Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Diego Costa in Premier League XI of season so far

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Updated: October 5, 2016
Football, Premier League

We’re seven games into the new Premier League season and already some players have made their mark.

Performance data giants Opta, and the stats team at Oulala.com, have compiled a side to which stars make their XI of the term so far in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero have scored 13 goals between them this campaign, but they make the grade. So who does out of the 414 players used?


 

Goalkeeper – Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

In five appearances he has kept three clean sheets – the same as Petr Cech and Fraser Forster, although both have played two games more. The 29-year-old’s two goals conceded is the fewest of any goalkeeper to have played at least five game. A key reason to Tottenham’s bright start this term.

Right back – Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)

A man reborn this season his performances have reflected it. Defensively he’s made five tackles, 13 interceptions, five blocks and 21 clearances. Going forward he’s had 11 successful dribbles and produced six key passes.

Centre back – Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

Arsenal’s matchwinner Burnley has two goals to his name in his six appearances so far. The defender has won 20 aerial duels, made 17 interceptions, seven blocks and 33 clearances while boast a pass accuracy of 90 per cent.

Centre back – Curtis Davies (Hull City)

Sits first in interceptions (45) and blocks (17) while fifth in clearances (38).

Left back – Daley Blind (Manchester United)

Thirteen tackles, 19 interceptions and 32 appearances in six appearances sees the Dutchman make his way into the XI. Blind, who has also been deployed at centre back, has recorded a pass accuracy of 87 per cent, while he has also contributed further up the pitch, registering six key passes and two assists.

Central midfield – Idrissa Gueye (Everton)

Of all the Toffees’ summer signings; it’s the former Aston Villa man who has made the biggest impression. The Senegal international has made the most tackles of anyone in the Premier League (28) while completing the fourth-highest amount of passes (396). The 27-year-old has a pass accuracy of 88 per cent and has provided one assist.

Central midfield – Etienne Capoue (Watford)

Watford’s midfielder has been a revelation in a more attacking role this season and this is reflected with his four goals so far – making him the league’s joint-fifth top scorer. The midfielder has also weighed in with six key passes and an assist, while having made 13 successful tackles and interceptions.

Right-attacking midfield – Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Dynamic and daring, Manchester City’s No 7 looks revitalised this season. The England international is the Premier League’s fifth top scorer with four goals from 16 shots. His shot accuracy of 75 per cent is only second to Romelu Lukaku (76 per cent) of any of the 25 players to have registered 16 or more shots. The 21-year-old has also recorded two assists (7th), suffered 15 fouls (7th) and completed 23 successful dribbles (4th).

Central-attacking midfield – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Pep Guardiola has been effusive of his Belgium playmaker this season and that stats support his views. In six appearances he has two goals, completed eight successful dribbles and has enjoyed a pass accuracy of 83 per cent. In addition De Bruyne has also registered the most assists in the Premier League (4), as well as registering 16 key passes (7th).

Left-attacking midfield – Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)

The Brazilian is statistically the league’s best player this season, sitting high in six attacking areas. He has made 14 key passes (11th), two assists (7th), completed 17 successful dribbles (9th) and created 16 chances for his team-mates (11th). His three goals has him ranked as the 13th highest top scorer, while he has the second most attempts on goal (29).

Striker – Diego Costa (Chelsea)

The Spain international has regained the form which saw his spearhead Chelsea to the title two seasons ago. He is the Premier League’s top scorer at present with six goals in seven games and boasts a 72 per cent shot accuracy. It’s not all about goals though for the 27-year-old who has provided two assists and seven key passes too.

By Luke Augustus

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