Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Harvey Burgess' All Star 5 aside Premier League team –Lord of the Rogerings’

For The Football Front's new feature of the ‘5 a side all star Premier League team.’ We have asked fans, bloggers and writers to talk us through their fantasy Premier League five aside teams. The teams can consist of Premier League starts from the past and present

This week’s team is called ‘Lord of the Rogerings’ by Harvey Burgess

Over to you Harvey,

Having played a lot of 5-a-side football myself, I know how many different ways you can set up a team. For my Premier League All Star 5-a-side I am going to use a diamond, which should bring a lot of goals to the side.

Goalkeeper- Pepe Reina (Liverpool)

Reina is, in my opinion, the best goalkeeper around in the Premier League today, and his distribution skills are amongst the best in world football. The main reason I have picked him is because he is so adept with his feet, sometimes acting like an old-fashioned sweeper at the back for Liverpool. He just pips Joe Hart and Petr Cech to make my side.

Defender - David Luiz (Chelsea)

Ferdinand is not a rock at the back like his partner centre-back Nemanja Vidic, but David Luiz plays like a libero, similar to Rio Ferdinand and Chris Smalling. His ability to bring the ball out of the back is why I have picked him, and he can score some crackers too. He used to play as a holding midfielder, so would be very used to this position, and his pace would be needed in 5-a-side football.

Right-sided midfielder - Carlos Tevez (Man City)

Although being a right –sided midfielder is not his normal position, but Tevez most definitely could fulfill this position. He was one of the leading scorers in the Premier League last season, so is clearly good enough attacking-wise, and he often played as a right-sided forward for Argentina in the Copa America and beforehand. One reason he has been picked is that he never stops running, and he hassles his opponents constantly. This is why he is so popular amongst the Manchester City fans (although maybe not for much longer). Theo Walcott just misses out.

Left-sided midfielder - Michael Essien (Chelsea)

Again I haven’t picked him in the position he plays for Chelsea, but as this is 5-a-side, the players will be constantly swapping positions so that is not much of a problem. Pace and power are two of Essien’s greatest attributes, so to is his ability to score some stunners (remember this one?). He just beats Gareth Bale to this position, mainly due to his tackling skills (and Bale is too attacking in my opinion, even though he used to be a left back).

Striker - Wayne Rooney (Man Utd)

It could only be him, couldn’t it? Out of all the strikers in the Premier League, I think Rooney is the most skilful and he has the ability to make chances for others, an attribute that is very useful in 5-a-side football. You don’t need an old-fashioned centre-forward in 5-a-side, rather a more complete player who can switch positions with ease. Dimitar Berbatov, Rooney’s fellow striker at Man Utd, is the one to miss out here, although he would be very useful with his skilful style of play.

You can follow Harvey on Twitter here: @harveyb1

Things you may like to read

Kevin Leonard’s All Star 5 aside Premier League team – The Usual Fullbacks

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The Tale of Five Expensive Strikers

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