So moving on from the British teams, this week I will be looking at a 25+ and 24 and Under team from the Premier League solely made from international players. As with the British teams I am starting with the 25+ team.
GK David De Gea (Manchester United, 26) one of the best goal line keepers in the world. Not so good with his feet as some other goalies but he has a great command of the box and as already mentioned: world class on the line.
LB Daley Blind (Manchested United, 27) good speed, good anticipation, good angles and a really clean tackler. A very good all round guy who can fill in any defensive position as well as DM and probably even OM or on the wings if you asked him. Mr Reliable.
CB Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham, 28) tough and smart defender who is in his prime right now. A leader. Strong header of the ball both on defence and on offence.
CB Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham, 30) the slightly more calm leader next to Alderweireld, which probably comes with more experience. Really solid under pressure, not someone who does a great deal to set up the offence but THE stabilising factor at the back.
CB Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal, 25) not always the best positioned player, but I think that would be mitigated with 5 at the back. Strong tackler and great header of the ball – can score goals.
CB Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal, 31) my choice for the third CB was between Koscielny or Vertonghen as the leader of the defence. I chose Koscielny because he is an absolute rock in the Arsenal defence, their captain and plays with a toughness that a defender needs. He has great timing, is an agressive tackler and good with his head.
RB Matteo Darmian (Manchester United, 27) he is tenacious, can play down both wings, he is fast and can cross the ball well. Defensively he gets to the right place in time and covers for his CBs if they get attackers in their back.
LW Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal, 28) fast, direct player with a strong drive forward when his team has the ball. Against the ball he is a tireless worker who is always pulling his team forward. He scored the 4th most goals and 5th most assists. That’s the second highest combination after Lukaku, who scored 5 more goals but Sanchez made 3 more assists. Hazard would have been in the conversation for this spot but Sanchez was stronger this season.
DM N’Golo Kante (Chelsea, 26) tireless worker and an absolute engine room at Chelsea, proving that the Leicester season last year wasn’t a one off. Doesn’t stop running, gets great tackles in (2nd most in the league) and is the best box to box player in the league.
OM Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool, 25) typical no.8 player. Works around the opponent’s box but also back to win the ball and flip play. Picks out great passes and is a very unselfish player. A worker with a golden touch.
OM Mesut Özil (Arsenal, 28) he takes too much time off and can seem lethargic. BUT when he is playing at his best he is the best no.10 in the Premier League. Top 10 in crosses and through balls, top 20 in passes. This season hasn’t been the best but if you look at last season or his time in Madrid it shows his brilliance.
RW Willian (Chelsea, 28) fast, has a great work ethic and is perfect for a wingback position. He has the pace, great burst and the ability to score, he can pick out a pass or make a cross and is happy to work back.
ST Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 28) fifth most goals in the League although he missed 7 games and played less minutes than all the goal scorers in front of him. I have no idea why there was talk of him leaving City this season, for a none-head-balling forward he is the best in the league. More of a Messi style player.
ST Christian Benteke (Palace, 26) this spot belongs to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, BUT he got seriously injured and is missing the rest of the season. So I’m sorry Zlatan. And some guys would say that “what about Diego Costa?” Well he has serious flaws as a human and is a moody customer, I would never choose him to play for my squad. Benteke is a very complete striker who can hold up the ball, score with his head or feet and is a good complement to Aguero.
This team, in my eyes, is beautifully balanced. At peak performance it is trimmed to score goals. Out of play they would be an absolute machine and the defenders are a force on set pieces. On top of that the back 5 are a top defence and with Kante patrolling in front they could lock down even the best attack.