The EPL Awards: Team ff the Year
As we near the end of another gripping Premier League season, packed with brilliant attacking play, atrocious defending, horrendous tackles, inspirational performances, and a lot of surprises, it is time for you fans to have your say.
Spurs, Newcastle, and Middlesbrough have surprisingly been fighting off relegation as poor performances, managerial speculation, and dissenting players have contrived to produce a formula for spectacular underachievement, with the latter two still in real trouble.
Hull, Wigan and Fulham and, to an extent, Stoke, have overachieved with squads completed on a shoestring budget.
Careful planning, studious management, and a foolproof team ethos have been important qualities to success—as shown by Aston Villa's meteoric early season rise to the summit of the table.
Conversely, unstrategic spending and superstar egos have proven to be the downfall of Manchester City and Newcastle United.
It has been the season of the afro, the two-footed lunge, the rare bearded manager, the public team talk, the tantrum and the sulk.
We have seen the emergence of bright young stars, the demise of over-hyped tripe, and the revolving managerial door of doom (which hasn't needed oiling).
Arsenal's renaissance and Liverpool's title surge have been as breathtaking as Hull's decomposition has been foreseeable.
But which players have impressed you the most? Which formation has proved to be the most fruitful, the most adaptable? Which manager has survived the cutthroat environment that he inhabits most admirably?
The deal is as follows: You have to pick a team of ELEVEN players, SEVEN subs, ONE manager, and ONE formation based one this season's pickings.
Feel free to fiercely contest my choices, agree with them or ridicule them:
GK: Edwin Van Der Saar
RB: Valon Behrami
CB: Nemanja Vidic
CB: Phil Jagielka
LB: Patrice Evra
DM: Javier Mascherano
DM: Frank Lampard
RW: Ashley Young
AM: Steven Gerrard
FW: Nicolas Anelka
SUBS: Robert Green, Brett Hangeland, Glen Johnson, Marouane Fellaini, Lee Cattermole, Robin Van Persie, Kevin Davies
MANAGER: Steve Bruce
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