Premier League XI: Alternative Team of the Year

Michu, Marouane Fellaini & Christian Benteke were all unlucky not to make the PFA Team of the Year

Alex Miller
Published 02/05/2013 16:25 by Alex Miller, read by 10,202 people.


There were no real shocks with the PFA Player of the Year award, with it going to Gareth Bale. However, there were players who were overlooked for the PFA Team of the Year who may feel aggrieved.

Here is an alternative Team of the Season:

Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet | Sunderland

The Sunderland man has been sensational in goal this season and could have easily slotted into the PFA Team of the Year without much question. He has been ever-reliable in goal, even if Sunderland's league position might suggest otherwise. He has 11 clean sheets to his name and has made 130 saves in 35 games.

Right-back: Rafael | Manchester United

One of the most improved players in the Premier League is, without a doubt, Manchester United's Rafael. Right-back was one of Manchester United’s few weaker positions; however, it’s now no longer a problem. Rafael has vastly improved his defensive capabilities and is turning into a brilliant modern full-back who’s quick and good at going forward as well as defending.

Centre-back: Branislav Ivanovic | Chelsea

This defender has had a great season in the Chelsea back-four. One of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League, he might feel aggrieved not to get a look in the Team of the Year. Even though Chelsea have some top centre-halves he’s still managed to claim a regular place, having played 30 times and also chipped in with five goals to help the team edge towards a top-four finish.

Centre-back: Matija Nastasic | Manchester City

The young Serbian shouldn’t look back on this season with any disappointment, as he has an extremely bright future for Manchester City. It’s not easy to slot into such a great side and replace Joleon Lescott, who had a brilliant title-winning partnership season with Vincent Kompany. With Nastasic being just 20-years-old he has a lot of time improve his game further. My prediction is he’ll make the Team of the Year next season.

Left-back: Luke Shaw | Southampton

It’s been a remarkable season for the 17-year-old. Shaw has made such an impression that he’s now highly tipped to make a big-money move to Arsenal or Chelsea to name just two clubs who’ve got their eye on the young Englishman. With a future England left-back spot available, his career is one to look at with a keen interest.

Centre-midfielder: Marouane Fellaini | Everton

One of Everton’s key player this season has undoubtedly been Marouane Fellaini - the club's top scorer with 11 goals in the Premier League. A constant presence in the midfield, he has attracted admiring glances from the likes of Real Madrid and Chelsea. His consistent performances could have easily got him a place in the PFA Team of the Year.

Centre-midfielder: Frank Lampard | Chelsea

Lampard had a tough start to the season and didn’t feature much in the early games. But, oh, how things changed. For the majority of his season, Lampard could be summed up in a single word: class. He has been one of the Premier League's greats.

Lampard’s goalscoring record for a midfielder is nothing short of excellent, especially with the Chelsea man being 34-years-old. Thirteen goals in 26 games this season is a magnificent achievement for Lampard who is still yet to agree a new deal.

Attacking-midfielder: Michu | Swansea City

This player is one who most people would consider as the signing of the season. The Spaniard had a lightning start to his Premier League career with six in his first 10 and he has continued with 15 goals going into the final few games of the season.

Costing just £2m, Michu was unquestionably a bargain for Swansea. The Swans benefited from his goals and are well-placed to finish in the top 10. He was also instrumental in adding to their silverware by scoring in the Capital One Cup win.

Attacking-midfielder: Santi Carzola | Arsenal

Carzola has looked at ease in his first season in the Premier League and has flourished in an Arsenal shirt. He was very unlucky not to find himself in the PFA Team of the Year. With 12 goals this season he has become one of the Spanish success stories, along with the likes of David Silva and Juan Mata, who continue to light up English football.

Attacking-midfielder: Steven Gerrard | Liverpool

Like Frank Lampard, Gerrard is one of the Premier League greats. He has been brilliant this season with nine assists and nine goals, and has therefore contributed to 18 of 64 Liverpool’s goals. Gerrard has shown flexibility this year by adapting his game to play the role of deeper playmaker. All credit to him at 32-years-old. He’s still going strong and should be in the PFA’s Team of the Decade.

Striker: Christian Benteke | Aston Villa

Simply a brilliant debut season from Benteke with 18 goals and four assists. Without him Aston Villa would have been in a far worse position than they currently are. Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie may get everybody’s vote for best strikers but Benteke, playing for a team without the support of players like Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Shinji Kagawa etc, makes Benteke's achievements even greater.

This is proof enough that Benteke is one of the signings of the season. Indeed, many had him tipped for the Young Player of the Year award.


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