Premier League Overseas XI
Robin van Persie & Luis Suarez feature among the best of the non-British talent in the Premier League
The Premier League prides itself on home grown talent, but no league would be complete without foreign input. Here is my best 11 from the non-British talent in the Premier league.
GK: Petr Cech | Chelsea
The goalkeeping spot has a lot of good talent from abroad, David de Gea, Hugo Lloris, Tim Krul and Pepe Reina could of all easily been named the best. But Petr Cech comes out on top because he plays with consistancy, the big Czech shot stopper is more reliable than the likes of David de Gea, who only performs in some occasions.
RB: Pablo Zabaleta | Manchester City
The Argentine has been in top form this season, but has unfortunately not tasted the same success as last season. He has only really been starting because of injury to Micah Richards, but the Englishman has a task on his hands getting back in the starting line up.
CB: Branislav Ivanovic | Chelsea
The Serbian has been in good form again this season, and even enjoyed a scoring spree at the start of it! The Chelsea man was a usual right back for Chelsea, but the introduction of Cesar Azpilicueta has pushed him back to his roots and he's been keeping his spot ahead of the likes of John Terry and David Luiz.
CB: Vincent Kompany | Manchester City
The Belgian was key to City's success last season, they have not looked the same without him when out injured. He brings stability to any back line and is always up for a last ditch tackle, he commands not just defence, but the whole team. A real natural leader.
LB: Jose Enrique | Liverpool
My favourite left back of the Premier league by far. Liverpool's Spaniard not only keeps the left side for himself, but he likes to cut in and have a shot, or slip an inviting pass to the front row. Enrique has looked good all season and even has more goals than yellow cards; that's good for a left back!
LM: Eden Hazard | Chelsea
The left of midfield is usual a spot reserved for the likes of Garath Bale, but he is British, and Hazard isn't a bad replacement. The speedy Belgian enjoyed an amazing start to the season before dipping in form, luckily he has found his game again and has become accustomed to the Premier League, offering anything from an outstanding run to a cool curled effort.
CM: Marouane Fellaini | Everton
Headbutts aside, this man is out of the top draw. Always plays a key role to Everton's games and as well as being a huge threat in the air, he bosses the midfield. He can play in and around the front men or back supporting the defence, a good all round player.
CM: Yaya Toure | Manchester City
This man would make European, even World XI's. A top quality midfielder who can finish just as well as he can create for others, Manchester City certainly missed him when he was at the Africa Cup of Nations where the points deficit behind leaders United went form seven to 12 just in his absence.
RM: Juan Mata | Chelsea
A man the team couldn't be without. Mata has moved from the left to right side to accomodate Eden Hazard, but has still looked very good all season. The Spaniard has made a staggering 50 apperances so far this season (as of 30 March) and is always the first name on the team sheet at Stamford Bridge.
ST: Luis Suarez | Liverpool
The Uruguayan always comes into a lot of criticism, but you can't deny the guy has talent. The Premier League's top scorer this season was dragging his team through on his own until the arrival of Daniel Sturridge and now is on fire. He scored one of the goals of the season against Newcastle and continues to impress. A reputation for diving still doesn't dampen this mans qualities.
ST: Robin van Persie | Manchester United
The league leaders only apperance on the team comes from the flying Dutchman Robin van Persie. He looked unstoppable at the start of the season and has been quiet recently, but when he is in the mood, he scares even the best of defences. 19 goals for the frontman, who has been key to United success this season, I dont think he is finished yet though.
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