Is it possible to create the ‘perfect’ footballer?
Naturally, everyone has a different opinion on what aspects of the beautiful game that they consider ‘perfect.’
Therefore everyone has their opinion on what would make their perfect Premier League player should someone manage to replicate the work of Victor Frankenstein to create the ultimate bionic ‘baller.
Below I will build my ultimate Premier League footballer…
BRAIN – DAVID SILVA (MANCHESTER CITY)
David Silva quickly established himself as one of the Premier League’s best players when he swapped Valencia for the riches of Manchester City back in 2010. The Spaniard is usually one step ahead of his opponent and when played through the middle is almost impossible to stop. Despite being shifted to the left hand side of an attacking trio to accommodate the signings of Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, the 31-year-old remains a key player for the Citizens.
Runner-Up: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)
HEAD – MICHAIL ANTONIO (WEST HAM UNITED)
Former Everton striker Duncan Ferguson’s record of nine headed goals in one Premier League season was almost broken by West Ham’s Michail Antonio last season. The West Ham winger had scored six headers with less than a third of the season completed. He might have gone on to break the record if his season wasn’t cut short in April due to injury. The 27-year-old was named the Hammers Player of the Year for his performances last season.
Runner-Up: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
VISION – KEVIN DE BRUYNE (MANCHESTER CITY)
De Bruyne narrowly beats Mesut Ozil to be the eyes of our ultimate Premier League footballer. His performances at Manchester City are a constant reminder to Chelsea of the mistake they made in letting the Belgian playmaker leave. He registered 18 assists for his team-mates last season – the most in the Premier League. Only Alexis Sanchez completed more through balls than De Bruyne who is a master of unlocking defences.
Runner-Up: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
BODY – ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC (MANCHESTER UNITED)
Although the Premier League announced that Manchester United had released Zlatan Ibrahimovic, neither the club or player have made it official. So I’m counting that he is still a Premier League player. The Swede has immense strength, combined with a powerful physique. Even at 35-years-old, Zlatan is one of the fittest players in the league. He is a huge advocate of yoga, and his flexibility plays a huge part in his game.
Runner-Up: Victor Wanyama (Tottenham)
LUNGS – N’GOLO KANTE (CHELSEA)
Who else could be the engine of our team other than Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante? The French midfielder’s tireless running in the centre of the park was key to Leicester and Chelsea winning the Premier League title during his two seasons in England. Kante has covered 238 miles this season, and despite not being the most distance covered, his influence to Antonio Conte’s side is unmeasurable.
Runner-Up: James Milner (Liverpool)
HANDS – HUGO LLORIS (TOTTENHAM)
Every team needs a safe pair of hands, and there aren’t much safer than Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris. The French keeper narrowly missed out on the Golden Gloves award after keeping 15 clean sheets – a total only bettered by Thibaut Courtois (16). Lloris conceded the least amount of goals in the league last season (24) and also had the best save to goal ratio of any Premier League keeper.
Runner-Up: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)
LEGS – SHANE LONG (SOUTHAMPTON)
It is a common debate as to who the Premier League’s fastest player is with Arsenal’s Theo Walcott and Hector Bellerin believed to be the two men competing for the prestigious title. However, the official stats suggest otherwise. According to Sky Sports, Southampton’s Shane Long clocked the fastest sprint in the league last season (35.31km/h) making him the perfect pair of legs for our ultimate footballer.
Runner-Up: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
RIGHT FOOT – HARRY KANE (TOTTENHAM)
The right foot couldn’t be any easier to pick. Tottenham’s Harry Kane scooped the Premier League Golden Boot for the second successive season after scoring a remarkable 29 goals with Spurs finishing in second place. Kane’s finishing ability is arguably the best in the league, and he scored 20 of his 29 strikes with his right boot.
Runner-Up: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
LEFT FOOT – ROMELU LUKAKU (EVERTON)
Narrowly beaten to the Golden Boot was Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, who ended the season with 25 goals. The Belgian forward is capable of either foot, but the majority of his goals came on his favoured left foot. Lukaku is now one of the league’s best strikers and looks set to leave Everton this summer with Manchester United and Chelsea linked with £70m moves for the former Anderlecht man.
Runner-Up: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester)
Who would make your ultimate Premier League footballer? Let us know in the comments below!