We take a look at players who have been the shining lights in the Premier League so far this campaign.
Although it's only October, and the early season warm weather has only just passed by - quite literally - there has already been some outstanding performances by certain Premier League sides and certain players in particular. We take a look at who would make the team if we picked the cream of the crop from the early pace setters.
In goal, there would already be a few candidates to stake a claim at being the best in the Prem at this early stage. If you're a Premier League goalkeeper, you should be a fantastic shot-stopper as standard, or you wouldn't be in that league. However it's the awareness of danger, movement, and decision making, that makes you an elite goalkeeper, and let's you stand out from the crowd. Looking at the potential shown so far this season, we should look no further than Shay Given to give us a fantastic example of just exactly what is expected from you as a Premier League goalkeeper. So far, Given has shown all the attributes that has made him a top-class keeper for many many years at the highest level of English football, and has made some key saves and brilliant decisions that has helped Aston Villa reach 7th after a very promising start to the campaign under new manager Alex Mcleish. Another goalkeeper who has hit the ground running at a new club this season is new boys Swansea's goalkeeper Michel Vorm. Even in the 4-0 defeat to Manchester City on the opening game of the season, Vorm made some crucial saves to keep the score at 0-0 for a long period of the match, and has also saved a penalty this season, showing exactly why Brendan Rodgers was right to buy him. But, the best goalkeeper this season so far has to go to Tim Krul at Newcastle. He has been on fire at the start of the season, making save after save as well as being inhumanely alert to danger and making critical decisions correctly at just the right times. He has been a cut above the rest so far and I'm sure is on the radar of some of the top clubs in the league.
Defensively, the season hasn't been blessed with brilliant tackles, blocks, and shielding of markers so far. Arsenal have opitimised the wayward defending shown in the Premier League, and many other sides have been more than yielding at the back. But, there has been some light on the defensive side of the game, and the best of those I'd say is Phil Jones. The young man from Blackburn has made a fantastic impact at the back of the Manchester United side, having not expected to play as much as he has so far, injuries and suspensions have meant that he's been thrown in at the deep end and has repaid the faith shown in him by Sir Alex Ferguson with some brilliant performances, which has culminated in him being handed his first England cap against Montenegro. Another defensive highlight from a new signing has been Liverpool's Jose Enrique, who, after signing from Newcastle in the summer has proved to be a great capture for Kenny Dalglish. He's made the left-back position his own with some strong performances, both at the back and going forward with powerful runs down the left flank. The other defenders who would make the team at this stage of the season would be Ledley King, who has broken the laws of fitness to keep himself free from injuries, whilst not training with the team during the week and just turning up on a Saturday to play for Harry Redknapp, and has put in some superb performances in the first few months of the season. Along with King, Sylvain Distin has been another strong centre half for Everton, and despite David Moyes having little options throughout his team, Distin has been a rock at the back and has helped Everton to a good start to the season.
Again, the midfielders who have been the stand-out performers this season so far have been new signings. Ashley Young has been in really good form for Manchester United, scoring some key goals and helping United reach the top of the table at the early part of the season, with wonderful dribbles and crisp passing for his assists to many of their goals. Stewart Downing at Liverpool has been another good starter, creating a whole host of chances for the Anfield outfit and has been a regular starter for Dalglish so far this term, cementing his place in the team. Ramires and Juan Mata have been the two stars in the Chelsea midfield so far this campaign, scoring and creating goals for the team and helping Chlesea make a concrete start to the season. But for me, the stand-out midfielder in the Premier League has been David Silva, who has been a breath of fresh air for Manchester City, scoring goals, creating chances, making weaving runs all over the pitch and being a general nuisence for all other sides, scaring the life out of defences of any calibre.
Finally, the strikers in the league. The Premier League has undoubted talents as centre-forwards, but so far it has been clear who have been the stand-out performers up top in the league. Sergio Aguero and Luis Suarez have been right up there, and have spear-headed their respective attacks, scoring crucial goals at vital teams and guiding their clubs to strong starts to the season. Along with those two, Wayne Rooney has been on red-hot form so far, and although he got sent off on England duty against Montenegro, he has been a shining light for Manchester United. Emmanuel Adebayor, Robin Van Persie, and Gabriel Agbonlahor have also all been on fine form in the early part of the season.
So there you have it, the best players in the Premier League so far this season have generally been new boys, but will that honeymoon period wear off? All hail the Premier League.