GK – Joe Hart
While honorable mentions go to Michel Vorm and Ali Al Habsi, two under-rated keepers who had huge parts to play in their respective sides success, there really is only one option for this position. A stalwart of the Manchester City side who won their first title for 44 years, Englishman Hart was right at the middle of the success. Crucial saves earned Mancini’s men important points along the way, memorably at Aston Villa, Wigan and Liverpool.
RB – Kyle Walker
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Another young English talent, Sheffield born Walker earned the title of PFA Young Player of the Year, and had a great season in the full back role for Tottenham Hotspur. Solid defensively, he was always offering a good outlet wide and in aggressive areas for Spurs, and crowned his season with two stunning goals, one of which proved the winner in the North London Derby.
CB’s – Vincent Kompany and Fabricio Coloccini
After lifting the title on the final day of the season, the towering figure off Vincent Kompany simply had to make every team of the year, didn’t he? A superb leader on and off the field, he gave some magnificent defensive performances, and also popped up with a few crucial goals at the other end. His partner in our side is Newcastle skipper Coloccini, another captain who led his team superbly. Solid and dependable, much of what the Magpies achieved this season wouldn’t have been possible without him.
LB – Leighton Baines
Not an easy position to pick, this one, although mostly down to the lack of run-away candidates. Jose Enrique of Liverpool did well for large parts of the season, but had a terrible end to the season. Baines was always there for Everton, setting up numerous chances with his great left foot, and also helps contribute to a good back-line that David Moyes’ men possess. A useful asset, and could find himself a transfer target from the big guns.