EPLTeam of the Year 2010

Chris PotterCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13:  Frank Lampard of Chelsea controls the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on March 13, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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The 2009-2010 Premier League has not disappointed, and with barely a quarter of the season remaining, the time has come to honour the best.

So in true, interactive BR fashion, I would like to ask for your nominees for the team of the season.

The players should be chosen for the consistent quality of their football throughout the season and the impact they have had on their team's fortunes.

I will collate the data gathered from the selections BR readers contribute, and post the team of the season on 1 May—a day which not only marks Round 37 of the season, but also on which many important fixtures take place, which may decide who stays up and goes down, who wins the title and who qualifies for European football.

This team will be based on the following points system: Selection on the bench = one point, selection in the First XI = three points.

My team is as follows:

Goalkeeper = JOE HART (Hart has inspired an unfancied Birmingham City team to a probable top-half finish with consistently excellent decision making and shot-stopping)

Right-back = CARLOS CUELLAR (Former SPL Player of the Year, Cuellar has put in commanding and assured performances at right-back for his manager and earned a high Actim Index score and many plaudits along the way)

Centre Back = THOMAS VERMAELEN (Not as defensively assured as some previous Arsenal sides, Wenger's men have still defied their critics to challenge for the title, thanks partly to the Belgian's solid defending and terrific goalscoring contributions)

Centre Back = RICHARD DUNNE (Together with Cuellar an integral member of a Villa side which has the meanest defence in the league. What Dunne lacks in pace, he makes up for in experience, positioning, and bravery. A stand-out season for the Irishman)

Left Back = LEIGHTON BAINES (Baines has been Everton's best player this season, and his all-action performances have seen him called up for international duty. The full-back made the most of his chance, and is a shoo-in for a World Cup place)

Right Midfield = ANTONIO VALENCIA (Perhaps a controversial choice, but his Actim score would suggest otherwise. A quietly important contributor to United's continued dominance, he has filled a huge Ronaldo-shaped gap admirably)

Centre Midfield = CESC FABREGAS (Fabregas is a model professional. He plays football with pride and purpose. Has contributed valuable goals and assists this season, and has carried Arsenal at times, despite his tender age. On the verge of greatness)

Centre Midfield = FRANK LAMPARD (Lampard is still criticised in some quarters, but he has managed to maintain his form and influence, despite trying circumstances. He scores plenty of goals and has quality at both ends of the pitch)

Left Midfield = JAMES MILNER (already Fabio Capello's favourite player and earmarked as a future England captain, Milner's rise has been meteoric. He is valued so highly due to his versatility, phenomenal work-rate, and knack of scoring great and crucial goals)

Forward = WAYNE ROONEY (no explanation required. Phenomenal player, who has an incredible goalscoring record, impressive work-rate, and big physical presence. A charismatic figure, who will take the world by storm this summer)

Forward = DIDIER DROGBA (love him or hate him, he is a beast. Strong, quick, skillful, and instinctive, Drogba has scored the goals which may see Chelsea steal the title out of Man Utd's grasp)


Substitutes = Petr CECH, Patrice EVRA, Michael DAWSON, Vassiriki DIABY, Damien DUFF, Craig BELLAMY, Darren BENT