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Premier League Team of the Decade 2010–2019: Mid and Attack

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The best dribbler the league has ever seen.

The best dribbler the league has ever seen.

Midfield: Eden Hazard

Chelsea (2012–2019)

Signing for Chelsea from French side Lille on the advice of legendary Blue Joe Cole, Eden Hazard was one of the world's most sought-after young talents when he arrived in London.

Over the course of a seven-season-long stay in England, Hazard would establish himself as one of the league's greatest ever natural talents and arguably the best in the world if excluding the legendary duo of Messi and Ronaldo. Blessed with blistering pace, acclaimed dribbling, creativity and a wide array of skills, Hazard remains one of the league's most talismanic and exciting exports in recent times.

During his time with Chelsea, Hazard would win two Premier Leagues, an FA Cup, a League Cup, two Europa Leagues, two places in the FIFA FIFPro World 11 First Team, a Premier League Player of the Year, two Premier League Player of the Months, four places in the Premier League Team of the Season, a PFA Young Player of the Year, a Europa League Player and Team of the Year, four Chelsea Player of the Year awards, and two Chelsea Players' Player of the Year.

Top 10 Eden Hazard Chelsea Goals

One of the true premier league midfield maestros.

One of the true premier league midfield maestros.

Midfield: David Silva

Manchester City (2010-)

Along with the likes of Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes and Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva has established himself as one of the Premier League's absolute midfield maestros since the turn of the decade. Joining City from Spanish side Valencia in 2010, Silva quickly established himself as a cut above the talents previously recruited by the club and racked up three consecutive Player of the Month awards between October and December 2010.

What has followed is one of the most remarkably consistent careers the English game has ever seen, with the Spaniard wowing the land with his intelligence, vision and all-round skill on the ball. Along with his killer, pinpoint vision, his ball retention and agility has also helped him stay ahead of the league's curve.

Over the course of the decade, Silva has amassed four Premier Leagues, two FA Cups, four League Cups, two places in the PFA Team of the Year, Nine Manchester City Player of the Months, one Manchester City Players' Player of the Season and one Manchester City Player of the Year.

Bale in action in 2012.

Bale in action in 2012.

Midfield: Gareth Bale

Tottenham Hotspur (2007–2013)

With the exclusion of Messi and Ronaldo, few players in world football could boast the level of performance Gareth Bale was at by the time he left Tottenham for Real Madrid in 2013.

The prolific wingman had moved to Spurs in May 2007 following a strong period for Southampton as a right back. Whilst he initially struggled for form, Bale's stock would explode at the turn of the decade as he began to be employed as a more attacking, flair-based winger.

Bale's biggest season in the Premier League came in 2012/13 where the Welshman netted 26 goals in 44 appearances, his highest tally in his whole career. He almost singlehandedly dragged his Tottenham side into a Champions League place, missing out ultimately by just a single point.

During his time in North London, Bale would win two Tottenham Young Player of the Year awards, Tottenham Player of the Year in 2012/13, two places in the UEFA Team of the Year, three Welsh Player of the Year awards, three Premier League Player of the Month awards, three consecutive places in the PFA Team of the Year, a PFA Young Player of the Year award, two PFA Players' Player of the Year awards and the PFA Player of the Year award in 2012/13.

Fierce and controversial, he was the world's best.

Fierce and controversial, he was the world's best.

Attack: Luis Suarez

Liverpool (2011–2014)

Whilst he might be more recognisable in a Barcelona jersey these days, there's no denying the brilliance Luis Suarez demonstrated during his time in England. He was fiery, controversial and frustrating at times, but there is absolutely no denying the fact that Liverpool possessed the best striker in the world when they had Luis Suarez.

Signing from Ajax in 2011, Luis Suarez would play for Liverpool over the course of four seasons and would go on to register 82 goals in 133 appearances for the Merseyside outfit.

Always dangerous off the shoulder of the last defender, Suarez's power and pace would take Brendan Rodgers' side to within a whisker of a first league title in 2013/14, ending the season as the league's top goalscorer on 31 goals in just 37 games.

During his time in England, Suarez would win a League Cup, two consecutive PFA Team of the Year places, two Premier League Player of the Month awards, two Liverpool Player of the Year awards, a Liverpool Players' Player of the Year, a Premier League Golden Boot and the PFA Player of the Year award in 2013/14.

Top 10 Luis Suarez Liverpool Goals

England's finest striker in action.

England's finest striker in action.

Attack: Harry Kane

Tottenham Hotspur (2009-)

After loan spells with the likes of Millwall and Leicester, Harry Kane exploded onto the scene at Tottenham Hotspur and almost instantly became their go-to man. From the 2014/15 season onwards, Kane has looked every inch a world-class striker and is now regularly featured in conversations revolving around the game's greatest players.

Club and country captain, Kane's pinpoint finishing couples wonderfully with his remarkable ability to hold up a ball, win crucial aerial duels and make use of a surprisingly good level of distribution. He is utterly invaluable to the North London outfit these days and constantly finds himself as the focal point for everything going forward.

So far at Tottenham, Kane has won six Premier League Player of the Month awards, four places in PFA Team of the Years, a PFA Young Player of the Year, a Tottenham Player of the Year, two Premier League Golden Boots and a PFA Fans' Player of the Year award in 2016/17.

The Premier League's best ever?

The Premier League's best ever?

Attack: Sergio Aguero

Manchester City (2011-)

Manchester City's all-time greatest ever goalscorer, Sergio Aguero is very much a Premier League legend who doesn't get the respect he truly deserves.

Arriving in Manchester in 2011 from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid, Aguero has carved out a reputation for being one of the Premier League's most accomplished and clinical strikers in its entire history; the Argentine forward has currently netted 244 goals in 353 games for the Cityzens, with his highest tally reaching 33 goals in 45 games during the 16/17 campaign.

In addition to his proficiency in the six-yard area, Aguero boasts remarkably good vision, technical ability and competence on the ball that allows him to add to his game by assisting his teammates around him.

During his time in Manchester, Aguero has amassed a trophy cabinet that includes four Premier League titles, an FA Cup, four League Cups, Manchester City's Goal of the Season in 2011/12, two Manchester City Player of the Year awards, six Premier League Player of the Month awards, two PFA Team of the Year places and the Premier League Golden Boot in 2014/15.

Comments

James Metcalfe (author) from Worthing on January 14, 2020:

Alisson - Not been active long enough in the league to compete with De Gea.

Cazorla - Brilliant player, not enough trophies in the Prem.

Mane - Absolutely brilliant, but this has been his best year.

Salah - Overrated. One good season, the remaining two have been middling.

Farouk on January 13, 2020:

Cazola,mane,salah,Alission......... are missing

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