The best eleven

Picking a quality Premier League XI following an unforgettable season

Updated: May 15, 2012, 11:31 AM ET
By Michael Cox | Special to ESPN.com

To change an old football cliché slightly, this was a season of two halves. The likes of Demba Ba and Jose Enrique were superb before Christmas but then faded badly, while Papiss Cisse and Paul Scholes had a superb impact but played only in the second half of the campaign. Then there are players like Lucas Leiva and Alejandro Faurlin, who excelled early on but saw their seasons end prematurely due to injury.

This season, more than any other, highlighted the importance of consistency. ...

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