Who Would Be In Your Best Premier League XI Currently?

This was a debate that came up recently, and I was keen to attempt to create my own current Premier League XI thinking that it would be a really easy task. It wasn’t.

I will endeavour to support my choices for each position, but I would love to hear a case for other players who I have either simply forgotten or because I have focused too much on one aspect of their game. Regardless this list is not set in stone.


My choices are between Joe Hart, Petr Cech and current golden boy Asmir Begovic. My vote goes to Cech. Out of the three, he has a better all round game. He takes crosses, organizes the defense well, and is a wonderful shot stopper. After regaining some of his form, Cech also doesn’t make many mistakes. Added to this, Cech has maintained a level at the top for years, winning the Champions League and Premier League with a trophy cabinet that far outstrips my other two contenders for this position. His consistency is a major reason I have Cech as the goalkeeper of my team.

Right Back:

This is a really tough one at the moment. My nominations for this position include Rafael, Kyle Walker and Glen Johnson. After much soul searching, my choice has to be Branislav Ivanovic. He is both solid defensively and good going forward. Ivanovic’s strength, defensive awareness and training as a centre back all give him good defensive stature and perhaps makes him the most solid defensively.

Ivanovic is also an asset at set pieces in both boxes.

Centre back:

The first centre back is an easy choice I don’t think many will disagree with — Vincent Kompany. He’s commanding, has great positioning, a calm collected personality, and a half decent left foot. Kompany is everything you want from a title-winning centre back and certainly inspired Manchester City to the Premier League number one spot last season despite being one of their cheaper purchases recently.

Centre back:

The other centre back is more difficult. There are so many choices. To name but a few, Rio Ferdinand is forcing his way back in, as are Thomas Vermaelen, Nemanja Vidic and Jan Vertonghen.

This is even more complicated by the decision of whether to make this the best ‘team’ or just the best individual XI. The general rule for a team is to pick one physical centre back, the role I have given to Kompany, and one more technical centre, this would rule out Vidic for this other role. Ferdinand, though strong recently, has been poor these last few seasons. This has been evidenced by the emergence of Jonny Evans as a United regular. Finally this brings the options down to two and my choice will be Vertonghen almost by process of elimination. Vermaelen’s form has been shocking recently, but I will defer my decision to the Belgian coaches who prefer Vertonghen at centre back and play Vermaelen at left back.

Left back:

As an Englishman, this is really the only position I have any joy writing about from a national perspective. The two choices are Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines. The only problem here is which Englishman to choose. My preference is Ashley Cole, who is good defensively and possesses better pace than Baines. Also Cole has cut it at the highest level for many years, both at Arsenal and Chelsea. Baines, though, has an undeniably amazing left foot and good link up play with Steven Pienaar on the Everton left flank. For me Cole’s all round game is what places him at the top of the English Premier League.

Right Midfield:

Moving into the midfield things get even harder to figure out. This for me is an easy choice that will become clearer with the rest of the midfield. As I know, this player has played here many times. My choice is therefore David Silva, the Spanish wizard with a wand as his left foot. It is an easy choice in one way; Silva is one of the best attacking players in the Premier League. He is also willing to work incredibly hard from this position, something that was integral in Manchester City’s win of 6-1 over Manchester United last season. From here Silva can link up the attack, coming inside and out.

Centre Midfield:

The first choice is easy. It is without a doubt Yaya Toure, arguably the best player in the Premier League right now.

Toure is strong, powerful, deceptively quick and is a good passer and striker of the ball. Toure is the full package and was the first name on this list.

Centre Midfield:

I can’t think of anyone more dynamic to join Toure in the midfield than Jack Wilshere. Wilshere has a great left foot and is the stand out player in what can be considered a rather drab Arsenal team. He has great fight and spirit, which is perhaps my favorite part of his game. It would be unwise, however, to ignore his fantastic left foot, vision, driving runs and ability to find space. Wilshere is both the perfect person to assist with the defensive duties and to pick up the ball from the defense to propel attacks forward.

Left Midfield:

Over recent weeks this decision has been made for me. The best left sided midfielder in the league is easily Gareth Bale. He has put aside some of his inconsistency to become one of the best in the league right now. I fail to see how anyone who has watched Gareth Bale play recently could argue this decision. This is perhaps my second easiest choice behind Toure.

Attacking Midfield:

I have chosen an attacking midfielder rather than a second striker because there is more talent in this position in the Premier League right now than upfront. A 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 is also the favoured formation of the world. My choice in this role is Juan Mata. It is a difficult one since there are so many players who can play here.

Having not been completely convinced with Mata when he originally came to Chelsea, he has without a doubt proved me completely wrong. Still young, he has the time to improve and would work well with the other choices I have selected because he prefers a passing game. Mata, as well as providing crucial assists, is perfectly capable of scoring goals to help his team.


