John McGinn or Youri Tielemens? Douglas Luiz or Wilfred Ndidi? Ollie Watkins or Jamie Vardy?
Picking a combined XI made up of Aston Villa stars and Leicester City heroes is no easy task. So, following Sunday’s Premier League clash between two of the division’s most watchable sides, you will not be surprised to learn Emile Heskey found it tricky to make his picks.
But, after a bit of deliberation, the former Villa and Leicester favourite has managed to craft a team full of verve, speed, skill and no shortage of defensive muscle.
We can only hope a certain Gareth Southgate takes a leaf out of Heskey’s book and finds a way to get James Maddison, Jack Grealish and Harvey Barnes onto the pitch at the same time…
GK: Kasper Schmeichel
“I’m going to say Schmeichel because he’s been in the league longer and he’s an established international player.”
RB: James Justin
“Matty Cash has done very, very well. It’s tough! Then you’ve got Timothy Castagne who’s come in and done very well. Tell you what, I’m going to go for James Justin.
“He’s played more this season with Ricardo Pereira out injured.”
CB: Wesley Fofana and Tyrone Mings
“At centre-back, I’m going for Fofana and Tyrone Mings. It gives the team a bit of balance and they could cover each other very well. Both are quick, agile players.”
LB: Timothy Castagne
“At left-back, I’m going to go Castagne. I like the way he goes up and down, to be honest.
CM: Douglas Luiz and Youri Tielemans
“Holding midfield…I’m gonna go 4-2-3-1. Douglas Luiz and Tielemans.
“Wilfred Ndidi’s been out injured and I think Luiz, on the ball, is better and Ndidi is more of an out-and-out enforcer. I think Luiz’s fitness has jumped up this season too.
“Tielemans, I was surprised Leicester were able to get him to be honest! I think Spurs and other teams were in for him. To see him now, what he’s blossomed into under Brendan, has been fantastic. You’ve got to remember he’s only 23.
AM: James Maddison, Jack Grealish and Harvey Barnes
The three in front; Jack Grealish, Harvey Barnes and James Maddison.
CF: Jamie Vardy
“Vardy up front, ahead of Ollie Watkins…just.
“Watkins has got all the attributes (to emulate Vardy). Playing in lower leagues helps because those players have got the willingness to chase lost causes. That shows in the way Watkins gets his goals.”