Ex-Spurs man selects Walker, Salah and Ronaldo in all-time PL XI

Date published: Sunday 3rd October 2021 12:53 - Joe Williams

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Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent has selected current stars Kyle Walker, Mo Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo in his all-time Premier League XI.

The trio have been in good form for their clubs this season with Walker, Salah and Ronaldo bringing vast Premier League experience.

Salah in particular has been on fire this campaign with eight goals in eight matches in all competitions for Liverpool.

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When asked if Salah was currently the best player in the Premier League, Bent said on talkSPORT: “For me, yeah 100 per cent. I think he’s been superb again this season, I think he’s got five Premier League already in his first six games.

“He’d get in my all time Premier League eleven on the right hand side, I rate him that highly. Salah this season has been unplayable.”

Bent also included Arsenal legends Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry in his side but there was no room for ex-Chelsea stars John Terry and Frank Lampard.

“My goalkeeper is Petr Cech, when he was at Chelsea he was brilliant,” Bent added.

“People can say Peter Schmeichel, I understand, Edwin van der Sar as well, but I think Petr Cech, I think he’s got the most clean sheets as well as a goalkeeper, he was brilliant for Chelsea.

“Left-back was probably the easiest position as well as the centre forwards, Ashley Cole, of course, the best left-back we ever produced.

“Right-back was difficult, I’ve gone Kyle Walker, it is so difficult, you’ve got Gary Neville, Lauren, [Pablo] Zabaleta, [Branislav] Ivanovic.

“Two centre-backs, Rio Ferdinand, for me the hardest I played against and Vincent Kompany, he was so difficult to play against, Kompany was strong quick.

“Kompany was hard to play against, he was so strong, you just couldn’t get past him.

“My two in the middle of the park, tough again, Patrick Vieira, that wasn’t tough, he was always going to get in there Patrick Vieira.

“Steven Gerrard next to him, you’re obviously going to get people that are going to say Paul Scholes, [Frank] Lampard because of the goals. Steven Gerrard for a long time was unbelievable.

“My two wide men are [Cristiano] Ronaldo and Salah. The two centre forwards are Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer.”


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