A premier first XI for 2014

As we get to the important part of the season - the bit when things are won Wunmi Thomas puts together her team of the English season.

David De Gea (Manchester United)

United's number one received an unbelievable amount of stick three years ago in his debut season but look at him now. In the most testing of seasons he has been one of the brightest lights.

 Fantastic athleticism and the old weakness on crosses has gone with an improved physique. 

Seamus Coleman (Everton)

Ouch. A blue. The former Sligo Rovers right-back has blossomed under Roberto Martínez's management. The 25-year-old knows how to defend but attacks with style, skill and strength. 

Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

Still the best. Leadership, tackles, reads the game so well. City are lost without him defensively.

Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

Cahill is one of the most improved players in the Premier League over the past 18 months, and his development means John Terry is no longer quite so indispensable at Stamford Bridge. Would enhance any team this season.

Luke Shaw (Southampton)

Yes, he has his defensive flaws but he is still only 18. Shaw is a wonderfully attacking, technically gifted left-back.

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

Everyone says no Liverpool player deserves to win the title more than Gerrard. Reinvented as more of a deep-lying "quarter-back" by Brendan Rodgers this season, Gerrard has the nous to protect a somewhat fragile defence while the anchoring role suits his glorious passing range. 

Yaya Touré (Manchester City)

Twenty-two goals in 45 appearances this season speak volumes for City's midfield dynamo. A total footballer capable of operating at centre-half in an emergency, Touré simply swashbuckles his way through opposing teams. This Ivory Coast force of nature claims African players are underappreciated in Europe but no one who has played against him is likely to be guilty of doing that. Combines intense power with extreme elegance. 

Adam Lallana (Southampton)

Lallana, 25, has been superb all season in the No.10 role and, barring an injury, is nailed on to go to the World Cup with England this summer.

Such has been his progress this term that he is even pushing hard for a place in Roy Hodgson’s starting line-up in Brazil.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Seventeen goals for Chelsea this season emphasise Hazard's importance to José Mourinho's side. A fantasy player in a high quality yet sometimes boringly functional team. Not lacking confidence, he claims he can be as good as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in a couple of years. 

Luis Suárez (Liverpool)

His 33 goals in 48 appearances for Liverpool this season go a long way towards explaining why Brendan Rodger's side are challenging for the title. Amobile and ultra intelligent forward, love him or hate him this year he is the best.

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Wilfried Bony with 14 league goals in his last 19 games was tempting and you thought I'd go for Sturridge. Yet Rooney has 19 goals in the league and only Suarez has more assists. Its also a season long I'm looking at. When on form Rooney is still indispensable. Does divide opinion and many wonder whether Moyes was not strong enough in his handling of Rooney


0 #2 relogio invicta 2014-12-13 07:36
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0 #1 dual 2014-11-27 17:51
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