Premier League Team of the Year 2014: Predicting the Best XI Line-Up

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2014

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With the 2013-14 English Premier League season nearing its conclusion, members of the Professional Footballers' Association will gather in London this Sunday to reward the very best players of the past season with a number of awards and the release of their choices for the Premier League Team of the Year.

Often controversial and always hotly debated on social media, it's time to predict which 11 players will be making up the team put forth this Sunday.

Remember, this is a prediction. These players aren't necessarily the choices I would make, but rather, the ones you can expect the PFA to go with.

We're going with a 4-3-3 formation here, as the system is best suited to incorporate all of the big names we expect to see on Sunday.


Goalkeeper: Asmir Begovic

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David De Gea, Petr Cech and Julian Speroni would all be worthwhile choices for this slot, but Stoke's Begovic has simply been too good all season, and the 'keepers playing for top teams often don't get to make enough saves to challenge those on mid-table teams.

The Bosnian was recently praised by legendary stopper Gordon Banks, per the Mirror's Paul Gorst:

First of all, let me say he's had a great season and I've said to a lot of people that he's definitely up there now with the top three goalkeepers in this country.

If he plays as well in the World Cup as he does for Stoke City, then he'll do a terrific job out there.

To be called a top-three stopper by a legend like Banks, despite not playing for a top team, is a strong vote of confidence, and the PFA should reward Begovic's strong play this season.


Defenders: Seamus Coleman, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Leighton Baines

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Chelsea have conceded the fewest goals in all of the Premier League by quite a margin, via, and Cahill has played very close to the level required to be the Defender of the Year. The Arsenal duo of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny would be worthy of a spot here as well, but expect the PFA to go with Terry.

Similarly, the partnership of Coleman and Baines has been phenomenal all season, and while no one would argue with Luke Shaw getting a spot on this team, voters will use his age and the many chances he'll have in the future to justify choosing Baines.

The Telegraph's Henry Winters thinks Ashley Cole is still a better option for Team England than the aforementioned two, but his lack of playing time will hurt him in the voting.


Midfielders: Steven Gerrard, Yaya Toure, Adam Lallana

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Aaron Ramsey can look back on a great campaign, but problems with injury stopped him from putting together a complete season. Jordan Henderson's development this season was quite extraordinary, and Mile Jedinak might be the most underrated player in the Premier League.

There are plenty more midfielders worthy of inclusion, but these three are all but guaranteed a spot on the team following their nominations for the Player of the Year Award.

Gerrard continues to defy the laws of time as he sits in front of Liverpool's defence, while Yaya Toure has somehow managed to score an astonishing 19 goals, despite playing as a midfielder, per WhoScored.

Lallana has established himself as a viable option for Roy Hodgson to choose for England's starting XI, and his importance to a smaller side such as Southampton will convince voters he belongs on this team.


Forwards: Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Eden Hazard

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No surprises here. Suarez and Sturridge are the Premier League's two leading scorers, and Hazard is the offensive engine behind Jose Mourinho's Chelsea. All three have been nominated for the Player of the Year Award and have played vital roles for teams still contending for the title.

Sergio Aguero's injury struggles will doom his chances of making the team, while Romelu Lukaku, Christian Benteke and Loic Remy had good seasons but failed to produce the numbers necessary to beat out Hazard, Suarez and Sturridge.

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, meanwhile, feel the repercussions of the Red Devils' disappointing season, as neither makes the team.

Disagree with our selections? Do you think the PFA will go another way with their picks or do you feel like your favourite team should be better represented? Be sure to let us know in the comment section!



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