After posting up our Unpopular XI , here’s the flip side of the coin, namely the Prem’s good guys
Shay Given (Man City)
Never heard a bad word said about him. Oh, and he’s world-class. Popular and brilliant at his job? A rare combination in football.
Steve Finnan (Portsmouth)
Just a decent, honest pro. You could take him home to meet your mother and he wouldn’t merk her.
Ryen Nelsen (Blackburn)
A very hard player, but utterly fair. Compared with so many of the Premier League’s pampered babies, Blackburn’s skipper is a man among boys.
John O’Shea (Man Utd)
You can’t deny that the mischievous (goofy, almost) side of O’Shea’s character makes him very likeable. He’s the sort of player you could imagine sharing a few jars of Guinness with.
Matty Taylor (Bolton)
One of the smarter English footballers. He comes across as a thoroughly nice guy.
Jimmy Bullard (Hull)
Perhaps he’s not quite so popular after his cash-motivated move from Fulham to Hull, but he’s still more than enough of a lovable character