This season, a number of players have taken the Premier League by storm, with match winning performances and outstanding quality.
Here is my personal opinion on the best Premier League XI so far this season:
Goalkeeper | Petr Cech | Chelsea
Many of you are thinking, why no Joe Hart? Well the answer is simple, he has had a very mixed season in the league, starting strong and recently very poor.
I know a lot of City and England fans will be mad at this choice, but Cech has been consistent in goal, has been a great captain for Chelsea in the absence of John Terry and Frank Lampard, and saved multiple penalties (not an easy task!). This is why Cech is my choice.
Right-back | Kyle Walker | Tottenham Hotspur
Kyle Walker has been a consistent left back, has a lot of speed and sticks to attackers as if he's super glued to them. He puts his body in the way of shots, tries to force strikers off the ball with a combination of strength and skill. He is an obvious choice in my mind for a left back.
Centre-back | Rio Ferdinand | Manchester United
Rio has been left out of the England squad, but still plays with passion. He is a very physically strong defender, keeps the back line in order and will do anything to stop attackers getting past him.
His performances this season have been consistent, which is key to being a top player, and the reason why he's in my best XI.
Centre-back | Vincent Kompany | Manchester City
Kompany captained City to their first League victory last season, and so far this season has been very strong as well. Although having spells out through injury this season, when he has been playing he uses his immense strength to great effect to put himself between the ball and attackers (even though that includes foul players, specifically Torres in the FA Cup semi final), but apart from that he is a great leader of men, consistent defender and one of the best in the world.
Left-back | Ashley Cole | Chelsea
Viewed as one of the best left backs in the world, Cole is a club and country regular who is fast, skilled and consistent in all situations. His throw-ins are some of the longest and best in the league, and again he sticks to attackers doing everything possible to stop them getting past him. Out with an injury currently, he has everything required to get him into the Premier League XI.
Right-wing | Eden Hazard | Chelsea
Since joining Chelsea from Lille at the start of the season, Hazard has made an immediate impact. With 12 goals, 22 assists, his reputation as a player is getting better and better.
Also an international player, Hazard is fast, very skilled and a fantastic finisher, making him the perfect choice for the Premier League XI.
Centre-midfield | Frank Lampard | Chelsea
With 12 league goals this season, and 200 for Chelsea in total, this 34-year-old club and England legend shows no signs of slowing down. Making fewer appearances under Rafa Benitez, Lamps has been a consistent goal scorer and playmaker whose free kicks and penalties are sublime.
He has captained England, and is the vice captain of Chelsea, he is an amazing leader and one of the best midfielders in the league.
Centre-midfield | Steven Gerrard | Liverpool
Gerrard, Liverpool and England captain, fantastic all round player, scoring goals, getting assists, consistent performances and a good all round guy. Also getting older at the age of 32, Gerrard is still an incredible player who has many years left to his career. His accomplishments for club and country are like no other, and makes the cut for the Premier League XI.
Left-wing | Gareth Bale | Tottenham Hotspur
With many seasons of disappointment and anguish, Bale has made an amazing start to the season, with 17 league goals and being hailed as one of the best in the world. His outstanding from has certainly given Spurs a great opportunity of making the top four this season.
Attacking-midfield | Juan Mata | Chelsea
Mata has been outstanding this season, with 18 goals and 32 assists, he is not selfish and knows how to score. Being one of the shorter players in the league leaving him at a disadvantage, he makes up for it with his all out skill and stamina in a game, taking every opportunity, and creating chances where others don't see them. With a powerful and accurate strike, Mata is deservedly one of the best players in the Premier League.
Striker | Robin van Persie | Manchester United
Just ending a long goal drought with a penalty against Sunderland, van Persie has scored 20 league goals this season, two less than the current high scorer Luis Suarez.
With a lightning start to the season, earning the golden boot for last season, Van Persie is one of the greatest strikers in the world by far, and more than deserves his place in the XI.
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