Premier League team of the season so far – 12/13 (August-December)

Posted: December 21, 2012 in Premier League

So, here’s my Premier League team of the season so far in the 12/13 season. Before I start this, I’d like to point out that this is MY team of the season to which you’re entitled to disagree with; just remember it’s my opinion. This team will follow a 3-5-2 formation following outstanding performances from many midfielders this season.

Goalkeeper: Asmir Begovic – The Bosnian has been absolutely key for Stoke’s one-goal wins this season. Despite not being the first on many people’s lists, Begovic has kept a stunning eight clean-sheets already this season thus making him Mr ‘safe hands’ in the Premier League.

Left Centre-back: Ryan Shawcross – Another Stoke player, Shawcross, has been an absolute rock at the back (except when he’s getting headbutted by Fellaini). It was a tough choice between him and Huth, but I feel that this season has gone incredibly well for Shawcross: he’s been a vital figure in that solid Stoke defence and earned his first England cap in a friendly against Sweden in November.

Centre-back: Per Mertesacker – It’s impossible to disagree with having the German in this three-man defence, the reasons being that, despite Arsenal’s far-fetched start to the season, the ‘BFG’ has been their most consistent performer. Amassing over 20 offside calls this season, this shows how intelligent and tactically aware Mertesacker is; despite his lack of pace, his reading of the game means he’s always one or two steps ahead of the opposition striker.

Right Centre-back: Phil Jagielka – The Everton man, along with Sylvain Distin, has been one of the most outstanding defenders in the Premier League this season. Everton, who usually start off badly and pick it up in the second half of the season, started off in rampant form and are still getting some decent results; they have Jagielka to thank for keeping them at bay and helping them grind out some results.

Defensive-midfielder: Claudio Yacob – Yacob has been a key member of the overachieving West Brom squad. The double-pivot pairing of Yacob and Mulumbu has been one that symbolises solidity, in a nutshell. Yacob, a bosman signing, has become one of the better defensive-midfielders in the Premier League thus far.

Left-midfielder: Juan Mata – Arguably the best midfielder in the Premier league this season, Mata found himself in a midfield of Oscar, Hazard and himself which thrived under Di Matteo; ever since the Italian’s departure, the latter two have dropped off whilst Mata has consistently performed at an incredibly high level. His six goals and six assists in the Premier League bolster his all-rounded nature.

Central-midfielder: Marouane Fellaini – It’s fair to say that no-one knows what Fellaini’s main position is; he’s played centre-mid, behind the striker and up-front in a season which has seen him amount eight premier league goals and three assists. The only con to Fellaini’s incredible amount of pro’s is his lack of discipline: he’s serving a three match ban for the headbutt on Shawcross and has already found himself booked six times this season. Will he stay at Everton or will he favour a move to many of the Premier League teams sniffing around him?

Right-midfielder: Santi Cazorla – The Spaniard has been, in my eyes, the best midfielder in the Premier League this season. The way he dictates the play, dribbles through mazes of players successfully and just, overall, spews absolute gold dust on a mediocre Arsenal side. You would’ve been excused if you thought he’d cost Arsenal as much as Hazard did Chelsea, but the Spaniard only cost £12M – yes, you’ve read that properly. Seven goals and three assists this season for Santi Cazorla in the Premier league.

Attacking-midfielder: Michu – How could anyone not add this man into their team of the season? He’s the tied top scorer in the premier league who’s made Swansea a force to be reckoned with this season. Some thought he’d have his honeymoon period and then go AWOL for a few games; that wasn’t the case, Michu has still been scoring since his Premier League debut against QPR where he bagged a brace. 12 goals for the season. How much did he cost? £2M – yes, £2M. This, in my eyes, makes him one of the best signings I’ve ever seen, in terms of bargains.

Striker: Luis Suarez – Forget his diving and racist antics (as hard as it is), Suarez is one of the best strikers in the Premier League. Why? He’s carrying a painfully average Liverpool side in which he has to create and finish his chances in order to get three points. He was stuck out-wide until Borini suffered an injury from which he’s not back yet. Now, Suarez has to carry the pressure of not getting sent off, steering clear from injury and being involved in every goal Liverpool can muster. Why? Because he’s their only striker.

Striker: Robin Van Persie – As much as it hurts me to say this, being an Arsenal fan, Van Persie has been the best striker in the Premier league and one of the best in Europe. Not only does he score them, he has the ability to curb his greediness and assist his team-mates, too. Already a favourite in Manchester, if not for his incredible goalscoring record this season, for his winner in the Manchester Derby. 12 goals, the same as Michu, sees the 29-year-old the tied top scorer in the Premier League and the best player in that Manchester United squad.

Here’s a visual of the line-up:

3-5-2 - team of the season thus far

3-5-2 – team of the season thus far

  • Honourable mentions: Demba Ba (Newcastle United)
  •                                                Ruddy (before his injury) – Norwich City
  •                                                 Vincent Kompany – Manchester City
  •                                                  Jonas Olsson – West Brom
  •                                                  Robert Huth – Stoke City
  •                                                  Gareth Bale – Tottenham Hotspur
  •                                                  Jermaine Defoe – Tottenham Hotspur
  •                                                  Leighton Baines – Everton
  •                                                  Christian Benteke – Aston Villa
  •                                                 Antonio Valencia – Manchester United
  •                                                 Yaya Toure – Manchester City

Some may seem like dubious choices, but bare in mind these are my choices; player who I enjoy watching and have left me in awe so far this season.

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