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The best XI this season of players who play for clubs that aren’t traitors

In light of recent news, we thought it would be apt to celebrate the best players of the current Dream Team season who represent the other 14 Premier League clubs.

You know, the ones that aren’t traitors to their sport.

For the purposes of this exercise, all players from M*n United, M*n City, Ch*lsea, L*verpool, Sp*rs and Ars*nal are disqualified.


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Justin suffered a premature end to the season

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Justin suffered a premature end to the season

GOALKEEPER: Emiliano Martinez (£3.4m)

One of the signings of the season.

The Argentine keeper has kept as many clean sheets in the Premier League as Edouard Mendy (£3.8m) this season, accounting for the majority of his 123 points.

The Golden Glove is probably out of reach now but Martinez has probably been the best keeper in the league all things considered.

DEFENDER: James Justin (£3.8m)

2020/21 was a breakout year for Leicester’s latest young talent.

Had he not suffered a significant injury he would almost certainly be among the very best defenders overall – he’s still 12th as it is having not featured in weeks.

Justin would have been well-placed for a spot in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 (2021) squad.

DEFENDER: Wesley Fofana (£2.8m)

Let’s double up on highly impressive young Leicester defenders.

It’s easy to forget Fofana is still just 20 years old, such has been the ease with which he’s taken to Premier League football.

He too has been hampered by injury issues – seemingly a requirement of every member Leicester’s squad this season – but he’s notched up 103 points regardless.

The Frenchman could be thought of as one of the best centre-backs in the world in a few years’ time.

Villains become heroes

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Villains become heroes

DEFENDER: Tyrone Mings (£2.6m)

We shouldn’t forget the job Dean Smith has done in the last year.

Many neutrals would have tipped Aston Villa for relegation after their narrow escape last season but the Villains have proved themselves to be a comfortable top-half team this campaign, mixing entertainment and effectiveness.

Just like Martinez, Mings has benefited from a healthy stream of clean sheets to take him past the 100-point mark.

MIDFIELDER: Harvey Barnes (£2.9m)

You know the story by now: Leicester, young, talent, injury.

Barnes remains the 8th best midfielder in Dream Team despite missing several games after having surgery on his knee.

He was one of the most prolific midfielders in the league before his season of interrupted – he has the same number of league goals as Raheem Sterling (£5.2m) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£4.5m) in 2020/21.

MIDFIELDER: James Maddison (£4.0m)

The Leicester players just keep coming.

Maddison enjoyed a fruitful double act with Barnes for half the season and so it’s fitting the two should have such similar Dream Team records at this stage (133 points for Barnes, 129 for Maddison).

The Foxes’ No10 has scored 11 goals this season and assisted a further six.

Double trouble

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Double trouble

MIDFIELDER: Tomas Soucek (£3.4m)

A player who has encapsulated his club’s efforts.

18 months ago, the average Premier League fan didn’t know Soucek existed and they wouldn’t have given West Ham a hope in hell of qualifying for Europe, let alone the Champions League.

David Moyes has worked wonders at the London Stadium and the tireless efforts of his Czech midfielder, in combination with Declan Rice (£2.5m), has been key to their success.

However, Soucek’s tally of 125 points owes a lot to his penchant for goals (mostly headers).

MIDFIELDER: Jack Grealish (£4.5m)

Arguably the best player in the Premier League outside the traitorous six.

Villa’s captain is the only player from the other 14 into double figures for league assists this season.

A reminder that the proposed Super League will feature Grant Xhaka (£1.3m) but not Grealish.

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Super Jack

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Super Jack

FORWARD: Dominic Calvert Lewin (£4.0m)

Everton’s No9 has lingered at the top of the rankings all season.

Calvert-Lewin is the sixth-best player in his position overall with 180 points having bagged 19 goals in all competitions.

FORWARD: Patrick Bamford (£3.7m)

Question marks were soon replaced with exclamation marks when Bamford spearheaded Leeds’ long-awaited return to the top flight with a flurry of goals.

Like Villa, Leeds have swerved the relegation scrap in favour of regular wins and undeniable entertainment.

Bamford has amassed 153 points and is the 8th-best forward in the game at the time of writing.

An impassioned appeal to Generation Z in line with Florentino Perez…

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An impassioned appeal to Generation Z in line with Florentino Perez…

FORWARD: Jamie Vardy (£4.3m)

The goals have dried up since everyone’s favourite party boy suffered a hernia but his efforts in the first half of the season ensure him a spot in this hypothetical XI.

Vardy is the fifth Leicester player to make the cut, reflective of a superb season for the King Power residents.

He’s just about clinging onto a top ten spot among forwards with 139 points.


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