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Premier League North XI vs South XI – what would it look like? | Football

Want to watch an All-Star Premier League game? (Image: Getty/Metro.co.uk)

Chelsea owner and chairman Todd Boehly has made quite an impression since arriving in west London earlier this year.

Aside from splashing the cash and firing and hiring managers, the American has been quite vocal in suggesting what changes he would like to see made to the English game.

His most recent pitch is a North vs. South All-Star Premier League game that commemorates the annual games across the United States across multiple sports including NBA (basketball), MLB (baseball), NFL (Pro Bowl of American Football) and MLS (soccer).

While the logistics of putting together such a game would prove difficult, the concept is certainly intriguing and would most likely prove popular with fans.

In this sense, metro sport takes a look at what a Premier League All-Star game might look like:

North XI

Given the geography of current Premier League clubs, our North team is more akin to the North and Midlands, with players from Aston Villa, Everton, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle, Nottingham Forest and Wolves all eligible .

In addition, to ensure that the Big Six clubs do not dominate our XIs, we limit them to a maximum of two players per club and we will do our best to represent as many teams as possible.

Manchester City training session and press conference

Would Pep Guardiola be tempted to manage Mo Salah and Bruno Fernandes (Picture: Getty)

With that in mind, Forest’s in-form Dean Henderson starts in goal, protected by Liverpool legend Virgil van Dijk and Everton’s ever-reliable James Tarkowski.

Full-backs are allowed to play as much up front as they like, with Newcastle’s Kieran Trippier and City’s Joao Cancelo among the best in the top flight.

Wolves’ Ruben Neves and Leicester’s Youri Tielemans can offer both defensive solidity and creativity from midfield, while United’s Bruno Fernandes is given more freedom to join the forward line.

At the top was the most difficult part of the XI, given the wealth of attacking opportunities the top clubs have, but ultimately we couldn’t look past Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and City’s Erling Haaland, who are joined by Newcastle star Allain Saint-Maximin .

As for the man in charge, Pep Guardiola seems the obvious choice as he has a knack for managing world-class, possession-based players.

Metro XI 4-3-3 v1 lineup

People like Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kevin De Bruyne and Cristiano Ronaldo don’t make up our North XI

South XI

As expected, our South XI is very London-heavy, with players from Arsenal, Bournemouth, Brentford, Brighton, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Southampton, Tottenham and West Ham.

As Edouard Mendy struggles for form, Brighton’s Robert Sanchez is in goal while Cristian Romero and Marc Guehi edge out their Tottenham and Palace team-mates to form the defence.

Arsenal left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko also manages with the skin of his teeth, but as a right-back it was impossible not to take Chelsea’s Reece James into account.

Southampton FC vs Chelsea FC - Premier League

The irritable Ralph Hasenhüttl could be perfect for an All-Star Game (Picture: Getty)

In this very attacking side, West Ham and Southampton captains Declan Rice and James Ward-Prowse will be tasked with much more defensive work, while the latter’s ability at set pieces will no doubt play a big part.

On the wings, the speed and trickery of Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha and Arsenal favorite Bukayo Saka support two of the Premier League’s deadliest strikers – Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Brentford’s Ivan Toney.

Choosing their manager is a difficult decision as while Boehly would prefer new Chelsea boss Graham Potter or even Tottenham’s serial winner Antonio Conte, a 4-2-4 seems to suit Southampton’s Ralph Hassenhuttl best.

Metro XI 4-2-4 lineup

Son Heung-min, Ngolo Kante and William Saliba are only on the bench for our South XI

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