This choice was difficult to make. In the end, I decided you could not exclude a player of quality in red hot form because you do not like his personality. For all the play-acting and nastiness that he shows on the pitch, the striker with the best form right now is Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan has such a massive impact on games for Liverpool and has been scoring important goals with ease right, left and center. It’s impossible to leave him out of my side.

As much as I would have liked, I could not fit in Robin van Persie, Ryan Giggs or any Manchester United footballer into my side.

What’s your current Premier League starting XI? Post yours in the comments section below.

24 thoughts on “Who Would Be In Your Best Premier League XI Currently?”

  1. guzan (cause I’m a yank)
    rafael rio F vertongen baines

    lennon carzola mata bale

    suarez rvp

    K walker bassong Kompany Kolorav

    fellani gerrard silva
    lambert lukaku

  2. I agree with most of these, although many are close calls.

    However, not sure about this: “I have chosen an attacking midfielder rather than a second striker because there is more talent in this position in the Premier League right now than upfront.” I’d stick with a 4-4-2 and Van Persie over Mata if this is a “Best XI,” though I’m not sure Suarez and Van Persie would work in an actual XI.

    I’d also take Hazard over Silva.

    And Bale, ahead of Toure, is the only no-doubt-about-it selection right now.

  3. (Full disclosure: I’m a United fan. But 12 points clear in the league and you can’t find room for any United player?)

    I had to check and see what date this was written because clearly you haven’t created this list based on form.

    Since Kompany hasn’t played for almost 2 months; Rafael has been the best RB in the league this season; your rationale for Silva was last year’s win at United; Wilshire can’t stay healthy.

    I don’t love Cech in goal, but don’t despise it. Hart’s been gaffe prone all year — if De Gea had made the mistakes that Hart has, the media would have crucified him.

    My XI:
    Cech; Rafael, Rio, Vertongen, Baines; Mata, Carrick, Yaya Toure, Bale; Suarez, RVP

    I don’t love the options at RM, so I’m putting Mata there. He’s versatile enough to get work done.

  4. My 1st 11..




    Subs. Bains,yaya,van persie,da gea

  5. GK – Cech

    Def – Baines, Ivanovic, Zabaleta, Rio Ferdinand

    Mid – Bale, Cazorla, Yaya Toure, Mata

    Forward – Suarez and Van Persie

  6. Not sure a 442 is the best formation to base a “best 11” given how few teams use that now, but, whatever floats your boat.

    In a 4231 for this season it would be

    De Gea / Lloris (can’t decide)
    Walker Kompany, Super Jan, Baines
    Toure, Dembele,
    Silva, Matta, Bale
    Suarez (he is a scumbag, but as a footballer, he’s very good)

    1. Oh, yes that team IMO would beat all BPL teams as well as europes elite, Bayern, Barca and Real Madrid juve… Would not be close, way to much for them… And you know it.

  7. Cech
    Rafael Kompany Ivanovic Cole
    Toure Carrick
    Silva Rooney Bale
    Van Persie

    Id love to say Hart but gotta go Cech.
    Same for Zabaleta (who is having a great season, but Rafael has been even better).

    Jack Wilshere? Come on. Hes a similar player to Carrick, just nowhere near as good.

    Was torn between Rooney, Tevez and Mata in the 10. Rooney and Tevez have been comparable, but since United are so far ahead ill give it to him.

    And i get the Suarez hype, but Van Persie is still ahead of him in my book.

  8. how can u be serious? what a joke.
    This is my prem x1
    Walker Kompany Vidic Cole
    Ya-Ya Wilshere
    Hazard Rooney Bale

  9. I’m not good at putting such lists together but IMO, Zabaleta has been the most consistent player at City. Yaya has been the best but he was also gone about six weeks at the ACON. Zaba was by far the best player during that time.

    He’s a defender so never gets the credit he deserves, but IMO he’s been a top player in the PL this season.

    I may be nuts, but I’m also a Chelsea supporter.

    Had we had this conversation in January, I would have put Ryan Shawcross in the back line but Stoke has been a disaster since the new year. Michu has also taken a bit of a fall as well, though I think both their teams were punching well above their weight early on.

    Chris Brunt and Ben Foster should also be up for consideration. They’ve both had great years and a big reason why their club is still punching well above their weight.

  10. ————Hart————
    Rafael-Kompany-W. Reid-Baines

    Yeah, I threw a WHU player in there, deal with it. He’s been incredible and would shine in any side in the league.

  11. has to be

    Rafael Vertonghen Rio Baines
    Mata Gerrard Carrick Bale
    Suarez RVP

    Bench – Begovic Jagielka Fellaini Michu Lukaku

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