If you could only pick one player per club to feature in a 2012/13 Premier League XI, who would make the cut?
This is mine:
Goalkeeper: Asmir Begovic | Stoke City
The Bosnian stopper has been in sensational form this season for the Potters keeping 12 clean sheets in all. His physical style of keeping and domination of his box has earned him interest from many top clubs, most notably Manchester United and Arsenal. After the signing of young England sensation Jack Butland in January, Stoke look ready to cash in on Begovic in the summer.
Right-back: Glen Johnson | Liverpool
Despite competition from Kyle Walker, Micah Richards and Carl Jenkinson, Johnson has managed to secure the right-back starting berth for England thanks to outstanding performances in a Liverpool shirt. His defensive solidity coupled with an attacking threat contributing one goal and four assists has really helped the Reds this season.
Centre-back: Vincent Kompany | Manchester City
After the highs of last season culminating in the all too famous 'AGUEROOOOOOO' goal, Kompany's Manchester City have fallen away this season. Nevertheless their Belgian captain has fought tirelessly making tackle after tackle and always leading by example. He has led a defence that has conceded only 31 goals - the best in the league - all season.
Centre-back: Ashley Williams | Swansea City
Unfortunately for Williams, his performances this season which have been exceptional have gone somewhat under the radar due to one man - Miguel Michu. The Spaniard, who can count himself unlucky to not make this tea,m has stolen the light from Williams who has led both Swansea and the National team so well this year attracting interest from Liverpool and Arsenal among others.
Left-back: Leighton Baines | Everton
The horrendous sideburns aside, Leighton Baines seems to do nothing wrong. He is incredibly solid at the back and you almost never notice a right winger finding him out defensively and also he has exceptional delivery in the final third. Five goals and five assists for a defender is amazing and his partnership with Steven Pienaar down the left hand side has torn teams apart.
Defensive-midfielder: Michael Carrick | Manchester United
Perhaps the most underrated cog in the Manchester United winning machine until this year, he has continued to keep his team ticking. He breaks up attacks superbly and starts them equally well. His range of passing has improved no end and such performances have rightfully earned him a Player of the Year nomination.
Left-wing: Gareth Bale | Tottenham
The double Player of the Year has undoubtedly got to be in my team. The quality of his goals has always been high but until this year he didn't have quantity. However, the flying Welshman has changed that and his 19 goals so far have kept Spurs in the hunt for fourth place. Without this man, one dreads to imagine where they would be.
Attacking-midfielder: Santi Cazorla | Arsenal
Wenger has yet again unearthed a gem. For £16m, the diminutive Spaniard has proved a real coup for the Gunners. He has orchestrated their team from all over the midfield has been the touch of quality Arsenal need to unpick defences after years of frustration of their slow passing play around the edge of the box. His biggest asset is perhaps is two-footedness and with goals from outside the box with both feet, he has become a tough man to play against.
Right-wing: Juan Mata | Chelsea
Another small Spaniard who completes my fluid attacking trio. With a league high of 10 assists and also a lot of goals as well, Mata has controlled a Chelsea team beautifully into the semis of the Europa League and third place.
He graces the middle of the park so effortlessly spraying passes all over the pitch and is possibly the most aesthetically pleasing player in the league and is why many thought he should have won PFA Players' Player of the Year.
Striker: Christian Benteke | Aston Villa
A superb first season in England from the big Belgian has brought him 18 goals, only behind Bale, Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez. He's done that in an Aston Villa side fighting for relegation which makes his achievement all the more special. At only 22, he was nominated for Young Player of the Year and in my view should have won. Whether he stays at Villa park or not, he looks set for a very bright future.
Striker: Dimitar Berbatov | Fulham
Many thought he would not be able to recapture his form of old when he moved to Fulham this season but the Bulgarian has scored 13 goals (and most of them very good goals) without breaking into a run. His technical ability is second to none and he can things others can only dream of - his first time volley chip over a helpless Clint Hill springs to mind - and has proven doubters wrong.
Jussi Jaaskelainen | West Ham
Has made a league high 155 saves.
Gareth Mcauley | West Brom
Has managed to nick a few goals while being defensively solid.
Fabricio Coloccini | Newcastle United
Despite an injury hit season, remains a top defender.
Nathaniel Clyne | Southampton
Young right-back has performed well for the Saints.
Shaun Maloney | Wigan Athletic
Proved a threat playing just behind Arouna Kone.
Robert Snodgrass | Norwich City
Made the step up from the Championship very well.
Stephane Sessegnon | Sunderland
Found form under Paulo di Canio's rejuvenated side.
Loic Remy | QPR
Perhaps the one bright light in sinking QPR ship.
Adam Le Fondre | Reading
Won player of the month for a series of super sub showings.
The best thing about this is that there are so many different combinations of players you could pick and is why it's so hard to find the perfect team. I would love to hear any suggestions or improvements you would make!
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