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Premier League 2013/14: Best XI

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Thirty-three gameweeks in and one of the closest title races in Premier League history is still no closer to being decided. Whilst Manchester City and Liverpool look front runners, Chelsea are still very much in it and Arsenal will continue to snap at their heels. But out of all the brilliant performers this term, who would make the best team? GiveMeSport takes a look....

Goalkeeper | David de Gea | Manchester United

I think we all remember David de Gea's start to life at United - it was a tough one. He had some howlers in goal and looked like he could get blown away if the wind was too strong, but his past two seasons he has bulked up, pulled of some outstanding saves and looks set to win the clubs player of the year award.

The highlight of his season was almost certainly his wonder save against Emanuele Giaccherini which Peter Schmeichel labelled 'one of the best' he had ever seen. One of many wonder stops this season, De Gea has stood out in an otherwise forgettable season for United.

Left Back | Luke Shaw | Southampton

Southampton have done it again - created a brilliant player from their academy for absolutely nothing. Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Gareth Bale have all graduated from St Mary's and are just a handful of examples. Luke Shaw has built on his impressive debut season last time out and has wowed fans this season too in a Saints backline that have been solid all season during a fantastic season for many of their World Cup hopefuls. Looking set to beat Ashley Cole to a World Cup spot this summer, Shaw certainly has had a brilliant season, and is still only 19.

Centre Back | Vincent Kompany | Manchester City

The importance of Belgian tank Vincent Kompany to City's title challenge this season cannot be overlooked. Only two defensive errors all season (including a hilarious own goal), Kompany has been vital to all of the Blues' forward play freedom. To hold a backline in a title challenge is hard enough, but to do it when paired with Martin Demichellis or Joleon Lescott for the majority of the season is a tribute to how good he really is. Not only the best in his place in the league, he is undoubtedly one of the best in the world.

Centre Back | John Terry | Chelsea

No one would have guessed this at the start of the season, but John Terry has shone in an absolute brick wall of a Chelsea defence this season. Looking likely to be fazed out after a bit part role last season, Jose Mourinho has reinvigorated his English centre half into a vital player in his domestic and European title chasing team. Like him or not after off the field antics, he has still been very good this season; two defensive errors all campaign and a 90 per cent pass accuracy earns him a place.

Right Back | Seamus Coleman | Everton

'Consistent but nothing special' was a common label on most Everton defenders including Seamus Coleman up until this term. Irish right back Coleman has been brilliant all term for Everton this season and has not put a foot wrong defensively all season, scoring six goals in the meantime. Under Roberto Martinez he has found an attacking flair to couple his defensive know-how, and is reaping the benefits, looking to edge Pablo Zabaleta into the PFA Team of the Year.

Centre Midfield | Yaya Toure | Manchester City

Do I really need to justify this decision? Ah well, I'll go ahead anyway. How many more superlatives can we use to describe Yaya Toure, he's fast, strong, hardworking, a brilliant passer and above all, an all round midfielder. 18 goals and 32 chances created doesn't even begin to show off his ability, even at 30 he has proven he is the most athletic central midfielder in the world if not the very best. A similar but quicker player to the box to box rhino that was Michael Essien, Toure has been one of the best in both England and the world this season.

Centre Midfield | Steven Gerrard | Liverpool

Another older English player who has stood out this season in a title race going down to the wire. A toss up between Ross Barkley and Gerrard, the Liverpool man gets it this time for me on account of him playing in so many games this year. Brendan Rodgers has got his midfield skipper linking up very well with Luis Suarez and has been the base of a lot of the Mersyside outfit's good work this season. A deeper role this term to ones previous, Gerrard has adapted his game very well to be a key performer in Liverpool's title run.

Left Wing | Eden Hazard | Chelsea

Finally realising his potential after a standard debut season, Belgian winger Hazard has been brilliant for Chelsea under Mourinho - he has hit 14 goals this season and is a major contender for the PFA Player of the year award. Skilful and quick, he is a key performer for Chelsea and is one of the best wingers around. At just 23, don't be surprised to see some of the big guns come in for him in the not too distant future,.

Centre Forward | Wayne Rooney | Manchester United

You'd think all the media speculation, transfer arguments and Chelsea interest would put any player off his game, but Wayne Rooney is not any player. A stellar season has seen him rack up 17 goals and 14 assists, as well as bumper five year 300k per week contract. An all round world class player, Rooney has done more than score this season, he has carried United through a tough season and is one of few bright sparks in David Moyes' start to Man Utd life.

Right Wing | David Silva | Manchester City

Not a natural right winger, but has played there before and in any case you would be mad not to have him in your team after the season he is having. 77 chances created but only six goals scored show what a unselfish and creative force he is for his team. Thriving under the attack minded Manuel Pellegrini, Silva has bounced back after a quiet season last term to thread the passes spearheading Manchester City's title assault. The Spaniard is forcing himself back into the Spain squad after injury troubles and looks set to be a key player this summer in Brazil.

Striker | Luis Suarez | Liverpoool

Fitting way to end this team, is with the best player in the league right now. Luis Suarez, regardless of personal opinions and mindless behavious, has been absolutely outstanding this season. I am fairly confident that fellow fans will agree when I say that without him Liverpool would be in a whole different position this season, certainly not title challengers. Fending off interest from Arsenal and Real Madrid in the summer, Liverpool are reaping the rewards and have a striker with 29 goals this season despite missing the first five games through a ban for thinking Branislav Ivanovic looked just too good not to eat, worth a try anyway Luis? Despite that, the Uruguayan has been exceptional this season, almost certain to win Player of the Year award.

So, there we go, the best XI as I see it. I'd like to leave an honourable mention to both Aaron Ramsey and Sergio Aguero, who if not for their injuries this term would have been a shoe in for this team I'm sure.


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