I was recently reminded by a reader that in the old ESPN days of yore, I used to do my top eleven La Liga players of the season, with a subs’ bench to boot. This was often compared to Sid Lowe’s ‘The Sids’, and sundry debates did unfold. Ah well, Sid’s super famous now, but I guess if folks still want to know mine, we can just call it ‘The Balls’. I did once suggest that to ESPN, but as you know, it’s a family site. Here on Liga Fever, we can do what the hell we like.
Of course, I’ve seen ‘The Sids’ and we coincide on certain players. I’m not trying to be deliberately different, but I’d like to propose a sort of mixed-category list of the obvious candidates (Messi etc) with new kids on the block (Fabián) and guys who have just been great in difficult circumstances (Stuani) to players who always get overlooked (Rakitic). Ok? I’ve included a bench, but it’s a bit random. Hey, whatever – I’m sure Ed Alvarez will come along now and put in his two-eurosworth. What will they be – ‘The Eds’? I dunno. We’ll see if he can come up with something wittier. Anyway, let’s cut to the 4-3-3 chase. Here are The Balls:
Goalie: Jan Oblak (Atlético)
RBack: Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad)
LBack: Jordi Alba (Barça)
C.Back: Sam Umtiti (Barça)
C.Back: Diego Godin (Atlético)
Mid: Dani Parejo (Valencia)
Mid: Ivan Rakitic (Barça)
Mid: Fabián (Betis)
Fwd: Iago Aspas (Celta)
Fwd: Leo Messi (The Planet Zarg)
Fwd: Gerard Moreno (Espanyol)
Slightly random subs’ bench: Ter Stegen (Barça), Sergi Roberto (Barça), N’zonzi (Sevilla), Kondogbia (Valencia), Fornals (Villarreal), Rodrigo (Valencia), Angel (Getafe), Stuani (Girona), Griezmann (Atlético).
Coach: Pablo Machin (Girona…now Sevilla) and/or Quique Setién (Betis)