The Premier League table if every club had their squad from 10 years ago

  • Kobe Tong

The Premier League is now one month deep into its third full decade.

Over the course of the festive period, a lot was made of the fact we were kissing the 2010s goodbye and it gave football fans an opportunity to reflect on the last 10 years of the beautiful game.

Plenty of supporters will tell you that a lot can change in the space of a decade and it's pretty hard to argue you with them when you see how clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United have evolved.

And that clearly got the team at HITC Sport thinking, because they floated a fascinating idea on their YouTube channel this month in which 'The Irish Guy' rewound the clock by 10 years.

They hypothesised what the Premier League table would like if all 20 clubs and managers were given their squad from 2010. Absolutely mental? Yes... but absolutely fascinating? Yes.


If we've piqued your interest there, you can check out the original video down below, but keep scrolling for a full breakdown of the 2020 coaches managing their blast-from-the-past squads.

20. Bournemouth

Eddie Howe has been a miracle-worker for the Cherries, but even he wouldn't be able to save a League Two squad - who lost to Hereford and Dagenham & Redbridge - from being slapped about in the Premier League.

The likes of Warren Cummings, Lee Bradbury and Brett Pitman might have done a decent job in the fourth tier, but they'd be torn to shreds against squads of a Champions League standard.

Bournemouth v Fulham

19. Brighton & Hove Albion 

A Brighton squad that was struggling in the depths of League One would be sitting ducks if they were airdropped into the top flight and they'd be lucky to pick up a single point on their way to relegation.

Graham Potter is a decent manager, there's no doubt about, and he'd still have Glenn Murray on his books, but it would be the miracle to end all miracles if they finished any higher than 19th.

Northampton Town v Brighton & Hove Albion - Carling Cup

18. Norwich City

Daniel Farke has been struggling in the Premier League with his current team, so just imagine the train-wreck that would unfold if that was swapped for a bunch of League One players.

You can guarantee that Farke would still have them playing a gung-ho, attacking style of football; it just won't be enough when undercooked versions of Grant Holt and Wes Hoolahan are the standard of player he's working with.

Norwich City v Ipswich Town - npower Championship

17. Crystal Palace

Ten years ago, the Eagles were finishing 21st in the Championship, so even the undoubted managerial nous of Roy Hodgson would struggle to keep them many points above the drop.

To be fair, Nathaniel Clyne and Victor Moses would be decent assets along the right-hand side, but a centre-back partnership of Paddy McCarthy and Clint Hill would be shipping goals like they were going out of fashion.

Newcastle United v Crystal Palace

16. Leicester City

This seems harsh considering Leicester were fifth in the second tier in 2010 and Brendan Rodgers is one of the best managers in Europe, but swapping Jamie Vardy for Matty Fryatt is quite the downgrade in fairness.

In the words of The Irish Guy: "Rodgers is doing a great job, but give him Yann Kermorgant and Martyn Waghorn, it's like telling Kim Kardashian to do her make-up with a bag full of crayons."

Leicester City v Nottingham Forest - npower Championship

15. Wolverhampton Wanderers

Nuno Espirito Santo is used to working with top players and while he'll actually be inheriting a bona fide Premier League side here, Andy Keogh and Karl Henry aren't exactly Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho.

But you can bet that he'll coach Kevin Doyle and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake to enough goals that this kneecapped Wolves side will finish above squads used to the Football League at the very least.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Notts County - Carling Cup 3rd Round

14. Watford

Hmm... so we're putting a squad that finished 16th in the Championship over the Leicester side that finished 11 places above them? Nigel Pearson is the king of avoiding relegation, but really? 

The Irish Guy justifies his decision by claiming that the Watford boss can get more out of fewer tools than Rodgers and we'll let it slide considering the manager of that 2010 Leicester team was, well, Pearson himself.

Watford v Cardiff City - npower Championship

13. Burnley

Speaking of getting a lot out of very little, Sean Dyche has led some very questionable Burnley squads to some dizzying Premier League heights and this team of 10 years ago was also taking residence in the top flight.

Therefore, if Owen Coyle was guiding them to safety before jumping ship to Bolton Wanderers, you can guarantee Dyche will lead Graham Alexander and co to a mid-table finish without breaking a sweat.

Hull City v Burnley - Premier League

12. Sheffield United

Interesting. The Irish Guy essentially reckons that Chris Wilder could do better with a promotion-chasing Championship side than Santo or Dyche could manager with Premier League resources.

The Blades admittedly had themselves a gem in Kyle Walker and Wilder knows how to get the best out of Billy Sharp, but this seems a little ambitious, even for the miracle-worker himself.

Sheffield United's Republic of Ireland m

11. West Ham United

This arrangement has the word 'solid' written all over it. David Moyes managing a prime Scott Parker as well as the likes of Carlon Cole, Rob Green and Matthew Upson sounds pretty sturdy to us.

The Scot would be a massive upgrade on the Hammers' bosses from that era - Gianfranco Zola and Avram Grant, cough-cough - and The Irish Guy pointed out that he once led an Everton side fronted by Marcus Bent to fourth place, after all.

