We think this team built from players from lower down the division could give any of the big sides a run for their money.
It’s easy to consider Premier League players who are not at one of the big clubs simply in terms of their value as potential transfer targets for the top teams. But how good are these players individually, and which are the best? Where would they finish in the league as a team?
Liverpool Reus transfer – Jamie Carragher urges Reds to sign Borussia Dortmund ace.
England starting XI – Roy Hodgson’s team to face San Marino.
Rodgers Origi – Brendan “regularly texting” striker.
By excluding players from the league’s richest clubs (Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool), we have constructed an XI that could challenge the top sides. To make things more difficult, we have limited ourselves to two players from each club. Where do you think this “small club” 11 would finish in the Premier League? Who have we missed out?
GK – Hugo Lloris – Tottenham
No contest here, Lloris is probably the second best keeper in the division after Thibaut Courtois. He has rapid reactions and great speed off the line, plus he has the Champions League and international experience that much of this side lacks.
Honourable mentions: Tim Krul, Lukas Fabianski, Fraser Forster.