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Premier League XI: Best of the rest

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So, another thrilling season of football is over and as usual, journalists and pundits alike are picking their best XI's of the season. 

Most players will come from teams in the top half of the league. However, I want to take a look at those in the bottom half of the league. At the players that, many people may say, have been 'unsung heroes' for their clubs.


Goalkeeper - Asmir Begovic


The big Bosnian has been in excellent form for Stoke City this season, which has led to interest from some of England's top clubs. And even though Stoke were involved in a relegation battle towards the end of the season, they conceded only 45 goals. Which is one less than Tottenham, and only two more than Manchester United and Liverpool.

Right-back - Sascha Riether

Riether has been a key member of the Fulham team, making 35 Premier League appearances since signing on loan from FC Koln at the beginning of the season. 

He has been so consistent that Martin Jol has now signed him on a permanent deal. And his fellow players voted him as the club's player of the season.

Centre-back - Sebastien Bassong

The powerful Cameroonian has been a rock at the heart of Norwich City's defence this season. Making 32 appearances, and chipping in with three goals for the canaries.

His performances didn't go unnoticed by Norwich Supporters either, as they voted him their player of the season, becoming the first player outside of Britain to win the award.

Centre-back - Ryan Shawcross

Stoke City's influential captain has played in all but one of their Premier League games this season and, along with Asmir Begovic, helped Stoke to one of the best defensive records in the league. One can only wonder how much longer Stoke can keep hold of such a young, English talent.

Left-back - Danny Rose

This one was a close battle with Luke Shaw of Southampton. However, I have gone for the Sunderland man simply as he has made more appearances this season. 

Since joining on loan from Tottenham, where he was often used in midfield, Rose has shown great maturity and reliability playing in the Black Cat's defence. His impressive performances have led to apparent interest from Liverpool. However, Spurs may be reluctant to sell.

Right-midfield - Robert Snodgrass

Snodgrass has made a successful step up to the Premier League since signing from Leeds United at the beginning of the season. Helping the Canaries to safety with seven goals and finishing as runner-up as the supporters player of the season.

Central-midfield - Morgan Schneiderlin

The Southampton man has excelled in the middle of the park this season and finished the season with the best records for both tackles and interceptions in the Premier League. His high energy, combative style has led to apparent interest from Arsenal. 

Central-midfield - Yohan Cabaye

It has been a season to forget for Newcastle United fans. It seems that a rigorous fixture list took it's toll on what was a rather small squad. However, Cabaye continues to shine. He is a classy, creative midfielder of real 'Top 4' quality, and I simply could not leave someone so good out of this list.


Left-midfield - Shaun Maloney

It was a season of high's and low's for Wigan Athletic. They did what few thought was possible, in beating Manchester City to lift the FA cup. And then got relegated to the Championship just a few days later.

Maloney has been one of Wigan's bright sparks this season. Making 36 appearances and providing six goals and nine assists. You have to wonder if the Latics will be able to keep hold of the impressive scot?

Forward - Rickie Lambert

What a story. Just two seasons ago, Lambert was playing in League One. And now, he is holding his own with some of the top players in the world. 

He is a no-nonsense, physical centre forward who shows great striking ability, whether it be from open play or set pieces. Lambert has played in every league game for the saints, and finished the season with 15 goals.

Forward - Chritian Benteke

An absolute shoe in! At the beginning of the season, many people questioned Paul Lambert's decision to leave Darren Bent sat on the Aston Villa bench. However, come the end of the season, it has made him look like a genius. Benteke has taken the Premier League by storm.

Scoring 19 goals in 34 appearances for a team that finished 15th is simply astonishing. Interest from Europe's top club's is inevitable, and one may wonder if Villa may decide to cash in on the Imperious, 22-year-old Belgian.

 

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