Football Scores Premier League Team of the Year 2012
The Premier League season has finally drawn to a close and that means that there is just one thing left to do – name the FootballScores.com team of the year. We’ve been looking at the top performers from 2011/12 and come up with eleven players that we feel has caught the eye this season.
May 14th, 2012
Goalkeeper: Michel Vorm (Swansea City)
Michel Vorm arrived in South Wales as an unknown goalkeeper from Utrecht but soon established himself as one of the Premier League’s top goalkeepers. On his Premier League debut, the Dutch stopper picked up the man of the match award despite conceding four goals against Manchester City but, following that baptism of fire, he has repeatedly come up with world-class saves.
The £1.5m has kept 14 clean sheets this season and kept his side in contention in key clashes, making him our number one.
Left Back: Leighton Baines (Everton)
The Everton left-back recently became the first Everton player since Neville Southall in 1990 to be named in the PFA Team of the Year and it is no surprise to see why. The former Wigan left-back is a model of consistency and professionalism. He has weighed in with five goals this season, including a spectacular free-kick against Swansea, and has been the driving force behind Everton’s surge up the table.
Central Defender: Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United)
Derided and mocked in his first season in the Premier League, Coloccini has been in superb form for Newcastle in 2011/12. After taking over the captaincy from the departed Kevin Nolan, Coloccini has been the rock on which Newcastle’s incredible season has been built and it was no coincidence that Newcastle’s mid-season blip coincided with injuries to both him and defensive partner Steven Taylor.
Central Defender: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)
The City captain has led his side superbly throughout the season, despite the Eastland’s dressing room being one of the most volatile in the Premier League. He has been a calm head in a team of strong personalities and he deservedly collected the Premier League trophy at the weekend. His winner against Manchester United was the icing on the cake.
Right Back: Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
The PFA Young Player of the Year makes the cut after establishing himself as a Tottenham regular and a likely candidate to represent England in Poland and Ukraine. In 37 league games, Walker has found the net twice and, impressively for a man who earns a living by tracking pacey wingers, has picked up just four yellow cards.
Midfield: Clint Dempsey (Fulham)
Fulham’s Mr Dependable makes it into our first XI on account of some sterling performances for the Cottagers.
The American, considered a veteran at just 29 years, is in the form of his life after hitting 23 goals this season and it won’t come as a huge surprise if he is plying his trade at one of the league’s “big five” next season.
Midfield: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City)
Bredan Rodgers has made a name for bargain signings and, in Gylfi Sigurdsson, he stuck gold. The Icelandic midfielder, formerly of Reading, arrived at Swansea on loan from German side Hoffenheim and has wowed fans at the Liberty Stadium with seven goals in 18 league appearances.
Today, offers in the region of £10m are being reported from the likes of Manchester United, Newcastle, Arsenal and others. He might be a surprise pick in our XI, given that he has only played half of the season, but he’s deserving of special praise in our view.
Midfield: Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)
Antonio Valencia gets the nod out wide for the FootballScores.com XI after standing out as the best player at Old Trafford in 2011/12. Wonderfully skilful, hard-working and with 13 assists in 27 league games (the best ratio in the league), Valencia is very much a key player for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
Attack: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
He burst onto the scene with two goals against Swansea and hasn’t looked back since. With 30 goals in all competitions, including the goal that clinched the Premier League title, Sergio Aguero has been a revelation at Eastlands. Voted by a landslide as City’s player of the year, Aguero has been £38m well spent.
Attack: Robin van Persie (Arsenal)
No team of the year could omit the Premier League’s top scorer. Robin van Persie and single-handedly carried Arsenal to the Champions League, helping the Gunners to recover from a torrid start and the loss of both Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas. With 30 goals in 38 appearances in the league,
Attack: Grant Holt (Norwich City)
And completing the line-up, something of a wildcard choice for the FootballScores.com XI. Ten years after he was playing for Barrow, Norwich captain Grant Holt has looked every bit a Premier League number nine. He holds the ball up well, he works hard for his side and he knows where the goal is, having hit 17 goals in 38 league appearances. In three seasons, Holt has gone from League One to the Premier League, and yet he hasn’t once looked out of place.