The final Premier League fixtures of both the year and decade are about to commence.
The New Year is always a period of reflection and football fans have been reminiscing about the last 10 years by selecting their teams, players, games, goals, and kits of the decade.
And the Premier League in particular has been no different. Everyone from fans, pundits and the team at GIVEMESPORT have been fussing over the highlights and stars of the 2010s.
However, Sky Sports have taken on one of the toughest challenges of all and have tasked their arsenal of experts to construct every current Premier League club’s team of the decade.
A pretty daunting prospect, I’m sure you’ll agree, but one that makes for fascinating reading and you can see who made the cut in your team’s XI by checking out our full breakdown below.
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Chosen by: Paul Merson
Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Robin van Persie makes for a stunning attacking triumvirate, while Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla were practically cheat codes in midfield during their primes.
Chosen by: Alan McInally
Jack Grealish is an absolute certainty in the attack, lining up alongside John Carew, and there’s some throwbacks to the good old days with James Milner and Richard Dunne getting a nod.
Chosen by: Luther Blissett
Simon Francis, Steve Cook, Nathan Ake and Charlie Daniels make for a back four of contemporaries and the duo of Callum Wilson and Jermain Defoe(!?) are picked to lead the line.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Chosen by: Steve Sidwell
The live-wires of Anthony Knockaert and Pascal Gross are dead certs in the midfield, Glenn Murrary is the perfect number nine for the Seagulls and Lewis Dunk strolls into the backline.
Chosen by: Michael Duff
Danny Ings and Ashley Barnes make for a killer striking duo, but it’s all the about the impenetrable back five of Tom Heaton, Kieran Trippier, Ben Mee, James Tarkowski and Stephen Ward.
Chosen by: Paul Merson
The spine of Petr Cech, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba would be terrifying before you even added N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa into the equation.
Chosen by: Clinton Morrison
Obviously, Wilfried Zaha walks into the team no questions asked, but there’s also plenty of quality around him with the inclusions of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Mile Jedinak and Yannick Bolasie.
Chosen by: Leon Osman
Fans of the Toffees will be getting all nostalgic when they see Tim Cahill and Romelu Lukaku leading the line, while the selections of John Stones and Tim Howard are also a throwback.
Chosen by: Alan Smith
Funnily enough, winning the Premier League gives a huge advantage to any of the candidates, so it’s only fair that Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Danny Drinkwater and co are all picked.
Chosen by: Jamie Carragher
The Reds have been spoilt with so much attacking talent this decade that Steven Gerrard is providing ammo for Luis Suarez, Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in this line-up.
Chosen by: Steph Houghton
Picking Ederson over Joe Hart is certainly controversial, but look no further than a midfield quartet of Premier League greats: Yaya Toure, David Silva, Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne.
Chosen by: Gary Neville
Van Persie and Wayne Rooney is enough to make any defence shiver, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand are practically a human brick wall and who better than Paul Scholes to pull the strings?
Chosen by: Football fans
Sorry, Newcastle fans, but this is strangely the exception to the rule as Sky have decided that the fans should choose their Toon XI. Follow this link to have your say on their team of the decade.
So, instead, we’ve picked our own:
Chosen by: Darren Eadie
There’s club legends like John Ruddy and Russell Martin in this team of the decade, but a striking duo of Teemu Pukki and Grant Holt is certainly worthy of the Premier League stage.
Chosen by: Dave Bassett
Billy Sharp is an absolute shoo-in up front and it’s only fair that the likes of John Fleck, David McGoldrick and Dean Henderson are rewarded for helping the Blades back to the top flight.
Chosen by: Matt Le Tissier
It makes you wonder what the Saints could have achieved when you see Virgil van Dijk, Dusan Tadic, Toby Alderweireld, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana getting the nod.
Chosen by: Paul Robinson
Forget the goalkeeper, defence and attack, we seriously need to talk about this midfield: Luka Modric, Dele Alli, Gareth Bale, Christian Eriksen and Moussa Demebele. Insane.
Chosen by: Luther Blissett
Odion Ighalo is an obvious choice to chase the goals up front, Watford fans don’t know they’re born with Gerard Deulofeu in midfield and Heurelho Gomes is a club legend between the sticks.
West Ham United
Chosen by: Tony Cottee
Marko Arnautovic seems a little underwhelming as the lone striker, but he’d probably score hatfuls with Dimitri Payet – supported by Mark Noble and Scott Parker – pulling the strings from deep.
Chosen by: Matt Murray
Considering Wolves started the decade with two relegations, it’s no surprise that current stars like Diogo Jota, Raul Jimenez and Ruben Neves have been favoured over their predecessors.
GIVEMESPORT’s Kobe Tong says
Ok, there are so many teams and players here that I’m not going to fuss over everything.
However, Marcus Rashford in the United XI… really, Gary Neville? It seems sensible to adjust the formation so that Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic can paper over the winger weaknesses.
I’m as much of a Rashford fan as the average United season ticket-holder, but he surely doesn’t warrant a place over a man who scored 26 goals in a campaign when his best tally is 14.
Anyway, I digress. There’s got to be a place for Alderweireld in the Spurs team, picking Defoe over King for Bournemouth is blasphemy and surely Hart should get the nod for City!?
But when you’re talking about 20 teams, 10 years and the world’s best league, team selections are going to be as unpredictable as the competition itself. Have a great New Year.