David James (Portsmouth)
Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd), Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd), Gael Clichy (Arsenal)
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd), Ashley Young (Aston Villa)
Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal), Fernando Torres (Liverpool)
This weeks PFA awards, which named Ronaldo as the best player in the Premiership for the second year, honoured those players who have been the best all season in their respected positions. Awards obviously went to players from Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal, and even Aston Villa and Portsmouth got in on the action.
However, not one player from the title-chasing juggernaught that is Chelsea was present.
Does this show how unworthy Chelsea are of winning the title? They have not played entertaining football meaning none of their so-called ‘superstars’ have played good enough football to be named as the best in the league. Chelsea fans may claim that winning the league is a team effort but a quick glance back at the list and there are three players from Manchester United, three from Arsenal and two from Liverpool. This shows that these teams are just that: teams.
Granted it all boils down to how many points you get, but when it is this tight at the top and you have to make a choice, I’d rather see a team playing entertaining football win the title. Those are the teams people remember. The teams people are proud to call “the best in the country”. United’s Treble-winners of 1999. Arsenal’s Invincibles of 2004. These teams are remembered as they played glorious football en route to the title.
Will anyone say the same about Chelsea if they win the 2008 Premier League title? The PFA seems to think not.