We are just a week away from the start of new football season in England where many teams would go on full acceleration for the glorious Premier League title. With sides like Chelsea and defending Champions Manchester City aiming to advance their dominance in the league, which has been the reality since last 5 seasons, the clubs like Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal would look to defy the odds and add what has been missing from their reach since long. Meanwhile Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United would be eager to get their hands on the trophy which the most celebrated manager Sir Alex Ferguson won 13 times since its inception.
Now on the backdrop of all the aspirations and dreams, and with consideration of the current set of players, here is what we think could be the Premier League XI for 2018-19 season.
GK: David De Gea (Manchester United)
In the goal comes the ever so reliable Spanish number 1 David De Gea. Despite having a somewhat miserable world cup campaign, De Gea is still widely considered as the best man between the sticks currently. And when we look back to his multiple heroics in the Premier League ever since he moved to Old Trafford, the tag looks more than justified.
RB: Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
The former Tottenham Hotspur Right Back enjoyed a largely successful campaign last season after joining Manchester City. Walker possesses just the apt combination of attacking prowess and defensive solidarity to break into any XI across the globe.
CB: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
Chelsea might not have had the most productive League campaign last time up, but one man who has stood up for them for the past 2 seasons is Cesar Azpilicueta. His defensive solidarity and the ability to play that diagonal ball into the box when joining the attack makes him a must have for any good team.
CB: Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)
The Belgian center back had a successful World Cup campaign and has been vastly consistent for the Spurs side for a couple of seasons now. His defensive awareness and ability to defend in 1v1 situations is what makes him a reliable defender.
LB: Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)
No one expected a full-back from a relegated side to be garnering praises in the very first outing at a big club. Well, the story of former Hull City left-back has been remarkable who found himself to be playing a Champions league final right after a span of 12 months since switching to the new club. Robertson performed exceptionally well in the Premier league both defense and attack-wise to find his place in our chosen XI for next season.
CM: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Not a lot needs to be said about this guy. De Bruyne has hit new highs since the arrival of Pep Guardiola at the Etihad. The Belgian midfielder performs when he matters, be it when donning the club jersey or the Belgian colours. He is deemed to be good enough to start for any club across the world currently.
CDM: N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea)
Not many could have predicted this mammoth rise of a man who played at the lower tiers of French Football earlier. Kanté has never looked back since then, the World Cup winning defensive midfielder is widely recognized as the best CDM currently going neck to neck with Sergio Busquets. His unbelievable work rate and ability to break down the play time to time makes him an incomparable asset.
CM: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)
The Danish midfielder has been a big part of the Spurs side which might not have won the League in the recent past but has shown a level of consistency that isn’t widely associated with them. The midfielder’s creativeness and ability to link up with his teammates is what makes him different from the rest.
RW: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
It’s hard to exclude a player who has done so much for a club in his very first season. The Egyptian winger has a remarkable ability to get inside and score an immaculate tally of goals despite playing as a winger. His frightening pace and the accurate left foot has made him a menace for any defense.
ST: Harry Kane (Tottenham)
The English striker has been in formidable form for nearly 3 seasons now. The level of consistency the Spurs striker has managed to maintain at such a young age is something that just can’t be ignored. While others might need a good chance to register their name on the scoreboard, Harry Kane needs half a chance to get the better of any goalkeeper.
LW: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
The Belgian wizard can make the best defenders look like mere toddlers on his day. His low center of gravity and the ability to hold on to the ball regardless of the amount of pressure that is being applied are ideal for any team trying to fight the odds. Add to that his unselfish nature and sharpness when in front of goal, the Chelsea number 10 is the man to have by your side rather than against you.
So that was our predicted possible XI for the upcoming season. What’s yours? Let us know through your comments.