There are less than two months until the end of the Premier League season.
But the fight for survival is just beginning to heat up.
And taken together, these teams could field a fearsome XI that would not only handle the Drop easily, but also fight for a European finish.
There are plenty of good options in goal but Everton goalkeeper and England No1 Jordan Pickford gets the nod between the sticks.
Right-back Kieran Trippier single-handedly boosted Newcastle’s hopes of survival before suffering an unfortunate injury.
And Dan Burn, a colleague of January Toon, would also be a shoe-in after his magnificent performance at St James’ Park.
The other place at centre-back would have to go to Burnley’s James Tarkowski, a criminally underrated player.
And Leeds ace Stuart Dallas is the first choice for left-back.
As for midfield, Elland Road pal Kalvin Phillips would be the ideal moderator in a group of three.
On the one hand, Newcastle’s born-again Brazilian Joelinton would support him.
While Everton’s Man Utd loanee could bombard Donny van de Beek up front in attack on the other
In attack there are many good options on all six flanks.
But Brazil international Raphinha from Leeds is a safe choice for the right wing.
And no one can possibly ignore Newcastle’s erratic talent Allan Saint-Maximin at left flank.
This leaves only the center forward position free.
And Everton’s Richarlison is the preferred choice there because of his silky movements, top technique and shot on target.
Still, even an alternate XI in a survival hunt would do the job.
Newcastle trio Martin Dubravka, Matt Targett and Joe Willock are all top players.
Meanwhile, Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ben Godrey and Abdoulaye Doucoure will all play crucial roles for Frank Lampard’s side until the end of the season.
Burnley captain Ben Mee has been a rock in the back this season.
While Watford attackers Ismaila Sarr and Emmanuel Denis are already being hinted at bigger and better things.
Even Norwich, who are drifting at the bottom of the table, have some talent in their ranks, including Max Aarons and Billy Gilmour, both fine young stars.
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