2012 Premiership Top XI
Walker Terry Kompany Evra
Clint Dempsey Juan Mata David Silva Gareth Bale
Robin Van Persie Sergio Aguero
Here are who I picked as my top players for each general position. These are the players who consistently performed throughout the season to be the best at their position both in their respective teams as well as in the league. I think that Manchester City followed through well on their goal of winning the Premier league. Having the best players will do that for you.
Best Goalkeeper in 2011-12: Joe Hart, Manchester City, 17 clean sheets, 27 goals conceded
Honorable Mentions: Krul (15), Friedel, Szczesny, Vorm (13)
Best Defender in 2011-12: Vincent Kompany, Manchester City, 15 clean sheets, 3 goals,
Honorable Mentions: Kompany, Terry, Walker, Clichy // Assou-Ekotto, Lescott, Vermaelen, Evra,
Best Midfielder in 2011-12: David Silva, Manchester City, 6 goals 16 assists
Honorable Mentions: Dempsey, Mata, Bale, van der Vaart, Sessegnon, Walcott, Nani
Best Forward in 2011-12: Robin Van Persie, Arsenal, 30 goals
Honorable Mentions: Wayne Rooney (26), Sergio Aguero (22)
Best Transfer: Papiss Cisse, Newcastle United
With 13 goals in 12 appearances since his transfer from SC Freiberg in the January transfer window, Cisse has proven an invaluable asset for Newcastle's fast and high powered offensive machine.
Biggest Disappointment: Joey Barton, Queens Park Rangers
For a man who tweets about himself being the best English midfielder, Barton's wrecklessness has proven to be his greatest weakness. The 12 game suspension he picked up as a result of lashing out at a number of Manchester City players in the last match of the season. Forces outside his own play determined which teams faced the drop, but he's lucky not to have been a catalyst in QPR's relegation.
Best Role Player: Clint Dempsey, Fulham
So much has been said this season about Clint Dempsey. He's one of the top two outfield American players, and the best player abroad. He holds the record for goals in the Prem by an American (50) and got 23 goals in all competitions in 2012, and tied Emanual Adebayor with 17 goals in the Premier league. He's clearly one of the best players at Fulham FC, and he'll be looking for a new club. I'm very interested to see who would try to pick him up as well as the price that they would have to pay for the American. The valuation of the best American abroad could say a lot about the valuations of all American players.
Check out Grant Wahl's interview with Deuce at si.com