton)
Although his form has dipped slightly in the latter part of the season, with injuries affecting him slightly, the 25-year-old has been Everton’s key player along with Baines this season. A menace in the air but also a brilliant technique for a guy of his size, he tormented United on the opening day and was superb from that point on.
ATTACKING MIDFIELD- JUAN MATA- (Chelsea)
The Spaniard has been a joy to watch. At times he has carried Chelsea, and his wonderful creativity and cultured left foot make him one of the most talented players in the league. He also has more steel to his game than some of his fellow countryman, which is essential in such a physical league.
ATTACKING MIDFIELD- GARETH BALE- (Spurs)
Bale has been incredible, particularly in 2013. His game has gone up a level, and he is now reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo when he was Bale’s age. When he runs with the ball at pace he is unstoppable, and he has now also added many goals and assists to his game. The best British winger since Ryan Giggs, the Welshman is favourite to win Player of the Year.
STRIKER- LUIS SUAREZ- (Liverpool)
The most talented player in the Premier League? Quite possibly. Sadly his personality sometimes takes the focus away from his genius, but if you judge his displays this season purely on football then he has been unplayable. His never-say-die attitude is combined with amazing dribbling, great skill and measured finishing, and he is currently the Premier League’s top scorer with 22 goals this season. Liverpool have to keep him in the summer, but if he does leave it will be for an astronomical amount of money.
STRIKER- ROBIN VAN PERSIE- (Man Utd)
The best player in the league up until Christmas, the 29-year-old has had an incredible first season at Old Trafford. He can do pretty much everything as a striker and is one of the most dangerous players in the world. Crucial goals against Liverpool, City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs show he really is the man for the big occasion too.
Who would you have in you side?
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