Spoiler XI

The Premier League Team of the Season (since February)

Because the PFA vote neglected the last three months of action

PFA Player of the Year Awards

Last night, the PFA names their team of the season, but did you know that members voted for it all the way back in January? In his BBC Sport Column, Micah Richards admits that votes were cast way back when Arsenal were on for the title and Newcastle were going down, meaning the past few months of play have not been taken into account. With that in mind, here’s our team of the season from February onwards:

Chris Kirkland
Contributed to Arsenal’s downfall with a stunning clean sheet at the JJB before stealing the spotlight again at Stamford Bridge to help Wigan to a 1-1 draw, which could prove crucial come the end of the season. Remarkably, Wigan have kept more clean sheets than any other Premier League team from February onwards.

Patrice Evra
Gael Clichy’s season went down the drain with Arsenal’s while Evra has been solid all season long at the back for Manchester United.

Nemanja Vidic
Keeps his place and, if anything, his importance to Manchester United has been magnified by their vulnerability when he has been missing.

Phil Jagielka
Dropping Ferdinand may seem harsh but a defence made up of Manchester United and Arsenal players can’t be justified when Everton have let in fewer goals in 2008 than anyone else in the country. Joleon Lescott has taken the plaudits because of his goal contribution but while he has made a few mistakes, Jagielka has grown in stature as the season’s progressed and could be close to an England call-up.

Bacary Sagna
The only one of four Arsenal players to maintain their place, Sagna has maintained his reputation as the best right-back in the country while his team-mates have faltered.

Cristiano Ronaldo
He may not have scored in three but his 11 goals from February onwards means he is still the first name on the teamsheet.

Javier Mascherano
He got a lot of negative publicity for his sending off at Old Trafford, but has been the unsung hero in Liverpool’s midfield as they have taken more points than anyone else in the league from February onwards.

Michael Ballack
Pipping his team-mate Michael Essien into the eleven, it’s hard to believe that most Chelsea fans would have been glad to see the back of him last summer. He missed the first half of the season through injury and it’s no coincidence that Chelsea have looked much more threatening since his return.

Ashley Young
The only outfield player from outside the Top Four to get in the PFA team, Young retains his place in our team thanks to the performances that led Martin O’Neill to compare him to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Fernando Torres
He was voted into the PFA team in January but has been even better since, scoring two hat-tricks and 13 goals.

Roque Santa Cruz
The bargain signing of the season should feel very hard done by not getting in the PFA team having scored 21 goals after arriving for £3.8 million. He experienced a lull in February but bounced back to score six in his last seven.
In: Kirkland, Evra, Jagielka, Mascherano, Ballack, Santa Cruz

Out: James, Clichy, Ferdinand, Gerrard, Fabregas, Adebayor

See the PFA Team of the Season here.


7 responses so far
  • Zaiky // April 28, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    well this is a load of crap isn’t it? why waste your time you mug?

  • Am // April 28, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    this is probably written by a man u fan.
    To have Evra in there over Clichy is ridiculas, Evra cnt tackle to save his life, and he has played far less which means Clichy has been ore consistant over more games,

    Flamini should hav made the actual team of the year, I think he has been better than Essien, Lampard, Ballack, Mascherano, Alonso, Hargreaves, Scholes and Gerrad this season.

  • Shane // April 28, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Am, if your criteria for Clichy being above Evra is that he’s played more games, doesn’t that mean George McCartney should be first-choice left-back, he hasn’t missed one game for West Ham this season?

  • james Dee // April 28, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Its a good thing no one really pays attention to you opinion

  • Shane // April 28, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Besides the thousands of West Ham fans voting him as Hammer of the Year and the AC Milan scouts that have been watching him with a view to him replacing Paolo Maldini?

  • kev kare // April 28, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    AM he has clearly stated
    that this si the best team since Feburary
    not da enitre season u tit

  • Dan // April 28, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    I would have Evra in my team over Clichy anyday and so would most PROPER football fans

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