The David Hautzig Column
Sorry Fabs. If the decade were longer you’d have likely won out.
Central Defender 1: Winston Reid
*Once Sam taught him how to defend in the Premier League, he was among the first names on the team sheet.
Central Defender 2: James Collins
*As dependable as a Subaru. Built like one, too.
Right Back: Pablo Zabaleta
*I think this speaks to how woeful we have been at this position.
Left Back: Aaron Cresswell
*Better than Zabaleta, but basically the same point as above.
Right Midfield: Michail Antonio
*It’s easy to forget that Antonio has been with us for some time. And in that time, his positives are enough to give him the spot.
Central Midfield 1: Mark Noble
*There should be no reason to defend this call. So I won’t.
Central Midfield 2: Kevin Nolan
*This one is a tougher call, but his work to get us promoted and then stabilize us is the decider for me.
Left Midfield: Le Snake
*His one year of brilliance was enough.
Striker 1: Carlton Cole
*His goals got us promoted, and he was always there when we needed him. Longevity plays a part in this decision, even though Arnautovic was a better striker in a vacuum.
Striker 2: Andy Carroll
*We might not want to admit it, but his signing made us relevant in the transfer market. The end product was far les than we paid for, but he scored 34 goals. Not much. But only Cole scored more.