NEIL BONNAR: My Premier League team of the season
LUIS Suarez is nailed on for this year’s player of the season. But the team of the year is not so cut and dried.
Everyone has their own ideas of how the game should be played and who plays that way the best.
I’m not a lover of flash Harrys. Lightweight tricky players are generally one-season wonders in my view.
The likes of Robinho and Adam Johnson may get everyone talking for a few months, but once defenders work them out and start leaning on them they soon disappear.
I like players who combine ability with strength. Toughness, both mental and physical, is a must and if you add a little nastiness and aggression you’ve got a winner.
So here’s my team of the season.
In goal is Petr Cech and right-back is his team-mate Branislav Ivanovic who just edges out Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta and Everton’s Seamus Coleman.
Centre-halves are City’s Vincent Kompany and Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel. While Kompany has not had his best season a bad Kompany is still better than a good anyone else.
Skrtel has been a strong, aggressive thou-shalt-not-pass rock at the back at Anfield this season who has fought himself to a standstill while the likes of Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard have been taking all the headlines for the Premier League leaders.
At left-back is Leighton Baines. Attack, defence, he’s got the lot.
Yaya Toure and Gerrard form the centre of my midfield with Edin Hazard on the left and David Silva weaving his magic wherever he pleases.
Silva, you may say, does not exactly fit my theory of tough guys win titles.
He is hard to knock off the ball, however, and is the best in the league when he is on it.
Up front are Suarez and Sergio Aguero.
What no Sturridge? He’s had a great season, but even based on this season Aguero is by far the better player.
That’s four players from City, three from both Liverpool and Chelsea and one from Everton – the first three being the standout ones in a not so standout Premier League season.
And manager of the season? Brendan Rodgers ahead of Tony Pulis with Jose Mourinho a little way behind, the rest miles behind and David Moyes a speck in the distance.
No doubt you will have your own teams of the season which could vary greatly from mine. And rightly so.
It’s all about opinions and, as I said, those opinions start with how you like your football to be played.
Do you like winning or being entertained regardless of the result? I prefer winning, but if you can throw in a few Cruyff turns, nutmegs and step overs then all the better.