Castrol’s Premier League Team Of The Season

Castrol Football have used their year-round football stats to pick out the 11 best performers (in a 4-3-3 formation) in the English Premier League of the 2010/2011 season. Have a look, then discuss in the comments / share your picks for the best XI.

Joe Hart

The England international kept the most clean sheets in the Premier League this season (18).

Hart saved 76.4% of shots faced, the best ratio by a goalkeeper with at least 100 saves this season.

Branislav Ivanovic

The Serbian defender scored four goals and delivered four assists, after failing to score in any of his two previous season with the Blues.

He completed 83% of tackles.

John Terry

The England captain won 70% of duels, only Everton’s Phil Jagielka and Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand did better among players who went into at least 100 duels this season.

Terry completed 88% of passes, the best ratio for a central defender with at least 1000 passes this season.

He scored three goals this season, his most prolific campaign since 05/06.

Nemanja Vidic

The Serbian international netted five goals for Manchester Utd, his most prolific campaign since he joined them in 2005/06.

He made 334 clearances, a rate of nearly 10 per game.

No central defender made as many interceptions as Vidic (91) among the top four clubs in the PL this season.

Leighton Baines

The Everton left-back delivered more assists than any other defender in the PL this season (11). He also completed more crosses than any other player (100).

Baines converted five of his six shots on target (including three from the penalty spot).

He’s the only ever-present outfield player in the PL this season with Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel.

Kevin Nolan

The Newcastle Utd captain scored 12 goals, the most prolific campaign of his Premier League career.

He converted exactly half of his 24 shots on target.

Newcastle failed to win any of the eight games they played without Nolan in the PL this season.

Samir Nasri

Arsenal’s French international scored 10 goals, the most prolific top-flight campaign of his career.

He completed 601 passes in the final third, a league high this season.

Nasri found the target with 65% of shots, a better ratio than any other player who attempted at least 30 shots this season.

Rafael van der Vaart

Tottenham’s Dutchman scored 13 goals this season, his most prolific top-flight campaign since 2002/03 with Ajax Amsterdam.

He was involved in 38% of Spurs’ league goals this season, scoring 13 times and delivering eight assists.

He is part of a group of four players who have had over four shots per game on average in the PL this season.

Nani

Manchester Utd’s Portuguese winger delivered more assists than any other player in the PL this season (14).

He also netted nine goals, his most prolific campaign with the Red Devils.

He completed over 2.5 dribbles per game, only Wigan’s Charles N’Zogbia did better.

Florent Malouda

Chelsea’s French winger created more chances than any other player in the PL this season (117).

He’s scored 13 goals this season, the most prolific top-flight campaign of his career.

Malouda also made more touches than any other player in the opposition half this season (1938).

Dimitar Berbatov

Manchester Utd’s Bulgarian striker netted 20 goals this season, his most prolific campaign since he came to England in 2006/07.

He scored one goal every 111 minutes, only Robin van Persie netted more frequently in the top-flight this season.

He also delivered four assists.

Who are your picks for the 2010/2011 Premier League Team Of The Season?

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