As we approach the 12th round of games in the English Premier League, a look at the best team so far is taken.
If the league were to end today, this XI would be the PFA Team of the Season without a doubt.
GK – Heaton
The former Manchester United goalie has turned into a fine player at Burnley, with his performances in between the stick earning him a Three Lions callup even while at the Championship.
Since Burnley’s promotion, Heaton has been responsible for the most saves (60) in the topflight, and has kept 3 clean sheets thus far.
RB – Azpilicueta
He has played every minute of Chelsea’s campaign in the EPL this season, and contributed largely to their last 5 games which saw them go unbeaten and without conceding a single goal.
Cesar has won possession with 81% of his tackles thus far, and remains a very vital player for the Blues in their 3-man defence system.
CB – Vertonghen
Tottenham have conceded just 6 goals this term, with only 1 coming from open play.
Behind this wall is a wall; Jan Vertonghen. He has made the most clearances this season in the Premier League (107) and his 72% aerial duel win ratio is the best of any central defender.
CB – Koscielny
The ever-reliable Arsenal skipper hasn’t only prevented the team from losing (remember that last-ditch piece of defending against ‘Boro), he has won them a game (Burnley) this season.
Koscielny has also won possession with 91% of his tackles, and no central defender has made more interceptions (32) than the France international.
Where would Arsenal be without this guy?
LB – Monreal
Finally, it could be the year of the Arsenal left-back who looks poised to snatch a starting berth in the national team ahead of the injured Alba.
Nacho has made the most interceptions (38) by a full-back in the league thus far, and remains a valuable presence in the Gunners backline.
AMR – Hazard
2014-15 PFA Player of the Season is back to his marauding best, and has become Chelsea’s best player again after being sprinkled with magical dust by Conte.
Hazard has 7 goals and 1 assist in 11 games. With his blistering form in front of goal, this could be his best season ever.
CM – De Bruyne
Manchester City woefully lost the only league game the Belgian star and Chelsea reject missed.
Despite that, he has created most assists thus far (6), and created the 2nd most chances (31) while also weighing in 2 goals. That Barcelona freekick doesn’t count as an EPL achievement but it deserves a special shout out, though.
Probably the next best thing to happen to Liverpool’s midfield after Gerrard. The side’s skipper has been in sublime form in a number 6 role for the Reds this season.
No player has completed more passes (800), made more tackles (47), and covered more distance (131.3km) in the Premier League than him.
AML – Coutinho
For almost a decade now, Barcelona have been on the heels of this talented dude. Forgive the exaggeration, but considering that only few can match his abilities on the ball, it’s understandable why he’s EPL’s most wanted player.
He has had a hand in 10 of Liverpool’s goals (5 goals and 5 assists) this term and looks set to lead them to an unprecedented title win.
CF – Costa
9 goals in 11 games! This is one of the hottest man in front of goal at the moment.
The much maligned Spain international has converted 24% of his shots and assisted thrice. He seems a changed man under Conte. Not only with the goals but with his recent conducts.
C.F – Lukaku
The 23-year-old is the only player with an hat-trick in the topflight this season.
7 goals and 3 assists in 10 games!!!