Twitter is an integral part of how we consume football. For the most part it’s where we discover the latest transfers, the place we go to when we need to moan about a referee, and let’s face it, to snoop on our favourite players too!
We’re let into Premier League stars’ lives more than ever before, and we don’t know about you, but we love it!
We love getting to see what Bastian Schweinsteiger’s having for lunch, or the dressing room antics of Mesut Ozil. We love seeing the boots Rooney is going to wear on a matchday and what Vincent Kompany is getting up to with his family.
Across the league players have millions upon millions of followers, engaging regularly with fans and crossing the boundaries between them and us. The likes of Rooney and Ozil have followers in the tens of millions, and it got us thinking, what if we created a squad of the most followed stars in the English top flight? Would they win the league?
Our Social XI puts together these players, and you’ll be unsurprised to hear it’s very top four heavy.
Not one player in the XI isn’t involved with a traditionally ‘top four team’ with only Arsenal, Chelsea, and the two Manchester clubs represented.
The line-up is very attack minded with Aguero and Rooney forming a lethal strike partnership, supported by the likes of Ozil, Fabregas, and Mata in the midfield. Imagine, Ozil and Fabregas linking up, slotting Aguero through. It’s a dream team at its finest.
Where the side may struggle though is along the back four. Whilst David De Gea is a solid choice in goal with a combined 10 million followers across Facebook and Twitter, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, and Pablo Zabaleta, and Vincent Kompany make up the back four, all of whom are injury ravaged or underperforming this season. They’re not helped by the bench either with Per Mertesacker and Luke Shaw the fifth and sixth defenders with the biggest followings.
Click through our Social XI and discover all the players who should most definitely be following on social media. We’d love to know what you think of the side…