It's already mid-October, and the Premier League sides have played the bulk of their first ten games of the season. Even though seven game-weeks may not sound like much, fans and critics alike have seen enough so far to form a solid first impression of both teams and players.
The League as always, has already provided us with many an upset. It comes as no surprise then, that the team comprises more than one player out of the conventional big clubs. So here's my pick:
The team would be set up a 4-2-1-3 formation, to best accommodate the players who have been in truly sensational form till now.
Goalkeeper: Artur Boruc
The first surprise on our list is the man in goal, Southampton's Artur Boruc.
The Polish shot stopper has put in a string of fine performances so far this season, and has managed keep five clean sheets out of seven games. Boruc's fine form, coupled with The Saints' strong defense, has catapulted the club to fourth position in the table so far. Moreover, he has been outperforming Polish No. 1 Wojciech Szczesny on a constant basis, and it cannot be long before the international team's management takes notice.
Right Back: Pablo Zabaleta
This position was a toss up between two equally matched defenders, but finally Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City edged out Everton's Seamus Coleman.
The Argentine has been in superb touch this season, not only defensively but as a serious attacking threat as well. Known for his particularly tenacious style of play and willingness to get up and down the touchline, it is little surprise that City's right back continues to produce the goods, game after game.
Centre Backs: John Terry & Dejan Lovren
A number of Central defenders have shown great composure and solidity so far. Whereas David Luiz, Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen were expected to be standout performers at the back this season, and have indeed on occasion, they do not make the cut for my Premier League XI so far.
Another Chelsea defender, John Terry, takes the first of the positions in the heart of the defense.
Under Mourinho, Terry is playing like a man reborn, with a fresh hunger and desire, not only to shut out the opposition offense, but also to score goals. He has been a real thorn in the side for opposition defenders at set pieces, and truly deserves his place on our team sheet.
His partner is 24-year-old Croatian defender Dejan Lovren, who edged out Southampton team-mate Jose Fonte for his place in our line-up. Lovren has been playing exceptionally since the first game of the season, and has even chipped in with the odd goal. With plenty of years ahead of him, the young Croat is showing real promise.
Left back: Leighton Baines
The left back position is occupied by (surprise, surprise) Everton's Leighton Baines.
The English defender is fast asserting his claim as one of the world's best in his position, and has proven capable of not only being strong defensively, but winning games almost single-handedly as a result of his expertise in dead ball situations. Baines possesses the ability to place his free-kicks in either corner with a great deal of power, as West Ham United discovered a few weeks ago.
Central Midfield: Yaya Toure & Aaron Ramsey
Yaya Toure and Aaron Ramsey form the pair in the centre of the park for our side. Toure has been his usual ominous self since the season kicked off, scoring and assisting goals freely, apart from providing a great physical presence not only at set pieces, but all over the pitch.
Ramsey has been in the form of his life so far this season, with four goals and two assists to his name already, aside from an unquestionable work rate. A combination of both these players would provide a perfect shield for the defence, along with being a real menace moving forward.
Attacking Midfield: Oscar
Oscar joins John Terry as Chelsea's second representative in our team of the season so far. The Brazilian play-maker has been in irresistible form this season, and has been impossible to ignore, a certainty in the best XI of the League until now.
The thin youth born in Sao Paolo has only gone from strength to strength, and post a stellar showing in the Confederations Cup, has managed to carry his scintillating form through into the Premier League and Champions League both. It comes as no surprise then, that Oscar is Mourinho's first choice as a "No. 10" at Stamford Bridge.
Right Forward: Sergio Aguero
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero has been in red hot form this season. Whilst the little Argentine's class was apparent since the time he came to England, he has really begun to hold his own against any defence he is put up against this season.
Moreover, his burst of pace over a short distance, along with his strength and quick feet would make him an ideal attacking option on either wing or in the centre. For the purpose of the current line-up however, "Kun" would start on the right hand side of a three man attack.
Centre Forward: Olivier Giroud
This spot goes to Arsenal's Olivier Giroud. The ex-Montpellier man looked hesitant upon his arrival to the Premier League, and took a while to really get going.
This season however, there can be no complaints directed towards the Frenchman who has looked razor sharp in front of goal, firing Arsenal to the top of the table. Giroud, generally excellent in the air, has also shown that he is more than adept with his feet as well, and with the inclusion of Mesut Ozil in the Gunners' ranks, his goal output is only set to increase as the season progresses.
Left Forward: Daniel Sturridge
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge would start on the left of an attacking three. The Engishman has been nothing if not prolific this season, ensuring that Luis Suarez's absence was not felt by the Anfield faithful.
Since the Uruguay man's return however, Sturridge has looked even better, now making goals aside from just scoring them. A true poacher, with a fantastic touch, good dribbling and a decent strike, Sturridge has looked close to achieving his true potential this season.
It is to be noticed that all three forwards can play all across this front three, Giroud perhaps with less versatility than the other two, but proving more effective with aerial balls in the centre as it is.
Since we only are seven weeks into the season, several players have shown sparks of brilliance. As time passes however, we will be wiser as to how many of them can sustain their form for longer periods and make a deeper impact into where their team finishes. Special mentions do go to:
Simon Mignolet-Liverpool (GK)
Seamus Coleman-Everton (RB)
Jose Fonte-Southampton (CB)
Jose Enrique-Liverpool (LB)
Ross Barkley-Everton (CM)
Gylfi Sigurdsson-Tottenham (CAM/LF)
Morgan Amalfitano-West Bromwich Albion (CAM)
Loic Remy-Newcastle United (CF/RF)
Romelu Lukaku-Everton (CF)
Feel someone else deserved to make the cut? Feel free to leave suggestions in your comments below!
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