David De Gea (Manchester United)
David De Gea has been outstanding for his team this season. He has matured a lot as a goalkeeper and undoubtedly one of the finest keepers in the world let alone Premier League right now. Manchester United under Louis van Gaal has done fairly well and has performed much better compared to last season. The only problem with the current Manchester United side is that they do not have a quality defender. After Nemanja Vidic’s departure, the club has failed to find a fitting replacement who can stand as a towering defender in the back four. Also, van Gaal’s had initially implemented a back three strategy for his team, which resulted in United conceding way more goals than its nearest competitors. Had De Gea not performed, United would not have featured in the top four. Statistically, Southampton’s Fraser Forster has done a better job than the Spanish custodian, but by sheer performance David De Gea is way ahead than any other goalkeeper in the league.
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)
Branislav Ivanovic is one of the most talented fullbacks in the Premier League right now. The 30-year-old is going strong for Chelsea and is one of the most trustworthy warriors in Mourinho’s camp.The Serb has been outstanding so far this season. Along with his defending skills, Ivanovic has sharpened his goal scoring abilities, which became a great asset to his team. A full-back overlapping and scoring goals is a great advantage to any team and Ivanovic has done his job with great zeal.
Martin Skrtel (Liverpool)
I know, this selection will raise the eyebrows of many, but Martin Skrtel is one of the finest center backs in the league right now. He has been the towering presence in Liverpool’s defense after Daniel Agger left the club in the beginning of this season. He has done his duties well so far and kept the Liverpool defense tight. His leadership quality and scoring ability are add-ons to the decision to select him in the best Premier League XI squad.
Jose Fonte (Southampton)
Jose Fonte’s livewire performance this season has brought him into limelight. Fonte has done impeccably well for his team Southampton, who features in the top four of the Premier League. Irrespective of being mere minnows, Southampton has conceded the least number of goals this season and the credit must go to the team’s defenders. Jose Fonte has played superbly so far and has helped his team to perform so well this season.
Gael Clichy (Manchester City)
This French defender came up to the limelight after a long time. His age suggests that he has slowly passed his prime, but surprisingly he is having one of the best seasons in his career. After joining Manchester City from Arsenal, Clichy had been neglected by the managers and Alexander Kolarov was favoured in the left-back position. But Clichy has come back strongly and is performing really at the top of his game.
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