The two Manchester clubs are fighting it out for the title. Chelsea have changed their manager again and Arsenal’s status as a Top Four club is under threat.
So far, so predictable.
The scope for genuine surprises in the Premier League era has been lessened by the immutable law of financial might, which insulates the big sides from failure and keeps the rest red in tooth and claw, fighting it out for another year of dizzying TV revenues.
We must, therefore, move beyond the collective in search of unexpected success stories. West Brom and Swansea’s respective starts to the season excepted, they are to be found on an individual level.
Following the annual influx of new players, promoted sides, academy graduates and renaissance men, the time is nigh to assess who has fared best. In no particular order, here they are.