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Heaven knows why, but the PFA cast their votes half way through the season, but like most sensible thinkers, I’ve waited till the season ended and taken everything into consideration before opting for my Premier League XI of the 2011/12 season.

Goalkeeper:  Joe Hart – Man City

Taken from Manchester Evening News

Who else this season? Tim Krul has been outstanding at times for Newcastle, but Hart has undoubtedly been the best between the sticks this season. 

His consistency, decision making and concentration have improved greatly to put the Man City stopper amongst the best in the game.

Right back: Micah Richards – Man City

Taken from Sky Sports

Though many have opted for speed merchant Kyle Walker, I have gone with Richards, who I believe is and has been, the better defender. 

He’s matured as a player, tucking inside when required to help out in the centre and used his pace, power and ability when pushing forward.

Centre back: Vincent Kompany – Man City

Taken from Football Speak

Arguably the finest central defender in the world, Kompany has it all and has proved it throughout the season, also showing great leadership in Man City’s title winning campaign. 

It was no coincidence that Man City’s dips in form were during Kompany’s absence due to suspension and injury.

Centre Back: Fabricio Coloccini – Newcastle

Taken from Chronicle Live

A big part of Newcastle’s hugely successful season –Coloccini was once highly rated and sought after, but his first couple of years in English football were nothing to write home about, this season though, he has been outstanding and found a new level of consistency. 

It’s not just the Argentine’s ability to defend that has impressed, but his ability on the ball, bringing it out of a back four of a team he has led so admirably all season.

Left Back: Leighton Baines – Everton

Taken from ITV

Ashley Cole is still England’s best left back, arguably the best in the game right now, but this season, Baines personal performances in the position have been stand out. 

The defensive side of his game has been strong, but in an Everton side that is not very adventurous, Baines has worked hard to get forward, delivering some great crosses and unleashing that bullet left foot on more than one occasion.

Midfield: Scott Parker – Tottenham

Taken from Give Me Football

Changed the dynamic of the Spurs midfield, added tempo and energy to it and kept it simple by winning the ball and helping those around him play. 

Has shown his tenacity and leadership in a season that saw Spurs finish back inside the top four. 

Midfield: Yaya Toure – Man City

Taken from The Sun

Whether his role be as the ball winner, box-to-box, or attacking midfield, Yaya Toure has fulfilled each one effectively to become one of the key components in Man City’s team. 

Not just physically impressive, it should be no surprise that as a former Barcelona star, he’s a damn good footballer too with goals at key times in key games that were vital in City becoming Champions. 

He was hugely missed during his absence at the African Cup of Nations, which came as no surprise and is making his £24m price tag look a bargain.

Midfield: David Silva – Man City

Taken from Talk Sport

A fantastic technical player, with an exquisite first touch and vision to pick a pass in the danger areas. The diminutive Spaniard has scored some wonderful goals this season, but it’s his number of assists that have made such a difference in unlocking opponent’s defences. 

Another key part of City’s team making his £24m price tag look a bargain.

Forward: Robin van Persie – Arsenal

Taken from The Guardian

Goals, goals, goals and more goals quite accurately describes van Persie’s season.  The Premier League top scorer has been in irresistible form, leading an Arsenal team that was beaten 8-2 at Old Trafford in August to finishing in third place. 

The Dutch striker literally led from the front with a cascade of goals at vital times, including sensational volleys against both Everton and Liverpool, saw RVP demonstrate just what he is capable of when staying injury free for a full campaign.

Forward: Sergio Aguero – Man City

Taken from The National

A hugely impressive first season in the Premier League for Aguero, surpassing 20 league goals and show casing his talents, from pace and technical ability, to a great first touch and clever movement. 

Aguero has already made himself a key man in a star studded Man City team that will now have ambitions to build on their title success.

Forward: Wayne Rooney – Man Utd

Taken from Koletsy

Rooney’s goals were a big reason why Man Utd got back into a title race that City looked to be running away with and then could, and probably should, have actually won it themselves. 

But the reason Utd were even able to amass an incredible 89 points was largely down to the England striker, who hit over 30 goals in all competitions and showed improved levels of maturity and self discipline.

Written by Andy Wales
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Check out our two other Premier League team of the season pieces by Joshua Sodergren and Henry Francis. Enjoy!

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