CRAIG MACKAIL-SMITH – The Brighton & Hove Albion striker chooses his favourite XI, made up from players he has played with or against in his football career.
Joe Lewis – Cardiff City (on loan at Blackpool) When we were at Peterborough Joe was a fantastic keeper. He’s gone on to Cardiff where he hasn’t had many chances because David Marshall has been outstanding, and since moved on loan to Blackpool. But at Peterborough he was the next big thing and given the chance he’d do well.
Kieran Trippier – Burnley He was so lively up and down the pitch, he caused a lot of problems and a couple of years ago he scored a great goal against us. He’s got into the Premier League and he’ll do really well there.
Wes Morgan – Leicester He’s big and strong, as well as being quick. I had to make my movement as good as possible against him by getting in at the front post and poaching goals.
Matt Upson – Leicester City Matt’s 35 now and secured a move to Leicester. He was fantastic for Brighton, marshalling the back four and reading the game well. You can see why he has played for so long at the highest level.
Stephen Ward – Burnley Stephen played at Brighton last season and was outstanding. He just missed out on being our player of the season. He had a great engine – he’d get up with the attack and then get back to defend and was a top lad to have around the dressing room. He was so consistent and would go about his work in a good way.
Anthony Knockaert – Leicester City Anthony’s always a tricky player to come up against. He’s got great feet and a good change of pace, and cutting in from the wing he causes a lot of problems to defenders.
Craig Bryson – Derby County I’ve played against Craig and been involved in a few Scotland squads with him. He was outstanding last season with the number of goals he got from midfield and the runs he made from deep. He’s a very difficult guy to pick up.
Andrew Crofts – Brighton He was on a great run of form last year, especially in terms of scoring goals, before he got injured. He gets about the pitch and works hard for the team. He does all the hard work that people don’t really see, like breaking up play and then getting forward.
George Boyd – Burnley He’s got the ability to glide past people, use both feet and score all types of goals, but the only thing he lacks is that extra bit of pace. We spent a lot of time together at Peterborough and it’s great to see him going on to play in the Premier League.
Ross McCormack – Fulham I’ve been really impressed with Ross in the Championship. Leeds struggled a lot last season, but Ross scored 29 goals in that time. That takes a lot of doing and now he’s got a move to Fulham, although I’d have liked to see him go to the Premier League.
Aaron McLean – Bradford City I’ll leave myself out and put Aaron in there – my old strike partner. He’s had a tough time with injuries, but with a good pre-season I think he’ll do well this year in a team that will be pushing to get promotion.