We’ve been blessed with a wonderful and unpredictable premier league season so far, with Leicester’s table topping form, Ozil’s assisting, Mahrez’s sublime samba skills and Eden Hazard’s drought.
With so many players playing the best they’ve ever played and youngsters finally coming through the ranks we have been blessed with talent this season. It’s been hard, but we’ve manage to pick the team of the season so far.
Goalkeeper: Despite Jack Butland’s epic performance this season in which he has kept 9 clean sheets and a whopping 87 saves (more than any other goalie), I have elected to go with Petr Cech. The rejuvenated Arsenal keeper has been chosen because of his 84 saves and league-high 12 clean sheets.
Right Back: Hector Bellerin starts in my team of the season due to his 10+ clean sheets, as well as his attacking threat going forward thanks to his electric pace. Running close behind is Bacary Sagna who has benefited from Zabaleta’s absence hugely.
Centre Backs: My centre back pairing is Toby Alderweireld and Chris Smalling. The Tottenham man has being influential in making them the best defence in the league currently conceding only 0.76 goals a game. His physical presence and diagonal passes have been key in the success of Spurs.
Chris Smalling was falling back in the England pecking order till the start of this season. His reading of the game as well as his one on one defending has came on leaps and bounds and he has been the shining star of Manchester United.
Left Back: Nacho Monreal has been Arsenal’s prominent left back this season and has led them to being the second best defence in the league. He has made a total of just 2 defensive errors so far while down the other end he has created 21 clear cut chances for his Arsenal team mates. Erik Pieters has been in terrific form for Stoke as well, but Monreal gets the nod.
Centre Midfielders: The first centre midfielder is N’Golo Kante, who has been insturmental in Leicester rich success. He’s been so dominant as he’s been making more tackles and interceptions combined than any other player in the Premier League. The Frenchman is not just a defensive midfielder, though – he holds the best pass completion ratio of any player in Leicester’s squad and has created just short of one clear-cut chance per game.
His midfield partner is Deli Alli, who’s box to box running has caused havoc for his opponents. His 7 goals and 5 assists from holding midfield show his threat wherever he is on the pitch.
Attacking Midfielders: Riyad Mahrez has been the best player in the Premier League this season with his mix of direct running and skills which baffle the opposition. Mahrez’s has got 24 in either assists or goals this season a record Messi would be proud of. Often the feeder for Jamie Vardy, Mahrez has flown under the radar compared to the striker and that’s why he’s such a potent threat.
Mesut Ozil was scrutinised in his first two seasons of premier league football, how times have changed. The assist king has notched up 16 assists so far this season and nobody has had that amount of assists this stage of the season. Ozil will continue to put Arsenal up there with the best teams in the league.
Forwards: Jamie Vardy’s having a party!
The chant made up to emphasise the rout Jamie Vardy has caused. He has scored 18 goals including his record run of scoring in 11 consecutive games. His hard-work and pressure is paramount to Leicester’s top of the league status.
On the other hand, Everton didn’t have quite the start Leicester did and were struggling in the bottom half. But one man decided to pick them up and drag them by the scruff of their necks to eighth in the table. That man, Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian beast has managed to score 16 goals in 25 games and some of those goals have been terrific.
With an out of sorts Everton, Lukaku has fended for himself at times but still he delivers.
The team of the season
Bellerin Alderweireld Smalling Monreal