We expected a competitive season in the English Premier League and the 2021/22 campaign has been nothing short of entertaining so far. After eleven matchdays, Chelsea are the league leaders closely followed by defending champions Manchester City, while West Ham United and Liverpool make up the top four. Arsenal and Manchester United are not far behind while Wolves, Brighton and Spurs follow in that order.
In this article we will review the best individual performances of the season so far and make a starting lineup out of them.
From back to front, here we go...
Goalkeeper - Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)
10 games, 6 clean sheets
The Senegalese shot stopper has been superb in between the sticks for Chelsea. He currently leads the Premier League clean sheet charts with 6 shutouts to his name so far.
Center back - Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)
10 games, 1 goal & 6 clean sheets
Rudiger's presence at the back for Chelsea has contributed to their incredible defensive record in the league this season. The league leaders have conceded just 4 goals so far, thanks in huge part to the bullish German.
Center back - Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
11 games, 1 assist & 7 clean sheets
Man City have the second best defensive record in the league. They have conceded just 6 goals and Dias has played a huge part in it.
Left back - Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)
11 games, 1 clean sheet & 2 assists
The Portuguese full back has played a major role in the impressive displays by Man City this season. Pep Guardiola has deployed him mostly at left back this season and he has not failed to deliver, forming a lethal partnership with Jack Grealish on the left flank for City.
Right back - Reece James (Chelsea)
8 matches, 4 goals, 3 assists & 5 clean sheets
Not many would have predicted that James would be Chelsea's highest goalscorer at this stage of the season. The English right back has contributed directly to 7 goals for the European champions this season.
Midfielder - Mateo Kovačić (Chelsea)
9 matches, 1 goal & 5 assists
Before his muscle injury, Kovačić was immense for Chelsea in the middle of the park. He already has 6 goal contributions from midfield, which is the highest in a single season in his entire career.
Midfielder - Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace)
10 matches, 4 goals & 2 assists
Gallagher has been the main creative outlet for Patrick Vieira's Eagles since he made the loan switch from Chelsea. The England youth international is their highest goalscorer this term and could end the season on double figures with the way he is going.
Midfielder - Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal)
11 matches, 4 goals & 2 assists
The 21 year old was handed the iconic number 10 jersey this season and he has justified that decision with his impressive displays so far. Smith Rowe was recently called up to the England senior national team and he deserves it.
Forward - Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
11 matches, 10 goals & 7 assists
Salah has arguably been the best player in the English top-flight this season. The Egyptian winger currently leads the way as both the highest goalscorer and top assist provider in the EPL this season.
Forward - Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
11 matches, 7 goals & 1 assist
Vardy is showing no signs of slowing down even at the age of 34. The veteran English striker is still the main goal getter for Leicester City and currently sits in second place in the golden boot race.
Forward - Michail Antonio (West Ham United)
10 matches, 6 goals & 3 assists
Antonio has been a major factor spurring West Ham's incredible run in the league this season. The Jamaican international's goal contributions has led the Hammers to a top 3 spot on the log after eleven games; above the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.
In a 4-3-3 formation, below is a lineup of the team of the EPL season so far.
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