With the North London derby just 24 hours away I have decided to come up with my combined North London XI. The formation I have used is a 4-2-3-1 as that seems to be what many managers use now.
Hugo Lloris: Up there with De Gea, Courtois and Cech as the best goalkeeper in the country. Without a doubt. The less said about his Polish counterpart the better.
Kyle Walker: Prone to silly moments but has done well this season. I suspect if Bellerin and Debuchy played more frequently this position would be up for debate this season.
Laurent Koscielny: Wrongly heralded as the French Tony Adams, the Frenchman is fairly solid if at times inconsistent. Lack of competition means he goes in at CB.
Jan Vertonghen: Slightly rash but has curbed that and has shown he is good at both ends of the pitch. Does need to focus more on his defending though.
Danny Rose: Scored a wonder goal v Arsenal then went off the radar but has resurfaced well under Pochettino. Works his socks off at left-back and can’t really ask for more for someone not playing in his natural position.
Coquelin: To come from league 1 and slot in so seamlessly into a Premier League side challenging for a top 6 position is excellent. His transformation meant Wenger didn’t have to spend money in January for a proper defensive midfielder
Nabil Bentaleb: Bentaleb and Spurs fans owe it to Tim Sherwood for discovering this wonderfully gifted player. Will be a welcome addition to this side following his African Cup Of Nations sojourn.
Santi Cazorla: Started the season poorly but has come into some fine form of late and is proving a useful tool in trying to cut down Chelsea’s 12 point lead at the top of the table.
Christian Eriksen: Are you drawing 1-1 with less than 5 minutes to go? Somehow get Eriksen to play for your team and he will ensure that you win it 2-1. He is a machine.
Erik Lamela: A very difficult position to pick as you’ve got 3 under-performing players. Alexis Sanchez hasn’t hit the heights he did at Barcelona, Lamela himself hasn’t done that much since his Europa League wonder goal. Whilst Mesut Ozil continues to be arguably the worst signing Arsenal have ever made.
Harry Kane: Both Kane and Giroud have done very well this season but Kane gets the nod. He is having the time of his life right now and it doesn’t look like stopping.
What is your combined XI?