Ross Gibson’s EPL team of the season 2013/14

So with the Premier League season now over I’ve been thinking who would make it into my personal ‘dream team’. And then all of a sudden I realised how hard a choice it would be this season. You may disagree or agree with most of my choices, but I’d be interested to hear who you would add in to your ‘EPL team of the season 2013/14’.

Ross Gibson’s EPL team of the season 2013/14

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May 12th, 2014

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So with the Premier League season now over I’ve been thinking who would make it into my personal ‘dream team’. And then all of a sudden I realised how hard a choice it would be this season. You may disagree or agree with most of my choices, but I’d be interested to hear who you would add in to your ‘EPL team of the season 2013/14’.

 

Manager:

Manuel Pellegrini – What a fantastic first season in charge for the former Malaga manager. Manuel has not only brought the Premier League title back to the blue side of Manchester but has also sealed silverware with their victory in the Capital one cup. Manchester City have played fantastic fast paced football all season scoring goals for fun and even doing so without their star striker – Sergio Aguero for the most part.

Goalkeeper:

Speroni – has been an absolute rock behind the Palace defence all season and can be seen as one of the main reasons for his teams over achieving this season. Many thought Palace would go straight back down this season but with the mixture of a solid defence and a few strikers on their books capable of scoring goals, they’ve survived with ease.

Defence:

Zabaleta – Whilst being strong defensively at one end of the field Zabaleta is an absolute nightmare to defend against at the other. His endless energy surging up and down the wings has been a joy to watch and I haven’t seen a defender get to the by-line to cross as much as he has ever. Pablo has chipped in with 6 assists this season in their title winning campaign.

Kompany – What he brings to a team is extraordinary character, leadership skills, a never-say-die attitude, as well as being incredibly strong defensively. Few thought when he made the mistake which led to Coutinho’s winner at Anfield only a few weeks ago that the City captain had handed the title to Liverpool – So it was quite apt that he scored City’s final goal of the season after bouncing back from that defeat with some fantastic defensive displays.

Koscielny – Laurent ‘The Boss’ Koscielny has become a contender for the ultimate modern defender – quick, agile, confident and an integral team player. Having developed finely under the more experienced Per Mertesacker, the former Ligue 2 (FRA) player had firmly dislodged Arsenal’s club captain from the team.

Terry – Some may have thought that at 33 John Terry would be past his best. Well, they were wrong. John who is now out-of-contract at the Blues has been commanding and bullish in his defending all season in typical Terry fashion. The man would throw his body in front of anything for his team and for putting in the performances he has this season at the age of 33 he deserves a spot in my squad.

Baines – A fantastic defender whilst also having a presence going forward is one thing not many defenders possess. No defender has laid on more chances for his team than Baines and Everton have also been solid at the back too this season, which proves his worth at both ends of the pitch.

 

Midfield:

Gerrard – After ‘slipping’ (No pun intended, sorry Liverpool fans) into a more defensive roll for Liverpool this season you could have been forgiven for thinking Gerrard’s usual impressive scoring and assists stats would be lower than previous seasons. In actual fact he ended up with the most assists in the league (13) whilst also finding the net 13 times. Stevie came so close to the title this year, and not even ‘that slip’ with three games to go can keep him out of my squad.

Toure – 24 goals from 46 appearances speaks volumes in itself really. Not only a goal scorer but also a fantastic assist maker with 9 in total this season leaving him towards the top of the charts for goals scored and goals created. Yaya will be remembered for his fine individual performances and stunning solo goals in Manchester City’s second EPL title winning season.

Ramsey – Has developed into a world class player and reached the potential he was destined before his devastating leg break. Had he not suffered an injury mid-season he would have won even more plaudits. Aaron finished with 10 goals and 8 assists from midfield.

Hazard – The most skilful player in the Premier League this season in my eyes. The way he ghosts past defenders is unreal, and for me strikes an uncanny resemblance to Messi in his style of attacking play. Not only did Hazard create the most chances in the Premier League (92), he also finished with an impressive 14 goals and 7 assists.

Striker:

Suarez – This season Suarez has proven he is one of the greatest players to ever grace the top flight of English football. Yes he can be over erratic at times… – But this man has absolutely stormed the PL this season. Despite missing the first 6 league games of the season he comfortably won the Golden Boot award with a grand total of 31 goals.

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