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Premier League: Best XI comprising of players from outside the Top 6 clubs

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17 Apr 2019, 18:10 IST

RB: Matt Doherty (Wolves)

Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Ham United - Premier League
Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Ham United - Premier League

Even considering all the Premier League teams, Matt Doherty has probably been one of the best right-backs in the division this season.

Returning to the top flight after 6 seasons, Doherty has seamlessly adapted to the increased intensity and has provided an invaluable attacking outlet for Wolves on their right flank.

He's scored three goals and provided four assists so far, and even won the Premier League Player of the Month award in September. It's no wonder he was recently awarded a new 4-year contract by Wolves.

CB: Connor Coady (Wolves)

Watford v Wolverhampton Wanderers - FA Cup Semi Final
Watford v Wolverhampton Wanderers - FA Cup Semi Final

That's 3 out of 3 players for Wolves in this XI, and that's no surprise, considering their brilliant defensive record this season.

Coady is a Liverpool youth graduate and even played for their senior team once in 2013. The 26-year-old, who also captains his club, has now been an integral part of Wolves for the last 4 seasons. He hasn't missed a single game in his first full Premier League campaign.

The Englishman has been immense at the heart of Wolves' defence, and there were also calls for him to be called up for the national squad. Don't be surprised if that happens soon.

CB: Michael Keane (Everton)

Montenegro v England - UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier
Montenegro v England - UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier

After breaking into the spotlight with his impressive performances at Burnley, Keane earned his inevitable big-money move when Everton signed him for £25 million in 2017. The Toffees went on an insane spending spree that summer - while most of those signings have flattered to deceive so far, Keane and Gylfi Sigurdsson have been outstanding.

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The former Manchester United academy star has now also started to make a name for himself with England, having completed 90 minutes in their recent games against Montenegro and the Czech Republic.

This season, in spite of the arrivals of Kurt Zouma and Yerry Mina, Keane has largely been the uncontested first choice in defence. It's only a matter of time before a bigger club comes knocking.

LB: Lucas Digne (Everton)

Everton FC v Arsenal FC - Premier League
Everton FC v Arsenal FC - Premier League

Lucas Digne was one of three Everton signings from Barcelona last summer. The 25-year-old had struggled to replace Jordi Alba at the Camp Nou, but he still arrived in England with a reputation that he'd earned for himself at PSG.

He wasted no time in replacing the ageing Leighton Baines at left-back and has provided an explosive attacking outlet down the left flank for Marco Silva's men.

Although the defensive part of his game could use some polishing, Digne has been absolutely invaluable going forward. He's scored three goals in the league so far, including a stunning brace against Burnley in December, and has also provided four assists.

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