Who makes our non-Liverpool or Man City XI?

It's no surprise most ‘Premier League Best XI’ sides have been dominated by Liverpool and Man City players recently. We thought we’d switch things up...

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Nick Pope of Burnley saves as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal attempts to lift the ball over him during the Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley.. Picture credit: Andrew Yates/Sportimage via PA Images

Who makes our non-Liverpool or Man City XI?

The Premier League is the best league in the world, and with that comes the best talent in the world.

However, over the last few seasons Manchester City and Liverpool have dominated the league in a way we haven’t seen in a long time.

Perhaps inevitably, this means any ‘Premier League Best XI’ in recent times has been dominated by Liverpool and Man City players. Therefore, we thought we’d switch things up a bit to present our alternative Team of the Year (so far), without any of this season’s top two.


The Alternative Premier League Best XI

 

Goalkeeper

Nick Pope

Potentially the future England No. 1, and he’s currently having a great season despite it being a fairly unmemorable campaign so far for Burnley. Pope is currently leading the Golden Glove race with 11 clean sheets this season – that’s more than Ederson or Alisson.


Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Perhaps the best one-on-one defender in the Premier League… could he be the best the Premier League has ever seen?

Wan-Bissaka has made the second most tackles in the league behind Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira.

What sees Wan-Bissaka make the cut into this team is the difficulty of the challenges he makes. It’s very hard to stand out at right back with the likes of Trent and Kyle Walker, but he’s showing he’s one of the best out-and-out defenders in the league.

Lewis Dunk

This may be a surprise to some; however, Lewis Dunk has made more passes than any other player outside of Liverpool and Man City this season and has also had the seventh most touches in the league.

Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi (left) and Brighton and Hove Albion’s Lewis Dunk battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton.

Despite Brighton being near the foot of the table, these stats underscore how boss Graham Potter has changed their style of play.

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Leicester fans may have been worried when they lost their star centre half Harry Maguire, however Maguire was soon forgotten when fans saw the Turkish international in action.

Only his centre back companion in this team has made more passes outside the top two.

Chris Basham

An integral part of the surprise package of the season, Sheffield United. Basham has the ability to play multiple positions on the pitch and we’re slotting him in at left back in this side.

This stat may not be a shock to many given his manager’s style of play, as Basham has had the second most interceptions in the league this season and is a renowned workhorse in this impressive Blades side.


Midfielders

 

Adama Traoré

Not a shock to many with pace and power to terrify most defenders in the league. Many have criticised Traoré in the past for not having an end product. However, he’s proved the critics wrong this season having the same number of assists as the likes of David Silva and Roberto Firmino.

If Traoré stays healthy and continues this form it won’t be long before he’s at one of the top European clubs.

Emiliano Buendía

Again, this could rank as a surprise with Norwich sitting at the foot of the table. If the season continues it will be a near miracle if they stay up, but Buendía will surely be lining up for an extended stay in the Premier League regardless.

Norwich City’s Emi Buendia (left) and Tottenham Hotspur’s Jan Vertonghen battle for the ball during the FA Cup fifth round match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.

The Argentine has got the joint most assists from a non-Liverpool or Manchester City player this season thanks to his partnership with striker Teemu Pukki.

Mason Mount

The young Englishmen has been a revelation under Frank Lampard, and many say he’s built in the mould of his manager. His goal rate still needs to improve to build his claims of being a Lampard 2.0, but that’s not for want of trying. Mount has the most shots on target of any midfielder this year.

If he can sharpen up his conversion rate, there’s little doubt he’s on the right path to following in his manager’s footsteps.

James Maddison

Being the star man in a team currently sitting third in the Premier League means that you have some serious talent. Maddison has made the second most through balls this season behind Kevin De Bruyne.

With a striker as willing as Jamie Vardy feeding off Maddison, it’s unsurprising Brendan Rodgers has hit upon such a formidable winning formula in his tenure to date at the King Power.

It’s proven to be a great partnership with Leicester third in the League and Vardy the top scorer in the league.


Strikers

Jamie Vardy

The easiest decision of them all with the 33-year-old showing no signs of slowing down as he sits in the box seat for this season’s Golden Boot with 19 goals.

This prize eluded Vardy in Leicester’s title winning season where Harry Kane pipped him to the post.

Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game during the Premier League match at London Stadium.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Joint winner of the Golden Boot last year with Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, the Arsenal star looks like he’s gunning for it outright this season. Aubameyang would have wanted more than to be fighting for Europa League places in the Premier League, but his class has shone through.

With a summer transfer already mooted, let’s hope we haven’t seen the last of him in English football.

Who makes your alternative XI?
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