Premier League XI

Published 08/22/2016, 9:16 AM EDT


As the most popular league in the world kicks off, here is our team for
Here we bring you our Premier League XI.

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Note: The list is based on past performances, time in premier league, and ability. The new signings have not been included. The formation chosen in 4-4-2.

GK: David de Gea(Manchester United)

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One of our easiest picks. The United goalkeeper has been United’s best player for past two seasons and has established himself as one of the best keepers in the world. The Spaniard’s game has improved drastically with his reflexes, body strength and even his distribution being one of the best in the world, it’s no surprise that he is in this team.

RB: Hector Bellerin(Arsenal)

It took a long time for someone to finally beat Theo Walcott in a sprint. But when Hector Bellerin did it in the beginning of 2014-15 season, he drew a lot of attention. But the Spaniard has been drawing attention for all the good reasons since then. Bellerin has continued the trend of young bright talent that Arsene Wenger is reputed to produce.
Bellerin has added a lot of dimensions to his game. With a more than decent dribbling for a left-back, a great work rate, fantastic vision, still 21, he has definitely established himself as one of the best left backs in the league – at least in the attacking sense and is only going to improve further.

The former Barcelona youth player definitely deserves a place in our team.

CB: Toby Alderweireld(Tottenham Hotspurs)

The first center back in our team is an Ajax academy graduate Toby Alderweireld. The Belgium has been a rock at the back for the Spurs. With a great range of passing, good confidence on the ball, and high concentration power, and occasional goals, Alderweireld is a treat for any manager to have.

At 27, and at peak for his career, Alderweireld will be looking to challenge for Premier League title once again.

CB: Laurent Koscielny(Arsenal)

Another Arsenal player in the list is Laurent Koscielny. A leader on the pitch, Koscielny have been one of the most important player for Arsene Wenger. Excellent tackling, great heading and fantastic interceptions ,makes the French a top defender.

Though Arsenal are not known for their defense, individually, there are not many consistent defenders in the league than Laurent Koscielny. And once again he will be the main man in the defense for Arsenal this season.

LB: Aaron Cresswell(West Ham United)

Next in the list might be a surprise for few, but a regular Premier League viewer knows how underrated Aaron Cresswell is. With his wonderful vision, he often creates a lot of goal scoring oppurtunities. His deadball abilities are also asset to any team, be it taking free kick or a corner.

After having a wonderful season with the Hammers, Cresswell will be gunning to make another mark this season.

RM: Riyad Maharez(Leicester City)

Next on the list is the reigning player of the year, Riyad Maharez. The first African to win the prestigious award has been a sensation in the Premier League. Being one of the best dribbler in world football, Maharez showed amazing composure under pressure and occasional moments of magic throughout the season. His partnership with Jamie Vardy was the highlight of the season, with the duo ripping teams apart.

After signing a long term contract with Leicester City, Maharez would be the one watch out of for in the Premier League and also in the Champions League. He will once again be the key player for Claudio Ranieri’s side.

CM: Mesut Ozil(Arsenal)

At the center-midfield have the perfect midfielder, Mesut Ozil. The German came to England with a reputation of a great passer of the ball and has done nothing to harm that reputation. Ozil ammased a ridiculous 19 assists last season and has proven to be one of the best midfielders in the game under Arsene Wenger.

CM: Dimitri Payet(West Ham United)

It was tough to pick anyone over Dimtri Payet. The French international was sumptous for Hammers in his first season in the Premier League. After 2 impressive seasons in the French League, in which he was the assist leader in both the occasions, Payet has continued his surge with the Hammers. His passing range, long shots, dribbling and freekicks have been breathtaking.

With impressing again at the Euros for France, it will be another season worth watching Payet as Hammers will look to replicate what they did last season in their new stadium, if not better it!

LM: Alexis Sanchez(Arsenal)

At left-midfield we have Alexis Sanchez. Since joining Arsenal after a disappointing time from Barcelona, Sanchez has been one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League.
Though his time at Arsenal has seen him winning only 1 major trophy(FA Cup: 2014–15), he has played a pivotal part in Arsenal’s qualification for Champion’s League spot. The PFA Fans’ Player of the Year — 2015 has caused havoc among the defenders with his dribbling, pace and powerful shots.

Fresh from winning the Copa America and the Golden Ball with Chilie, Sanchez will be raring to go this season, and if Arsenal can manage some more world class signings before the end of the transfer window, he could well be the player to watch out this season.

LS: Harry Kane(Tottenham Hotspurs)

When Harry Kane scored 21 goals in the 2014-15 season, second in the top scoring charts behind Sergio Aguero, he was labelled as “lucky” by many people. One season later, he bettered himself by scoring 25 goals, and finishing on top of the pecking order.

A proper number 9, Harry Kane, along with Dele Alli has been a revolution for Spurs, as they were the main challengers for the title behind Leicester, though they did finish 3rd.
His perfect off the ball runs, calmness in front of goal, and top finishing has made him in the ultimate goal scoring machine. And after a disappointing Euro Cup with the national team, Harry Kane, still just 23, will be looking to continue his surge towards top strikers in the world.

RS: Sergio Aguero(Manchester City)

152 matches and 105 goals for Manchester City, and 0 off the field controversies — Sergio Aguero has been the best player in the Premier League for the past few seasons. Body strength, splendid dribbling, and world class finishing has made Sergio Aguero as one the best strikers in the world football.

Always the man for the big occasion, Aguero has won two Premier League titles and an FA Cup during his time at City.

The only downside has been his fitness problems. Due to his frequent long term injuries, Aguero has definitely under achieved. But if he stays fit this season, he can do wonders under the guidance of Pep Gardiola.

Substitutes

GK: Petre Cech(Arsenal)

DEF: Nathaniel Clyne(Liverpool)

DEF: Wes Morgan(Leiceter City)

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DEF: Cesar Azpilicueta(Chelsea)

MID: Anthony Martial(Manchester United)

MID:Kevin De Bruyne(Manchester City)

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ST: Jamie Vardy(Leicester City)

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Aviral Srivastava

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Pursuing Computer Science Engineering from Bangalore Institute of Technology. Avid sports fan, specially football. A lifelong United supporter.

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