With the English Premier League season just about half way completed, why not name an EPL all-star team?
Petr Cech Chelsea
Rafael Manchester United
Leighton Baines Everton
Jan Vertonghen Tottenham Hotspur
Ryan Shawcross Stoke City
Yaya Toure Manchester City
Santi Cazorla Arsenal
Juan Mata Chelsea
“Michu” Swansea City
Luis Suarez Liverpool
Robin van Persie Manchester United
Only two English players in the lot.
I was unhappy to name Shawcross because his success is based on his propensity to grab and pull opponents. But until the referees do something about it, he’ll continue to star in the stingiest defense in the League.
Suarez is a cheat too. But he’s also a massive talent whose success has vitrually nothing to do with his cheating.
UPDATE: Soccernet offers its EPL Best XI plus a second unit.