How the Premier League's top six would lineup under Chinese Super League squad rules

John Stones, Harry Kane & Joe Gomez

The globalisation of the Premier League has led to a huge influx of foreign players to England's top-flight in recent years.

It is no coincidence that the standard of football has improved due to this, but there has been concerns that it is having a detrimental impact on the England national team - despite their success in the 2018 World Cup.

Thankfully, English players are now not content with sitting on benches in the Premier League and are opting to move abroad, mainly to Germany and the Bundesliga.

Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson have been two huge success stories, while Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi is keen to follow suit.

But what if the Premier League rules were altered to better accommodate English talent?

Well, in the Chinese Super League, that is exactly what is in place, with teams only allowed to field a maximum of three foreign players in one match.

That setup would have a huge impact on the Premier League and we've decided to have a go at predicting the top six's starting XIs if it was implemented in England.

All players included meet the Premier League's 'homegrown ruling', as per their official website.

Chelsea's Hudson-Odoi


The current Premier League leaders have got a pretty solid English core, so they wouldn't be impacted too badly.

First-team regulars Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and James Milner give some serious strength to the XI.

For the foreign options, the spine of Jurgen Klopp's team in Alisson Becker, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah all make the cut, with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane missing out.

Nevertheless, despite missing two of their prolific attacking weapons and their left-back Andrew Robertson, the XI still looks very, very strong.

Academy left-back Adam Lewis and Rhian Brewster make the cut, with Curtis Jones just missing out.

Alexander-Arnold & Gomez

XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Lewis, Henderson, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Sturridge, Brewster


Pep Guardiola's side possess some of the finest foreign imports to grace the Premier League era.

But how do they fare when it comes to his kind of ruling? Well, not as bad as you would think. The current champions have four England internationals as part of their regular setup.

The three foreign names to get the nod are Ederson, Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero, with England regulars Kyle Walker, John Stones, Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling all featuring.

Youngsters Phil Foden, Tosin Adarabioyo (on-loan at West From), Patrick Roberts (on-loan at Girona) and Lukas Nmecha (on-loan at Preston) all come in to an exciting looking team.

Foden for Man City

XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Adarabioyo, Delph, De Bruyne, Foden, Roberts, Sterling, Aguero, Nmecha


Spurs have become renowned for their influence on the England setup in recent seasons under Mauricio Pochettino.

As such, the Argentine manager would have to make barely any changes to his side which have established themselves as top-four regulars in recent years.

Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen are the three foreign names who feature, with Heung-Min Son and Toby Aldweireld missing out.

English youngsters Oliver Skipp and Luke Amos make their way into the side.

Skipp with Spurs

XI: Lloris, Trippier, Vertonghen, Dier, Rose, Winks, Skipp, Amos, Eriksen, Alli, Kane


The Blues are currently embroiled in a battle to keep one of their most promising English youngsters, Hudson-Odoi, away from the clutches of Bayern Munich.

He feels he will get more game time in Germany and looking at Chelsea's XI under Chinese Super League rules, he may have a point.

Ross Barkley is the only real English regular in the side, with Antonio Rudiger, N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard the foreign options.

Stalwarts Rob Green and Gary Cahill are brought into the side, as youngsters Reece James (on-loan at Wigan), Tammy Abraham (on-loan at Wolves) and Jay da Silva (on-loan at Bristol) also strut into the team.

Hudson-Odoi would certainly get his dream of playing week in, week out in this scenario.

Loftus-Cheek with Chelsea

XI: Green, James, Rudiger, Cahill, Da Silva ,Kante, Lotus-Cheek, Barkley, Hazard, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi


The Gunners' homegrown presence in their current squad is raw, but certainly exciting.

Unai Emery has handed a lot of minutes to a number of youngsters in both cup competitions and the Europa League, where they have impressed.

As such, Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles earn their places in the side and are joined by foreign imports Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin feature in Arsenal's homegrown quota, alongside English trio Calum Chambers, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck - not a bad side on paper.

Willock in action

XI: Leno, Bellerin, Chambers, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Ramsey, Willock, Iwobi, Aubameyang, Welbeck


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer certainly wouldn't mind if the Chinese Super League rules were brought in for the English top-flight.

The Red Devils' homegrown presence is stellar, with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay both meeting the Premier League's demands to be included.

Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Luke Saw, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford represent a very decent English sextet.

They're joined by David de Gea, Nemanja Matic and Anthony Martial - arguably the finest XI on the list saved for last.

Lingard & Rashford

XI: De Gea, Young, Jones, Smalling, Shaw, Matic, McTominay, Pogba, Lingard, Rashford, Martial

So there you have it. The big question is, how would the current order of the top six be impacted? If you have any thoughts, let us know in the comment box below.

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