Goalkeeper: David De Gea
A stellar list of goalkeepers have performed in the Premier League this last decade, but none have been as impressive as David De Gea. The Manchester United stopper had a difficult start to life in England following his big money move from Atletico Madrid, but once settled, the Spanish international has arguably been United’s most consistent performer of the last ten years.
Right-Back: Pablo Zabaleta
A mainstay of Manchester City’s early Premier League successes but found himself surplus to requirements when Pep Guardiola began his period of success at the Etihad Stadium. At his best, Zabaleta was one of the Premier League’s finest full backs and his ability to master the balance between defence and attack was key in helping City establish themselves as one of England’s finest clubs.
Centre-Back: Vincent Kompany
One of the Premier League’s finest ever signings, Vincent Kompany’s impact at Manchester City was immediate and it didn’t decrease once during his lengthy stay at the club. A rock at the back and an inspirational leader in the dressing room, Kompany, along with Sergio Aguero, were the mainstays of City’s dominance and it may be a while before they find a defender capable of replicating the Belgian’s form.
Centre-Back: Virgil Van Dijk
For a long period under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool were masterful in attack, but lacking substance at the back. Enter Virgil Van Dijk. Since the arrival of the giant Dutchman from Southampton, Liverpool have been rejuvenated in defence and their performances have gone to an incredible level with the Anfield club reaching 97 points in the 2018/19 season as well as winning the European Cup. Van Dijk was vital to these accomplishments.
Left-Back: Cesar Azpilicueta
A mainstay of Chelsea’s back four since joining the London club in 2012, Cesar Azpilicueta has been vital to multiple successes at Stamford Bridge with The Blues winning a number of honours. Positioned in a number of locations under various managers, the versatile Spaniard has excelled no matter what request has been placed on him and he has a stack of medals to show for his dedication.
Midfield: N’Golo Kante
Not much was known about N’Golo Kante when Leicester plucked him from French football obscurity in 2015. Three years later, Kante was recognised as one of the world’s finest midfielders and was also a World Cup winner with France in Russia in 2018. A combative defensive player with a wild relentlessness, Kante has been a key point of Premier League successes for both Leicester and Chelsea, and his style of play has had rival teams trying desperately to find their own versions of Kante.
Midfield: David Silva
It’s probably fair to award Manchester City Team of the Decade honours, but you wonder if that statement would still be true without David Silva in their midfield. A controller of Premier League games since joining City from Valencia in 2010, Silva’s contribution to City’s success has been gargantuan and he’ll likely be recognised as the club’s finest player once he leaves the Etihad at the end of 2019/20 season.
Midfield: Eden Hazard
Chelsea’s talisman who had the pressure of filling the enormous boots of the likes of Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba, Eden Hazard handled the task with relative ease as he fired Chelsea to a number of trophies. At his best, Hazard was a devastating attacking midfielder who destroyed Premier League defences on a regular basis. His performances captured the attention of Real Madrid and after seven years with the London side, Hazard made the move to the Spanish capital with an amazing legacy complete at Stamford Bridge
Forward: Gareth Bale
It took a while for Spurs fans to see the best of Gareth Bale, but once the Welsh winger finally got going, he was very much worth the wait. Dazzling in a forward position after spending large portions of his early career at left back, Bale delighted Spurs supporters on a regular basis as his combination of speed and accuracy made Spurs a match for most sides. His performances at White Hart Lane prompted Real Madrid to fork out a large amount for Bale and he was worth every penny.
Forward: Sergio Aguero
The decade’s premier goal scorer, Sergio Aguero has been a revelation for Manchester City since pulling on the sky-blue shirt. No matter his manager or teammates, Aguero has constantly been amongst the goals and his record in City colours has been stunning. Still going strong despite his advancing age and injury problems, Aguero is undoubtedly City’s most dangerous player and that’s high praise considering the strength of their attack.
Forward: Luis Suarez
His stay at Liverpool was only brief, but Luis Suarez’ contribution was absolutely massive and his efforts during the 2013/14 season were herculean as Liverpool almost ended their title drought. Displaying a ruthlessness in front of goal and dragging his teammates to a higher standard, Suarez was superb for Liverpool and his move to Barcelona saw him raise his game even further.