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John Ruddy, (Goalkeeper, Norwich)
Ruddy had an outstanding season in goal for another newly promoted team. Ruddy’s impressive shot stopping should have put him in the running for the Euro 2012 squad. The former Everton keeper kept Norwich in a number of games, helping them easily secure their status in the Premier League.
Kyle Walker, (Full-Back, Tottenham)
It was very tough to leave Walker out of the team, as he had an outstanding campaign and deserved to win the PFA Young Player of the Year award. Walker was calm and collected defensively, was dangerous going forward, and also chipped in with two goals (the winner in the North London derby, and a fantastic curling free kick against Blackburn).
Ashley Williams (Centre-Back, Swansea)
The Swansea captain played a huge role in keeping the Welsh side out of trouble. He was a commanding presence at the back for the Swans, and his strength and aerial ability cannot be understated. Williams was willing to put himself about and mix it with the big target men in the league, a breed of forwards which some have difficulty with.
Yohan Cabaye (Midfield, Newcastle)
It cost just £5m to sign Cabaye from the French champions, Lille, and what a deal it turned out to be. The Frenchman quickly established himself as one of the top midfielders in the country and adapted quickly to the speed of the English game. He was tenacious, scored some great goals, and provided some memorable assists worthy of recognition (most memorably his glorious through ball for Papiss Cissé’s goal against Stoke).
Rafael van der Vaart (Midfield, Tottenham)
With 11 league goals this season, Rafael van der Vaart further enforced the opinion that he was one hell of a bargain at £10m last season. The Dutchman was creative and clinical in equal measures, adding eight assists to his goal haul. He’s always a threat in and around the area, and fits perfectly at Spurs.
Grant Holt (Forward, Norwich)
Holt epitomises the old English centre-forward, but he is more than just a battering ram. He scored 17 goals this campaign, which put him second to only Wayne Rooney in the English players’ scoring charts. He also delivered whenever the Canaries called on him.
Sergio Aguero (Forward, Manchester City)
Having written his name into City folklore this weekend, Aguero had an impressive debut campaign in England, which began with two goals on his debut. 37 games later, the Argentinean striker had scored 23 times in the league and made up for his AWOL compatriot for vast periods of the season.
Honorable Mentions: Tim Howard (Everton), Tim Krul (Newcastle), Pablo Zabaleta (Man City), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham), Daniel Agger (Liverpool), Jonas Olsson (West Brom), Alex Song (Arsenal), Ramires (Chelsea), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea), Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham), Gareth Bale (Tottenham), Juan Mata (Chelsea), Victor Moses (Wigan), Danny Graham (Swansea), Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham), Nikita Jelavic (Everton), Papiss Cissé (Newcastle).