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Premier League Team of the Season So Far

As the Christmas period is rapidly approaching, I’ve started to think about who have been the top performers so far this season.

I’ve steered cleared of the so-called ”big four” clubs partly by choice, but partly because few would warrant a place in the team of the season so far. Certain players from the ”smaller” teams have outshone the Premier League’s big stars on numerous occassions this season. Many of the big earners have gone missing at times, and although it is early days in a long campaign, a new crop of stars are beginning to emerge. Reputation has gone out the window in this team’s selection, it is form and consistency that’s required to merit a place.

Joe Hart – Goalkeeper

Manchester City

Joe Hart would still be considered a youngster by goalkeeping standards. He is still learning, but has established himself as a first team regular for his club, and is looking to cement his place as first choice for his country. Questions were asked about Roberto Mancini’s decision to replace the vastly experienced Shay Given in the City line-up as first choice goalkeeper, but Hart has certainly stepped up to the plate with some match winning performances this season.

Seamus Coleman – Defender


The Irishman has certainly caught the eye of his manager and pundits alike this season. Although predominantly considered a full back, Moyes has deployed Coleman on the right side of midfield for the majority of the season so far. His pace and work rate have drawn comparisons to Spurs wide man Gareth Bale, and Coleman’s recent form has also caught the eye of Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Having tied down a place in a very talented Everton midfield, and with an international debut looming, the future looks bright for the Donegal youngster.

Leighton Baines – Defender


Much like his Toffees teammate Seamus Coleman, Baines is a full back whose talents lie predomenantly in attacking areas. Everton have had a poor start to the season by their standards, but have recently picked up their form as they try to climb out of the bottom half of the table. Despite their problems, Baines has been a consistent performer this season, and his pace, crossing ability and set-pieces have caused problems to opposition defences.

Mike Williamson – Defender

Newcastle United

Newcastle have re-adjusted to life in Premiership quite comfortably, and few more so than Mike Williamson. Having made no appearances for a cash strapped Portsmouth side, he signed for then Championship side Newcastle in the January transfer window earlier this year. He quickly established himself as a first team regular, picking up the man of the match award on his debut in a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at St. James’ Park. He played a big part in The Magpies successful title challenge and having achieved promotion to the Premier League, has continued his commanding form in his team’s  return to the top flight.

Gary Cahill – Defender

Bolton Wanderers

The much coveted Bolton defender has been a consistent performer since joining the club from Aston Villa in 2008. Cahill is regularly linked with a big money move away from the club, but rumours about his future have died down in recent times, and the Sheffielder has been able to concentrate on his club form this season. His ever solid performances have led to him being consistently on the fringes of the national team, but he had to wait until earlier this season to force himself into a talented England back line in a 4-0 win over Bulgaria at Wembley. Bolton’s unsung hero has helped  The Trotters in an early push for a European place after an impressive start to the season.

Marc Albrighton – Midfielder

Aston Villa

Villa have brought some very talented youngsters into their first team this season, but none have seized the opportunity quite like Marc Albrighton. Martin O’Neill revealed that the winger was subject to many loan offers during pre-season, but he insisted Albrighton was good enough for the first team. He has played a big part for The Villans this season, chipping in with goals and assists. It was a close call to make between Marc Albrighton and Adam Johnson for the right wing position in the team of the season so far. There is no doubt that Johnson is superior ability-wise, but on recent form, Albrighton just about edges in front.

Gareth Bale – Midfielder

Tottenham Hotspur

What is there left to say about Gareth Bale that hasn’t already been said? Is there a player as consistent, and in as top form as Bale is right now, in world football? The Welshman has been converted from a full back to a winger in the last year or two, and he and his team have reaped the rewards. He seems to play the game with ease, and shows very few flaws. He has pace, trickery, a fantastic left foot, in both open play and from set-pieces, a fantastic work rate and a clear eye for goal. He has become a key man in the Spurs team both in Europe and in the Premier League this season and will surely go from strength to strength.

Jordan Henderson – Midfielder


When you are 20-years-old, playing week in week out in the top tier of Englsih football, and have already made your England debut, you are doing something right. Henderson is widely considered as a natural winger, but has been integrated into the heart of the Sunderland midfield for the majority of the season so far. The Black Cats youngster has received heaps of praise from his manager, along with a number of other managers in the league. The Sunderland born starlet is rumoured to be the subject of an impending £20 million bid from interested buyers, including Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United, but Steve Bruce will be doing all he can to dissuade him from leaving his hometown.

Charlie Adam – Midfielder


The Tangerines playmaker has been one of the success stories of the Premier League season so far. Blackpool themselves have made a respectful start to the season, although are still the favourites of many to end the season in the drop zone. Adam has been the pinacle of Blackpool’s form. His creativity in midfield has been the subject of much praise and The Seasiders will no doubt have a challenge on their hands if they wish to hang on to the Scotland international come January.

