Tom's FPL team of the season


Another footy season has come to an end. Below I’ll take a look back over the past 10 months and decide on who’ll make it into my FPL team of the season:

Ben Foster

Points: 153
Starting price: 4.5
Finishing price: 5.3

Ben Foster had a remarkable season for a Birmingham side that were ultimately relegated. Costing just 4.5, he made a perfect choice for a rotating keeper. While others scored more points overall, Foster made an impressive 178 saves and is my keeper of the season.

Leighton Baines

Points: 178
Starting price: 7.0
Finishing price: 8.1

In a year when clean sheets were a rarity we had to turn to the Ashley Cole’s of this world to find points. Being on free kicks and penalty duty for most of the season, Baines was an invaluable asset to any FPL team. Finishing the season with 11 assists, Baines is easily the defender of the year.

Nemanja Vidic

Points: 148
Starting price: 7.0
Finishing price: 8.1

Vidic had his strongest season yet at the heart of the United defence and is undoubtedly the best at his job in Europe. 14 clean sheets and a constant goal threat, the Serb makes in into the team of the season.

Robert Huth

Points: 138
Starting price: 5.0
Finishing price: 5.9

No wonder most teams opted for a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 system in FPL this time around – picking a third defender this year wasn’t easy, however Huth just edges it. Huth found the net six times in the league this season, and notched several more on Stoke’s run to the FA Cup final.

Nani

Points: 198
Starting price: 8.0
Finishing price: 9.4

Nani finally stepped up to the mantle and out of Ronaldo’s shadow with an explosive start to the season. Infuriating at times, the Portuguese created 18 goals and scored a bagful himself as his price reached a peak of 10.1. No surprise then that the FPL’s top point scorer is my midfielder of the year.

Rafael van der Vaart

Points: 165
Starting price: 7.5
Finishing price: 8.9

One of Harry’s best deals – and equally popular with the FPL faithful, being transferred in 1,705,469 times – van der Vaart had an incredible first season in England. Playing just off the front man, Rafa was a constant threat to Premiership defences and will no doubt be one to watch next year.

Charlie Adam

Points: 192
Starting price: 5.0
Finishing price: 6.0

Bargain of the season? Absolutely. Charlie Adam was at the heart of every Blackpool attacking move and became a firm favourite with the FPL bonus point judges, notching up 45 points over the course of the season. Bigger things await for Adam, with a transfer to a top-six team almost certain.

Dirk Kuyt

Points: 177
Starting price: 9.0
Finishing price: 9.7

Liverpool enjoyed a late surge this season, mostly thanks to the efforts of Dirk Kuyt. Producing an outstanding nine goals and three assists over eight games, Kuyt quickly racked up the points for those brave enough to invest in a previously uninspiring Liverpool side.

Carlos Tevez

Points: 185
Starting price: 10.5
Finishing price: 11.4

Carlos Tevez had a great season for City and finished joint-top scorer in the league with 21 goals. Tevez was the most “essential” player in a campaign where the likes of Lampard and Gerrard failed to hit the heights of previous years. Striker of the season, without question. Let’s hope he stays.

Robin van Persie

Points: 157
Starting price: 10.0
Finishing price: 11.0

Finally… van Persie kept the physio at bay and showed exactly what he’s capable of. After scoring only a handful of points in 2010, van Persie got 2011 off to a flyer and never ran out of puff, averaging a remarkable 6.3 points per game. A top player – fingers crossed he’s fit next year!

Dimitar Berbatov

Points: 176
Starting price: 8.5
Finishing price: 9.2

Sensational. Inconsistent. Breathtaking. Unreliable. All words to describe Dimitar Berbatov this season. A hat-trick against Liverpool, five goals against Blackburn; his ability to notch up ridiculous point scores in a single game means Berbs completes my team of the season.

There were many other notable performers this year. Close to making the XI were:

Joe Hart

Points: 175
Starting price: 6.0
Finishing price: 6.9

A top keeper in the most reliable defence this season… for those who could afford him.

Seamus Coleman

Points: 116
Starting price: 4.5
Finishing price: 5.2

Defenders able to play further up the pitch were invaluable this season, and Coleman was a snip at just 4.5.

Yaya Toure

Points: 146
Starting price: 5.5
Finishing price: 6.3

Employed in an unusual forward role, Toure netted some important goals for City and was a solid low-cost option for FPL managers.

Andy Carroll

Points: 135
Starting price: 5.0
Finishing price: 6.2

If Adam was bargain of the season then Carroll was a very close second. His stunning early-season form led to his big-money move to Liverpool, but injury restricted him and his points tally tailed off towards the season close.

Finally, the award for flop of the year surely goes to no other than…

Mario Balotelli

Points: 55
Starting price: 9.0
Finishing price: 7.6

What an idiot.

Goodbye everyone, and see you again next season for some more fantasy and adventure.