U.S Soccer Scholarships Director Liam Barrett picks his Best 11 from this season’s English Premier League. Unfortunately no American soccer player’s feature in Liam’s team but with the way Major League Soccer is progressing we are sure it won’t be long until players are coming over to England as much as English players seem to be going the other way towards the end of their careers.
David De Gea – Manchester United
The Spaniard shot stopper had simply gone from strength to strength since what was a nervy start to his Manchester United career. A no brainer for the goalkeeper position in my team he has single handedly kept United in the top four mix this year.
John Terry – Chelsea
The former England captain is by no means the nation’s most beloved player but you can’t help but admire Terry’s performances this year and he well and truly deserves his place in this team being in my opinion the most consistent defensive performer in the league.
Gary Cahill – Chelsea
I have gone with Terry’s centre half partner, as the pair have become a really tough duo to break down this season and Cahill is always a consistent performer. I would have expected Kompany to occupy this place at the start of the season but he simply has not been at the races in recent weeks making very uncharacteristic mistakes.
Branislav Ivanovic – Chelsea
The Super Serbian never seems to put a foot wrong in a Chelsea kit and is often a catalyst for many Chelsea attacks as well as being a brick wall defender. I’m sure he will appear in most people’s teams simply because you know exactly what you will get with Ivanovic; tough tackling, old school defending.
Aaron Cresswell – West Ham
Cresswell may well be a surprise pick for some people but the former Ipswich Town defender has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water this season. With the likes of Manchester City reported to be interested in signing the skillful left back I wouldn’t expect to see him at Upton Park for too much longer.
Nemanja Matic – Chelsea
Arguably the signing of the summer, especially considering the Serbian was formerly at Chelsea and didn’t quite make the grade during his first stint at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho infamously once said that Makelele was his ticker in his watch and Matic looks like he too is just as important to the team – breaking down many opposing attacks as well as starting many for the Blues.
Cesc Fabregas – Chelsea
The former Gunner was nothing short of inspirational at the start of the season forming a formidable partnership with Diego Costa. His recent form hasn’t quite been as good, which may explain his exclusion from the PFA team of the year however I still think you would do well to find a more complete midfielder in the league.
Eden Hazard – Chelsea
The tricky Belgium was just voted PFA Player of the Year and I totally agree with that selection. He is so difficult to stop as when he isn’t scoring vital goals for Chelsea he has been setting them up for his team mates. I believe he has been the difference this year for Chelsea and is the main factor why they will win the league this season with relative ease.
Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal
Sanchez has really shone since arriving at the Emirates and seems on a mission to prove Barcelona wrong for letting him go in the summer. The Chilean matches his flair and genius touches with extreme hard work making him a fans favorite on so many different levels. Has the potential to be an Arsenal legend if he continues to play as he has done in his first season.
Harry Kane – Tottenham
At the start of the season I would never have expected Kane to make my team of the year but the young England forward has been unbelievable in front of goal this season and has single handedly reinstalled excitement into English soccer. He has had the Midas touch this season will be interesting to see if he can replicate this form next year.
Diego Costa – Chelsea
The Brazilian born Spaniard fire powered Chelsea to the top of the table early on in the season and the team hasn’t looked back. His recent injuries have been frustrating for fans but his value is unquestionable. Costa scores goals, simple.