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Here’s What Each Premier League Five-A-Side Team Would Look Like

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal with Paul Pogba during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on August 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Just for a bit of fun, we take a look at what each Premier League’s five-a-side team might look like.

In a version of the game that requires good ball control, technical ability and a certain amount of physicality on the pitch, these teams are not necessarily made up of the best five players from each team.

These sides blend the aforementioned attributes in what would be an intriguing and entertaining competition.



Charlie Daniels takes the defensive slot here. A tough-tackling full-back, Daniels always plays on the front foot striking the perfect balance between defence and attack.

Jack Wilshere pips Harry Arter and teams up with the pacy attack of Junior Stansilas and Callum Wilson.

GK: Artur Boruc

DEF: Charlie Daniels

MID: Jack Wilshere-Junior Stanislas

ATT: Callum Wilson

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Callum Wilson of AFC Bournemouth (L) and Sebastian Prodl of Watford (R) battle for possession during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Watford at Vitality Stadium on January 21, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)



Ball playing centre-half Laurent Koscielny is the perfect five-a-side defender.

Santi Cazorla’s low centre of gravity is nicely complimented by the technically fantastic Mesut Ozil with the trickery of Alexis Sanchez hard to leave out.

GK: Petr Cech

DEF: Laurent Koscielny

MID: Santi Cazorla-Mesut Ozil

ATT: Alexis Sanchez



Michael Keane pips Ben Mee as the defender with Steven Defour and the quick feet of George Boyd in midfield.

Andre Gray’s pace and finishing earns him the attacking position.

GK: Tom Heaton

DEF: Michael Keane

MID: Steven Defour-George Boyd

ATT: Andre Gray



David Luiz can be erratic at times but could score from anywhere on a five-a-side pitch.

N’Golo Kante’s tidy style would combine well with the trickery of Eden Hazard, who pips Willian. Diego Costa is the Chelsea striker.

GK: Thibaut Courtois

DEF: David Luiz

MID: N’Golo Kante-Eden Hazard

ATT: Diego Costa

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: N'Golo Kante of Chelsea and Abel Hernandez of Hull City compete for the ball during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on January 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)


Crystal Palace

Scott Dann just edges James Tomkins as the defender, with the technically-gifted Yohan Cabaye and speedy Wilfried Zaha supplying the creativity for Christian Benteke, who has good feet for his size.

GK: Wayne Hennessy

DEF: Scott Dann

MID: Yohan Cabaye-Wilfried Zaha

ATT: Christian Benteke



Seamus Coleman is hard to ignore and has the stamina and physicality to cover the tricky midfield of Ross Barkley and Kevin Mirallas.

Romelu Lukaku is a man who could get around the five-a-side pitch taking half the opposition with him.

GK: Maarten Stekelenburg

DEF: Seamus Coleman

MID: Ross Barkley-Kevin Mirallas

ATT: Romelu Lukaku


Hull City

The robust Harry Maguire might not have the tidiest of feet but can be supported defensively by Ryan Mason.

Shaun Maloney’s wizardry makes him a hard man to track with Abdel Hernandez the quality finisher up front.

GK: David Marshall

DEF: Harry Maguire

MID: Ryan Mason-Shaun Maloney

ATT: Abel Hernandez


Leicester City

Christian Fuchs’ sweet left foot and robust tackling provide perfect balance in defence. Riyad Mahrez is capable of playing in tight spaces with Danny Drinkwater providing the bite in the team.

Jamie Vardy’s turn of pace and ability to spot gaps in defence makes him the perfect five-a-side striker.

GK: Kasper Schmeichel

DEF: Christian Fuchs

MID: Danny Drinkwater-Riyad Mahrez

ATT: Jamie Vardy

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Jamie Vardy (L) of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's second goal withi his team mate Danny Drinkwater (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Leicester City at St Mary's Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)



This team essentially features four midfielders. James Milner’s conversion to defence puts him ahead of Nathanial Clyne, with the technical panache of Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana supported by Saido Mane making this one of the best five-a-side teams in the league.

GK: Loris Karius

DEF: James Milner

MID: Philippe Coutinho-Adam Lallana

ATT: Sadio Mane


Manchester City

The much criticised John Stones is the ideal five-a-side defender with the ability to break from his own box.

The slight but powerful David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne are capable of tearing teams apart with precise passes that Sergio Aguero would feed off.

