DISCLAIMER: In the interests of fairness the combined XI has a minimum of five players from each side. It does not take into account injuries and suspensions, and is based purely on the best players from each squad in the standard 4-4-2 formation.
GK: Hugo Lloris
Tottenham’s French keeper is one of the best in the world. Lloris has recently signed a new deal in London but is side-lined through injury and will miss this weekend. Hopefully, Jordan Pickford can progress to the level of Hugo Lloris in the coming years.
RB: Kyle Walker
Javier Manquillo is a decent full-back, however, Spurs’ English full-back Kyle Walker is far superior and gets into this XI.
CB: Toby Alderweireld
Possibly the best centre-back in the league, Alderweireld has gone from strength to strength since arriving at Spurs and walks into this XI with ease.
CB: Lamine Kone
Kone signed a new deal this week in what is a superb coup for the club. The Ivorian could arguably play for any team in the league on his day, and gets into this XI ahead of some decent competition.
LB: Danny Rose
Sunderland’s former loanee has became one of England’s finest full-backs and is an age ahead of Patrick Van Aanholt.
RM: Adnan Januzaj
The best winger on the books at Sunderland, Januzaj would probably get into Tottenham’s team too if he could find the consistency.
CM: Dele Alli
One of the country’s best young talents, Alli, has it all and will only get better and better with the first-team opportunities at Spurs.
CM: Jan Kirchhoff
Sunderland’s German maestro just oozes class and walks into this XI ahead of players such as Eric Dier, Moussa Dembele and Jack Rodwell.
LM: Wahbi Khazri
Despite his struggles this season Khazri has natural ability that we haven’t seen at the cluv for many years and like Januzaj, if he could find consistency could become a real force in this league.
ST: Harry Kane
Another fine young talent at Spurs is goal-machine Harry Kane who would probably be most people’s first choice striker for the national side.
ST: Jermain Defoe
Sunderland’s main man and former Spurs favourite walks into this team no matter his age. He would form a decent partnership with Defoe in some parallel universe where Sunderland could attract a player of Kane’s quality.