binnsy Posted May 9, 2009 Share Posted May 9, 2009 Its normally around this time of the season that the NE team of the season gets picked, we were talking about this at work yesterday and with all 3 NE teams struggling this season picking a team is really tough this time round. There's not many positions easily filled, for example goalkeeper, NUFC have had Shay and Harper, mainly due to the sale of SHay but both Boro and mackems have swapped there keepers around. I'd go for Shay based on his excellent form before his transfer. Bassong is probably NUFC's player of the season and Collins got the award for the mackems so you could put them 2 players in as the centre backs. Then the problems start, who plays fullbacks? No debate that Beye is the best right back but he's been out all season so he can't be in it, there's no one else from NUFC as he's the only full back. Sunderland started with Chimbonda but he was ditched in Jan and Boro seem to have had problems with RB all season, sold Young, Hoyte was signed but rarely played. Left back also not easy, been sunderlands problem position all season and they signed McCartney but he's been out injured virtually since they bought him, Boro's Taylor is a decent player but again struggled as has Pogatetz when he's played so i would stick Jose Enrique although even he has missed too many games. It doesn't get much easier with the midfield and strikers, all teams have created very little and no midfielders from any of the clubs have scored many either. RM would probably have to go to Malbranque, mainly due to the fact the both the Boro and NUFC haven't got a right sided midfielder!! LM would normally have plenty of options with Duff, N'Zogbia, Downing, Johnson etc but this year they have all been poor, Downing was excellent last season scoring quite a few goals but this year hasn't even managed one, Jonas looked great at the start of the season but hasn't scored and creates very little so as a result of being best of a bad bunch i'd have to go for Richardson. Centre mid is a nightmare, who do you pick from a choice of Butt, Guthrie, Nolan, Leadbitter, Whitehead, Reid, O'Neill, Digard, Bates. i know he's not popular on here but i think i'd have to go with Butt and O'Neill who would probably just edge out Digard has he's played more. Up front i would have to pick the 2 mackems Cisse & Jones. No boro striker would get near the team and our strikers have been equally poor. So this is the NE team of season that we came up with.... GIVEN BARDSLEY COLLINS BASSONG ENRIQUE MALBRANQUE BUTT O'NEILL RICHARDSON CISSE JONES pretty sorry bunch, if thats the best out of 3 teams then its not hard to see how all our teams are at the bottom of the league!!! Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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