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We’re halfway through the most unpredictable Barclays Premier League season of all time! To celebrate the beginning of part two, we look at the stars that have lit up the early stages of this footy-tastic campaign.

 

 

 

 

David de Gea, Manchester United 

David de Gea

He has the best saves-to-goal-ratio of any Premier League stopper.

Where would Manchester United be without their 25-year-old Spanish stopper?  Given he recorded seven clean sheets and pulled off a number of match-winning saves in the first half of the season, the answer is a lot lower down the table.

See him in: Sunderland v Manchester United, live on BT Sport, 13 February

Hector Bellerin, Arsenal 

Hector Bellerin

Most famous for potentially being faster than Usain Bolt.

Last season, Bellerin was most famous for potentially being faster than Usain Bolt. This season, the 20-year-old is most famous for mixing a potent attacking threat with a number of crucial interceptions.

See him in: Manchester United v Arsenal, live on Sky Sports, 28 February 

Scott Dann, Crystal Palace 

Scott Dann

Up front, he’s nicked the odd goal.

This no-nonsense centre half’s rock-solid form has been a major factor in Palace’s strong start. At the back, the 28-year-old averaged 6.36 clearances a game up until the end of December. Up front, he’s nicked the odd goal, including the winner at Liverpool.

See him in: West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace, live on Sky Sports, 27 February

Chris Smalling, Manchester United 

Chris Smalling

The 26-year-old Louis van Gaal mistakenly calls ‘Mike’ has improved his passing accuracy

This season, the 26-year-old Louis van Gaal mistakenly calls ‘Mike’ has improved his passing accuracy and beefed up his defence. As a result, he has martialled the United back line to one of the best defences in the first half of the season.

See him in: Chelsea v Manchester United, live on Sky Sports, 7 February

Aleksandar Kolarov, Manchester City 

Aleksandar Kolarov

Kolarov has taken the position by the scruff of the neck.

At the start of the season, debate raged about who City’s best left-back was. Now, there is no argument. Kolarov has taken the position by the scruff of the neck, making important interceptions and carving out an impressive number of goal-scoring opportunities.

See him in: Newcastle United v Manchester City, live on Sky Sports, 28 February 

Danny Drinkwater, Leicester City 

Danny Drinkwater

He’s adept at keeping play moving and picking out teammates in the attacking third.

Every team needs an unsung hero to do its dirty work, and this season Drinkwater has stepped up to the plate for Leicester. The 25-year-old defensive midfielder’s main job is to break up opposition attacks, but he is also adept at keeping play moving and picking out teammates in the attacking third.

See him in: Aston Villa v Leicester City, live on Sky Sports, 16 January

Ross Barkley, Everton 

Ross Barkley

Barkley has finally shown that he’s the real deal.

After a lacklustre 2014/15 season, Barkley has shown that he’s the real deal this time out. An impressive haul of goals and assists only tell part of the story. He’s a tiger in the tackle and a genuinely world class dribbler.

See him in: Liverpool v Everton, live on Sky Sports, 28 February

Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City 

Riyad Mahrez

He has created 30 chances and completed six assists.

The silky Algerian winger has been a revelation in 2015/16. On top of bagging 13 goals before the end of December, the 24-year-old also created more than 30 chances and completed a significant number of assists. It’s little wonder the game’s big guns are rumoured to be circling.

See him in: Manchester City v Leicester City, live on BT Sport, 6 February

Mesut Ozil, Arsenal 

Mesut Ozil

The 27-year-old World Cup winner has created a league-leading number of chances so far this season.

Finally, the Gunners’ record signing is delivering. On top of scoring goals and setting a Barclays Premier League record by recording an assist in seven consecutive games, the 27-year-old World Cup winner has created a league-leading number of chances so far this season.

See him in: Bournemouth v Arsenal, live on Sky Sports, 7 February 

Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool 

Philippe Coutinho

He has notched four goals and an assist in Klopp’s first five league games.

Just when Liverpool fans thought this Brazilian couldn’t get any better, Jurgen Klopp came along and turned him into a one-man wrecking ball. The 23-year-old notched four goals and an assist in Klopp’s first five league games.

See him in: Norwich City v Liverpool, live on BT Sport, 23 January 

Jamie Vardy, Leicester City 

Jamie Vardy

No wonder he’s having a party!

Three-and-a-bit years ago, Vardy was playing non-league football. This season, the speedy striker has played for England and scored in a record-breaking 11 consecutive Barclays Premier League matches. No wonder he’s having a party.

See him in: Manchester City v Leicester City, live on BT Sport, 6 February

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