It has been an amazing decade for the English Premier League. 2 final day title deciders, Liverpool choking twice and Chelsea winning the league after finishing 10th. This decade had it all. As the decade comes to a close, I look at my EPL team of the decade. I have decided to go with a 4-3-3 formation.
Goalkeeper: Petr Cech (Chelsea/Arsenal)
There are probably only 2 choices for this slot, but I would like to go with Petr Cech in goal. The Czech international has played for both the London based clubs, Chelsea and Arsenal in this decade. He has won the English Premier League twice, the FA Cup twice and the Community Shield once apart from winning the Champions League and Europa League with Chelsea in 2012 and 2013. Apart from the achievements above, he has the record of most clean sheets in EPL history and won the Golden Glove with both clubs.
Right back: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)
Another former Chelsea man in the XI as Branislav Ivanovic is my choice for right back. The Serbian international has plied his trade for six and half seasons with the Pensioners in the EPL and has won every major trophy with the club. He played all the 38 games in Chelsea’s league winning 2014-15 season, proving his longevity as well as fitness. Although a full back, Ivanovic was solid defensively and could fill in as a centre back as well.
Centre back: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)
The first player to feature outside a London-based club, former Cityzen, Vincent Kompany is our choice for centre-back. Having played his entire EPL career for Manchester City, Kompany is probably one of the few legends in the ranks of the Sky Blues. The Belgian international has captained City since 2011-12 season, winning the EPL on 4 occasions, FA Cup on 1 occasion and the League Cup on 4 occasions. His goal against Leicester City in 2018-19 campaign helped City lift the EPL ahead of Liverpool.
Centre back: John Terry (Chelsea) – CAPTAIN
Captain, Leader and Legend! My choice for the other centre back and captain of the team is John Terry. The former Blue is the only captain to win the EPL on 5 different occasions. Another interesting stat is the fact that he has scored in every EPL season since 2000-01. Terry has also won all the major titles with Chelsea in his career and has played all the 38 games in the 2014-15 league winning season. John Terry is a born leader and alongside Vincent Kompany, he will provide a no nonsense defensive approach to the team.
Left back: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
The last defensive slot is filled in by current Chelsea captain, Cesar Azpilicueta. He may not have the flair and skills many players possess but he is versatile and can play anywhere in the defense. Azpilicueta was brought in as a back-up for Ivanovic, but his performances gained him a first team spot at left back. Dave has won all the major honours with Chelsea barring the UCL and played all the 38 league games twice in the last decade. Just like Ivanovic, he is solid both defensively and in attack.
Central defensive midfield: N’Golo Kante (Leicester City/Chelsea)
A lot of players could have been selected to play this role, but my choice is N’Golo Kante. The Frenchman is an engine in the midfield and has the ability to screen the defence single-handedly. His former managers, Claudio Ranieri and Antonio Conte have compared him to having two players on the field. Having signed for Leicester in 2015, he won the EPL at the first time of asking. Kante went on to repeat the feat with Chelsea as season later under Antonio Conte. Over his short career in England, he has won the EPL, FA Cup and Europa League.
Right central midfield: Frank Lampard (Chelsea/Manchester City)
Probably a controversial choice, given the fact that Lampard played only the first half of the decade in EPL. However, he adds the X-Factor to the team with his ability to drive the ball forward and score from distance. A goal-scoring midfielder in its truest sense, Lampard won the Champions League and Europa League with Chelsea as captain at the start of the decade. He went on to represent Manchester City and scored the equaliser on his return to Stamford Bridge.
Left central midfield: David Silva (Manchester City)
While Lampard has the ability to score from distance, David Silva can retain possession in tight spaces. The Spaniard is suited well to compliment his other midfield partners with his vision and composure on the ball. Silva is a left footed player and adds value to the midfield with his ability to open up defences. He has won all the major domestic honours with Manchester City in the last decade.
Right winger: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United/Everton)
My choice for right wing is former United and Everton winger, Wayne Rooney. While the goals have dried up since 2015, no one can deny that Wazza is one of the most talented players to ply his trade in EPL. Rooney can play anywhere in the front four, making him versatile and a valuable addition to the team. Although the performances of Manchester United has declined this decade, he still won 5 major honours with the team since 2010.
Left winger: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
He is not known for his defensive prowess, but when Hazard has the ball on his feet something is expected to happen. Remember the solo goal against Arsenal, where he sent Francis Coquelin for a spin? Plying his trade in England for over seven seasons, Hazard is one of the most talented players to grace the pitch. He has scored 85 goals and contributed with 23 assists for Chelsea in the EPL. He has also won all the major honours barring the Champions League with Chelsea. It doesn’t matter if he is in form or not, Hazard is always expected to give headaches to opposition defences.
Striker: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
AGUEROOOOO!!! A prolific goalscorer in its truest sense, Sergio Aguero fills up the role of striker in my EPL team of the decade. Having scored 173 goals in 250 appearances, Aguero can also play as a second striker if needed by his team. His playing style is characterised by agility, acceleration and strength. His passing ability and vision also makes him a capable assist man. Although he is a right-footed player, Aguero has a 5-star weak foot in FIFA terms that makes him a deadly striker. He has won all the major domestic honours with Manchester City.
David de Gea (Manchester United), Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Kevin de Bruyne (Chelsea/Manchester City), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)