Premier League Team of the Season… a third of the way in

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Earlier this week in Premier League Playback we looked at how all 20 PL teams have fared a third of the way into the season.

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Well, with 12 games gone and the international break leaving us with plenty of time to sit around and reflect on the opening few months, now seems like a good time to pick out the Best XI.

So below (pelt me in the comments section, I don’t mind it. It’s all good debate) is my team of the season so far. Let me know if you agree.

JPW’s PL Team of the Season so far

(4-3-3 formation)

GOALKEEPER:

Jack Butland (Stoke City) – Superb in his first season as starter. Hard to believe he’s only 22

DEFENDERS:

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) – Relentless start from the Spanish right back, has been superb and consistent until he got injured.

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) – Spurs’ defense has been solid and it could be either him or his mate Alderweireld here. Both have been superb.

Chris Smalling (Manchester United) – I for one was thought his days at United could be over. He’s now the main man in that defense.

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) – Okay, so he missed the opening six games but since he returned Saints are flying. The reigning PL left back of the year at it again.

MIDFIELDERS:

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – Alongside Vardy he’s the main reason Leicester is sitting so pretty in third place. This bloke is a wizard on the ball.

Dmitri Payet (West Ham United) – West Ham have surprised many and how they managed to snap up the Frenchman is more surprising. So many tricks in his locker.

Sadio Mane (Southampton) – A very attack-minded midfield, I know, but how can you leave him out? Pace is frightening and he’s the hub of Saints’ attack behind Pelle.

FORWARDS:

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – An absolute goal machine with 12 goals so far and he’s scored in nine-straight games. Unbelievable. Fairy tale beginning.

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – Another guy who missed a few matches at the start of the season but since KDB arrived he’s taken City to another level. Six goals and four assists in 11 games.

Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – Chief creator at Arsenal finally has some consistency and now we see why Wenger paid the big bucks. Became first player in PL history to assist in six-straight games.