The Premier League season might be over, but that hasn’t stopped the GiveMeSport office from discussing the division’s ‘ultimate’ team.
With the 21st season of the competition now in the history books, certain players have either dramatically risen to fore or dropped off the radar completely.
Gareth Bale is the perfect example. His performances at Tottenham Hotspur this season have been nothing short of exceptional. But does two seasons of pure class get him into the ultimate XI?
I would argue yes, because Bale has consistently delivered a level of football that matches well with anyone who has ever played in his position.
Of course, involving Bale in a team means Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs won’t be able to play in the position he made his own at Old Trafford.
That said, the Welshman has shown that he’s more than capable of slotting into central midfield, and so we’ve managed to squeeze both of the players into the starting XI.
Peter Schmeichel and Gary Neville also represent the Red Devils in the team, with Cristiano Ronaldo operating wide right in a 4-3-3 formation.
John Terry and Frank Lampard, mainstays of the Chelsea side in the Roman Abramovich era, are both in the side, whilst Ashley Cole has represented Arsenal and the Blues admirably for well over a decade.
Vincent Kompany was the foundation from which Manchester City’s title success was built under Roberto Mancini in the 2011/12 season, whilst Arsenal legends Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry were the key components in Arsenal’s invincibles.
As usual with this kind of team, it’s the players who miss out who are likely to cause the most controversy, and Didier Drogba is one who would certainly have a case if it came to actually leading the line for an ultimate Premier League side.
Liverpool legends Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher are also on the bench, as are Shay Given, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Alan Shearer.
Premier League: Ultimate XI:
Peter Schmeichel – Manchester United, Manchester City & Aston Villa
Gary Neville – Manchester United
John Terry – Chelsea
Vincent Kompany – Manchester City
Ashley Cole – Arsenal, Chelsea
Patrick Vieira – Arsenal, Manchester City
Frank Lampard – West Ham United, Chelsea
Ryan Giggs – Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United
Thierry Henry – Arsenal
Gareth Bale – Tottenham Hotspur