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Premier League Cult Hero XI 2014-2015: What a team this would be!

first_img 11 11 Centre-midfield: John Obi Mikel – continue to find out the next cult hero in our team – Mikel once triggered a fierce bidding war for his services between Chelsea and Manchester United, and the defensive midfielder has now been at Stamford Bridge for nearly a decade. Jose Mourinho rates him, so I guess we all should. 11 11 Goalkeeper: Steve Harper – click right to find out the next cult hero in our team – The Geordie shot-stopper spent two decades at Newcastle, where he built a reputation as the finest backup goalkeeper in the league. He didn’t seem to mind playing second fiddle to Shay Given for so long. Centre-back: John O’Shea – click right to find out the next cult hero in our team – Another multiple Premier League winner, O’Shea set the benchmark for versatility – even playing in goal once for Manchester United. He’s now plying his trade with Sunderland and was instrumental in the Black Cats survival exploits this season. 11 Centre-midfield: Lee Cattermole – click right to find out the next cult hero in our team – The man to plump for if you’re into your yellow card spread betting. Cattermole equalled the record for number of cautions in a single Premier League season this campaign, but he is another player who was pivotal to Sunderland’s survival bid. Right-back: Tony Hibbert – continue to find out the next cult hero in our team – Hibbert was reportedly signed as an attacking right back, but those traits appear to have deserted him. Instead, he is a robust and reliable defender who has served the Toffees admirably down the years. Striker: Carlton Cole – continue to find out the next cult hero in our team – West Ham fans created one of the best football songs in history to pay homage to Cole, who has technically had two spells at Upton Park in his career. Shone as a youngster at Chelsea, but never really fulfilled his potential. 11 Left-back: Paul Konchesky – continue to find out the next cult hero in our team – A true silver fox, Konchesky is a former England international who excelled at Fulham before a poor spell at Liverpool. The 34-year-old showed few signs of ageing legs this season, playing 29 times for Leicester. 11 Striker: Bobby Zamora – click right to find out the next cult hero in our team – Zamora emerged as a somewhat surprising key figure in a dismal season for QPR, pitching in with valuable goals and developing a decent partnership with Charlie Austin. Perhaps harshly associated with a chant resonant with wayward shots at goal. Google’s definition of ‘cult hero’ reads as follows: a writer, musician, artist, or other public figure who is greatly admired by a relatively small audience or is influential despite limited commercial success.There are numerous Premier League footballers who fall into that category, subjected to levels of adulation and acclaim that the sport’s elite players can only dream of.From one-club legends to Premier League journeymen, the English top flight boasts a variety of iconic figures who provide moments of true joy, despite perhaps lacking in star quality.As a result, talkSPORT thought it was appropriate to pay homage to some of the stars of the 2014/2015 season; call it an alternative team of the year. 11 11 Centre-back: Kolo Toure – continue to find out the next cult hero in our team – A double Premier League winner and a member of the Arsenal ‘Invicibles’ side, Toure has endeared himself to so many English fans. In the twilight of his career, he is better known for his infamous chant and some hilarious memes. 11 11 Centre-back: Paul McShane – click right to find out the next cult hero in our team – Another right back built on the tough-tackling and reliable mould, McShane has spent seven years at Hull. He scored at Anfield once in his career, but was released on the back of the Tigers’ relegation to the Championship. Striker: Peter Crouch – Crouch embodies the people’s player; he represents the ‘average joe’ in a footballer’s body. He’s built a fine career too, and has the most headed goals in Premier League history.last_img read more