Saturday, 24 May 2008

Team of the Year... discuss

Team of the Year
It has been a while but I have thought deeply in every decision.
David James – Defined the years and helped Portsmouth to a high finish as well the FA Cup. England’s best for sure without any doubt, despite all the dodgy hair cut. Michael Owen will be cursing that current Afro.
Right Back
Glen Johnson – This was a tough one because Sagna, of Arsenal, has been solid as ever. But the reason I Opted for Johnson is because of his improved attitude. He has to be loved and Redknapp changed a run of the mile right back into a promising prospect. England right back position is in the wings.
Left Back
Gael Clinchy – It had to be him of Evra, Clinchy’s power and his running ability won this one. Always effective going forward and never exposed at the back. Makes Ashley Cole look average. How can he not be in the French squad?
Centre Back
Rio Ferdinand- Captain led Manchester United to a Premiership and Champions League double, formed a perfect partnership with Vidic, taking them back to the Bruce and Pallister era. Looked the part, and he is probably the best defender on the planet at the moment. Cool and Collective and reacts to danger and pressure instantly.
Centre Back
Jolean Lescott – A free scoring centre half has flourished in an Everton side this season and looked every part of England prospect. He has played right across the back line and supported his teammates in every way possible. Top class.
Right Midfielder
Cristiano Ronaldo – 42 goals, enough said. World Player of the year, without a doubt. The focal point in Man U’s attack, the threat and rarely misses good opportunities. The craft, the wit, and he are the talent of the North West.
Left Midfielder
Alexander Hleb – A great season he has had. His influence converted Arsenal’s attack and made them much more direct. After suffering in his first season, he really has shows his quality this term. Arsenal’s new Pires and Ljungberg rolled into one. They will need to get hold of him.
Centre Midfield
Cesc Fabergas – The Arsenals heartbeat and leader, especially for the first half of the season. He scored some memorable goals and managed to pop up in the big games, even though his influence died down in the end. And still so young.
Centre Midfield
Steven Gerrard – came into his own playing the attack midfielder's role in Rafa’s new formation. Still continues to get Liverpool out of trouble and he has formed the perfect partnership with Torres, which will do nothing but flourish in the future.
Centre Forward
Fernando Torres – 24 Premiership goals in his debut season. He really made it looked easy in all accounts. Top player, Liverpool fans favourite, so much more to come.
Centre Forward
Santa Cruz – A controversial choice, the reason I picked him over Adebayor is because Santa Cruz scored 19 goals for a Blackburn, which finished mid table whilst Adebayor goals all came at the beginning of the season. Santa Cruz makes Blackburn into a threat and Mark Hughes managed to find a stunning bargain.
Pepe Reina
Barcary Sagna
Nemaja Vidic
Frank Lampard
David Bentley
Gareth Barry
Emmanuel Adebayor

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