With the Premier League season now well up and running, a number of players have already put in a number of standout performances.
Manchester City and Manchester United are locked together at the top, with Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal leading the chasing pack.
But which players have had the best starts to the season? FNW tries to put them together into the premier side of the season so far…
DAVID DE GEA (Manchester United): The Spain international hasn’t exactly been rushed off his feet so far this season, but when he has been called upon he has continued to make stunning saves. No wonder the Red Devils are reportedly looking to tie him down to a new contract.
CESAR AZPILICUETA (Chelsea): Arguably the best-performing defender in the Premier League in the opening weeks of the season, the Spain international has been his usual dependable self at the back and has not been afraid to get forward, having already laid on three goals for compatriot Alvaro Morata.
ERIC BAILLY (Manchester United): Almost went under the radar during an impressive debut campaign at Old Trafford, and has continued where he left off with a number of solid showings for Jose Mourinho’s side.
PHIL JONES (Manchester United): Many expected Jones to be phased out following the big-money arrival of Victor Lindelof, but instead he has not only become a mainstay of the United backline but also earned himself a place back in the England team. Finally showing why Sir Alex Ferguson tried so hard to sign him back in 2011.
BEN DAVIES (Tottenham): He may not grab the headlines at Tottenham, but Wales international Davies has proven a more than able deputy for Danny Rose thus far. The former Swansea full-back has improved his attacking game immeasurably, highlighted by his two goals already this campaign.
MOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool): Has managed the presumed impossible in making Liverpool even more thrilling to watch going forward than they were last season, with his flying runs leaving defences in his wake. Still needs to work on his finishing but has certainly improved since his fateful spell at Chelsea.
KEVIN DE BRUYNE (Manchester City): He may have been moved into a deeper role by Pep Guardiola this season, but the former Chelsea midfielder continues to create endless chances for City as he looks to again finish the season as the league’s top assist provider. Opened his goalscoring account for the campaign with a stunning strike against Shakhtar Donetsk before following it up with an equally brilliant effort against Chelsea.
NEMANJA MATIC (Manchester United): Potentially one of the signings of the summer, the former Chelsea midfielder has been metronomic at the heart of the United midfield, with his presence also allowing Paul Pogba to flourish before the France international’s recent injury.
RAHEEM STERLING (Manchester City): Many expected the former Liverpool winger to be the odd player out at City this season given their wealth of attacking talent, but he has been anything but. Six goals in all competitions suggests he may finally have found the goalscoring touch that has held him back in recent seasons.
ROMELU LUKAKU (Manchester United): Some questioned paying £75 million for the Belgium striker, but it is already becoming apparent that United may well have found themselves another relative bargain. The Premier League’s top scorer with seven goals, almost everything Lukaku touches ends up in the back of the net at present.
HARRY KANE (Tottenham): Despite failing to score in August, Kane has ended September earning comparisons with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He has 13 goals for club and country already this season, and it may be a two-horse race with Lukaku yet again to win the Golden Boot.
With Premier League action to continue from next week after the International break, the spotlight will be on these players who would try to continue with their impressive start that they have got this season to build on a great season ahead.