With the north London derby coming this weekend and the Manchester derby not far around the corner, GMF has taken it upon itself to answer the age old question; are the better players up north or down south?
Leave your suggestions about who you think should be included below!
London XI (4-2-3-1)
Petr Cech, Chelsea
Mr. Consistency himself, Cech has rarely let his immaculate standards dip since his 2004 switch from Rennes.
Has now made almost 400 appearances for Chelsea and easily holds off Vito Mannone and Brad Friedel among others.
Kyle Walker, Tottenham
PFA Young Player of the Year last season, Walker is still learning his trade but has all the right tools to be one of the best for a long time. Quick and never shy in going forward, his sometimes questionable positional acumen is largely masked by his powers of recovery.
Bacary Sagna’s injury troubles make his form at present hard to judge, while Branislav Ivanovic has impressed but lacks Walker’s dynamism.
Per Mertesacker, Arsenal
Much maligned last season, Mertesacker has become a pillar of strength at the back for Arsenal. A mainstay of the most frugal defence in the Premier League; while Thomas Vermalen has struggled, the German giant has excelled.
John Terry’s injury problems and suspension means he misses out.
Jan Vertonghen, Tottenham
Eredivisie player of the year last time round, Vertonghen has settled into life well at Tottenham this season. Although deployed at left back in recent weeks, the Belgian international demonstrated his worth earlier in the season at the heart of Tottenham’s defence.
Ledley King pointed out his quality at centre-back this week and Spurs fans will hope he is moved back there soon.
Ashley Cole, Chelsea
Another consistent performer, Ashley Cole is rightly considered one of the best full-backs in Europe.
Held off competition from the likes of Kieran Gibbs, who is yet to quite make it to the level of the old master just yet, but is well on his way.
Tottenham’s midfield dynamo has impressed this season to the point wher he is considered the most crucial cog of the Andre Villas-Boas machine.
His ability to win the ball back while still on his feet is remarkable, as is his energy, while the Brazilian can certainly pick a pass. The perfect foil to a midfield partner who likes to rove forward.
Boundless energy and plenty of quality to boot, Ramires keeps Chelsea’s midfield in order and fits in perfectly alongside the Blues’ flair players. An ideal man to have in a conventional midfield position behind an attacking four.
Juan Mata, Chelsea
Mata has recovered from his summer exploits with Spain and is currently Chelsea’s most potent weapon – and that’s saying something given their summer spending spree.
The Spaniard claimed the Premier League player of the month for October. His movement and creativity are difficult for anyone to handle.
Santi Cazorla, Arsenal
Arsenal’s summer buy is another who has settled into life in the Premier League brilliantly. Cazorla is the creative hub of the Gunners and he knits his side together with his inter-play and movement, while also posing a threat on goal from distance. Holds off Chelsea's Oscar.
Gareth Bale, Tottenham
Bale remains one of the most dangerous left wingers in Europe. This season his goal scoring form may not be as good as he would have liked but there are few who can run at such a relentless pace as the Welshman, while even less can produce such consistently high-quality balls for his team-mates to get on the end of.
Dimitar Berbatov, Fulham
While there is a lack of top quality strikers in London compared to the firepower both Manchester clubs possess, Berbatov is a one of a kind forward who proved against Arsenal recently that he has magic in his boots.
Giroud and Torres both need to find their shooting boots, while Jermain Defoe is an excellent goalscorer but needs to develop his all round game.
Manchester XI (4-4-2)
Joe Hart, Manchester City
A few recent mistakes aside, Joe Hart has been imperious this season, especially in the Champions League. Wayne Rooney said it, he’s one of the best. David de Gea offers no real challenge to the Englishman just yet.
Patrice Evra, Manchester United
Evra has found form of late having been solid rather than spectacular in recent years. Holds of Gael Clichy thanks to his experience. Rarely out of position and never switches off.
Vincent Kompany, Manchester City
A world class centre-back last term, Kompany is yet to find his feet this time round but has played his part in City’s early season form which has seen them avoid defeat in the Premier League so far. The Belgian is the master of timing his tackle just right.
Rio Ferdinand, Manchester United
Getting on a little bit but Ferdinand still remains the heart of Manchester United's defence. With Vidic out injured, the ex-England international edges out Joleon Lescott.
Pablo Zabaleta, Manchester City
Zabaleta is the embodiment of a modern full-back; the Argentinian loves to bomb forward but combines it well with defending at the other end of the pitch.
Rafael needs to develop before he can challenge Zabaleta.
Yaya Toure, Manchester City
Perhaps the most dynamic midfielder in the Premier League, there is no finer sight than seeing Toure rampage through the middle of the park to tee up another City attack.
A little off the boil this season as he has been deployed a little deeper than perhaps he ought to be, but the Ivorian is a real force of nature.
Paul Scholes, Manchester United
Still one of the most cultured passers in the Premier League, Scholes celebrates his 38th birthday today but shows no sign of losing his magic touch any time soon.
Used a little bit more sparingly this season, Scholes was on top form against Aston Villa recently and showed what he can produce with the ball at his feet with a magical ball for Javier Hernandez’s first goal.
David Silva, Manchester City
The creative hub of Manchester City, Silva makes things happen for the Champions.
The Spaniard has had his injury troubles but came back as strong as ever against Tottenham, and came up with a match-winning assist.
Antonio Valencia, Manchester United
A metronome down the right, Valencia provides quality deliveries time after time.
The United man is a real handful and is guaranteed to supply his front men with goal scoring chances.
Sergio Aguero, Manchester City
Sergio Aguero guaranteed himself a place in City’s history books with his title-winning goal last term – and the small striker has carried that form over into this season. Just about edges Wayne Rooney out of the team thanks to his better finishing, but it was a close call.
Robin van Persie, Manchester United
On current form, there is no finer goal scorer in the land. Van Persie has carried his goalscoring form across the divide from London to Manchester and simply cannot stop scoring at the moment. The right man to lead the line for a Manchester XI.
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