After a thrilling opening to the 2013/14, GMS contributor Joe Smith has created the top XI who have performed particularly well in the first two games of the season.
Goalkeeper | Simon Mignolet
Liverpool’s summer singing has had a dream start to his first season at Anfield, keeping two clean sheets and saving a penalty on his debut. He has a lot more fine performances to put in before he is hailed a legend but the fans are certainly warming to him.
Right back | Seamus Coleman
24-year-old Republic of Ireland international Coleman has had a fantastic start to the season, with a goal and an assist to his name already for Everton. His exciting, attacking play has been compared to team mate and England international Leighton Baines. So far he has put in strong attacking and defensive play making him the idea right back.
Centre back | Gary Cahill
Cahill has started this season how he ended the last; with strong defensive plays and a knack of getting in the box when it counts. His powerful displays have been crucial to Chelsea’s brilliant home record of late and with John Terry’s performances waning with every season, he will be vital to them in the coming years.
Centre back | Michael Dawson
Two clean sheets in two games speak for itself in the case of Dawson. An old fashioned captain who leads from the front and plays with the whole of his heart, he is an integral part of Tottenham Hotspur’s defence and will retain his place even with all the new transfers they are bringing in.
Left back | Ashley Cole
Chelsea’s second entrant in the list, Ashley Cole has once again started a season in fine form, begging the question; when will he slow down? Once rated as the best left back in the world, he has slipped down the rankings of late and now even his position in the England team is under threat from Everton’s Leighton Baines and club team mate Bertrand, however he has started this term how he means to go on and is fighting for every game.
Midfield | Kevin Nolan
West Ham's 31-year-old captain has had a tremendous start to the 2013/14 season, leading his team against two strong oppositions and helping them come out undefeated. He has been a rock in midfield for the past 10 years and is proving his worth against younger competition this year.
Midfield | Aaron Ramsey
22-year-old Welshman Ramsey has had an up and down career at Arsenal so far, plagued by injury, but this season may just be his chance. Arsenal are still yet to sign anyone significant in the transfer market, meaning the Welsh international is starting every game. He has just got into his stride, scoring regularly in cup fixtures and assisting left, right and centre in the Premier League.
Midfield | Ross Barkley
England under-21 international Ross Barkley has had a phenomenal start to the season, considering his lack of Premier League experience. In his first season in the Everton line up, he has already scored a blinder of a goal and his powerful stance in central midfield is a force to be reckoned with. A position in the senior England set up is looming.
Midfield | David Silva
A Spanish international since the age of 20, Silva’s transfer to Manchester City from Valencia in 2010 struck fear among their rivals in the Premier League. His attacking prowess is second to none and he has proved that already this year, with a goal and an assist in the opening two games. A top attacking midfielder, his only issue will be the shear amount of talent that City now has to offer.
Forwards | Christian Benteke
The most obvious pick of the list - Benteke has been in amazing form. He has scored three goals in the opening two games and has already saved Aston Villa from another defeat, something he did on a regular occasion last season. He remains their knight in shining armour, and if he continues to score and put in performances like the last two games, he is a shoe in for the golden boat award this year.
Forward | Robin van Persie
The flying Dutchman has once again set the Premier League alight with fantastic finishing and a knack for being in the right place at the right time, every time. Fresh from winning the golden boot last season scoring 26 goals in 38 appearances, he is still in a great vein of form, smashing in two dream goals on the first game of the season against Swansea.
Other notable players who narrowly missed out on selection – Olivier Giroud, Rickie Lambert, Roberto Soldado, Sergio Aguero, Frank Lampard, Yaya Toure, Aron Gunnarsson, Jose Enrique, Jan Vertonghen, David De Gea, Asmir Begovic.
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