This article profiles a Best XI of players out of those plying their trade for clubs currently in the bottom half of the English Premier League.
While all players were considered for selection, I have gone with the 11 which I believe are the cream of the teams from 11 down to 20. Of these 10 sides, eight are represented in my "Best XI" with only Stoke City and Reading missing out.
While statistics and recent form have been the key factors in my assessment—meaning that I have spent a long time examining the ‘numbers’ which form the basis for the players’ contributions—I have also considered reputation and status to put together a complete picture of those selected.
As the Premier League enters its final phase and with almost all of the bottom half still brooding beneath the threat of relegation, look for some of these players to make the difference between survival and oblivion.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions for my team and hearing suggestions on who might manage this eclectic collection of stars.