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From Lloris to Costa: The Premier League Team of the Season so far

From Lloris to Costa: The Premier League Team of the Season so far

07/10/2016Sport

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It was anticipated that this would be the most entertaining Premier League season yet and it certainly hasn't disappointed so far, with there having already been some high-quality goals and dramatic fixtures.

Despite losing to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, Manchester City are top of the table after seven rounds of fixtures, with Pep Guardiola having made a major impact in his first few months in English football.

The likes of Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool have also started well, while Everton - under the guidance of Ronald Koeman - have registered some impressive victories.

So with that in mind, here's a look at the Premier League Team of the Season so far.



Goalkeeper - Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)

The Frenchman is one of the most reliable goalkeepers in the Premier League and he has started the season extremely well.

Tottenham have defended resiliently, but, on the occasions that they have been breached, Lloris has often been on hand to keep out the danger.

Possessing excellent reactions and good distribution, Lloris continues to excel, averaging 2.6 saves per game.

Right-back - Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

Another Tottenham player that has made a strong start to the season, Walker has made a significant contribution both defensively and going forwards.

The England international is excellent at making precise challenges to cut out opposition attacks and he regularly gets into the attacking third to deliver precise crosses to his team-mates.

Walker's overall game has improved immensely under Mauricio Pochettino, and he is now one of the standout defenders in the division.

Centre-back - Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur)

Given how impressive Tottenham have been at the back in the early stages of the campaign, it is of little surprise that they have so many defensive representatives in this team.

Alderweireld has been a rock for Pochettino's side, with his expert positioning and reading of the game integral to Tottenham's defensive masterplan.

The 27-year-old also provides a goalscoring threat from set-pieces, but it is his defensive work – averaging nine defensive actions per game – for which he is most renowned.

Centre-back - Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

One of Arsenal's longest-serving players, Koscielny has been the club's on-field captain in many of their games this season and he appears to be relishing his seniority in the side.

The centre-back is excellent at winning the ball in the air while he has also weighed in with some important goals for the Gunners against Southampton and Burnley.

A good organiser who is calm in possession, Koscielny is a fan favourite at Arsenal and his stock has risen even higher in the early weeks of this campaign.

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Left-back - Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)

The third Tottenham defender in this side, Rose is another player who has taken his game to new heights under Pochettino.

Rose often uses his pace to excellent effect and is especially adept at making recovery challenges when his side is in danger.

Like Walker, Rose also offers support to his team going forwards and is often a difficult threat for opposing defenders to deal with.

Defensive-midfield - Idrissa Gueye (Everton)

Gueye adapted seamlessly to playing in the Premier League when he joined Aston Villa last year and he has been hugely impressive since signing for Everton in the summer.

The 27-year-old is fantastic at cutting out opposition attacks – he’s won the most tackles (24) in the league so far – while his ability to play short, precise passes to his team-mates is another of his key attributes.

A shrewd signing by new Everton manager Ronald Koeman, Gueye's performances have been key to Everton's excellent start to the season.

Central-midfield - Etienne Capoue (Watford)

The midfielder has been in a rich vein of form for Watford so far this season and has enjoyed a prolific run in front of goal, scoring four times, while he has also provided one assist.

Capoue is capable of covering long distances and often uses his strength to get the better of opponents.

Although it is his attacking attributes that have attracted the most attention this campaign, Capoue has also been alert defensively for Walter Mazzarri's team.

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Right-wing - Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Mane joined Liverpool from Southampton in the summer transfer window and has made an instant impact for the Reds, impressing with his direct runs and excellent technical ability.

The Senegal international scored a superb goal in the victory over Arsenal on the opening weekend of the season, and he has continued to impress.

Mane's unpredictability makes him a nuisance for opposing defenders to deal with and, at this early stage, it appears that Liverpool's decision to sign him was an inspired one.

Central attacking midfield - Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

De Bruyne was already one of the division's key players last season, but he has stepped up another level following Guardiola's arrival at City, providing five assists in the Premier League.

A superb passer, De Bruyne appears a perfect fit for Guardiola's formation at City and has enjoyed playing centrally, which has afforded him greater freedom.

The Belgian is currently out injured and his importance to the team has been underlined by how they have struggled in his absence.

Left-wing - Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur)

There were rumours that Son could leave Tottenham in the summer, but the club's supporters will be delighted now that the South Korean remained at the club.

Capable of making an impact either on the left wing or up front, Son has been clinical this season, scoring four goals in as many Premier League games.

Quick, technically-gifted and capable of beating players with ease, Son's contribution has been key for Tottenham so far this campaign.

Striker - Diego Costa (Chelsea)

Costa struggled for consistency last season but the forward has been back to something approaching his best this campaign and has scored six goals in seven league games.

Chelsea's overall performances haven't been particularly impressive but Costa has excelled for Antonio Conte's side and has demonstrated an increased tendency to link up with his team-mates.

Costa is currently leading the Premier League goalscoring chart and he will be seeking to win the Golden Boot for the first time in English football.

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Write-up by Jeorge Bird at Squawka.com