Virgil van Dijk has chosen between some of the division’s finest talents to select his ultimate five-a-side team of current Premier League stars, with a strong Manchester City contingent featuring in the defender’s dream line up.
Speaking with Premier League Productions, Van Dijk included a trio of stars from back-to-back Premier League champions, Man City, with Ederson keeping goal and Aymeric Laporte providing the protection in defence.
Kevin De Bruyne – amongst the favourites for the Player of the Year awards – was named in midfield, supplying the ammunition in an attacking line up also including Tottenham‘s Son Heung-Min and Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
“I think he is an outstanding goalkeeper. I think this season there have been more better goalkeepers than we have seen maybe in the past, but I think Ederson is the best of the rest – I think Alisson is still number one, that’s my feeling.”
Defender: Aymeric Laporte
“He’s been showing how important he is for their team and I think he’s an outstanding defender. I think he’s a very, very, very good defender, so that’s why I pick him.”
Midfielder: Kevin De Bruyne
“It looks like it’s only City players! But Kevin De Bruyne, you don’t need to say too much about him. I think Kevin is a good guy first of all but he’s an outstanding player. You see things differently and yeah, respect only. He’s a fantastic player.”
Midfielder: Son Heung-min
“He’s quick, he’s strong, he goes out there to make life hell on the pitch for a defender. And his finishing – right foot, left foot – is just outstanding so I think I would pick him.”
Forward: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
“Based on what he has done throughout the season. Together Lacazette and Aubameyang are a fantastic striking duo. I could also put Aguero in but I think he’s a good striker and I think the numbers have showed that as well since he arrived.”