Welcome to my Mid-Season team of the year, where I’ll be picking the Premier League’s best 11 players so far this season and putting them into a dream team which will operate in a 4-1-2-1-2 formation. Now, without further ado, let’s get on with it.
GK: David De Gea (Manchester United)
This was without a doubt the easiest pick for my mid-season team of the year and the Red Devils number one thoroughly deserves it. The 24-year-old endured a difficult start to life at United when he arrived from Atletico Madrid in 2011 with a hefty £17.8 million price-tag to live up to – a british record for a goalkeeper.
However, with time comes maturity and De Gea has proven this season more than any that he is a world-class goalkeeper and arguably the best in the Premier League.
RB: Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)
What a season this young lad is having! After joining Southampton in 2012 from Crystal Palace, Clyne has been raising eyebrows for all the right reasons. However, it was this season in particular that the Englishman really burst onto the scene and made his mark on the Premier League, (not to mention a few players.)
After losing a number of key figures in the summer, many predicted a relegation battle for the Saints, never mind potential Champions League qualification. The 23-year-old is one of the main reasons for their success. Clyne has made more tackles than any other player in the Premier League so far this season and there’s no doubt about it; he deserves his place in my team.
CB: John Terry (Chelsea)
The ex-England captain came into the current season at the age of 34, despite many expecting Mourinho to find a replacement during the summer. However, Terry has proved that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank and has played a huge part in keeping Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.
Helping the club to nine clean sheets so far this season and scoring three crucial goals in the league, the Chelsea captain was my top pick at centre-back.
CB: Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
Yes, the Chelsea defensive duo have made it into my team and were the obvious choice for my two central defenders. Cahill joined Chelsea back in 2012 from Bolton Wanderers for a fee believed to be in the region of £7m and what a bargain that has turned out to be. With 20 league appearances to his name for Chelsea so far this season, the Englishman has formed a crucial partnership with John Terry in defence, helping to keep more clean sheets than any other team in the Premier League.
Recently turned 29, Cahill seems to be reaching his peak form for the London club and could very well feature in the Chelsea defence for many more years to come.
LB: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)
This was by far the hardest position to pick, as I feel that there hasn’t really been a stand-out left-back this season. However, I have chosen to go for Chelsea loanee Ryan Bertrand.
Since joining Chelsea in 2006, Bertrand has been loaned out a total of sevem times, which has seen him struggling to settle down and find his best form, but under the guidance of Dutch manager Ronald Koeman, he is in the best form of his life. Now a regular in Southampton’s starting eleven, the 25-year-old is set to make his loan move permanent and it’s not hard to see why.
CDM: Nemanja Matic (Chelsea)
The third Chelsea player to feature in my mid-season team of the year which shows just how good the London club has been so far this season. Many consider this man to be the secret to their success. Matic arrived at Stamford Bridge for a second time in the 2013/14 January transfer window for £21 million, and his performances since re-joining Chelsea have been fantastic.
The Serbian defensive midfielder is considered by many to be the best in the world in his position and, with a passing success rate of 88% this season, it’s hard to argue against that view.
Matic is great at protecting the back four in a calm and collective manner and can also make darting runs through the middle of the pitch, creating assists and scoring goals. Another easy choice.
RM: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
Where to start with this guy? Since switching the Nou Camp for the Emirates in the summer for £35 million, Alexis Sanchez has set the Premier League on fire. Following an impressive World Cup with Chile, Sanchez caught the eye of many Premier League clubs, but it was the Gunners who snatched him up and what a buy it has turned out to be.
Scoring 12 goals in 19 appearances in the league alone, it appears Sanchez has brought the best of Barcelona to Arsenal.
LM: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Since joining Chelsea in 2012 at the age of 21, Eden Hazard has grown into arguably the best player in the Premier League. After winning the PFA player of the year award in 2014, the Belgian has gone on to score 11 goals in 28 games for the Blues this season – impressive stats for an impressive player.
With the form that he is in, many teams around the world would love to sign Hazard, as he could one day be the best player in world football. Anyone else hear Real Madrid calling?
CAM: David Silva (Manchester City)
Maybe not the most obvious choice with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Cesc Fabregas having stellar seasons for their respective clubs, however, in my eyes it is the most deserved choice.
When Sergio Aguero picked up a knee injury back in December which sidelined him for six weeks, many expected Chelsea to run away with the title. This would have been the case if it wasn’t for City’s Spanish maestro David Silva. Since Aguero’s injury, Silva has gone on to score four goals and create two assists, helping City to win crucial matches, such as those against Crystal Palace and West Brom.
ST: Harry Kane (Tottenham)
What a fantastic season this lad is having so far. eight goals in 12 appearances and only 21 years old. England certainly have a fantastic prospect for the future.
Kane made his break through into the Spurs first-team at the end of the 2013/14 season, and has since become the figurehead of their campaign for a top four finish. While Spurs struggled at the start of the season under Mauricio Pochettino, Harry Kane was a bright spark in an otherwise dull and boring team. He has now become the catalyst for Spurs and could possibly do the same for England.
ST: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Being the Premier Leagues top scorer meant Sergio Aguero was a definite choice for my mid-season team of the year. Scoring 14 goals in as many appearances for the reigning champions in this campaign, Aguero is one of the finest strikers in the world. With City struggling to keep up the pace on Chelsea at the top of the table in a bid to retain their position as champions, Aguero appears to be their shining light, scoring goals left, right and centre.
A fantastic player and I’m sure there is a lot more to come yet.