The 2019/20 Premier League XI of outcasts, including Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud

  • Kobe Tong

The Premier League is slowly creeping towards its ninth game-week.

The eight rounds of fixtures thus far have produced plenty of talking points from Liverpool winning every game, Manchester City falling eight points back and Watford dwelling in rock bottom 20th.

And it’s also given fans enough time to assess how managers will be using their multi-million-pound squads from big-money signings, established names and up and coming youngsters.

It also means that managers have inevitably been forced to cut out some big names or banish any underperforming stars from the starting XI or match-day squad as a whole.

And bearing that in mind, TalkSPORT have constructed a Premier League outcast XI based on team selections so far and it makes for a surprisingly strong side despite all the benching.

GK: Lovre Kalinic (Aston Villa)

It looked as though the Croatian was secure as Villa’s number one earlier in the year, but he opened the door for Jed Steer to take his place after suffering a concussion. Now, he’s only the club’s fourth-choice goalkeeper.

RB: Diogo Dalot (Manchester United)

Despite being the ‘best young full-back in Europe’ in the words of Jose Mourinho, Dalot looks set to twiddle his thumbs in Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s shadow and has played just 60 minutes in the league this season.

CB: Marcos Rojo (Manchester United)

On the topic of United, Rojo is another player that finds himself in Old Trafford limbo and will surely be desperate for a January exit after only wracking up 31 Premier League minutes thus far.

CB: Joe Gomez (Liverpool)

This one is something of a shame, but Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk have been incredible together. Gomez has been unable to regain his place after fracturing his leg and shipped three goals during his run-out against Red Bull Salzburg.

LB: Charlie Taylor (Burnley)

Another play for whom injury has been costly. Taylor, an ever-present in Burnley’s defence last season, has been usurped by Erik Pieters on the back of his groin injury and the Dutchman has impressed with two assists.

CM: Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur)

It looks for all intents and purposes that Wanyama would be leaving Spurs this summer and the Kenyan has been reduced to just two substitute appearances so far for sticking around.

CM: Lucas Torreira (Arsenal)

How times change. It’s only been a year since Torreira was a living god to Arsenal fans and now his influence on the team is slighter than ever, collecting just two league starts and barely making an impact.

CAM: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

For all his undoubted talent, Ozil is becoming a wage-drain in north London – pocketing £350,000-a-week – and Unai Emery seems to have little faith in him. The German has failed to make Arsenal’s last three match-day squads.

RM: Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth)

A player once predicted to follow in the footsteps of Raheem Sterling is one who’s now being used sparingly at Bournemouth, where Eddie Howe didn’t even select him on the bench for the Arsenal trip.

LM: Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)

The new Eden Hazard? We’re unconvinced. While the American has chipped in with two assists, he’s admitted to finding just three Premier League starts in eight games ‘frustrating.’ 

ST: Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)

Sorry Olivier, but it just seems as though Frank Lampard prefers Tammy Abraham and perhaps even Michy Batshuayi. The Frenchman has conceded that he could force a January exit after making just one league start.

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