Date: 25th May 2008 at 6:55pm
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This season we have rarely seen an unchanged side in consecutive weeks. We have had something ludicrous like 20+ different defenses, a new midfield every week, and no top selection pair of forwards. This is sometimes put down to injury, but mostly due to our manager being an idiot. So who merits a starting place in the Stood Free XI?

Goalkeeper

Undoubtedly Jamie Langfield. Derek Soutar proved to us why Langfield didn’t used to get dropped. Soutar couldn’t catch a single cross and couldn’t hit the Great Wall of China with a kick. He also has absolutely no presence in the area and his defence don’t trust him. Langfield on the other hand is very commanding although prone to a couple of howlers which he really needs to get out of his system.

Right Back

For one half of the season we had Michael Hart and the other Alan Maybury. Hart was quite a good right back and had an outstanding record as captain, 100% in 8 games if I remember correctly. However for me the right back slot has to go to Alan Maybury. After joining from Leicester City on loan in January, after the first few dodgy performances he was brilliant. In both Scottish Cup quarter-finals he had McGeady in his pocket and made him look poo. He’s been consistent since then but sometimes needs to be told if in doubt, boot it out.

Centre Back

My first centre back place has to go to Zander Diamond. He’s been so consistent this season and has been the Zander we knew when Calderwood first came in. A no-nonsense defender and in a few years the captain of Aberdeen. He also put pen to paper in January signing a new three and a half year deal.

Centre Back

The other centre back spot for me goes to Andy Considine. He’s scored three goals in two semi-finals this season, stopping us from being fully humiliated. However, that’s not what his job is. He’s supposed to stop goals and sometimes he’s caught sleeping on the job. He’s still young though but if in a few years he’s still making the same schoolboy errors he can leave and I won’t lose any sleep.

Left Back

Well it can only go to Ricky Foster, can’t it? McNamara was a huge letdown, and total crap. Foster has been much the same although he has been played out of position by his manager many times this season. It was his cross that was the start of our long European run this season. So, not because he’s better, but because he’s less crap he gets this place.

Right Midfield

For me, no question, Josh Walker. Joined on loan from Middlesbrough in January and has been a class act. Brilliant attitude and a good player all round. I’ll never know why Calderwood took him off after 15 minutes at Kilmarnock and then never started him again. His goal against Bayern will be passed down many generations of Aberdeen fans. It’s unfortunate we have such a ‘favourite choosing’ manager. Walker could have done so much more in his spell here. He gets the nod ahead of De Visscher because in my opinion De Visscher is quite frankly just less skillful, although a good team player. And also ahead of Derek Young because he’s not the best.

Centre Midfield

Barry Nicholson, duhhh. He’s been so good since he came to Aberdeen and has been a great servant to the club. He’s just a quality player that in my opinion we won’t be able to replace properly in the transfer window. People often forget if it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t have had our European run at all this season. His last minute equaliser against Hearts at the end of last season will live long in the memories of all true Aberdeen fans.

Centre Midfield

This may surprise you, but Karim Touzani for me. Scott Severin has been a terrible captain, and the captain’s armband seems to have affected his game as well too. Touzani allows the rest of the midfield too push forward, because they know he’s there to sweep everything up behind them. Severin is supposed to be attacking and hasn’t been, note the non-existance of a goal tally for him this season. So the Dutchman wins it.

Left Midfield

A total non-contest. Sone Aluko. He brought things to Pittodrie this season that haven’t been seen for a long time. Flair and skill mainly. He’s scored three goals this season and three goals of Premiership standard. Had his volley against Motherwell the other week been by Rooney or Ronaldo, everyone would have been spunking over it.

Striker

Lee Miller has to be the outright first choice. He’s such an intelligent player it’s incredible he’s re-signed for us again. His flick ons, lay offs, knock downs and all are first class. With 12 league goals this season, he finished 6th top scorer in the SPL, and god knows where we’d have finished without them. Well, in the bottom 6 most likely. Thank god he’s staying really, otherwise we’d have a massive problem on our hands in the transfer window.

Striker

It just has to be Steve Lovell. I have no idea why there’s a section of Pittodrie that don’t like him (see later article). He is statistically the best goalscorer at the club. The Miller/Lovell partnership, had it been given a chance, would have been one of the most deadly in the SPL. But because he wasn’t one of Calderwood’s ‘yes’ men, he wasn’t given a game. How ridiculous does it sound, your factually best striker not being offered a new contract? We’ll struggle next season without him up front, and undoubtedly if he goes to another SPL club he’ll score about 8 over the season against us.

So, I think this is what I end up with:

Langfield

Maybury Diamond Considine Foster

Walker Nicholson Touzani Aluko

Miller Lovell

Do you agree with my choices? Leave a comment or head over to the forums.