The Premier League is one of the toughest leagues in the world. Many great players arrive and struggle to succeed. Here’s a team of players who made it look easy.
I’ve put them in a 4-4-1-1 formation and I’ve not included players who only arrived in January, so no Arshavin. Also, the players can’t have played in the Premier League before this season (so Mendy and Sorensen don’t count).
GK: Boaz Myhill (Hull): Was a huge part of Hull’s flying start and one of the main reasons they stayed up. Lost his place at the turn of the year but reclaimed it in style.
Left Back: Herita Ilunga (West Ham): This is a guy who very few people had heard of before arriving at West Ham but has established himself as one of the best left-backs in the league, narrowly beat Nadir Belhadj for best new left-back.
Right Back: Jose Bosingwa (Chelsea): Chelsea paid big money for Bosingwa and he hasn’t disappointed. He can look vulnerable when a quick winger runs at him but that is more than outweighed by his attacking capabilities.
Centre Back: Michael Turner (Hull): This guy has been outstanding all season long. Even when his team were crumbling all around him he still maintained a high level of play. Turner has been linked with a few bigger teams and may even be on the verge of an international call-up.
Centre Back: Vincent Kompany (Man City): Kompany signed just before the takeover of City and has not looked out of place. Whilst some of the big name signings have disappointed at times, no-one can doubt Kompany’s workrate.
Left Midfield: Chris Brunt (West Brom): West Brom have an awful defence and a weak strike force but a very good midfield. Brunt has one of the sweetest left feet you will see and I will be amazed if another Premier League club doesn’t come in for him this summer.
Right Midfield: Samir Nasri (Arsenal): This guy has shown his versatility by playing all over the midfield. Andrey Arshavin’s arrival means he won’t see much time at right mid but Wenger will want to find a place for him. His 2 goals against Man United stick in the mind.
Centre Midfield: Robert Koren (West Brom): Koren is an assured passer of the ball with tremendous range and vision. He is a guy who will work hard and create many chances, though he could do with scoring a few more.
Centre Midfield: Marouane Fellaini (Everton): Big hair and an even bigger pricetag. Fellaini has settled in nicely to the Everton team. He has good touch for a tall player and has scored a few goals. One knock on him is that he tackles clumsily and attracts attention from referees.
Attacking Midfielder: Luka Modric (Spurs): Looked a bit too lightweight early in the season but has settled into the Premier League well. Another superb passer of the ball and he creates chances and links up with strikers well. He really came along under Harry Redknapp and will be a big part in his rebuilding of Spurs.
Striker: Robinho (Man City): City’s record signing got of to a stormer of a start and was banging goals in for fun. The problem was he didn’t play well when the weather was cold and he did look disinterested at times. However, he was playing well again towards the end of the season.
Who would you put in?