Kane, Matic, Ederson: Premier League team of the season

Seven games into the season and we have already seen some exceptional performances. Who makes our team of the season so far?

The top six has a familiar look to it, aside from Burnley who have made a brilliant start to the season.

The two Manchester clubs lead the way, five points ahead of third placed Tottenham Hotspur who have won all four of their away games, but failed to win their first three at home.

Champions Chelsea are currently in fourth, with Arsenal fifth.

Liverpool, Newcastle, Watford and West Brom make up the rest of the top half of the table.

Crystal Palace remain bottom of the league, pointless and goalless, with Swansea City and Bournemouth also in the bottom three.

As ever, there has been a wealth of surprise packages, disappointments and familiar faces in terms of the in-form players in the league.

New signings such as Romelu Lukaku and Mo Salah have hit the ground running, whilst the likes of Harry Kane and Kevin De Bruyne are once again at the top of their game.

RealSport has picked its early team of the season.

GK- Ederson: Manchester City

Last season, Pep Guardiola got it wrong with the signing of Claudio Bravo. However, the capture of Ederson from Benfica looks to be a brilliant piece of business.

The Brazilian was largely unheard of on these shores when City paid over £30 million for his services in the summer, however it was clear from the get-go he is a typical ‘Guardiola keeper’. Ederson is brilliant with the ball at his feet and is crucial as the starting block in City’s build up play from the back. Not only that, he has proven himself to be a dependable shot stopper and has already kept six clean sheets for City, just three off Bravo’s record for the whole of last season.

City have only conceded two goals in their first seven games in the league so far this season and Ederson is a major reason for that.

RB- Cesar Azpilicueta: Chelsea

‘Dave’ as he is popularly known in the Chelsea dressing room has been one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League for a number of years. However, the Spaniard has now become somewhat of a creative force for the Blues as well.

The defender has four assists to his name already this season, more than any other defender. In fact, every one of those assists has been for fellow Spaniard and new team mate Alvaro Morata.

No player has set up a teammate more this season.

CB- James Tarkowski: Burnley

What a great start to the season the Englishman has had. Question marks were raised when Sean Dyche opted against signing a replacement for Michael Keane, however Tarkowski is justifying his decision. He has slotted straight into the low block and compact set up Burnley have.

In fact, along with Ben Mee, the central pairing have blocked 30 shots in the Premier League this season, more than 16 side’s total blocks!

CB- John Stones: Manchester City

Stones has had a lot of question marks over his game since his move to City last season due to his risky style of play at the back.

However, the English international is maturing into an exceptional defender, whilst still displaying the ball playing skills that saw Pep Guardiola bring him to City.

He has an exceptional 97% pass completion rate in the league so far this season, however has also made an average of 5.5 clearances per game, showing he can also get rid when he needs to!

LB- Ben Davies: Tottenham Hotspur

What a start to the season the Welshman has had. Davies has played second fiddle to Danny Rose throughout his Spurs career, however since the Englishman’s injury last season, Davies has gone from being a solid defender and timid attacker, to an aggressive and creative wing back.

Davies has so far scored two goals and created 16 chances, more than any other defender in the league.

CM- Nemanja Matic: Manchester United

What were Chelsea thinking selling the Serbian to their title rivals? Matic was arguably the missing piece in the United puzzle for Jose Mourinho and has knitted the Red Devil’s midfield together beautifully.

His signing freed up the reigns for Paul Pogba to let loose and Matic makes the game look easy with his intelligence and composure.

CM- Kevin De Bruyne: Manchester City

Arguably the first name of the team sheet, the Belgian playmaker is arguably the best player in the league. There is no better player in world football at playing the early ball through the lines into space.

De Bruyne is a genius and a wonderful technician. His goal against Chelsea at the weekend to win the game 1-0 could prove to be one of the defining moments of the season in City’s quest to win the title.

CM- Christian Eriksen: Tottenham Hotspur

The Danish international is the man who makes Spurs tick. Eriksen is now one of the best playmakers in world football, and is arguably Spurs most important player. Eriksen has created 40 goals in the league for Spurs since his move from Ajax four years ago and has carried his superb form from last season into this campaign.

RW- Mo Salah: Liverpool

Liverpool paid almost £40million to bring the Egyptian back to the Premier League. Salah was a disappointment the last time he was in England, for Chelsea. However, he has developed into one of the most frightening forwards in Europe whilst playing for Fiorentina and then Roma. Salah has rapid pace and exceptional dribbling ability whilst is also a ruthless finisher with his favoured left foot, shown by his five goals already for the club.

LW- Raheem Sterling: Manchester City

The English international is beginning to live up to his potential. It is clear to see why Guardiola values Sterling so highly. The former Liverpool star is an extremely intelligent player who can fit into several tactical systems and can play all across the forward line.

Sterling can beat any defender in a one-on-one situation with his pace and dribbling ability and is now adding end product to his game, with five league goals in only four starts so far this season.

ST- Harry Kane: Tottenham Hotspur

Romelu Lukaku will feel extremely hard done by after being left out, however Kane is simply on another planet to the Belgian right now. Kane has now scored 36 goals in 31 games alone, and netted 13 goals in the month of September. To put that into perspective, the most Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have ever scored in a single month is also 13.

Kane is the complete forward and has every type of finish. The only man currently playing who could realistically beat Alan Shearer’s Premier League goal-scoring record.  

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