Premier League Team of the Season

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David De Gea, Luke Shaw and Raheem Sterling: All make our XI

David De Gea, Luke Shaw and Raheem Sterling: All make our XI

David De Gea, John Terry, Yaya Toure, Eden Hazard and Luis Suarez are among the players in our Premier League Team of the Season for 2013-14.

With the 2013-14 season now over, voting has been opened for the TEAMtalk Soccers awards to honour the success stories of the last nine months.

The awards will be handed out between May 19-30 but, before then, check out which players have made our Premier League Team of the Season.

TEAMtalk Team of the Season (4-2-3-1): De Gea, Zabaleta, Terry, Kompany, Shaw; Gerrard, Toure; Sterling, Silva, Hazard; Suarez.

David De Gea - Manchester United

Hugo Lloris and David Marshall were among the other contenders but, despite a disastrous season for Manchester United as a team, De Gea gets the nod between the sticks.

Were it not for the excellent form of the Spaniard, who was named the United fans' Player of the Season, this season could have been even worse for the deposed champions.

Pablo Zabaleta - Manchester City

Voting was split almost 50-50 between Zabaleta and Seamus Coleman but City's title success no doubt tipped the balance in the Argentinian's favour.

There are not many modern-day full-backs that are as good defensively as they are offensively, but Zabaleta has excelled at both ends of the pitch all season.

Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis all suffered runs of below-par form at one stage or another, but Zabaleta was a pillar of consistency.

John Terry - Chelsea

An almost unanimous choice at TEAMtalk Towers, Terry's performances have got England fans up and down the country ruing his international exile ahead of the World Cup.

Chelsea finished the campaign with the best defensive record by some distance - and no-one played a bigger part in that than Terry, who belied his age by making his most appearances in a single season since 2009-10.

Vincent Kompany - Manchester City

As mentioned, Kompany has not been quite as faultless this season as he has been in previous campaigns. His mistake against Liverpool in particular looked as though it might prove costly at one stage.

However, the leadership skills Kompany has once again shown secured him enough votes to hold off the likes of Per Mertesacker for a place in our XI.

Luke Shaw - Southampton

Shaw was selected by every one of our journalists' teams - and his terrific form has earned him a place in the England World Cup squad, too.

He caught the attention of many last season but the 18-year-old has been so good this term that Manchester United are willing to pay Southampton £27million to take him to Old Trafford. It is surely only a matter of time before he is being spoken of as one of the best full-backs in European football.

Steven Gerrard - Liverpool

Another unanimous pick, Gerrard deserves an enormous amount of credit for the way he has adapted to a new deeper midfield role under Brendan Rodgers this season.

It may take some time for him to forget miscontrolling and then slipping against Chelsea but in the long run he will look back at one of the best seasons of his career - and more importantly a terrific one from Liverpool.

Yaya Toure - Manchester City

Toure has been dominating midfields ever since moving to the Etihad but his form this season, aided by the addition of Fernandino alongside him, has perhaps been his best yet.

Fernandinho's presence has allowed Toure to get forward more - the Ivorian is only the second midfielder after Frank Lampard to score 20 or more goals in a Premier League season - but the 30-year-old remains one of the best all-round midfielders in the world.

Raheem Sterling - Liverpool

Aaron Ramsey and Adam Lallana were among the other nominees for this spot, but the impact Sterling had on Liverpool during the second half of the season cannot be underestimated.

The 19-year-old finished with nine goals and five assists, but the latter statistic is no doubt a misleading one given the amount of chances created through Sterling's direct running - some 156 defenders were dribbled past by the England man over the campaign.

He has also impressed when asked to play in a more central role by Rodgers, and he will no doubt be a key man for Hodgson, too, in Brazil this summer.

David Silva - Manchester City

Toure and Kompany tend to get more of the headlines, but Silva is as crucial to City as any player.

He set up on average over three chances per game for his team-mates over the course of the season, recording nine direct assists, and you can't help but wonder whether Manuel Pellegrini's side would have won the Premier League title more easily had their Spanish magician not missed 11 games.

Eden Hazard - Chelsea

The PFA Young Player of the Year, Hazard will surely not stay in Jose Mourinho's bad books for long if the Portuguese boss has any sense.

Without a prolific striker in the team, Hazard has been comfortably Chelsea's most important attacking player this season, contributing 14 goals and seven assists.

It is quite scary to think how many goals he could lay on next season with a world-class forward ahead of him - no player in the Premier League created more chances than his 92 over the last 38 games.

Luis Suarez - Liverpool

His Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge enjoyed an excellent season, but there was never any doubt that Suarez would lead the attack in our XI after a truly sensational campaign.

He equalled the record of 31 goals scored in a 38-game Premier League season, this despite missing the first five games and not taking penalties.

Only Gerrard was able to better his tally of 12 assists, while the Uruguayan also finished the season with comfortably more dribbles (265) than his nearest competitor, Hazard (225).

The 27-year-old has now firmly established himself as one of the leading players in world football.



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