I did not give the ‘PFA team of the year’ much attention when it was announced at the end of April. First of all I was irritated no Arsenal player was in it, and secondly, the season had/has not finished yet and players should not be judged untill after the last match of the season, in my opinion.
This is what the ‘team of the year’ looked like:
This is the best team the PFA could come up with, and if you are in doubt whether the Premier League has lost strength compared to the German and Spanish leagues, you only need to look at the team above.
Would Bayern or Dortmund, Real or Barca be scared if they had to play the league’s best eleven? I don’ t think so. And what about a best German League team or Spanish League team vs playing the eleven above? There is little doubt in my mind ‘we’ would not stand a chance.
Van Judas and Suarez are an exciting striking duo but both have never delivered at top European level; but together they would, no doubt, form a decent threat to the opposition.
But not much more than a decent threat imo. Compared these two with Messi and Ronaldo and you know what I talking about. Even Lewandowski and Gomez are probably a stronger duo.
In midfield, Mata and Bale are rightly selected and especially the former is top quality. Bale is a promising talent and deserves to be in the PFA team of the year. Carrick also had a good season and I guess if you compare him to most other midfielders in the PL, he has been one of the more consistent performers this season. But for me Yaya Toure would always get the nod ahead of Carrick: the best central midfielder in the league.
The big surprise is the inclusion of Hazard who, statistically, has not been better than our very own Santi Cazorla: Santi played 36 PL games, scored 12 and had 8 assists – Hazard played 34 scored 9 and had 14 assists. That looks pretty even to me. And in terms of influence on games week in week out it is Santi for me all day long: especially his performance against Bayern away showed what a class act he is.
I reckon out of the three – Toure, Cazorla and Hazard – the man from the Ivory Coast should be first choice, followed by Santi, and Hazard should not have been picked.
There is no doubt in my mind that the EPL midfield would struggle against Bayern or any of the other three CL semi-final teams this year; let alone, a combined German or Spanish league team.
But the weakest area is the back-five. De Gea is in goal and yet he has conceded a goal per game this season: 38 with one more game to go. The young Spaniard has improved but is nowhere near the top GK in Europe at the moment. I would also have chosen Hart or even Cech above him.
Zabelata and Baines I have no issue with, although also they are not on a par of what the German and Spanish top teams/leagues have to offer. The Central defenders are also an uninspiring choice. Spuds conceded 46 goals this season and although Vertonghen offers a threat up-front his defending is not more than good – definitely not great. And Ferdinand’s inclusion I don’t understand at all. Surely Kompany should have been picked.
Would Barcelona, Madrid, Bayern or Dortmund be scared of our league’s best back-five? yeah right!
What would be your strongest EPL team if you had to face any of the CL semi-final teams? And do you agree Santi should have been included?
Written by: TotalArsenal.