2017/18 Best Premier League XI?
With the summer transfer officially closed we now know the official squads for all the clubs until the window opens again in January. With that in mind we were thinking what is the best eleven in the Premier League at this moment in time based on current form? It’s not an easy task with there being so much talent in the Premier League but hopefully you agree.
Goalkeeper- David De Gea, Manchester United
I couldn’t really look any further than the Manchester United shot stopper as I have the same opinion as many others that he is intact the best goalkeeper in the world. Having had a rocky start to life at Old Trafford the Spaniard has evolved into a truly great keeper which is reflected in the fact that Real Madrid have been trying to sign him for years.
Right back- Kyle Walker, Manchester City
There we go the fifty million pound man gets the nod from me for the right back position in the squad. Kyle Walker for me has everything you would want from a full back with his pace, strength, crossing and defensive capabilities. Walker has easily been the best right back in the league for a good three years and it’s no wonder City payed a big price for the England man.
Centre back- Toby Alderweireld, Tottenham Hotspur (Captain)
For me we have the best centre back in the Premier League in Toby Alderweireld. The Spurs defender is the definition of consistent as he can always be relied upon and his reading of the game is second to none. The Belgium centre-back has shone since joining Mauricio Pochettino’s side from Atletico Madrid in 2015 for £11.5million, helping them finish Premier League runners-up in May.
Centre back- Eric Bailly, Manchester United
Bailly was unfortunate last season with injuries just at the time when he made United’s defence look solid. He has started this season with real promise and it was a no brainer to include the Ivory Coast international as he hasn’t conceded a goal with The Reds this so far this season.
Left back- Marcos Alonso, Chelsea
Marcos was vital to the Chelsea team that won the title under Conte and he has started this season right where he left off. He fired Chelsea to victory over Spurs with two goals at Wembley and I make him the best left back in the Premier League at this moment in time.
Defensive midfielder- Paul Pogba, Manchester United
The man who lit up the footballing world in the summer of 2016 after becoming the then most expensive player of all time for an eighty-nine million pound fee from Juventus to rejoin the club he left for free. With United sorting out their defensive problems Pogba has started this season with an absolute bang and I would’t be surprised if a player of the year nomination comes his way at the end of the season.
Defensive midfielder- Emre Can, Liverpool
Can was often the scapegoat for Liverpool’s poor performances last year even though he scored an absolute blinder against Watford last season. This year Can has upped his game and Liverpool look genuine contenders for some silverware this season. With Lallana’s injury Can had to adopt a more energetic role within the team and it has served him well as he has already got an assist this season.
Right winger- Sadio Mane, Liverpool
Mane was the saving grace for Liverpool last season and they missed him when he went off to the African Cup Of Nations during last season. This season he sits as the joint top goal scorer in the league for this season with three goals only matched by Romelu Lukaku. If Mane stays fit I have no doubt he could be the top goal scorer for the season.
Central Attacking midfielder- Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City
No Premier League XI would be complete without the Ginger Prince that is Kevin De Bruyne. Kevin had a great season in 2016/17 as he finished as the assist king with 17 assists. De Bruyne has been integral to Manchester City for the past two seasons and i don’t see that stopping anytime soon. I wonder how hard Chelsea must be kicking themselves for letting him go?
Left winger- Raheem Sterling, Manchester City
Sterling is often criticised throughout the media for his lifestyle and also that he shouldn’t be in the England team. Raheem had a great season last year as he picked up the August Premier League player of the month for the 2016/17 season and he also ended it with ten goals and twenty one assists in all competitions. He has also cropped up with two very important goals so far this season and so he get’s into my XI.
Striker- Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur
This was the most difficult category as there are many players that have a case to be in this spot such as Aguero and Lukaku but Kane just edges it for me. Kane scored and impressive thirty five goals last season which includes twenty nine in the Premier League. Kane is up their with the very best and for me is the best Premier League striker at the moment even if he hasn’t scored yet.
Manager- Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham Hotspur
Without a doubt the best manager in the league for me. He does incredibly well with the budget that he has to work with and has produces some magnificent young talent.
A team fit enough to win the Champions League? Hopefully you can see my point of view with my XI let me know what your XI would be in the comments section below.