This is one of the more controversial subjects to determine. It’s not fact, it’s just pure opinion as to who would make the Premier League’s all time starting lineup.
Below will show the side (with some notation on each and why). Names that are not selected may be mentioned, and furious fans, supporting of
certain clubs, will no doubt disagree.
With each name selected I will be posting the next in line for that position, that would in a sense create a 22 man squad. I have allowed only for players not currently playing in the league.
Here goes, the first string XI
GK – Peter Schmeichal
RB – Denis Irwin
LB – Ashley Cole
CB – Vincent Kompany
CB – Sol Campbell
RCM – Steven Gerrard
CDM – Roy Keane (c)
LCM – Paul Scholes
RF – Dennis Bergkamp
CF – Alan Shearer
LF – Thierry Henry
Second String XI
GK – Petr Čech
RB – Pablo Zabaleta
LB – Stuart Pearce
CB – Jaap Stam
CB – Nemanja Vidić
RCM – Frank Lampard
CDM – Patrick Vieira
LCM – Ryan Giggs
RF – Sergio Aguero
CF – Didier Drogba
LF – Eric Cantona
Notable mentions, as follows;
David Seaman, Tim Flowers.
John Terry, Ricardo Carvalho, Tony Adams, Rio Ferdinand, Ledley King.
Gilberto Silva, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Michael Essien, Matt Le Tissier, Luka Modric, David Beckham.
Luis Suarez, Gianfranco Zola,, Robin Van Persie, Christiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale.
Simply sensational, a monster of a goalkeeper. If not for injuries, the brilliance of Petr Čech may have overcome the big Dane eventually. But the pick was pretty straight forward in the end.
The leagues greatest ever fullback, able to operate on either side as a right footed left back. A wonderful player and supreme striker of the ball on set pieces. A favourite of Fergie, and quite rightly so.
The combination of Arsene Wenger’s finesse coaching, and José Mourinho’s tactical and defensive mastery, created a world class left back in Cole. A world class player that walks into this team.
A Brilliant leader, and modern day central defender that led Manchester City to massive success. There will be huge debate given the many options and preferences, but Vinny was truly exceptional, and allowed a new wave of football to evolve in front of him with his assurance at the back.
The invincible season will go down in history, and at the base of that brilliant defence sat a monster in Sol Campbell. Many other defenders had both outstanding and good quality’s, but Sol had everything. He was quick, strong, read the game brilliantly and his best days were better than any others in my opinion.
The midfield dynamo that could do everything. Best deployed as a rampaging powerhouse, his ability to win games and drag his team towards glory was phenomenal. At his peak, maybe the best midfielder on the planet.
An exquisite footballer that could pull the strings from deep, and score some great goals. His ability to dictate a game next to Gerrard and the next name, make it a breathtaking midfield trio.
Perhaps no better captain has graced the league, with his drive, determination and commitment evenly matching his footballing ability. A wonderful all time great that would no accept failure.
The forward line is the trickiest, and there is no right answers, only opinions. Dennis was a genius, and his tenure in that great Arsene Wenger side made both he, and them, a magnificent watch.
A pure goalscoring machine that given my age, meant I was able to admire every one of his many goals. Unstoppable at times, and despite injuries, has a tremendous record.
For me the leagues greatest ever, with an ability and grace that was unmatched. He was among the worlds best, and Henry in full flight was a sight to behold.
The manager would be Sir Alex Ferguson, of that there can be no debate. And though many may question the selections, it goes to show, just how blessed this almost 30 year period of the Premier League has been.