GK: Claudio Bravo

DEF: John Stones

MID: Kevin De Bruyne-David Silva

ATT: Sergio Aguero


Manchester United

Marcos Rojo’s quick feet put him ahead of United’s regular defenders. Paul Pogba’s trickery and Ander Herrera’s precision passing make for a well-balanced midfield duo with Zlatan Ibrahimovic a terrifying prospect on a smaller pitch.

GK: David De Gea

DEF: Marcos Rojo

MID: Paul Pogba-Ander Herrera

ATT: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United (C) shoots during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Manchester United at Bet365 Stadium on January 21, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)



George Friend is another full-back with a bite to his game with the energetic Marten De Roon and skilful Gaston Ramirez playing in front.

Cristhian Stuani is probably a better finisher than Alvara Negrado and has better ball control than Adama Traore who would outrun the size of the pitch.

GK: Victor Valdes

DEF: George Friend

MID: Marten De Roon-Gaston Ramirez

ATT: Cristhian Stuani



Virgil van Dijk would serve as an extra attacker with his dribbling capabilities taking some of the pressure of the composed Oriel Romeu and Dusan Tadic.

Jay Rodriguez has come back from injury to show his deadly finishing and dribbling ability.

GK: Fraser Forster

DEF: Virgil van Dijk

MID: Oriel Romeu-Dusan Tadic

ATT: Jay Rodriguez


Stoke City

Although not a Stoke regular, Marc Muniesta has quality composure and ball control.

Joe Allen and Xherden Shaqiri are both under 5’ 7″ making them tricky customers to handle on the five-a-side pitch with Jon Walters the robust, but powerful, finisher.

GK: Jack Butland

DEF: Marc Muniesta

MID: Joe Allen-Xherdan Shaqiri

ATT: Jon Walters

WATFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Jack Butland of Stoke City clears the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Watford and Stoke City at Vicarage Road on March 19, 2016 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)



Jason Denayor is a decent ball-playing defender with Seb Larrson capable of picking out precise passes.

Adnan Janujaz is an expert in escaping tight situations with Jermain Defore’s tiny stature always hard to contain.

GK: Jordan Pickford

DEF: Jason Denayer

MID: Seb Larsson-Adnan Janujaz

ATT: Jermain Defoe


Swansea City

Alfie Mawson’s physicality blends well with Gylfi Sigurdsson’s long range shooting ability, which can be followed up by the instinctive Fernando Llorente.

New signing Luciano Narsingh has the pace and power to add balance to this team.

GK: Lukasz Fabianski

DEF: Alfie Mawson

MID: Gylfi Sigurroson-Luciano Narsingh

ATT: Fernando Llorente


Tottenham Hotspur

With two talented full-backs in Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld pips the two as he is a more complete all round defender.

Christian Eriksen is an expert in precision passing, with Dele Alli the engine of the team. Harry Kane is the obvious choice up-front.

GK: Hugo Lloris

DEF: Toby Alderweireld

MID: Dele Alli-Christian Erikson

ATT: Harry Kane



Miguel Britos and Etienne Capoue have the composure and technical ability for five-a-side. The skilful Nordin Amrabat and Troy Deeney make up this robust five.

GK: Heuerlho Gomes

DEF: Miguel Britos

MID: Etienne Capoue-Nordin Amrabat

ATT: Troy Deeney

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Etienne Capoue of Watford (R) and Troy Deeney of Watford (L) during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Watford at Olympic Stadium on September 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


West Bromwich Albion

Jonny Evans takes the defenders slot ahead of Chris Brunt. Technically gifted James Morrison and Nacir Chadli add pace and composure in midfield. Hal Robson-Kanu demonstrated his ability to play and score in impossibly tight spaces at Euro 2016 and edges Solomon Rondon.

GK: Ben Foster

DEF: Jonny Evans

MID: James Morrison-Nacer Chadli

ATT: Hal Robson-Kanu


West Ham United

The powerful Winston Reid leads this West Ham selection with Mark Noble pipped by the more skilful Manuel Lanzini.

The exciting Michail Antonio and lanky, but skilful, Andy Carroll complete the side.

GK: Darren Randolph

DEF: Winston Reid

MID: Manuel Lanzini-Michail Antonio

ATT: Andy Carroll

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Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.

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