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The PA Premier League Team Of The Month- August

It may seem like only yesterday when the Premier League season began once more, but already we are a month in and have witnessed some fantastic entertainment.

Liverpool lead the pack, while Watford and Bournemouth have impressed with Manchester United struggling. Many players have started the campaign as they mean to go on – and with this in mind, we’ve compiled the top performers from August’s action.

Without further ado, here’s the Pundit Arena Premier League Team of the Month.

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Goalkeeper:

Neil Etheridge – Cardiff

While life in the Premier League hasn’t exactly started too well for Cardiff, the same cannot be said about their goalkeeper. The Philippines international made a penalty save versus Bournemouth, following it up with more heroics at home to Newcastle, whilst also shutting out Huddersfield on his most recent outing.

Two clean sheets and two penalty saves from the opening three fixtures make for promising reading, and Etheridge’s form will prove instrumental in Cardiff’s bid to defy the odds and avoid relegation. So far, so good.

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Defence

Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool

The youngster has built upon his rise to prominence last season with a string of impressive performances to date. Arnold’s ability to link up with Mo Salah has been key to their attack, while also offering plenty in defensive terms. The England international was sensational in the Reds’ clash with Brighton – and on current form, there’s it’s no wonder his praises are being sung from all quarters.

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Willy Boly – Wolves

Wolves may not yet have a victory to their name, but it’s not for a lack of promise. Boly has been a colossus at the back for the newly-promoted side, turning in excellent commanding displays in the opening weeks. His performance versus Manchester City particularly stands out, with the Frenchman bagging a goal as well as keeping the champion’s potent attackers at bay. Boly looks more than capable of mixing it at this level, and so far, has been among the stand-out defenders in the league.

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Shane Duffy – Brighton

The Irishman has been sensational at the start of the campaign, making up for a lacklustre opening weekend with a man-of-the-match performance against Manchester United, in which he bagged an impressive first Premier League goal. Duffy also turned in a fine display in the Seagulls’ narrow defeat to Liverpool and has shown real leadership qualities and bravery to date. On current form, Martin O’Neill will be beaming with his defender, and rightfully so.

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Marcos Alonso – Chelsea

An embodiment of what all managers look for in a modern full-back, Alonso has been pivotal to Maurizio Sarri’s early success at Stamford Bridge. The Spaniard has laid on a multitude of assists, whilst also popping up with the crucial goal against Arsenal and leading the cause in their narrow victory away to Newcastle. Alonso offers a comforting presence in defence and is lethal around the box. His movement and footballing brain give Chelsea another dimension, and he has been a revelation this campaign.

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Midfield

Roberto Pereyra – Watford

Pereyra has re-discovered some of his Juventus form at Vicarage Road – his skilful displays meaning the Hornets maintain their 100% record going into week four. The Argentine scored a wonderful brace on the opening weekend versus Brighton, following that up with a commanding display against Burnley and another crucial goal against Crystal Palace. He has been directly involved in almost all of Javi Gracia’s side’s goals – and should he remain at the top of his game, Watford will survive comfortably despite people’s previous predictions.

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James Milner – Liverpool

The Liverpool midfielder has rolled back the years in recent weeks with a string of top-class showings. Milner does the dirty work in midfield for Jurgen Klopp’s men, whilst also remaining capable of picking a killer pass or coming up with important goals. He has allowed Naby Keita to fit into the midfield seamlessly at Anfield and leads by example every weekend. Milner has been faultless to date and provides the perfect balance for his side to work off.

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Lucas Moura – Tottenham

Though not a regular starter, Moura has been impressive for Spurs in August. The Brazilian curled in a fantastic opener against Fulham, following up that display with a man-of-the-match showing at Old Trafford, with two well-taken goals. Moura is playing with confidence and a clinical nature, and on current form – there’s no reason why he can’t provide his team with the killer edge they’ve often lacked in recent seasons.

Sadio Mane – Liverpool

Mane has been lethal in front of goal for Liverpool, scoring twice against West Ham whilst also adding to his tally at Selhurst Park. His speed and technical ability have been a nightmare for defenders early on, and by drifting inside the channels and swapping positions with Salah and Firmino, the Senegal international has been untouchable and able to exert much more influence on games. So far, he has been the star man for Liverpool – and has set the levels for the rest of the league to match.

Attack

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Sergio Aguero – Manchester City

The Argentine has started the campaign in blistering form, scoring a hattrick against Huddersfield whilst also impressing against Arsenal and Wolves. When fit, Aguero is one of the best players the Premier League has to offer, and should he maintain his current levels of fitness and ability – then the Golden Boot may not be far from his grasp. Lethal when granted opportunity, most defences will struggle to keep the City man at bay.

Callum Wilson – Bournemouth

Bournemouth’s star man has justified that reputation with some excellent displays. Wilson’s solo goal against West Ham stands out as a moment that exemplifies his potential. He has more than just goals to his game, acting as the target man and providing the basis for midfield runners which has allowed the Cherries’ to counter-attack their way to 7 points so far. Should he remain fit and keep scoring goals, the 26-year-old could perhaps find his name among Gareth Southgate’s future England plans.

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