PFA AWARDS: THE PFA TEAM OF THE YEAR

The PFA have released their Premier League Team of the Year for 2010

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Goalkeeper:

Surprising many is Umbro endorsee Joe Hart. The Birmingham stopper (On-Loan from Manchester City) has been on fine form this season for his club, leading many to rally for his involvement in this year’s England World Cup squad, despite his relative inexperience.

Defence:

A nice mix of new signings and old reliability makes up the defence.

Predator_X football boot wearer Tomas Vermaelen is the only Premier League newbie who makes the XI – the Belgian has quickly become a force to reckoned with since joining Arsenal in the summer, and has a knack of scoring goals.

Richard Dunne makes the cut at centre-back too, as the successful summer signing has settled in immediately to life at Villa Park. The occasional Puma PowerCat 1.10 wearer has not been without slip-ups this season, but some vital goals and faultless performances earn him a spot in the XI

Ivanovic has hit his stride under Carlo Ancelotti. As well as being strong in the air and a great crosser it’s Ivanovic’s versatility that has endeared him at Stanford Bridge as he’s played in both midfield and defence.

On the opposite side to Ivanovic is fellow Nike T90 Laser III wearer Patrice Evra. Evra’s intelligence and speed have made life easier for Sir Alex Ferguson – who has struggled to settle on a Left Winger this term (rotating Nani, Park, Valencia and even Rooney on occasion) – knowing that whoever he picks has the Frenchman behind them must help Old Trafford sleep at night.

Midfield:' 

A surprisingly youthful group of veterans in midfield.

Cesc Fabregas occupies the middle of the park for the PFA’s Team of the Year – Arsenal’s lionhearted young captain has battled through injury to provide some great displays worthy of his position as frontman for the Nike CTR360 football boots.

A surprise inclusion is Darren Fletcher, who gets the nod ahead of the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. The Scottish Tiempo Legend wearer prefers a more defensive role in the midfield, and solid performances both in the Premier League and Champions League have earned him a place in this XI.

Luis Antonio Valencia had an uneven start to his career at Manchester United, however, since bagging a few goals and providing some of the most dazzling through-balls, chips and crosses for his team mates Valencia seems to be staking a real claim for his place at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’.

On the opposite wing is recently crowned PFA Young Player of the Year, James Milner. Ironically placed on the wing in the Team of the Year, the Aston Villa dynamo has himself admitted that his performances have only improved since moving to central midfield.

Forwards:

Didier Drogba, the often controversial Nike Mercurial Superfly wearing forward has been outstanding this year. Since playing with, rather than competing against, Nicolas Anelka, Drogba looks set to enjoy his best season ever in a Chelsea shirt

To the surprise of absolutely noone, Wayne Rooney also makes his way into the team of the year – Rooney has improved his heading and close range finishing to make him one of the most complete strikers in the league, if not the world.

If League football’s more your thing, you can find out who was in the PFA’s Football League Teams of the year here!

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18 Comments

  • I think it has to be Rooney because he has improved his game so much this year and he has done it at the highest level in the Champions League. You have to say all the players are absolutely essential to their respective teams though.

  • to be honest, it doesnt really matter now because most of the players are either signed up by Nike or Adidas anyway.. and brands like umbro and reebok are owned by nike or adidas. lol so statically, they should have a higher probability of having players winning awards =)

  • nike this, umbro that… IMHO in football boots context, what really matter is…
    the winner obviously gets reps; the higher the reps, equals more kids would buy the shoes they’re wearing. and that’s it.

  • channo
    exactly. Even Roberto Carlos, a big former Nike man doesn´t want to play in Lasers. Because he doesn´t get money. It´s all about money, only children don´t understand it.

  • What about players who aren’t sponsored by any company? What prompts them to wear what they are wearing? Obviously not becuase the PFA player of the year wears them…..

    Roberto Carlos not wearing lasers is a good example. Kids aren’t the biggest market for boots, esepecially if these boots are expensive. There’s a reason boots like the tiempos and the copa mundials are the best selling boots on a regular basis despite very few high-profile players wearing them

    BTW, Droba has only worn superfly II once. Today he wore the black/volt superfly I he has been wearing the whole season….

  • @kuuku: i didn’t know if kids aren’t the biggest market for boots, or if tiempos and the copa mundials are the best selling boots on a regular basis -since i haven’t done any research or see any statistics about them.
    it’s merely about how i see the whole PFA competition “really” means to me 🙂

    let’s say if the winner is someone who hasn’t been endorsed by any brand, i’ll bet my hand that especially nike and adidas would be fighting each other to get that player into their payroll.
    winners get reps, and kids look up to them 🙂

    any players besides the posterboys who are already contracted to promote specific shoes (Ronaldo, Rooney, Messi, Kaka, Gerrard, Beckham, etc) are of course free to experiment about what they like, and what they didn’t like.
    not only Drogba, even the nike-sponsored Lassana Diarra are changing back and forth between mercurial, CTR and T90.

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