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Premier League Team of the Year, Using Only One Player from Each Club

Liam NewmanContributor IApril 24, 2014

Premier League Team of the Year, Using Only One Player from Each Club

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    The Premier League season is drawing to a close, and this Sunday sees the PFA Player of the Year awards announced in London.

    With that in mind, we've comprised this Team of the Year—which, as a twist, is restricted to just one player from any given Premier League club.

    What do you think of our choices? Who should be dropped and who would replace them? Post your teams below.

     

    Player performance stats provided by WhoScored.com.

GK: Asmir Begovic, Stoke City

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    In a season where Mark Hughes has adopted a slightly more expansive style of play, Asmir Begovic has provided a strong rearguard for the Potters.

    The Bosnian international has, as per John Percy of the Guardian, garnered interest from Real Madrid this season. If he performs well at this summer's World Cup, then a summer transfer could well be on the cards.

    Begovic is a dependable goalkeeper with superb shot-stopping capabilities. He also boasts a goal to his name this term thanks to his bizarre strike against Southampton.

RB: Seamus Coleman, Everton

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    Everton have been so impressive this season that it is hard to choose which player is selected for this XI, but it is Coleman who just about gets the nod.

    The Irishman showed bags of potential last season. This year, though, the right-back has developed into one of the league's most dependable players and has been a significant part of the Toffees' success.

    As well as helping the team to 14 clean sheets this season, Coleman has also chipped in with six goals. If Everton do steal Champions League football, the 25-year-old will have certainly played his part in their achievement.

    Coleman is a worthy recipient of the No. 2 shirt in this Team of the Year.

CB: Per Mertesacker, Arsenal

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    Bogdan Maran

    Not everybody's cup of tea, but you cannot dismiss the German's level of performance this term.

    A lack of pace will prevent him from ever being considered a world great, but the experienced Arsneal defender more than compensates with his physical strength and tremendous reading of the game.

    Mertesacker has formed a great understanding with defensive partner Laurent Koscielny and also boasts the highest pass-completion percentage of any Premier League player.

CB: Damien Delaney, Crystal Palace

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    This may be somewhat of a surprise inclusion to many, but the Irish defender has been a rock for the Eagles this season.

    Since the arrival of Tony Pulis, Crystal Palace have been immense. Their defensive unit has provided a sturdy platform from which they can build success, and Delaney has been at the heart of it throughout.

    Palace have kept 12 clean sheets this season. Robert Sutherland of the Croydon Advertiser believes that Delaney has silenced his critics and should be named the club's Player of the Season; he certainly gets our vote.

LB: Luke Shaw, Southampton

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    The 18-year-old Southampton star has been a revelation this season.

    Shaw has already established himself as a quality left-back and has huge interest from both Manchester United and Chelsea, per Jamie Jackson of The Guardian. 

    With a £30 million price tag, the Saints defender would become the most expensive teenager in football history, breaking the record set by Marquinhos' transfer from Roma to PSG in 2013.

    Shaw's performance this term saw him earn a first England call-up earlier this year, and the Saints man could yet be on the plane to Brazil this summer. It would be the perfect ending to what has been a phenomenal season for the Southampton youngster.

RW: Adam Johnson, Sunderland

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    Rock-bottom Sunderland have been poor, but their one shining light has been the form of Adam Johnson.

    At times, the England man does tend to go missing and has put in a number of below-par performances this term. On the other hand, when on form he is one of the most exciting wingers in the country and is the only Sunderland player capable of winning a game on his own.

    Johnson has eight goals and four assists in just 24 starts this season and was named January's Premier League Player of the Month. Considering the lack of quality around him, he's had a decent season.

    If Sunderland do go down, Johnson should have little trouble finding a new club.

CM: Yaya Toure, Manchester City

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    The Manchester City midfielder has been a man-mountain once again this term and is by far the best central midfielder in the league.

    Toure was already regarded as one of the Premier League's best talents, but this season has seen the Ivorian add the one thing previously missing from his game: goals.

    The 30-year-old has found the net 18 times this season, sitting third in the Premier League scoring charts. The former Barcelona man has admittedly taken penalties and free-kicks throughout large portions of the campaign, but that should not detract from the wonderful return.

    Earlier this month, as reported by Leon Mann of BBC Sport, Toure claimed that he does not get the recognition he deserves due to his background; the City star certainly earns our admiration and is one of the first names on our team sheet.

CM: Kevin Nolan, West Ham United

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    The biggest shock of the lot, but West Ham's captain does merit a place in the team.

    Nolan has suffered a problematic season at times, as he was sent off twice and often received criticism from the West Ham fans. However, he leads the way in the club's scoring charts for a second year running and has additionally claimed more assists than any of his team-mates.

    Most importantly, though, Nolan's five goals in February guided the club to four straight league victories—which is ultimately what has prevented Sam Allardyce's men from suffering the dreaded "second season" syndrome.

    Those 12 points have been imperative to West Ham's survival. For that reason alone, Nolan is in.

LW: Eden Hazard, Chelsea

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    Chelsea's Belgian midfielder has proven himself to be a world-class talent this season and will consider himself unlucky to miss out on the PFA Player of the Year trophy.

    The midfielder has dazzled fans with his fancy footwork and creative ability throughout the campaign, claiming 14 goals and seven assists along the way. That form will more than likely be rewarded with the PFA Young Player of the Year on Sunday.

    Earlier this month, John Richardson of The Express revealed that Paris Saint-Germain are preparing a potential £50 million bid for the 23-year-old. That alone tells you just how highly he's regarded.

    Hazard is one of the most exciting young talents in world football; he easily commands a place in this team.

ST: Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

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    Manchester United may have endured their worst-ever Premier League season, but that hasn't prevented their brightest star from shining.

    The 28-year-old has scored 15 and provided 10 assists so far; only Liverpool's Luis Suarez has been involved in more goals this term.

    Rooney pledged his long-term future to the club in February by signing a four-year contract extension. The England man is already one of the United greats and should end his career as the club's all-time leading scorer as he closes in on Bobby Charlton's record.

    Rooney has received a lot of criticism this year but easily merits his place in this team.

ST: Luis Suarez, Liverpool

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    The Premier League's best player of the season by a country mile.

    Despite missing the first five games through suspension, the Uruguayan leads the way in both goals and assists, dragging Liverpool towards a first Premier League crown in the process (since the league changed names in 1992).

    Brendan Rodgers was adamant that Suarez couldn't leave Anfield last summer, a decision which has proven to be a stroke of genius by the Liverpool boss.

    Suarez's goal at Norwich made him only the seventh player in Premier League history to reach the 30-goal milestone in a single season. He is the first Liverpool player to achieve that feat and has been the catalyst for the Merseysiders rise to the top.

    An absolute certainty for PFA Player of the Year.

The Nearly Men

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    David Marshall, Cardiff City

    The Cardiff custodian has put in some fine displays this season but has often been let down by the team in front of him.

    Curtis Davies, Hull City

    Davies narrowly misses out on the team simply because Crystal Palace's resurrected season could not be overlooked. Has been an unsung hero for Steve Bruce's side.

    Steve Sidwell, Fulham

    The Fulham midfielder very nearly pips Nolan into our team and has certainly been more consistent. However, the West Ham captain's month of brilliance keeps the Hammers in the Premier League—and himself in this line-up.

    Christian Eriksen, Tottenham

    Recent form has suggested that the Danish star will be one of the Premier League's leading stars.

    Martin Skrtel, Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool

    Any of them would have been worthy candidates for a place in this selection. Unfortunately, with only one place up for grabs, it was always going to be Suarez's name in the final XI.

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