It’s merely three weeks since the Premier League season returned to our hearts and television sets, but already we can begin to formulate just who will be the heroes of this particular campaign.
Last season saw league champion Manchester City’s leader in chief, Vincent Kompany, handed the honour of Barclays Premier League Player of the Year, and it would have been hard to argue otherwise.
The opening exchanges of the new term have seen as much excitement as ever and, as is usually the case, it isn’t always the usual suspects, the goal scorers, that see themselves as candidates for the accolades.
The ensuing selections are based solely on the form shown in the opening three weeks of the season and are made regardless of any prowess a player may already have.
Whether he’s shooting for a top ten finish at the Hawthorns or aiming for Champions League qualification, here are the stars that might just make the grade when May rolls around.