Fans of the Premier League can rejoice at the thought of no international football until March following the conclusion of the World Cup qualifiers and friendlies this week.
England played out two drab goalless draws against world champions Germany and Brazil with Gareth Southgate assessing his options ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Players will return to their respective clubs ahead of game week 12 of Premier League action with Manchester City leading the race for the title having not lost a game thus far.
We take a look at the top performers of the season so far…
Goalkeeper – David de Gea (Manchester United)
Between the sticks, we go with Manchester United’s David de Gea who narrowly pips Burnley’s Nick Pope and Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris to the post. The Spaniard has kept more clean sheets (8) than any other Premier League keeper and has averaged more saves per 90 minutes than Gianluigi Buffon, Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas. Oddly, the former Atletico keeper received no votes for the 2017 Fifa Best Goalkeeper award.
Defender – Joe Gomez (Liverpool)
In the absence of Nathaniel Clyne, former Charlton defender, Joe Gomez, has performed incredibly for Liverpool this season. Playing out of a position at right-back, Gomez has been Jurgen Klopp’s best defender, and after comfortably pocketing Neymar during only his second appearance for England, where he was named man of the match, Liverpool fans have been called for the 20-year-old to be used centrally. Gomez can go on to become a crucial player for both club and country.
Defender – Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
Despite Chelsea’s title defence faltering, Cesar Azpilicueta has continued his excellent form of last campaign. Pablo Zabaleta is the only defender that has made more tackles than the Spaniard (18), and he has formed a superb link-up with new signing, Alvaro Morata. His five assists have all been to Morata – and no other partnership has yielded more goals.
Defender – James Tarkowski (Burnley)
Burnley have made an exceptional start to the season and find themselves in seventh with 19 points from their opening 11 games. Sean Dyche has attracted the attention of Everton, but he will seemingly remain loyal to the Clarets. James Tarkowski has filled the boots of Michael Keane following his move to Everton with no other player in the league blocking more shots (18). His form has given him an outside chance of making England’s World Cup squad.
Defender – Shane Duffy (Brighton)
Another side who have made a great start to the season is Premier League newcomers Brighton – who are sitting pretty in eighth place. Their success have been built on a sturdy defence with Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy proving to be a formidable partnership. Duffy has won more aerial duels (52) and made more clearances (88) than any other player in the league.
Midfield – Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)Embed from Getty Images
Finally starting to repay his £50m price tag is Raheem Sterling, who has excelled in Pep Guardiola’s second season at Manchester City. Rumours were circulating in the summer that Sterling could be involved in a swap deal with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, but he has established himself as a key player at the Etihad. Despite Guardiola rotating his attackers, Sterling has still managed to score seven goals in eight appearances as well as registering two assists.
Midfield – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)Embed from Getty Images
Manchester City’s leading man, Kevin De Bruyne, could arguably be the Premier League’s player of the season so far and his performances have helped the Citizens maintain an unbeaten start to the season. The Belgian midfielder has scored two goals and registered six assists – the second most in the league. The 26-year-old has played 26 key passes which are more than any other player so far this season.
Midfield – David Silva (Manchester City)
Equally as impressive as De Bruyne is his City team-mate, David Silva. The Spaniard has picked up seven assists, the most in the Premier League while scoring one goal in the process. He scooped the Northwest Player of the Year award recently for his performances and continued his fine form by netting two goals for Spain against Costa Rica.
Forward – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Easily the signing of the summer, Mohamed Salah has set the Premier League alight second time around following his £34m move from Roma to Liverpool. The Egyptian winger has scored 12 goals in his first 17 appearances for the Reds in all competitions, adding a terrifying dynamic to Liverpool’s attack alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. He is on course to finish as Liverpool’s best goal scorer since Luis Suarez and has been nominated for the African Player of the Year award.
Forward – Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)Embed from Getty Images
2017/18 has been a record-breaking season for Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero as he surpassed Eric Brook’s all-time goal scoring record (177) by taking his total to 179 for the club. He achieved this record in just 264 appearances – cementing his place in their history, not to say he hasn’t already. Aguero’s eight goals in the league make him the joint top scorer thus far.
Forward – Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Alongside Aguero at the top of the Premier League scoring chart is Tottenham’s Harry Kane with eight goals; 40% of Tottenham’s overall goal haul this season. The England international has established himself as the best number nine in the division, netting 38 goals in the calendar year, and his performances have reportedly attracted the interest of Real Madrid. Kane completes our Premier League team of the season so far.
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