Premier League Team of the Season so far
With over a third of the season completed, now is a good time to evaluate the Premier League. Manchester City is the standout team. The Citizens lead the way having remained unbeaten, failing to win just one game. Neighbours Manchester United lag eight points behind, while Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, and Liverpool make up the top six. Five managers have already been sacked, with Tony Pulis the latest casualty. Numerous players have also impressed. But who are the standout performers?
Setting up in a 4-4-2 formation, here is our Premier League Team of the Season after 13 games.
Goalkeeper – Nick Pope (Burnley)
After starting the season as the club's number two, the English youngster grasped his opportunity with both hands (as you might expect with a goalkeeper), impressing during Tom Heaton's absence through injury.
As soon as Heaton picked up a shoulder problem, Burnley rushed to sign free agent Anders Lindegaard. However, It turned out there was already a talented goalkeeper among the reserves. Pope has been outstanding in his side's remarkable start, keeping five clean sheets in nine appearances. He was also shortlisted for October's PFA Player of the Month.
Right Back – Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
Although he plays at centre-back, the Spanish international had to fit in this team somewhere. His consistency, as well as his defensive work, has been excellent since the season began.
Azpilicueta's assist record this campaign is only bettered by Man City's David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane. The Chelsea star has set up five goals - all for Alvaro Morata. The two Spaniards have combined brilliantly, with the defender crossing from deep for the striker to pounce.
The Blues look a far more stable, solid defensive unit with Azpilicueta in the back three.
Centre Back – Phil Jones (Manchester United)
Jones has played a big part in the Premier League's best defence under Jose Mourinho. The Red Devils have become a difficult team to beat as they look to mount a title challenge, having conceded only six goals in 13 games.
Jones showed signs of turning into a regular in United's backline last season, partnering Marcos Rojo. The England international has thrived in a starting role this campaign, though. He has played in a back four and a back three, demonstrating his versatility.
Centre Back – Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)
Yet another season to remember thus far for the Belgian. Although Spurs are struggling to maintain a title challenge, Vertonghen remains among the best central defenders in the league. He's been an ever-present in front of Hugo Lloris this season, impressing on the left of a back three, as well as when he's partnered Toby Alderweireld in a back four.
Left Back – Ben Davies (Tottenham)
Spurs didn't miss Danny Rose before his return to action at the start of November. Davies cemented himself as Tottenham's first choice left wing-back, chipping in with two goals and two assists to add to his tireless defensive performances.
Defensive Midfielder – Nemanja Matic (Manchester United)
After his form dipped last season, the big Serbian has since made the holding midfield role his own at Manchester United. He shields the defence with strength and calmness, solidifying United at the back while providing a creative starting point for attacks.
Chelsea fans must be wondering how their club managed to let Matic get away.
Right Midfielder – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Salah is another former Chelsea player revitalised this season. The Egyptian winger joined Jurgen Klopp's side last summer for £34m – a price that now seems an absolute bargain given the numbers that were flying around during the last transfer window.
Salah perfectly suits Liverpool's quick, attacking style. His ten league goals prove that. The Liverpool attacker has found the net more times than any other player in England's top division.
Left midfielder – Leroy Sane (Manchester City)
The young German has developed into an incredible player under Pep Guardiola. He's profited from Manchester City's wealth of creative stars to notch six times so far this season.
It's not just Sane's goals that earn him a place in this team, though, as he's also assisted six times. That sets him apart from other contenders like Raheem Sterling; the English winger has only two league assists this campaign. Overall, Sane has made a bigger impact and deserves recognition.
Attacking midfielder – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
De Bruyne is possibly the Premier League's best player. He has won matches single-handedly at times, including on his return to Stamford Bridge where he scored a stunner to secure victory.
The Belgian international has been the driving force in City's explosive start. He remains a constant threat in big games. Despite only scoring three times in 13 league encounters, De Bruyne offers so much more than just goals. He controls the tempo from midfield, always picking out the correct pass.
Striker – Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Although he didn't score in August, Kane has recovered for lost time in emphatic fashion. He has since found the net nine times, making him the division's joint-second top scorer alongside Sergio Aguero.
Kane, who was dubbed a one-season wonder when he first burst on to the scene, is now among the most feared strikers in European football. He has been untouchable in front of goal, having won the Premier League Golden Boot on previous two occasions.
Striker – Alvaro Morata (Chelsea)
The Spaniard has enjoyed a sensational start to life in English football. He seems the complete forward. Replacing Diego Costa was a tough challenge, but Morata has fitted into Chelsea's fluid style perfectly.
Morata banished fears that he wasn't a big-game player with an exquisite header to defeat Man United. Having already scored eight league goals this campaign, he is flourishing under Antonio Conte's guidance.
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