What better way to celebrate the scintillating start to the Premier League season than with a summary of the best performers so far this term. There has been plenty of winners and losers, from Chelsea’s electric take-off to QPR’s lacklustre start. I offer my ‘team of the year’ so far…
Goalkeeper: (Joe Hart, Man City) He is a vocal keeper who creates leadership from the back. For a relatively young goalkeeper he is extremely confident, something required to ensure longevity between the sticks.
Left back: (Leighton Baines, Everton) The forerunner for this position. Not only does Baines bring a wealth of premier league experience but also a deadly left foot. With Everton high scorers in the league this season, it proves that one of their key assist makers is firing.
Centre back right: (John Terry, Chelsea) Mr. Chelsea has been a solid centre back for more than a decade. He may be ageing but he’s still mentally as sharp as a whip.
Centre back left: (Jose Fonte, Southampton) Beating Vincent Kompany to the centre back place is simply down to Southampton’s phenomenal start. They have been economical at the back, led by Fonte.
Right back: (Branislav Ivanovic, Chelsea) This was a hard fight with Pablo Zabaleta. Ivanovic has worked on his attacking side and included goals in his game to be a well-rounded right back in the first few games of the season.
Holding midfield: (Cesc Fabergas, Chelsea) His first game against Burnley solidified his attributes. Coming back to London, he seems much more comfortable at Stamford Bridge than he did in Spain. A class act.
Holding midfield: (Frank Lampard, Man City) 147 goals in 429 games for Chelsea. 2 goals in first 3 games for Manchester City. He has continued goal scoring prowess this season and is proving that age is only a number.
Left Midfield: (Angel Di Maria, Man United) Not only did he score that delightful chipped goal against Leicester, he has been voted Player of the Month and deserves his place. He hasn’t showed any signs of pressure from the weighty price tag.
Free Role: (Wayne Rooney, Man United): Playing the free role releases the pressure from his shoulders and allows him to play his most effective game. Dropping deep, collecting the ball and being a threat from inside and outside the box.
Right Midfield: (James Milner, Man City) When he plays, Manchester City play better. A direct winger who can get to the by-line a whip in across as well as support his right back.
Striker: (Diego Costa, Chelsea) Chelsea have been gaining a reputation of killing strikers careers, however a flurry of goals proves that Chelsea have found the gem to decorate their crown. The final piece in Jose Mourinho’s title winning jigsaw?
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By Ile Jarrett