The Premier League team of the season so far XI
During this tedious international break, many of us will spend our weekend without our usual fix of Premier League action and have to watch England be crushed by the football machine that is Spain. So, during the interruption let’s think which players have made our football-filled weekends a joy to behold.
1. Tim Krul – Newcastle
The Newcastle number one has been in sensational form this season and will be itching for a spot on the Dutch plane for Euro 2012. Alan Pardew has built a solid defence for this season, but his Dutch shot-stopper has at times been unbeatable. He has been a key component in helping Newcastle achieve such a fantastic start to the season.
2. Kyle Walker – Tottenham
Tottenham were in desperate need of a good right back, and Walker has been sensational. Tireless running, great crossing and an eye for goal. At just 21, Walker is a hugely talented prospect for England.
3. Ryan Taylor – Newcastle
Yes, it’s a Newcastle dominated back five but their defence has been impeccable this season and Taylor has been another shining star. Not a natural left-back but he seems to have made the position his own, and his goal against Everton last weekend provided further evidence of his lethal eye for goal, making him a perfect full back for any manager to work with.
4. Phil Jones – Manchester United
A surprising choice but the £16 million man from Blackburn has taken versatility in football to new extremes. With a lot of defensive rotation at United, Jones has had to fill in at right back and in midfield and he has done it all superbly. He looks world class when he does play in his natural position and could be the ideal partner for Vidic with Ferdinand not looking as sharp as he once was. His hilarious faces when he plays has also given us all a good laugh, but his performances have made us all stand up and pay attention to this promising young defender.
5. Fabricio Coloccini – Newcastle
The Carlos Puyol wannabee was a laughing stock when he first arrived at The Stadium Formerly Known As St James’ Park, but now he has evolved into the defensive lynchpin that has made Newcastle such a difficult team to beat. A great header of the ball, good with his feet and powerful, he has all the characteristics to be a great defender and now it seems he is fulfilling it, much to the joy of the Newcastle faithful.
6. Scott Parker – Tottenham
Last year he virtually carried West Ham, and now Parker is establishing himself as one of England’s finest midfielders. Parker is the definition of a box-to-box midfielder. His work ethic and breaking up of play have helped Tottenham’s good start no end. Surely Capello will take him to Poland-Ukraine, but who knows with the Italian’s previous squad choice errors.
7. David Silva – Manchester City
Arguably the Premier League’s finest player and he has brought some much needed Spanish flair to England. His skill with the ball is unparalleled, and his jaw-dropping pass to Edin Dzeko in the demolition of Manchester United made anyone who hadn’t yet noticed realise that truly Silva is a special player. His performances have really helped City as they attempt to move up to the next level.
8. Aaron Ramsey – Arsenal
Everyone was sad to see the young Welshman stretchered off against Stoke some two years ago, but most fans are probably sick of the sight of him now as he continues to improve week in week out. Arguably now Arsene Wenger’s most important midfielder, he is showing signs of becoming a truly world class player. With his goal against Marseille, and his performance against Chelsea, he has showed he is ready to compete with the best. Who needs Fabregas?
9. Robin Van Persie – Arsenal
The Flying Dutchman has been a goalscoring, team-carrying, Nazi-saluting machine over the last 12 months, and many jaws dropped when he wasn’t included in the Ballon D’Or shortlist. His goals have helped revive Arsenal back into Champions League contention, and he also seems to be the perfect captain for the Gunners after the departure of Fabregas. Arsenal fans will be praying he signs a new contract, but the rest of the Premier league will hope he doesn’t.
10. Luis Suarez – Liverpool
One of the most hated players in the Premier league but also one of the finest. His diving and ridiculous penalty appeals have all sent us crazy, but when the ball’s at his feet there is no denying the Uruguayan’s talent. Winning Liverpool’s player of the month for the third time running shows just how important he has become to the club and their bid for Champions League football.
11. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
The little Argentine has settled into the Premier league so quickly you’d think he had been here for five years. The Man City striker has already scored some breathtaking goals for his club and it is easy to see why they spent nearly £40 million on him. City have a wide array of strikers to choose from but Aguero is possibly the finest, and also one of the finest in world football.
Honourable mentions: Yohan Cabaye, Ramires, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, Wayne Rooney, Rafael Van der Vaart, Demba Ba, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Chris Smalling.