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10 players you won’t believe made it into the PFA Team of the Year

Includes Pascal Chimbonda and a double appearance from Ashley Young

Each year the PFA Team of the Year is an indication of who is the cream of the Premier League crop.

A Harlem Globetrotters like XI is complied to celebrate the best performers of the year but it never seems to be without a controversial selection.

We’ve had a skim through all the Frankenstein teams from 2000-2018 and compiled a list of the ten most obscure selections ever to feature.


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Wes Brown – 2000/01

Brown made 362 appearances for Man United, there’s hope for us all

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Brown made 362 appearances for Man United, there’s hope for us all

It’s hard to remember Brown starting week in, week out for Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man United.

But the centre-back once had a campaign so successful he made it into the Team of the Year.

His defensive partner Japp Stam as well as French shot-stopper Fabien Barthez, all joined Brown in the dream team after the 2000/01 season.

The XI also featured a fresh-faced Steven Gerrard, Ryan Giggs, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry – Brown certainly looks a chink in the chain.

Kieron Dyer – 2002/03

The gloves are off

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The gloves are off

A man most famous for a punch up with teammate Lee Bowyer during his Newcastle days is next on the list.

Dyer only scored a meagre two goals in 35 appearances for the Magpies that season – which actually makes his inclusion more impressive.

The right winger kept out the likes of David Beckham and Giggs.

Impressive stuff.

Shaun Wright-Phillips – 2004/05

SWP was one of the MVPs

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SWP was one of the MVPs

Shaun Wright-Phillips had a blinder for Man City in the 2004/05 season, scoring ten in 34 Premier League games.

His form earned the little man a big money move to Chelsea the following summer where he would go on to lift the Premier League.

While he was always likeable, it’s hard to believe he was once considered one of the best two wingers in the League.

Especially with a certain Cristiano Ronaldo starting to stretch his legs on the other side of Manchester.

Pascal Chimbonda – 2005/06

He looked as surprised as us

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He looked as surprised as us

Chimbonda played every game in the league during his one season with Wigan in 2005/06.

Clearly the Frenchman had a year to remember, keeping the likes of Gary Neville out of the Team of the Year.

Possibly the most obscure name on this entire list earned himself a move to Spurs the season after, but failed to live up to his one season of wonder up in Lancashire.

Paul Jewell knew how to get the best out of his man.

Ashley Young – 2007/08 & 2008/09

A young Young

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A young Young

Before he became an auxiliary left-back at Old Trafford, Young was once Aston Villa’s main man.

Despite his free-kick ability and speed down the wing, you have to be shocked to see him make a double entry.

Over the two seasons Young racked up a respectable 16 goals in 73 Premier League games.
Hardly record breaking stuff but his partnership with Gabby Agbonlahor was a sight to behold.

Glen Johnson – 2008/09

Is that David Nugent?

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Is that David Nugent?

What a strange career Glen Johnson had.

The right-back made 54 caps for England and had decent spells at both Chelsea and Liverpool however his stand out season was still with Portsmouth.

The back line in the 2008/09 PFA Team of the Year included United trio – Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra. Good company.

Whatever you think of the man, he produced an absolute thunderbastard that won him Goal of the Season on the way to making the famed XI.

Richard Dunne – 2009/10

The Honey Monster

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The Honey Monster

Another Villa player joins the list and proves the theory that Martin O’Neil used to be a GOAT manager, pass it on.

Dunne’s standout season was a blinder with Villa in 2009/10 when the Villains finished 6th, one position ahead of Liverpool.

Personally it was a triumph for the Irishman who beat title winning John Terry, Ferdinand and Vincent Kompany to join Thomas Vermaelen at the heart of the Player of the Year defence.

Scott Parker – 2011/12

Shirt tucked in, grass stains, ave it

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Shirt tucked in, grass stains, ave it

What a couple of years it was for Parker.

After nearly single-handedly saving West Ham from relegation the season before, his hard work earned him a move across London to Spurs.

In his first season for the club he failed to score but made his way into the Team of the Year after his industrious midfield work.

Parker’s inclusion is made all the more impressive considering Clint Dempsey scored 17 and Frank Lampard and Rafael van der Vaart both netted 11 but all failed to make the cut.

Adam Lallana – 2013/14

Things never quite took off for Lallana after this season

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Things never quite took off for Lallana after this season

Last up is Adam Lallana, one of the most ‘nearly’ players out there.

His nine goal season at Southampton in 2013/14 earned him an England call up and like all decent Southampton players – a move to Liverpool.

While the silky midfielder is a very capable player, it’s hard to imagine him feature in the Team of the Year again any time soon.

The 2019 PFA Team of the Year

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The 2019 PFA Team of the Year

Will there be any shock entries in this season’s glamours lineup?

More than likely it will just be Pep Guardiola’s entire starting XI…


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