Rafael Van Der Vaart – Midfielder

Tottenham Hotspur

Similarly to his Spurs teammate Gareth Bale, Van Der Vaart is a pleasure to watch. The Dutchman was a deadline day bargain when he signed for Tottenham in August. His playmaking expertise and continental style of skill and flair is something that I feel has been lacking in the Premier League in recent years. Van Der Vaart has struggled to establish himself and reach his true potential since leaving Ajax for Hamburg in 2008, but the midfielder has taken to life in London extremely well and despite some concerns has settled into the style of the Premier League with ease.

Andy Carroll – Striker

Newcastle United

Carroll, similarly to the likes of Mike Williamson and Charlie Adam, has had no problems making the leap from Championship football to England’s top flight. The frontman has been in sensational form this season, and his goals and performances have led to a recent England call-up. The big number 9 scored 19 times last season to help his side win promotion and has taken that form into this campaign. His strength and height make him a dangerous presence in the opposition penalty area and the towering Toon talisman will surely be a leading Premier League star for the foreseeable future.


Coleman – Williamson – Cahill – Baines

Henderson – Adam

Albrighton – Van Der Vaart – Bale


So there you have it, the team of the season so far. As I said before, everyone will have their own opinions, and it is early days in a long Premier League campaign, but some players are already staking a claim as one of the stars of this season.

Leave a comment and have your say.

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  1. Charles Leo Raine

    January 28, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Ali Al-Habsi. Where is he?

  2. Roy

    November 23, 2010 at 6:14 am


  3. supertuxy

    November 22, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I don’t think Albrighton has a place here. Nasri instead.

  4. tnnelson

    November 21, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    i think Stuart Holden deserves a mention in this one. he has been stellar in every game so far, and while he only has one goal, he has several assists and is a rock in the middle for a good Bolton side. Coyle described him as “someone you can build a team around,” and i agree with him. his work rate is phenomenal, he doesn’t stop running until the final whistle. yesterday he was closing players down in the attacking third in stoppage time and Bolton were up 5 to 1! he leads the league in successful tackles, and his defensive positioning is perfect, and his passing and service on set pieces is excellent as well. i think he should be in there as a center mid

  5. Ramesh

    November 21, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Loving the thoughts and comments that are making this post epic. I guess I will add my own starting XI and see what you guys think. This is just my novice opinion as I have just recently started following the EPL intently.

    GK: Hart- Subs: Cech & Howard
    Defense: Baines, Cahill, Vidic, Toure- Subs: Jaigelka, Cole, Gallas, Alex
    Mid: Bale, RVDV, Malouda, T.Cahill- Subs: Nasri, Adam, Parker, Jarvis
    Striker: Carroll & Chicharito- Subs: Elmander & Chamakh

    I really feel that S. Parker from West Ham goes unnoticed quite a bit. I am sure this is a result of unfortunate season West Ham is having this year. Putting together my own squad was a more difficult task than I imagined. Anyway, this is what I came up with. So start tearing it up. I look forward to people’s thoughts.

  6. Rahul

    November 21, 2010 at 6:31 am

    stupid article…
    where’s nasri, malouda, nani and elamender.

  7. aol

    November 20, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    I like this list. You can argue about the Nasri’s and Malouda’s not being listed, but the fact is those players have ten other players around them that make things much easier for them. In the case of someone like Charlie Adam or Marc Albrighton, they have made a huge difference for their teams for their individual performances definitely deserve their mention.

    Instead of criticizing a person’s OPINION, why not just submit your XI with some reasoning behind it.

    I think HART is a no brainer in goal. Probably one of the most open and closed cases at any position. Is there a solid choice for second best? Foster has shown improvement. But it’s not like Birmingham has performed. I almost like Friedel over the Cechs and Van der Sar. Watching him closely he has helped Villa win games like they did over Everton and helped in key draws against Chelsea, Fulham, Birmingham, and Bolton.

    Defensively, the usual suspects that could get added to this list are simply Ashley Cole and Nemanja Vidic. I might have only included one of the two Everton defenders and probably replaced Williamson with one of these two as well. Probably add Huth and one another defender as well.

    Midfield…Nani and Malouda for sure. Nani has really had a breakthrough season. He’s annoying, but still has been highly productive. Chelsea needs at least one rep and that should be Malouda.

    Forwards. Yes, Carroll has been excellent. But the tandem of Elmander and Davies deserves credit. I would probably choose Davies of the Bolton pair because I think he does more overall and is one of the biggest reasons why Bolton BOLTOn BOLLLLTON are in fourth right now. Here is my team with backups…much easier to do with an extra ten subs.

