Premier League: Current best XI

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The 2013/14 Premier League is up and running, and it's certainly been an intriguing start to the new campaign. Here is a team made up of 11 players who have enjoyed fine starts to the new season: 

Simon Mignolet - Liverpool

What a start to the season for Mignolet and his new club. The Belgian's double save from Jonathan Walters' penalty in his first game for Liverpool was magnificent. He has then gone on to command the Reds' goal and managed three clean sheets in three games. Already looking like a fantastic purchase, Mignolet has been pulling off saves left, right and centre and possibly even won them the game against Stoke by preventing Walters converting that late penalty. In just three games, Mignolet has made 12 fantastic saves and is definitely a goalkeeper in top form. 

Seamus Coleman - Everton

A very attacking right-back, Coleman has been fantastic since the start of the season. Kicking it off with a goal and an assist against Norwich, he has since helped out his team with two clean sheets in their last two games. With great speed, power and perfectly-timed attacks, Coleman is a defensive asset for the Toffees as well as a powerful attacking threat. Surely one to watch for the season to come, Coleman will be fantastic in the Everton backline. 

Kolo Toure - Liverpool

Toure has turned in three amazing performances since his arrival at Liverpool.  An excellent acquisition by Brendan Rodgers, he has formed a great partnership alongside Daniel Agger. Toure helped his side to secure two clean sheets in their first two games of the season before he picked up an injury which ruled him out of the third game. Toure has contributed majorly to Liverpool's defensive solidity. A defensive rock, if he can keep his fitness up Toure is definitely going to be one of the strongest centre-backs in the Premier League this season.

Daniel Agger - Liverpool

Possibly a surprising inclusion in this team given that he gave away a penalty against Stoke which could have lead to his team losing. However, Agger has certainly been otherwise very consistent in Liverpool's backline. With three clean sheets out of three as well as an assist, Agger may not be the star centre-back compared to Toure or Martin Skrtel, but the newly named vice-captain has been a solid player since the start. Although clumsy at times, Agger has performed well and kept top-class strikers such as Christian Benteke and Robin van Perise at bay. 

Jose Enrique - Liverpool

Definitely the most impressive left-back so far, the third Liverpool defender of this back-line has been fantastic at bombing forward and creating chances for his club. Enrique has blistering pace which allows him to power forward and send in whipping crosses or deadly strikes but his speed also enables him to track back and help his team out in defence. Enrique has picked up three clean sheets in three games and also registered an assist against Aston Villa. 

Yaya Toure - Manchester City

Toure has had a fantastic start to the Premier League season. Scoring free-kicks against Newcastle and Hull, the powerful midfielder has managed two goals in three games in a team which posses internationally recognised attacking talents. A sheer beast in the heart of the City midfield, the stand-in captain has had a great start to the season and will hope to continue and improve on his form. Although perhaps not as technically gifted as his teammates, Toure's power and speed ensures he is able to dominate any midfield and he is excellent at powering his way through the opposition to find space to pass or take a shot.

Ross Barkley - Everton

Possibly a surprising inclusion, Barkley has made a stunning start to the season and is running Everton's midfield. Having won his first England-call up in Friday's 4-0 victory over Moldova, Barkley is set to shine for the rest of this season. Recently scoring his first ever senior goal for Everton in their opening 2-2 draw with Norwich, the 19-year-old will be even more influential following the departure of Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United. Having been at the club since he was 11, new manager Roberto Martinez has given Barkley his chance and he has taken it with both hands.

Oscar - Chelsea

Oscar has started magnificently this season under new manager Jose Mourinho. Running the show during Chelsea's first few games of the season, Oscar has been fantastic in filling in for Juan Mata. With speed and fantastic creativity, the Brazilian has been terrorising opposition defences alongside teammate Eden Hazard. Oscar scored in Chelsea's opening day victory over Hull and has featured in all four of the club's games this season. 

Daniel Sturridge - Liverpool

The fifth inclusion in this line-up that comes from Anfield, Sturridge has continued his fine form from last season into his first three games of this season. Scoring three goals in three matches, all three of which have been the winning goal, Sturridge is leading the Liverpool attack well in the absence of Luis Suarez and will surely provide tough competition for the number nine role when the Uruguayan is back from his ban. With goals coming already against Stoke and Aston Villa as well as scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Manchester United, Sturridge is certainly having one of the brightest star of any forward in the Premier League. 

Olivier Giroud - Arsenal

Giroud has scored in all three of Arsenal's Premier League games so far this season. He scored their only goal in their opening 3-1 loss to Aston Villa, then went on to score against Fulham and he also notched the winning goal against big-spending London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. An aerial threat and a real physical presence, Giroud is fitting into the Gunners' attack comfortably and he is surely improving upon his form from last season. 

Nathan Redmond - Norwich

Signed from Championship side Birmingham, Redmond has had a fine start at his new club. The 19-year-old has been fantastic in the green and yellow strip and is a star of the England youth setup. With great dribbling ability and pace to outrun Premier League full-backs, Redmond has started all three of Norwich's games and even managed to bag his first goal for the Canaries after scoring the winner in the victory over Southampton. Surely a rising talent, Redmond has been in fine form and will become a crucial part of Norwich's attack for years to come. 

There are certainly other players who could be introduced into this starting 11. The likes of Benteke and Alvaro Negredo, as well as Paulinho of Spurs, could've all been in this team. 

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