An early look at the team of the season in the Premier League so far.
With the Premier League briefly in hibernation for another international break, we look at the team of the season so far, based on the first seven games of the season. There have already been a few surprises and new faces making names for themselves, and here is a lineup based on the best players in the country at this early stage of the season.
Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) – A superb summer signing, Simon Mignolet has continued his fine Sunderland form at his new club Liverpool. The £9m man made an immediate impact, saving a penalty on his debut for the club, and has generally looked like a big upgrade on Pepe Reina.
Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) – At right-back, Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna has been on top form so far this season and seems worthy of a place in the side given the Gunners’ impressive performances that have seen them go top of the table. A solid and experienced defender, the Frenchman also has the bonus of a goal to his name this season.
Leighton Baines (Everton) – On the opposite full-back slot, it has to be Everton’s Leighton Baines. A target for Manchester United all summer, the England international has shown why with his displays this season. Two superb free-kicks won his team the recent game against West Ham at Upton Park and he remains one of the most dangerous attacking players in the league despite primarily being a defender.
Dejan Lovren (Southampton) – Amazingly, Southampton have only conceded two goals all season, giving him the best defensive record in the league. Lovren has been a key part of that, and was one of a few exciting signings made by the Saints during the summer when he arrived from Lyon for £8.5m. He also scored a memorable winner against Liverpool to give Mauricio Pochettino’s side a shock 1-0 win at Anfield.
Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) – A much improved player this season, Per Mertesacker has been rock solid at the back for Arsenal, and has definitely looked like one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League this season. Despite his lack of pace, he reads the game excellently and has been a great leader for the club, taking the captain’s armband in the absence of both Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta.