The 2014/15 Premier League season is well underway now, and boy is it a cracker.
Chelsea have steamrollered their opposition on the way to an early lead at the summit of the table, Manchester United have continued their drab form from last term, Southampton have surprised all and even West Ham fans don't have much to moan about.
Now that we're at the ten game stage it's fair to say we know far more concerning the strengths and weaknesses of players and teams than we did before the start of the campaign, and with that in mind we've decided to flex our creative muscles.
Taking a fleeting run through the games this season to date we've hand-picked the best performers and shaped our very own Premier League team of the season (after ten games).
Take a look, have your say in the comment box below and let us know if you think our team is the biz, or if it falls short of what it could be.
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*We've decided on an old fashioned 4-4-2 formation and we may have moved players into slightly uncomfortable positions to ensure that they get the pitch-time they deserve...
GK: David de Gea
Manchester United might not have managed to improve on last season’s debacle so far, but once again there’s one man who can be proud of his performances in the famous red shirt; David de Gea.
This term he’s been every bit as splendid, and has had plenty to do.
LB: Ryan Bertrand
The Chelsea loanee has looked fantastic under Ronald Koeman, and along with Leighton Baines he’s been one of the outstanding left-backs of the campaign so far. We’ve gone for Bertrand due to the surprise factor his form has encompassed, but he deserves every bit of praise he gets at the moment.
CB: Phil Jagielka
The long-serving Everton centre-back has been his usual reliable self, and though he doesn’t really get true credit for his commanding presence in Roberto Martinez’s back-line, there’s hardly a defender in the Premier League who’s been better than him in the opening 10 games.
CB: Winston Reid
There’s a reason clubs like Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were ready to fight for the services of Winston Reid in the summer months, and judging on his performances thus far Sam Allardyce was lucky to keep him.
The tried and trusted West Ham centre-back has been integral to the surprising fortunes his club have had this term.
RB: Branislav Ivanovic
As was to be expected prior to the start of the season Branislav Ivanovic has been one of Chelsea’s most reliable performers during this campaign’s early exchanges, and it’s difficult to think of a right-back who has been equally as effective both going forward and defending.
The redoubtable Serb doesn’t do things with the same glitz and glam as some of his more illustrious teammates, but that’s not to say he isn’t a world-class player in his own right.
LM: Dusan Tadic
Perhaps the biggest surprise included in our team, Dusan Tadic’s form will have probably even had Southampton boss Ronald Koeman thanking his lucky stars.
Tadic looks more than at home on the south Coast, and his brilliance in the midfield is one of the reasons why Southampton currently sit second.
CM: Francesc Fabregas
For some reason Francesc Fabregas never really clicked properly at Barcelona, despite the fact that their style of player is perfectly suited to his abilities.
Fears that he might suffer a similar fate at Chelsea have since been emphatically allayed, and the playmaker has become a pass-master in Jose Mourinho’s setup. Nine assists in ten games is an unbelievable record for a midfielder who was snubbed by his former club, who reportedly had first option to sign him.
CM: Nemanja Matic
If last season’s midfield colossus was Yaya Toure then without question this season’s in Nemanja Matic. The big Serbia international has single-handedly improved the power the Blues have in the middle of the park since re-signing for the club in January, and he’s been magnificent this term.
Acting just ahead of the back four, Matic has provided a shield which hasn’t been present at Stamford Bridge since the departure of Claude Makelele in 2008.
RM: Angel Di Maria
When Manchester United purchased Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid this summer there were plenty of people who heralded him as potentially the buy of the summer.
He may have halted his momentum recently but the overall initial outlook is that he was a very smart acquisition indeed from Louis van Gaal. The Argentina winger has carried his brilliant form over from last term and has quickly settled in to the English game.
CF: Diego Costa
Since his arrival the Spain international has been lethal in front of goal, and already has nine goals in seven appearances. His introduction to England’s premier division has been so successful in fact that it’s already assumed he will finish in the thick of it when it comes to the race for the Golden Boot.
CF: Sergio Aguero
The 26-year-old sits one goal ahead of Diego Costa with ten goals from his opening ten matches, and his winner in the Manchester derby this weekend proved that he means business once again.
In truth either Graziano Pelle or Saido Berahino would have been fair choices for either attacking berth, but we simply couldn’t pick them ahead of Costa and Aguero based on the goalscoring exploits.
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