West Ham United v Wigan Athletic - Premier League

10. Southampton 

Hmmm... so the argument here is that although Southampton were dwelling in League One, they would reach the top half because of players like Rickie Lambert, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Morgan Schneiderlin and Jose Fonte.

Yes, all of those players succeeded in the Premier League eventually, but yanking them up to the top flight under Ralph Hasenhüttl in one fell swoop would surely end worse than 10th place. 

Southampton v Carlisle United - Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final

9. Newcastle United

Steve Bruce managing a Championship squad to ninth in the Premier League sounds like a Toon fan's worst nightmare but, again, these players were stronger than their division would suggest.

We're going to agree with The Irish Guy here seeing as it was essentially the same team that finished mid-table in their first season back in the top flight, stuffing Sunderland 5-1 and beating the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool.

Newcastle United v Liverpool - Premier League

8. Aston Villa

This is the first team in the table that screams Premier League quality and Dean Smith would do anything to have Ashley Young, James Milner, Stewart Downing and John Carew in their primes on his books.

When even benchwarmers like Mark Albrighton would go on to become champions, you know Smith would have plenty in his arsenal to bulldoze the lower-league squads below him.

Aston Villa's English striker Emile Hesk

7. Everton

Considering seventh isn't impossible for Everton this season, just imagine what Carlo Ancelotti could do with a full season and the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Leon Osman, Tim Cahill and Phil Jagielka at their peak.

The Toffees actually finished in eighth place ten years ago, but an improvement of at least one seems inevitable when you have a manager who, in reality, was lifting the main trophy that season.

Everton v Liverpool - Premier League

6. Manchester City

Big call. Pep Guardiola has had the luxury of only managing top players during his career, so The Irish Guy is predicting things to fall apart when he's given Shaun Wright-Phillips, Micah Richards and Stephen Ireland.

It's fair to say he'd struggle getting Shay Given and co to play passing football out from the back and a Champions League finish looks impossible when this team bottled qualification in the real world.

Manchester City v Aston Villa - Premier League

5. Arsenal

Mikel Arteta might have a managerial career measured in weeks, but don't pretend as though the prospect of him coaching Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie isn't exciting.

That being said, fifth place is a downgrade from what the Gunners actually produced, but that's to be expected when you consider Arteta is being compared to a managerial legend in Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal's Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabreg

4. Manchester United

Surely even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, for all his faults, wouldn't be able to screw up Champions League qualification when his squad includes peak Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand. Surely. 

However, you can expect them to tumble down to fourth place bearing in mind Sir Alex Ferguson, the greatest manager in history, is the man making way for the coach who took Cardiff City to the Championship.

Manchester United's Bulgarian forward Di

3. Tottenham Hotspur

Jose Mourinho probably wishes this scenario was reality. Swapping Harry Winks for Luka Modric and Lucas Moura for Gareth Bale is appetising by itself, never mind parachuting in a Jermain Defoe fresh from scoring five goals against Wigan.

You just know that Mourinho would prop this squad into the European places, especially when you bear in mind Harry Redknapp - a good, but far less talented coach - achieved exactly that in 2010. 

Tottenham Hotspur's French defender Youn

2. Liverpool

This squad seems ripe for Jurgen Klopp to whip them into shape, even if the wheels were starting to fly off by the turn of the decade. 

Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres would absolutely thrive under his regime, while the hard-working trio of Yossi Benayoun, Dirk Kuyt and Javier Mascherano would be right up Klopp's street.

However, The Irish Guy has left them just short of the title because, despite all that aforementioned talent, it's actually a downgrade on the Reds' contemporary squad.

Liverpool v Arsenal - Premier League

1. Chelsea

Considering this is a list that puts so much emphasis on the manager in charge, it seems pretty brave to select Frank Lampard as the coach to deliver Premier League glory in this fantasy world.

Nevertheless, this is a Chelsea squad that became the first in history to score 100 goals in a Premier League season with a spine of Petr Cech, John Terry, Lampard himself - as player-manager, we guess? - and Didier Drogba.

Plus, in the words of The Irish Guy: "This group of players proved when they reached a Champions League final under Avram Grant that they just kind of manage themselves." Fair enough.

Bolton Wanderers v Chelsea - Premier League

GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

Look, this is such a hypothetical situation that it's hard to argue back with much weight, but I believe Liverpool would be the Premier League winners.

Even though Klopp would be dealt a cruel blow to his squad depth in particular, I'm sure he could string together some consistent results when Torres is smashing home more than 20 goals a season.

And just as The Irish Guy himself pointed out, there was so many hardworking players in that 2010 Liverpool side that he could convert at least a handful of them into truly world-class players.


Plus, it's hard to see Chelsea managing the big games with much tactical nous when the man pulling the strings is, well, literally trying to pull the strings in the middle of the park.

Elsewhere, I back Rodgers enough to finish above Watford; Ancelotti would probably do better with Everton than Guardiola at City and Southampton should be pegged back two places at least.

But in a league where Arteta is both managing Arsenal and playing in the Everton midfield, it's best not to think about things too hard...

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