Le Tiss's dream team
Soccer Saturday expert Matt Le Tissier names his Premier League team of the season for 2011/12.
Last Updated: 07/05/12 8:57am
I think the goalkeeper picks himself. Joe Hart, for me, has been consistently the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, even though there have been some good performances from goalkeepers lower down the league. His performances have been solid all the way through and Hart has to be my keeper.
The young player of the year, Kyle Walker gets the nod at right-back after an outstanding season for Spurs. The left-back slot is almost a perennial battle between Leighton Baines and Ashley Cole, but I'm going to go for the Everton man. Cole has been very good but he hasn't quite reached the very high standards that he has set for himself. At centre-back I'd say Vincent Kompany has to get in because of the difference he makes for City; he's such an important player for them.
The most difficult decision of all is who should partner Kompany at the back. Manchester United have chopped and changed and while Jonny Evans has played better than ever I don't think he's been good enough to get into a team of the season. So I've gone for Fabricio Coloccini, who has been outstanding for the most part. As a leader of the Newcastle side he has been superb.
On the left-hand side the outstanding candidate is Gareth Bale. He had a quiet spell and that coincided with Spurs' quiet spell - but for the majority of the season I think he's been pretty outstanding. In the middle of midfield I'm going to go for somebody who is not an obvious candidate in Yohan Cabaye, but I think he's been outstanding all season in a Newcastle shirt. I've watched him a few times and he's always been very good. All too often people look at the top two sides and there's some serious players outside of that.
Also in the midfield - and this is based on the first six months of the season - I want David Silva. He was superb and it would be harsh to leave him out after a couple of quiet months at the end. He's obviously not used to playing the amount of games that he has this season and I think it was pretty obvious his form would dip. Also, over the course of a season I think Yaya Toure has been a driving force for City. He's surprised me a little bit because he's adapted his game since I watched him at Barcelona and his forward play and goal return is much better. I didn't see him as that kind of midfielder, but now City are a better team when he's in it.
Robin van Persie gets in my team straight away, I think that goes without saying, and alongside him I would probably go with Sergio Aguero. I know Wayne Rooney is ahead of him in the scoring charts, but Aguero is a world-class player who has settled into the league very quickly. It's quite unusual for a foreign lad to take to the Premier League so readily and he's been excellent in his first season. I'd stick him in just ahead of Rooney.
Keep an eye on skysports.com over the next couple of weeks as Soccer Saturday regulars Jeff Stelling, Paul Merson, Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas will also be naming their teams of the season.
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