Jan Molby

My unsung team of the season

Jan Molby

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There have been lots of teams of the season going around with all the same names popping up: Luis Suarez, Yaya Toure, Eden Hazard etc...

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So we instead asked Jan Molby to pick a team of players who may not have grabbed the same headlines as some of the bigger names, but who have consistently impressed throughout the Premier League season.

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Here is Jan Molby's unheralded team of the season.

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Goalkeeper: David Marshall (Cardiff City)

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Obviously it has been a difficult season for Cardiff but Marshall has surprised everybody. He's been kept busy but has proved himself to be an excellent goalkeeper. Cardiff might be departing the Premier League but it wouldn't surprise me if Marshall found a new home within the league. He's a good shot-stopper, very quick in his reactions, experienced and he doesn't make many mistakes either despite being so busy. He consistently makes excellent decisions.

Right-back: Joel Ward (Crystal Palace)

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When you play for Palace under Tony Pulis, your first job as a full-back is to be defensively sound and Ward takes his defensive responsibilities very seriously. He can play in a number of positions and I don't think he has finished improving either. He has got better and better as the season has gone on and I feel the team has played much more to his strengths since Pulis replaced Ian Holloway.

Centre-back: Curtis Davies (Hull City)

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With Davies you get the impression that he is finally starting to realise his own talent. He looks like a calm Premier League defender who is at ease with himself while before he was a bit erratic. He is obviously quick which always helps in the Premier League. He has had a superb season and has surprised me. He went to Hull and you thought it was a bit of gamble, but I think it helps that his manager Steve Bruce was such a good centre-half and he's helped Davies have a wonderful year.

Centre-back: Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)

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When it comes to Arsenal I think Laurent Koscielny gets more of the praise but Mertesacker for me is the man who organises the defence. The fact that they have decided to defend a little deeper this season has helped him as he is not getting exposed as much for his lack of pace. He has particularly impressed me in the games where Arsenal have come under a bit of pressure from the lesser teams. Obviously he was still involved in some heavy defeats away from home, but Arsenal have also kept a lot of clean sheets, especially at home, and Mertesacker has to take a lot of credit for that.

Left-back: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

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Azpilicueta might be with a big club but I think his name gets totally bypassed when you are talking about the best players in the Premier League. People recognise he is a good player, but the praise never goes beyond that. He is not talked about in between games, but for me he is the outstanding full-back in the division. He is aggressive in his defending, he's quick, he's very diligent and I think he's absolutely superb. No disrespect to Ashley Cole, who has been a fantastic player for a number of years, but Azpilicueta has kept him out of the team completely on merit.

Defensive midfielder: Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace)

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If you want a player to just sit in front of the back four and do a job for you then Jedinak can be your man. His reading of the game is very good and he consistently breaks things up. He is not the type of player to get you jumping out of your chair with excitement but he is absolutely rock solid and is big part of how Palace play.

Central midfield: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

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It is almost impossible to praise all the players at Liveprool because so many of them have had wonderful seasons but most of them have had recognition elsewhere. However, Henderson's importance cannot be overstated. His work without the ball is particularly important. Liverpool as a team play with high pressure and tempo and that is perfectly suited to him. His work with the ball has massively improved too and his suspension in the last three games might be one of the reasons why Liverpool are unlikely to now win the title.

Central midfield: Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea City)

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De Guzman for me is a really good all-round player. He does good work without the ball, is very comfortable on it, and I would allow him to go forward even more than Michael Laudrup let him when he was there. He's got good timing and for me he has a little bit of everything. I'm amazed that Swansea were allowed to keep him on loan for a second season from Villarreal. I would have thought a bigger club would have been interested in signing him. Maybe that will change this summer because for me he has the quality and temperament to play for a club that's regularly competing at a higher level.

Right forward: Kevin Mirallas (Everton)

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Mirallas has still had one or two injury problems this season but when he has played in an attacking role down the right, he has been as effective as anyone in the Premier League. He's quick, he's direct, he's created goals and he's had his best goalscoring season since joining Everton. He is the type of player that defenders hate playing against. He's at you non-stop, he's really busy and again I think he's another player with a little more left in the tank too.

Left forward: Jay Rodriguez (Southampton)

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It is a real shame that Rodriguez got injured when he did as he would have made my England squad for the World Cup. He is a player who is well-suited to the modern game: he is mobile, he's strong and he has an eye for goal. Ideally he wants to play through the middle but obviously Rickie Lambert is there so he's had to play a little bit off him but that hasn't stopped him scoring 15 Premier League goals. He is another one who slowly gets better and better.

Striker: Wilfried Bony (Swansea City)

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Bony is one of those players who plays himself into form. He's not somebody you are going to bash on the training ground to get him going. It took him a little while at Swansea, the game was too quick for him, he didn't move enough, but gradually as the season has moved on he has improved beyond what anyone could have expected. He takes real reasonability within the team. He holds the ball up, has a great eye for team-mates, he's physically strong and anything you create for him in the box he is likely to put away as he's a real goalscorer.

Substitutes: Vito Mannone (Sunderland), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City), Ross Barkley (Everton), Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace), Fabio Borini (Sunderland)

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