As we get to the Christmas period and near the half-way mark of the Premier League season, I thought it would be a good idea to look into a team of the season so far.
Below is the players that have impressed me most so far this season.
Goalkeeper – Asmir Begovic
The Stoke City goalkeeper has been in fine form so far this season and has only conceded 13 goals. His superb form has seen his side stay unbeaten at home recording four wins and four draws. In these games, Begovic has only conceded four goals. His early season performance has attracted attention from teams like Manchester United and Arsenal.
Right Back – Rafael
Despite Manchester United’s leaky defence so far this season, the young right back has been in superb form in the opening stages of the season. Rafael has contributed two goals and four assists for his side so far this campaign and is improving with every game. Defending wise a lot of work needs to be done for United, but going forward, Rafael is a constant threat.
Centre Back – Branislav Ivanovic
The Chelsea centre back has been in top form for the Champions League winners and has developed quite the partnership with the likes of John Terry and Gary Cahill. As well as scoring three goals, the Serbian defender has helped Chelsea keep six clean sheets this season. Got to be considered one of the better centre backs in the Premier League.
Centre Back – Ryan Shawcross
This guy is as consistent as it gets. Since joining Stoke, Shawcross has been pivotal in seeing them become a top-half Premier League side. His presence has helped Stoke keep 8 clean sheets and also have the best defensive record in the league.
Left Back – Leighton Baines
Easily one of the best left backs in the Premier League and maybe even in the world of football. The only reason why Baines isn’t an England regular is because of Ashley Cole, but any other time, Baines would have easily been first choice. He has been fantastic for Everton and continues to get better every year. Two goals and four assists has helped his side in their impressive start to the season.
Centre Midfielder – Marouane Fellaini
The Belgium has been sensational for Everton this year and has been one of the main reasons for their amazing start. Scoring eight goals (including goals against Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City) and getting four assists has seen Fellaini receive a lot of praise from pundits and fans alike. Interest is high for the Belgium with Chelsea willing to spend up to £20m for the midfield man. The Belgium will however miss the next three games for head-butting Stoke defender, Ryan Shawcross.
Centre Midfielder – Santi Cazorla
Arguably one of the best signings this summer and at a £16m it is an absolute steal for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. The little Spanish magician arrived at the Emirates in the summer and has been superb all season. Creating a deadly attacking force with the likes of Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere has really helped Cazorla turn into a sensation. Seven goals and six assists has seen the Spanish enjoy his life at Arsenal. He completed his first hat-trick for the club in Arsenal’s 5-2 victory over Reading. Despite having glowing reviews and a great start to the season, he also got a lot of stick for diving against West Brom.
Centre Midfielder – Michu
This guy has to be the signing of the season. The Welsh club brought him in the summer for just £2m and he has more than paid them back already. He has been deadly in front of goal bagging himself 12 goals from a central attacking midfield position. His flair and strength has caused a lot of problems for opposition and he even scored a brace in his side’s 2-0 win over Arsenal.
Right Winger – Eden Hazard
Despite the top performance of Juan Mata, summer signing, Eden Hazard has also been a threat to oppositions already this year. He’s only bagged himself three goals in the league, but providing 10 assists proves that he is a great player to have down the wing and if he had someone else playing in front of him, he may have had many more assists as well. Fast, strong and nifty makes him very hard to handle.
Left Winger – Carlos Tevez
Granted Tevez is mainly used as a striker, I think he could still do a great job playing down the wing. The Argentinian has been superb for the Champions so far this season and has produced some match-winning performances in the first 17 games. Scoring seven goals and getting 10 assists proves that the Man City striker isn’t just a finisher, but he can also provide a deadly pass as well.
Striker – Robin Van Persie
After having the best season of his career last season at Arsenal, the Dutchmen then left them and joined Manchester United and he hasn’t looked back since. A lot of people would have wondered if he could continue his superb form this season and boy he has. Without him, Manchester United would be sitting in around 12th at the moment and not at the top. Van Persie is the top scorer so far this season with 12 goals and is looking as deadly as ever.
Manager: Steve Clarke
Every good team needs a good manager and so far West Brom’s manager, Steve Clarke, has impressed me the most. Commonly known as the ‘boing-boing baggies’ because of their previous times in the Premier League, Clarke has managed to turn them into a very good footballing side. In previous years they have been promoted and then relegated straight after, but under Steve Clarke’s management, they currently have a massive chance of finishing in a Europe spot. They are sitting in 7th position at the moment, but are just two points of fourth.
Alex William Batt