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 the odd controversial selection.
We’ve had a skim through all the Frankenstein teams from 2000-2019 and compiled a list of the ten most obscure selections ever to feature.
Wes Brown – 2000/01
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, also 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 something of a sore thumb in that XI.
Kieron Dyer – 2002/03
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.
Shaun Wright-Phillips – 2004/05
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
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
Before he became an auxiliary left-back at Old Trafford and Turin, Young was once Aston Villa’s main man.
Despite his free-kick ability and speed down the wing, he doesn’t feel like a two-time entry for Team of the Season.
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
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 and surely helped him make the famed XI.
Richard Dunne – 2009/10
Another Villa player joins the list and proves the theory that Martin O’Neil used to be the Premier League’s GOAT manager, whisper it quietly.
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, Rio Ferdinand and Vincent Kompany to join Thomas Vermaelen at the heart of the Player of the Year defence.
Scott Parker – 2011/12
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 had both netted 11 but all failed to make the cut.
Adam Lallana – 2013/14
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.
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