The Premier League Dream Team
Whatever the sport, it is always a subject of great debate who are the best players in each position and who would make up a particular league's "dream team." The Premier League is no different and here we look at the best 11 players currently playing soccer in the EPL. Whilst there's never going to be a definitive answer, such a subjective argument should provide much fun for all those who wish to disagree with the opinions of the author. Here is this author's best 11 from the Premier League so far in the 2011/2012 Premier League season.
Goalkeeper: Pepe Reina–Liverpool
Arguably the best goalkeeper in the Premier League right now, the Spanish keeper is renowned for his shot-stopping and penalty-saving prowess. He is also one of the great distributors of a football and a custodian that gives his teammates all the confidence in the world. Seven clean sheets in 20 games so far this season makes him the No. 1 choice in goal.
Right Back: Micah Richards–Man City
Micah Richards may not be everyone’s first choice but the 23-year-old has really come into his own this season where his forward runs up the right flank have caused untold damage to the opposition. Richards is a strong tackler, who is maturing all the time.
As a result, his city boss, Roberto Mancini, gave him the captain’s armband after Vincent Kompany was sent off last weekend in the FA Cup game against rivals Manchester United. Richards has a bright future in the game and is a solid option at right back.
Central Defender 1: Vincent Kompany-Man City
One of the most respected defenders in the Premier League right now, Kompany is the established captain of table-topping Manchester City and would also get the vote to captain this dream team. He is strong in the tackle, a great header of the ball and is totally uncompromising when it comes to allowing space to the opposition in the box.
Central Defender 2: Fabricio Coloccini-Newcastle
There is no doubt that Coloccini is the rock at the heart of the Newcastle defense and has saved his team more often than even he would care to remember. A terrific ball-winner in the air and on the ground, he is quick, intelligent and also a great user of the ball out of defense to create counter-attacks. The Argentine international is a worthy addition to this 11.
Left Back: Gareth Bale–Tottenham Hotspur
Selected at left back in order to accommodate an extra midfielder, Bale would be one of the first names down in any Premier League team. Incredibly quick and a sublime crosser of the ball, Bale would be urged to attack the left flank, thus complementing the efforts of Richards on the right side. He is also a great goal threat from both open play and set pieces given his ability to strike the ball with pace and accuracy.
Midfield: Yaya Toure–Man City
The loping figure of Toure would be an automatic choice for most on a Premier League fantasy team. This man can do it all: hold the line, go box-to-box, pass, tackle and score goals. He also has fantastic stamina and can be totally relied upon to put 100 percent into each game he plays.
Midfield: Luca Modric–Spurs
The little genius who was a target for Chelsea at the outset of the season, is the one player who really makes the Spurs tick. He is the Xavi of Tottenham who works brilliantly with Bale down the line as well as finding the perfect through-ball for his forwards. He would walk in to any Premier League midfield and as such, must command a place on this team.
Midfield: Juan Mata–Chelsea
Mata has quickly established himself on the Chelsea team following his move from Valencia where his all- round game has helped to keep Chelsea towards the top of the table. A Mata/Modric partnership, backed by Toure, is a mouth-watering combination.
Forward: David Silva–Man City
Already the favorite to win the PFA Footballer of the Year in England, Silva has been a revelation since arriving at Man City. This season he has simply excelled and has proven that he has a world-class ability to find the perfect pass when playing just a little behind the Man City strikers.
His developing partnership with Aguero at the Etihad is becoming a joy to behold and should fire City to their first Premier League title come May.
Striker: Sergio Aguero–Man City
This Argentine striker has adapted to Premier League football extremely quickly and has already netted 17 times for City already in his first season at the club. So good is Aguero that the man who he has replaced at the club, Carlos Tevez, has almost been forgotten and he looks like going from strength to strength.
Striker: Robin Van Persie–Arsenal
This goal machine fully deserves inclusion in the best Premier League 11 after his magnificent year in 2011 where he fell just one short of Alan Shearer’s Premier League record of 36 goals in a calendar year. The Dutchman has enjoyed a long spell uninjured, and the Gunners are beginning to reap the benefit. He would get the vote over Rooney based on current goal scoring form.