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Alarm bells sounding for Everton

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By ESPN Staff

Fantasy Squad of the Season - 2007/08

Another dramatic Premier League season has drawn to a close, and the Fantasy gongs have to be handed out. In a moment we'll reveal out proud winners, but first let's take a look at our Team of the Season.

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We've drawn up two Teams of the Season - one based purely on points and the other based on the budget at the start of the season. Our image on the page shows the budget team - as you couldn't actually pick the other!

TEAM OF THE SEASON (budget)

GOALKEEPERS: Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina (120 points) was far and away the best goalkeeper in the game. Though he was quite expesive at the start he proved his worth with 18 clean sheets, two better than David James.

Also in the squad is Arsenal's Manuel Almunia (80), a snip at £4million in the summer when he was expected to be nothing more than a bench warmer. His value rose by 53 per cent over the season.

DEFENDERS: Leading the way at the back is Everton's Joleon Lescott. His total of 150 points was partly due to a fine goal haul of eight (Martin Laursen was next with six) though he also recorded 14 clean sheets and two assists. Also in the defence is team-mate Phil Neville (94), Portsmouth duo Hermann Hreidarsson (90) and Glen Johnson (84). And of course the goals from Villa man Laursen propel him into the squad with 102 points. Laursen was the bargain at £4.5m in the summer and rose by 36 per cent to £7.1million.

MIDFIELDERS: No surprises when it comes to the midfield as Cristiano Ronaldo blew away everyone else this term. If you did not have the Manchester United man in your team you were treading water. Ronaldo scored an unbelieveable 272 points - 107 more than Steve Gerrard (165) who was second in the list. He scored 31 goals and 17 clean sheet points, but perhaps it's surprising that he claimed only seven assists. The assist gong goes to Francesc Fabregas with 19 but he does not make the team. Joining Ronaldo and Gerrard is Gareth Barry (152), who of course may not be in Aston Villa colours next season. The final two names are a little more surprising. James Harper of relegated Reading notched 121 points due to six goals and one assist while Simon Davies (119) of Fulham had five goals and eight assists.

STRIKERS: A surprise here - Fernando Torres does not make the TOTS due to the budget. First name on the team-sheet is Emmanuel Adebayor (169) and also in the team we find Roque Santa Cruz (162) and Benjani (135).

TOTAL SQUAD POINTS: 2015

STARTING VALUE: £99.5m

FINAL VALUE: £118.5m

As a comparison, our Premier League winner scored 1814 points which is a very, very good total. Chris Johnson won the title by nine points.

TEAM OF THE SEASON (budget ignored)

GOALKEEPERS: Jose Reina (120 points), Tim Howard (99)

DEFENDERS: Joleon Lescott (150), Rio Ferdinand (121), Nemanja Vidic (110), Wes Brown (104), Martin Laursen (102)

MIDFIELDERS: Cristiano Ronaldo (272), Steve Gerrard (165), Gareth Barry (152), Francesc Fabregas (147), Stewart Downing (145)

STRIKERS: Emmanuel Adebayor (169), Roque Santa Cruz (162), Fernando Torres (161)

TOTAL SQUAD POINTS: 2179

STARTING VALUE: £118m

FINAL VALUE: £134.1m

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Overall Winners:
• Premier League: Chris Johnson, United States
• Ligue 1: Daniel Fombonne, Canada
• La Liga: Wilmer Hurtado, Colombia
• Serie A: Name TBC, France

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