Picking a Premier League Best XI Team of the Season So Far
The Premier League is still only a few weeks underway, but EPL supporters have seen some bright starts to the season by a lot of players, old and new alike.
Premier League new boys Eden Hazard of Chelsea and Michu of Swansea have been particularly impressive thus far in the early season, with the former having a hand in seven of Chelsea's eight league goals and the latter leading the scoring charts with four goals from midfield.
There have been a lot of other fantastic starts to the season from players around the league, so let's take a look at the best XI team of the season thus far.
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GOALKEEPER: Brad Freidel, Tottenham
The oldest player in the Premier League, Brad Freidel has so far shown that age is just a number, putting in some great performances with Spurs so far this season.
You can't blame Tottenham's slow start to the season on the American shot-stopper, who has kept Spurs in games more often than not.
With new signing Hugo Lloris vying for his position, Freidel will continue to show why keepers just get better with age.
RIGHT BACK: Branislav Ivanovic, Chelsea
Branislav Ivanovic has been impressive on the right side of Chelsea's defense so far, stuffing opposing wing play and getting in on the action in the attacking third.
Ivanovic remains a brick wall on the back line for the Blues and even though his physical play gets him into trouble sometimes, you need that physicality from your fullbacks.
CENTER BACK: Vincent Kompany, Manchester City
Vincent Kompany is one of the best center backs in the league and has been for some time. His tough, tenacious defending for Manchester City has earned him the captain's armband from Roberto Mancini.
The Belgian rarely disappoints holding down Man City's back line and can score some pretty clutch goals along the way.
CENTER BACK: Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal
One of the reasons Arsenal have only conceded one goal so far this term is Thomas Vermaelen.
Vermaelen has emerged as one of the top center-backs in the league since his arrival at the Emirates and so far this season has continued his strong play with the Gunners.
Vermaelen often emulates his countryman Vincent Kompany, and the two are one of the most solid center-back pairings in international football.
LEFT BACK: Leighton Baines, Everton
Everton's left-back Leighton Baines is probably one of the most underrated performers in the Premier League, but that never seems to bother him. In fact, he seems to prefer it.
Baines is good at making those darting runs up the left flank when needed and he also brings tenacity to every challenge he makes. When Baines and teammate Marouane Fellaini start linking up well (see: Everton vs. Newcastle) Everton flows and moves effortlessly.
Baines earns his England call-ups with consistent league performances week in and week out.
DEFENSIVE/HOLDING MIDFIELDER: Joe Allen, Liverpool
Joe Allen has been one of the few bright spots on an otherwise disappointing Liverpool side.
Having played under Brendan Rodgers at Swansea last season, Allen has already settled into the new-look Liverpool, and has rarely put a foot wrong since.
Allen doesn't often mistime a pass or fail to find a teammate, but when he does, he does everything he can win the ball back and while he's not exactly a scoring threat, Allen has the ability to control the game from his midfield.
MIDFIELDER: Michu, Swansea City
Michu and Swansea City had their first bad game over the weekend against Aston Villa, but that hasn't stopped the former Rayo Vallecano man from being one of the most impressive players of the season so far.
Michu scored two goals on his debut and now is tied at the top of the scoring leaderboard with Robin van Persie with four goals in four games.
He certainly looks like one of the transfers of the season for Michael Laudrup.
MIDFIELDER: Marouane Fellaini, Everton
Marouane Fellaini has always been an impressive player for Everton, but this season he has been nothing short of dominating.
The big-haired Belgian has stamped his authority on almost every game so far this season, terrorizing opposing defenses and stifling opponents' midfields.
Fellaini hasn't been punished by Everton over comments that he wants to leave Merseyside (via The Guardian), but it's no surprise that Chelsea are already planning a £30 million bid for the Belgian international (via The Daily Mail).
Until then, Fellaini will continue to dominate games and control the Everton midfield.
LEFT WINGER: Lukas Podolski, Arsenal
Lukas Podolski looks like he's enjoying life at the Emirates after he broke Arsenal's scoring drought against Liverpool.
Podolski has looked dangerous all campaign coming off the left side, linking up with fellow new signing Santi Cazorla beautifully and often.
Whenever Olivier Giroud finds his shooting boots, Arsenal will have the best attacking three in the league.
RIGHT WINGER: Eden Hazard, Chelsea
Eden Hazard is an (extremely) early contender for Player of the Season. He has been nothing short of fantastic for Chelsea thus far.
Out of the eight goals Chelsea have scored in the league so far, Hazard has had a hand in seven of them, either through winning the penalty, providing the assist or scoring it himself.
Chelsea flows through him and if he can keep this up, then Chelsea will have no problem challenging for the title.
STRIKER: Carlos Tevez, Manchester City
Carlos Tevez is enjoying a resurgence with Manchester City this season and looks more like his dangerous, clinical self of old.
With his strike partner and countryman, Sergio Aguero, working back from injury, Tevez has taken it upon himself to provide the attacking outlet for Manchester City in Aguero's absence.
Tevez still possesses the quickness, speed, skill and eye for goal that make him so dangerous and when he's in the mood, there is little opposing teams can do to stop him.
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