As the decade winds down, The Top Flight has put together its Premier League team of the decade, which I must say, was extremely difficult to put together.
Well, it has been an eventful decade of football in the Premier League. We saw 2 new champions – Leicester City and Manchester City. We saw a league rebrand, a few ridiculously tight title-races, and the creation of a few new Premier League legends.
Putting together a team of the decade is near-impossible, but we’ve attempted it anyways. A decade is a lengthy period in football, and some of the worthy candidates for this team retired earlier into the decade (Gerrard, Lampard, Ferdinand), some declined sharply in the middle of the decade (Cech, Baines, Toure), and others have just popped up onto the scene recently (Salah, Van Dijk, Mane).
Let’s get straight into it:
Goalkeeper: David de Gea – Manchester United 2011-present
David De Gea’s decade with Manchester United started and ended in the same way, from an individual perspective: error-prone and rocky.
However, the years in the middle were strong – very strong – and his consistency and quality have earned him a place in this XI. At times during the post-Ferguson era, De Gea was United’s only hope of winning games, and he still performed admirably.
Near miss: Petr Cech, Joe Hart