The debate about the best Premier League team is one that is constantly doing the rounds in social media and one that no one can ever agree on. Many use the PFA team of the year as their guideline or they simply base it off of statistics, but I’m going to put a little twist on it and give you my best Premier League XI using only one player from each Premier League team. Meaning I can’t have De Gea and Pogba, I can’t have De Bruyne and Aguero, I can’t have Salah and Van Dijk and I can’t have Hazard and Kante.
Goalkeeper: David de Gea (Manchester United)
Nearly impossible to argue with this one and perhaps the only one that most football fans are in agreement about. De Gea is possibly the best goalkeeper in the world right now and if he isn’t then it definitely isn’t one of the Premier League keepers that are better than him. His reflexes and shot-stopping ability make him one of the world’s best and without him, Manchester United would suffer. Not a hard decision to use my Manchester United player here, he’s their best one and only Pogba or Bailly would come close to the team.
Leftback: Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace)
In my eyes, van Aanholt is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League. His ability to provide support in attack in combination with an impeccable work rate to get back and cover defensively is something that few in the league can offer. His overlapping runs on the left-hand side make him a danger for any team and his goal and assists tallies aren’t bad for a defender. Only other Palace player that I’d consider is Zaha but the Premier League doesn’t have many top quality left-backs so chose this one.
Centreback: Harry Maguire (Leicester City)
Following a brilliant World Cup campaign with England, Maguire proved himself to be one of the very best in the league and the demand for him from top Premier League sides like Manchester United showed that. On the ball, he rarely misplaces a pass which makes him perfectly suited to Leicester and England’s style of play. He’s one of the best in the air and a huge threat from set pieces. Defensively he’s solid and his driving runs forward to open up spaces in behind for his wide men are very important. Following Mahrez’s departure, Kasper Schmeichel is the only other Leicester player with a chance of getting into this team.
Centreback: James Tarkowski (Burnley)
While this defence is shaping up to be comprised of players from mid-table teams, all of these players including Tarkowski are top players and vital for their teams. Tarkowski had a very impressive season with Burnley and was probably their best player last season when they achieved 7th place and a shot at Europa League qualification. He opened his season with a clean sheet against Southampton and alongside fellow Englishmen, Harry Maguire, I think this defence would be solid.
Rightback: Cedric Soares (Southampton)
The final member of my defence will be Cedric Soares of Southampton. He’s one of the best in the league in his position and has a similar attacking influence as Van Aanholt. He might get caught out in defence once or twice but I think the other defenders would make up for it. At Southampton, he’s one of their most important players and gives them a wide option in a squad that is mostly comprised of central players.
Defensive Midfielder: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
It was a tough decision between Kante and Hazard but ultimately, there’s no player in the league who offers the quality that Kante does in his position. He won two Premier League titles in back to back seasons and has already got his hand on a PFA Player of the Year trophy. He could play by himself in a midfield of just one and still win every ball. I think he’s one of the most valuable players in the world right now and every team would love to have him.
Central Midfielder: Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
The Belgian superstar is a must-have in midfield and alongside N’Golo Kante, he’d form an unstoppable midfield duo, regardless of who was the third midfielder. His development over the past few years has been phenomenal and his ability to adjust to Guardiola’s system and become one of the best in the league is unimaginable. His numbers speak for themself and Manchester City will miss him following his recent injury that will sideline him for three months. All football fans should be disappointed that they’ll miss three months of one of the world’s best in their prime.
Central Midfielder: Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Ruben Neves showed just what he’s about on the opening day of the Premier League season. While he’d normally play a more holding role in midfield, I think he’d do fine as a central midfielder. His attacking influence while also controlling the midfield and marshalling his team around is absolutely ridiculous and after a season in the Premier League, he could become one of the most sought out talents in the world.
Left Winger: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
While slightly out of position, that isn’t the most important part of this team. The Gabon forward has proven his versatility at Dortmund playing either centrally or out wide and will have to do that at times this season to make way for Lacazette. He’s one of the best finishers in World football and while his pace, agility and strength make him a defender’s nightmare, he does have to improve consistency to become the very best.
Right Winger: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Almost impossible to take this spot away from Mo Salah. The Premier League’s best player in his first season at the Merseyside club and breaking the record for the most goals scored in a 38 game season (32) is highly impressive. He’s currently one of the best in the world and would love to prove that doubters wrong in a second impressive campaign. He’s one of the most dangerous players in the world, his dribbling technique and pace are phenomenal and when it comes to finishing, he’s calmer and more composed than the majority of strikers in the world.
Striker: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Hard to deny Kane the spot up front in this team. The England captain rounds off my best Premier League XI and his goalscoring instincts are the best in the league. While he didn’t score more than Salah, he’s deadly when he gets a chance and more clinical than most. He’ll look to win Golden Boot this season and has a great chance at doing so. He’s still relatively young and is undoubtedly Spurs’ most important player.
Cedric, Tarkowski, Maguire, Van Aanholt
De Bruyne, Kante, Neves
Salah, Kane, Aubameyang
Teams Included: Man United, Southampton, Burnley, Leicester, Crystal Palace, Man City, Chelsea, Wolves, Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal
Teams Not Included: Fulham, Cardiff, Bournemouth, West Ham, Watford, Brighton, Huddersfield, Newcastle, Everton
What are your thoughts on my team and how would you change it? I’ve put most of my best players in attack, perhaps you’d have it more evenly balanced or put a strong emphasis on defence and then rely on the likes of Vardy, Arnautovic and Zaha in attack. Reply with your best lineup by tweeting @AllOutFootball_ using #AOF.