    Hart (Friedel)
    Cole Vidic Coleman Huth (Baines, Williamson, K Toure, Onuoha)
    Bale Nani VDV Malouda (Adam, Albrighton, Nasri, Henderson)
    Davies (Carroll)

    • Kieran

      November 21, 2010 at 9:16 am

      Definitely agree with Davies up front. I think theres something to be said for Kevin Nolan as well…mightn’t make your bench, but I think he’s going pretty well this season.

  8. King Eric

    November 20, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Good picks for the most part, although I’d say Foster over Hart by a thin margin being that it’s more of a breakout season for him than Hart who was Birmingham’s #1 last season and proved himself then. The fact that Hart has defenders worth “millions” in front of him also turns the tide a bit for me as they’re expected to get clean sheets. Also, I’d consider adding the likes of N’Zogbia, Elmander and Brunt to the list as well.

  9. Joe Chen

    November 20, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Henderson hasn’t done enough compared many of the other guys on the list. The other guys who put their stamps on games with goals and assists. Think he’s on the list because of his transfer rumors more than anything.

  10. RVPFan

    November 20, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    You will put Robin Van Persie by the end of the season, leading the line. I am certain. Watch out for the dutch master.

  11. David G

    November 20, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Great Article. Even though he’s been crucial to Blackpool hard to see Charlie Adams over Malouda.

    “If Bale is included so should be Berba and Drogba, who at least performed during the EPL season (thus far).”


    • King Eric

      November 20, 2010 at 11:09 pm

      It seems that everyone doesn’t actually read the article when it says “excluding the so called big four!” What’s the point of listing the obvious stars from the big clubs that people know and hear about week in and week out?

  12. Madschester United

    November 20, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Seems like team of the season (thus far) cannot muster a title-challenge…

    Agree with: Albrighton and Van Der Vaart
    Should include at least: Nani, Vidic, Nasri, Malouda.

    If Bale is included so should be Berba and Drogba, who at least performed during the EPL season (thus far).

  13. Brian

    November 20, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I agree about the omission of Nasri–a true oversight, whether or not you want to downplay the “Big Four” teams. This may be neither here nor there, but your team is surprisingly white/anglo.

  14. Kieran

    November 20, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    “I’ve steered cleared of the so-called ”big four” clubs partly by choice” – I’m fairly sure that the first sentence clears up why Nasri of Malouda isn’t in there. I like the less obvious choices (excluding Bale) like Coleman, I can’t wait to see him in a Irish jersey. Albrighton is a lovely inclusion, I predict great things from him in the next few seasons, that is, if Man City don’t blow their load again.

    • Kieran

      November 20, 2010 at 5:30 pm

      *Nasri and Malouda aren’t

    • Ben

      November 20, 2010 at 6:59 pm

      By excluding the big four, the article loses all legitimacy. No one can argue that a large percentage of the best players in league play for MAn United, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal. By saying that you are admitting that this isn’t a true team of the season. If you had called a non big four team of the season, then I think it would have been an interesting read with some good points.

      • Dr. Kieran

        November 20, 2010 at 8:20 pm

        Well I can see I’m not wanted here…Ben wins. Why not suggest a few players you think have been overlooked rather than try to pick holes. I also wouldn’t lump Liverpool in with those teams anymore.

        • Allen

          November 21, 2010 at 6:25 am

          Wo wo Wo who said Liverpool was a top four team he’s talking about man city ya craic head

          • Kieran

            November 21, 2010 at 9:23 am

            Fairly sure our good friend Ben did you meth addict: “MAn United, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal”

  15. Alex

    November 20, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    bale isnt as good as everyone is making him out to be… 2 good games against inter does not make you the best player in the world. also the lack of nasri and malouda is ridiculous

    • Rob

      November 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm

      This is a ridiculous comment about Bale from someone who clearly hasn’t been watching. People that are claiming he is “the best player in the world” may be exaggerating, but Bale is in better form than anyone else in this article, and is having a greater impact than most anyone in the PL right now.

    • Mark Flint

      November 20, 2010 at 11:16 pm

      Bale really is that good. He has been a dominating force in just about every match. Since the end of last season nobody has been playing the position like he has.

  16. Ramesh

    November 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    What about Chicharito?

  17. theMFtruth

    November 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Most of these teams are in the lower half of the table, all except for one of these players is UK/Ireland based. Sounds like some bs to me.

  18. Ben

    November 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    not having nasri and malouda is ridiculous, you can’t just say that all the breakout players this season make up the team of the season. One has to remember the footballers that are great year in and year out as well. This team resembles a emerging stars team than a team of the season

  19. ozzie

    November 20, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    agree with ethan,first thing that came to mind,very stupid to not have nasri on there or even chamakh considering arsenal are 2 points behind leader

  20. Ethan

    November 20, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Not having Nasri somewhere in there is stupifying.

    • Ethan

      November 20, 2010 at 5:01 pm


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