Football fans vote for their Premier League Team of the Decade (2010-2020)

  • Rob Swan

As we prepare to say goodbye to the 2010s, football fans have voted for their Premier League Team of the Decade.

BBC Sport asked Premier League fans to select the players they thought had been the standout performers in every position since 2010.

Thousands voted, the results are now in – and there are a few surprising answers.

David Silva is arguably the biggest omission. The Manchester City playmaker, who has arguably been the Premier League’s most consistent performer this decade, misses out on the XI because 4-3-3 was the most popular formation chosen by those who voted.

Let’s take a look at BBC Sport’s team… (Note: the percentage next to the names shows how many XIs they were included in).

Goalkeeper: David de Gea (57%)

Petr Cech was selected by 30% of fans, but that figure pales in comparison to the 57% that went for Manchester United’s David de Gea.

It’s hard to argue with this one. The Spanish shot-stopper has made the PFA Team of the Year five times since his arrival in England eight years ago.

Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold (19%)

Trent Alexander-Arnold has only made 72 Premier League appearances at the time of writing, but Liverpool’s impressive 21-year-old defender was selected for the right-back spot more times than any other player.

Kyle Walker (16%) was the England international’s closest rival in BBC Sport’s poll.

Centre-back: Vincent Kompany (64%)

No centre-back was selected for more XIs than Vincent Kompany, the Manchester City legend who won four Premier League titles.

The Belgian was a brilliant defender and a talismanic leader – both on and off the pitch.

Centre-back: Virgil van Dijk (50%)

Virgil van Dijk has been extraordinarily good since joining Liverpool from Southampton in 2018, so it’s no surprise to see him alongside Kompany in this XI.

The Premier League has been home to some world-class centre-backs down the years – but Van Dijk might be the best of the lot.

Left-back: Patrice Evra (23%)

Patrice Evra may have departed Manchester United in 2014 but the Frenchman still featured in 23% of XIs – more than any other left-back.

He had a brief spell back in England’s top flight with West Ham in 2018 but was no longer the same player. Nevertheless, Evra is still seen by BBC Sport readers as the Premier League’s best left-back this decade.

Midfield: N’Golo Kante (37%)

He won the Premier League title in his first season in England with Leicester City. One year later, he won the same trophy with Chelsea.

The unassuming French World Cup winner thoroughly deserves his place in this XI.

Midfield: Steven Gerrard (42%)

Steven Gerrard is one of the greatest midfielders of the Premier League era and was selected by 42% of voters for the Team of the Decade.

The Liverpool legend made the PFA Premier League Team of the Year for the eighth and final time in 2014. A year later, he left English football to embark on a new adventure with LA Galaxy.

Midfield: Kevin De Bruyne (52%)

An early contender for the Premier League’s Player of the Season accolade, Kevin De Bruyne has been outstanding since joining Manchester City from Wolfsburg in 2015.

He may have struggled at Chelsea back in 2012 but the Belgian was never really given a fair crack of the whip under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, making just nine appearances.

On his day, he’s probably the Premier League’s best player at this moment in time.

Forward: Sergio Aguero (69%)

No player was selected in more XIs than Sergio Aguero.

Manchester City’s brilliant Argentine striker, who arrived at the Etihad Stadium in 2011, is currently the sixth-highest goalscorer in Premier League history with 173 to his name.

Forward: Eden Hazard (54%)

Winner of the Premier League Player of the Season award in 2015, Eden Hazard was magnificent for Chelsea during his seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge.

The world-class Belgian completed a mega-money move to Real Madrid in the summer.

Forward: Harry Kane (28%)

Back in 2014, nobody would have predicted that Harry Kane would be in the Premier League Team of the Decade.

But the Tottenham striker has silenced all of his doubters in spectacular fashion over the past five years and now has 134 Premier League goals to his name. Will he break Alan Shearer’s record in the 2020s?

And here’s the team in full…

Analysis – GiveMeSport’s Rob Swan says:

It’s hard not to feel that David Silva should be in that midfield. We probably would have the Spaniard in the XI over Gerrard, who produced his best performances for Liverpool during the 2000s.

Yaya Toure can also consider himself extremely unlucky to miss out. The Ivorian was on a different level during the first half of the 2010s.

In defence, we can certainly understand why Van Dijk has been selected – but Chelsea’s John Terry is a little unfortunate not to get in ahead of the Dutchman due to the fact he lifted the Premier League trophy in 2010, 2014 and 2017.

It could also be argued that Alexander-Arnold hasn’t done enough yet to get in ahead of Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta, while Everton’s Leighton Baines may have been a better shout than Evra at left-back.

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