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