Once again, it’s that time of the year when we look back at the past nine months and wonder how they have flown by so fast.
It’s a time of recollection, a time of regret but perhaps most importantly, it’s a time of redevelopment. A chance for any team to wipe the slate clean and improve over the summer break so that they might improve next season.
The 2011-12 campaign was a roller-coaster ride for Sunderland in particular.
The Black Cats were involved in a relegation battle. They made a serious march for a European Spot. But eventually, the club simmered away to achieve a finish in the bottom half of the table.
There is plenty to pick about from the remains of the recently-passed season, and eleven players in particular will have put the work in over the 38 games and emerged in this Sunderland 2011-12 Team of the Season.
Conditions: To make it into this Star XI, any player named must have played in at least twenty matches for the first team this season. Regardless of overall talent, these choices pertain to the 2011-12 season and that season alone.