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Premier League: Best performers of 2012/13 season

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Bale is certain to be included in the team of the year (©GettyImages)
Bale is certain to be included in the team of the year (©GettyImages).

The players have finished voting for their player of the year in the Premiership and it won't be long now until the winner is unveiled. Gareth Bale is the overwhelming bookies favourite, closely followed by Robin Van Persie and Luis Suarez.

Here we look at who should be in the team of the season.

Goalkeeper 

This is perhaps one of the hardest positions to decide this season. Rather than being spoilt for choice, it's more a case of the best of a bad bunch. The usual contenders such as Petr Cech, Joe Hart and Pepe Reina have all had indifferent seasons so it's hard to choose an outstanding candidate.  

There have been good seasons for keepers at the so called less fashionable clubs like QPR's Julio Cesar and Wigan's Ali Al-Habsi. West Brom's Ben Foster has returned to form and made himself available for the England squad. Michel Vorm, despite an injury-hit campaign, has again performed well. 

At the top end of the table, David De Gea, although starting shakily at Manchester United has produced some fine shot stopping performances, as has Hugo Lloris at Tottenham.

Perhaps just edging it for me though is Stoke's Asmir Begovic.  The Bosnian stopper has seen off competition for the number one jersey from Thomas Sorensen and is now being linked with a big money move to United come the end of the season.

Defence

In defence, the right-back position is between Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta, Liverpool's Glen Johnson and Manchester United's Rafael.  

This season has seen Rafael mature and make the right-back spot his own after some rash displays in previous seasons. Similarly Johnson used to be great going forward but vulnerable defensively, something that he seems to have overcome this season to become one of the Red's most consistent players.  

But for me Zabaleta has been the best right back of the season.  In previous seasons he had been vying with Micah Richards, but this season the Argentinian has flourished, seeing him even take the captain's armband at times.

Left back is an easy choice with Leighton Baines having a fantastic season at Everton, although Ashley Cole has again been reliable but less spectacular.  

At centre-back, perhaps a surprise choice is Swansea's Ashley Williams.  The Welsh club won their first ever trophy and Williams was an integral part of their tight defence. 

Rio Ferdinand has shone in big games lately and Jonny Evans has also emerged as a leading defender at Manchester United.  Phil Jagielka, before injury, was his usual solid self and Branislav Ivanovic has been Chelsea's best defender. However, Ferdinand's recent form gives him the edge.

Midfield

In midfield it's a case of being spoilt for choice with Gareth Bale being impossible to leave out.  Marouane Fellaini has had his best season yet and is a player Everton may struggle to hold on to. Michu has been the bargain of the season and is an easy choice. 

The final midfield berth goes to Santi Cazorla who would have to push on to the right perhaps alternating with Bale on the wings.  

Other honourable mentions go to Raheem Sterling, who looks a fine prospect but seems to have tired as the season has gone on. Leon Osman, who earned his first England cap. David Silva, City's star as usual but perhaps not shining so bright as last season, Michael Carrick, finally fulfilling expectations, and Eden Hazard who looks like a great prospect at Chelsea. 

Forwards

Up front the choice is easy with Luis Suarez and Robin Van Persie difficult to argue against.  Van Persie's form has dipped lately but he is still the main reason United have run away with the title.  

Rickie Lambert has had an amazing first season in the top flight and Villa's Christian Benteke is another destined for bigger things. 

Final Team

Begovic; Zabaleta, Baines, Ferdinand, Williams; Cazorla, Fellaini, Michu, Bale; Suarez, Van Persie.  

Subs 

Lloris, Johnson, Jagielka, Silva, Carrick, Lambert, Benteke.


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Asmir Begovic
Ashley Williams
Robin Van Persie
Ben Foster
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David Silva
Rickie Lambert
Glen Johnson
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Marouane Fellaini
Danny Welbeck
Phil Jagielka
Rafael Da Silva
Gareth Bale
Jonny Evans
Leighton Baines
Pablo Zabaleta
Luis Suarez
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