Nigeria midfielder Wilfried Ndidi has been included alongside ten other superstars in ESPN’s team of the Premier League season so far.
Ndidi’s Leicester City team mate and current top scorer Jamie Vardy also features.
The list includes four Liverpool players, two Manchester City players, two Leicester City players, one Everton player, one Burnley player and a Newcastle player.
Commenting on Ndidi’s performance so far this season, ESPN wrote: “While the 23-year-old doesn’t cover quite as much ground as N’Golo Kante did during his Premier League-winning season with Leicester, Ndidi is about as defensively dominant as Kante was during his breakout campaign.
“The Nigerian paces all players with 84 tackles and 7.25 tackles per 1,000 opposing touches this season. His 4.75 interceptions per 1,000 opposing touches also top the Premier League.
“With Maddison and Tielemans bombing forward, Ndidi is the perfect counterbalance. Anything attacking from Ndidi is a bonus, but he has added two goals for Leicester this season.”
In a 4-5-1 formation, the full list go thus:
GK – Martin Dubravka (Newcastle United)
RB – Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
CB – James Tarkowski (Burnley)
CB – Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)
LB – Lucas Digne (Everton)
DMF – Wilfried Ndidi (Leicester City)
CMF – Kevin Debruyne (Manchester City)
RMF – Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
AMF – Mohammed Salah (Liverpool FC)
LMF – Sadio Mane (Liverpool FC)
CF – Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)