For years and years I’ve always loved the NBA All-Star weekend, it’s fun, charitable, and the only place you get to see every NBA star in action. Picture a Premier League All-Star game. The best of the northern team players vs the best of the southern team players, all in a charity match at Wembley. It’d be voted for similar to the NBA game, part by fans and part by experts, based on this seasons performances. By experts I do not mean Robbie Savage and Michael Owen. Let’s see how the two teams could possibly face off, and more importantly who would win?
If we’re looking at this logically, the north would essentially be made up of the two Manchester clubs and Liverpool, it might not be great news for the likes of Newcastle and Everton, but that’s just life.
De Gea in goal is the most obvious choice of the all, I’d argue that he’s the best goalkeeper in the entire world, so to be the first choice for the north of England is an absolute no brainer. Full backs Robertson and Walker have had solid seasons, particularly Robertson who has went from relegation with Hull to being a leader at Liverpool. Speaking of leaders at Liverpool, Van Dijk is a certain choice from me, he’s done exceptionally well since joining the reds, and he more than deserves himself a place in this squad. The final piece of the back for is Bailly. He’s United’s best defender but he’s struggled with injury, it’s fair to say when he’s back and healthy he makes this team with ease.
In midfield we have two of Man City’s finest players, De Bruyne and David Silva, both of which are absolute certain choices. A lot of City’s dominance has come through the pair, particularly De Bruyne, who has had a season best with some of the best passing I’ve ever seen. Paul Pogba is the final piece of this midfield trio, while he hasn’t been as good as the others, Man United have played better when he’s played. There’s no real defensive rocks in the midfield, but that’s not what an All-Star game is about, it’s about flair and attacking, something this three know all too well.
Reds star Bobby Firmino will play behind the two strikers. He’s had a ridiculous season in terms of goal scoring and getting assists for his team. The men in front of him are two of the Premier Leagues top three goalscorers. Aguero and Salah. Salah and Firmino will link excellently as always, and Aguero would blend in with ease not only with these two, but of course the City players in the midfield. Aguero has proven yet again he’s one of the Barclay’s best while Salah has absolutely smashed it out of the park.
On the northern bench we’ve got Nick Pope who’s had an incredible season. Otamendi and Newcatle captain Lascelles make the bench for defensive duties along with City’s widemen Sterling and Sane. United attackers Lukaku and Sanchez complete the bench.
You’ve seen Arsenal recently, no passion, no heart and no real talent. This entire starting XI is made up of London’s top two clubs, Chelsea and Spurs.
The south would play with a 4-3-3 with wingers. The wingers would be the obvious Hazard and the newcomer Lucas. Lucas has played brilliantly since he’s arrived in the league, and I’m not the biggest fan of Willian. Hazard has time and again proven how brilliant he is, he was one of the most obvious choices here, the only choice more obvious was Kane up front. He’s yet again had an incredible season for goal scoring, he’s on pace to be the Barclay’s best goal scorer ever, why wouldn’t he be an All-Star?
The midfield three has the highly underrated Dembele holding things down while Eriksen pulls the strings. Eriksen has been outstanding for Spurs, the next best player to Harry Kane. The final piece of the puzzle is the workhorse that is Kante. This midfield is a lot less exciting than the north’s, but it could certainly counteract the north’s team defensively.
Azpilicueta and Alerweireld is London’s strongest paring, time and again they’ve proven they’re leaders, it felt like an obvious choice. The full backs are full of skill both going forward and at the back. Alonso may have killed a child, but he’s a cracking full back who does the defensive job whilst scoring a bunch of goals. Trippier is a beast of a man, no nonsense player who does everything that’s asked of him. He might not be the flashiest man around but he’s certainly worthy of a place in this squad.
The man between the sticks would be Hugo Lloris, personally for me he’s better than Courtois, especially as he’s being having injury troubles this season.
The bench would consist of Swansea’s Fabianski who’s had a cracking season, accompanied by centre backs Nathan Ake and Christensen. The full backs would be the pacy Arsenal duo of Bellerin and Kolasinac. The midfield would have more Arsenal depth with Ozil along with West Ham’s Arnautovic and Spurs’ Son. Finally up front we’d have Brighton’s Glenn Murray. That’s not a joke, the man has a better strike rate than Lacazette, Morata and Giroud.
Who Would Win?
Well to me it’s clear, in an attacking exhibition the northern team has more going forward. A better midfield and a better strike force. The only saving grace would be Harry Kane for the south, but I’m fairly confident in a northern win. Either way, it’d be a cracking game to end the season, and it’d be great fun and a great charitable cause.