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SPORTbible Premier League Team Of The Decade

SPORTbible Premier League Team Of The Decade

Lots has happened in the last decade in the Premier League but which players have really impacted England's top tier? We picked our Premier League team of the decade.

The 2010s started with Chelsea and Manchester United still the top dogs, had a one off bizarre winner near the middle and ends with Liverpool and Manchester City the teams to beat, lots changes in 10 years.

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It'll come as no surprise that those four teams, along with Spurs, make up the entirety of our XI and their potential replacements. Before Spurs fans start shouting, there's a reason for the 'obvious' omission...

The SPORTbible Team of the Decade. Image: buildlineup.com
The SPORTbible Team of the Decade. Image: buildlineup.com

In goal there was only two options to go with. Ederson and Alisson have been excellent at the end of the decade but the longevity of David de Gea and Petr Cech prevails.

Both men won the league twice this decade but De Gea's continued excellence whilst Cech rather faded, and his four Manchester United Player of the Season awards, give him the edge. Lord knows where United would have been without him, even with his gaff at the weekend against Watford.

As a captain and player Vincent Kompany helped revolutionise Manchester City and just looking at how much they've missed him this season is proof at how good he was at his best. Always had an important goal in him too.

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Virgil van Dijk may have only been at his best for a couple of seasons but was good for Southampton and has transformed Liverpool to such a level that he's deserving of being in the team.

Equally Andrew Robertson's star has only shone for a short amount of time but his place in the side is still very much warranted.

Cesar Azpilicueta has won two titles with Chelsea and been routinely brilliant for the best part of the decade, still playing regularly now for Frank Lampard's team.

City dominated for much of the decade and Yaya Toure may be the most important signing in the club's history, which is saying something. Possibly the best all round midfielder in world football for the decade, and at least in the debate.

Toure was influential for much of City's success. Image: PA Images
Toure was influential for much of City's success. Image: PA Images

N'Golo Kante came from nowhere to be one of the best on the planet, won back-to-back titles with different clubs, helped France win the World Cup and one of the best blokes in the world. Makes it seem like there's 12 players on the team.

The number 10 could easily have been Kevin de Bruyne, and many would argue it should be, but David Silva has been consistently excellent for the whole 10 years. All 33 year of his age are starting to show now but still some player.

Eden Hazard threatened to be the best in the world at times during his spell with Chelsea, apart from his one season aberration in 2015/16, scoring 85 goals in the decade and helping the Blues win two titles.

On the other side of the pitch Raheem Sterling has improved incredibly in the past three and a half years under Pep Guardiola.

During the 2016 Euros he was booed by his own fans and some wondered how long he could stay at the Etihad with the difficult to please Guardiola coming in to take over at City but the former Barcelona boss has transformed the former Liverpool player.

Mo Salah can certainly count himself unlucky not to get in over the Englishman but his lack of a Premier League title counts against him on this occasion, next decade though.

There'd be no argument from me if Salah gets in ahead of Sterling in your team. He'll surely add a league title to his name soon. Image: PA Images
There'd be no argument from me if Salah gets in ahead of Sterling in your team. He'll surely add a league title to his name soon. Image: PA Images

Up front is where people are likely to be most annoyed. It's difficult to look past Sergio Aguero for the first spot. The Manchester City striker has scored more goals than anyone else in the 2010s, won four Premier League tiles and scored the title winning goal in 2012 that will live on forever.

Spurs fans of course will be annoyed that Harry Kane isn't Aguero's back up, and I completely understand why but as well as it being really boring it's also unfair on Jamie Vardy.

The Leicester City man started the decade playing for Halifax Town in the Northern Premier League Premier Division and ended it a destroyer of the 'big six' clubs.

Vardy celebrates breaking Van Nistelrooy's record at Manchester United. Part of an incredible decade of moving from non league to Premier League champion. Image: PA Images
Vardy celebrates breaking Van Nistelrooy's record at Manchester United. Part of an incredible decade of moving from non league to Premier League champion. Image: PA Images

Along the way Vardy helped win promotion to the Premier League for the Foxes, helped keep them up and then scored 24 goals as they won the league.

In that title winning season the former Fleetwood Town striker broke Ruud van Nistelrooy's record for most games scored in in-a-row.

There is no doubting that Kane also had an incredible decade, springing onto the scene and establishing himself as one of the best in the world, but Vardy is so deserving that I couldn't leave him out. Don't @ me.

Actually do @ us and let us know who would have made your Team of the Decade.

Topics: Manchester City, jamie vardy, Spurs, Liverpool, Football News, Leicester City, David De Gea, Chelsea, Sergio Aguero, Football, Manchester United, Premier League, Harry Kane

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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