Thursday, 28 May 2015

Sound Of Football Extra: The Premier League First XI




On this week's Sound Of Football we selected the first XI for an imaginary World League Cup taking place in the summer somewhere in the middle east. The decision was a collective one but we all brought our own selections along and argued it out over the course of the podcast.

The aim of this XI is to produce a team that will compete in a competition rather than picking a team of the season (although there is a lot of crossover).

My original selection is below.

Goalkeeper


David De Gea - Manchester United

It is no surprise that the 24 year old won the player of the season award for his club. United are resurgent under Louis van Gaal but they have needed their 'keeper in top form while they seek to resolve their defensive issues.In a hastily arranged team such as this with little time for training, a player with his concentration will help calm the nerves of an unfamiliar back four.


Full Backs


Nathaniel Clyne - Southampton

The former Palace player is pretty much the complete full back. Defensively astute and capable in attack. Really should be starting for England in my opinion.


Joel Ward - Crystal Palace

My line-up, my rules.Yes I know there are better fullbacks but Ward is consistent and conservative. Just what you need in a scratch back four.

Centre Half


John Terry - Chelsea 

You can't tell me that with his international career over, the Captain, Leader and Legend wouldn't relish the chance of getting stuck into another international tournament. A model of consistency on the pitch and seemingly uninjurable. Sign him up.

Gary Cahill - Chelsea

In for a penny, in for a pound. This is the centre back pairing that won the title. What's not to like?

Centre Midfield


Mile Jedinak - Crystal Palace

The Socceroo captain has not been as influential for his club since his return to Selhurst from the Asian Cup. Some people will argue that he would not get into the best Palace XI and they would probably be right. That being said Eagles' skipper is still a formidable presence in what is likely to be a tasty middle of the park. His very recent success in the Asian Cup makes him an ideal choice for this team.

Cesc Fabregas - Chelsea

Flawless all season. King of the assist makers. Didn't need any time to settle into the Blues team when he arrived and leaving him out of this side would be lunacy,

Attacking midfield


Yannick Bolasie - Crystal Palace 

Applauded of the field at Anfield, Bolasie is in red hot form and is likely to get better. The hard working Congolese international was at the Africa Cup Of Nations this year and an ideal choice to play in this new international tournament.

Alexis Sanchez - Arsenal

More on the basis of his form earlier in the season the Chilean may be knackered but can win games on his own. He can also turn top class defenders inside out. Once of the few genuine world class players in the Premier League,

Eden Hazard - Chelsea

See above only better. The Belgian has delivered week in and week out. 9 assists and 14 goals last season and and inspirational figure.

Striker

Glenn Murray - Crystal Palace

Sergio Ag├╝ero - Manchester City

26 goals and 8 assists. Kept his head in a team that often lost there's. Harry Kane would have made the cut in the team but the Argentine has the stats and the pedigree for me.

Find out our final selection  here.