The Premier League XI destined for the Chinese Super League

Tamhas Woods

After Diego Costa’s move to the Chinese Super League never materialised, Stamford Bridge is no longer ‘out of bounds’ for the Spaniard.

The growing influence of China’s top flight is set to question the integrity of even the most club-loyal players in the near future. For instance, Dimitri Payet showed his true colours earlier this month, and now rightly rots in the U23 squad.

Through lack of ability, rather than loyalty, Manchester City players feature strongly in our future Chinese Super League XI. They take their place along with several other big-name castaways and want-aways.

The custodian Claudio Bravo is arguably the most prominent nominee for our future Chinese Super League XI.

A recent run of 14 goals conceded from 22 shots is a record even the legendary Massimo Taibi would find farcical. Overall, China would represent a better learning curve for the Chilean.

Newly rich and awash with proven Premier League managers, the Chinese Super League does not yet have the influence it threatens. Already, there have been snubs from Wayne Rooney and Yaya Toure, but the deluge is coming.

It will arrive sooner than many think.

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