Coral’s Premier League team of the season so far
Now that we’re 14 games into the Premier League season, Coral’s football experts got thinking. Who has made the team of the season so far?
There’s a strong presence from league leaders Chelsea and high-flying Southampton, 3/1 for a top four finish. Read on and discover who has made our all-star XI:
Goalkeeper: Lukasz Fabianski
Swansea stopper and summer signing Fabianski has certainly been on a mission to prove Arsenal wrong for letting him go. The Polish goalie has kept six clean sheets (only Southampton’s Fraser Forster has more) and made the fourth-most saves of any custodian in the Premier League this term.
Right back: Nathaniel Clyne
Saints defender Clyne has played so well that Roy Hodgson could ignore the clamour for his inclusion in the England national squad and team no longer. All-action up and down the flank, he has helped Southampton keep seven cleans this term so and chipped in with impressive goals.
Centre back: Gary Cahill
Chelsea defender Cahill continues to be a commanding presence alongside club captain John Terry, who equally could have made our XI. We’ve gone for the younger man in the heart of the Blues backline, though. Five clean sheets from Cahill, having played fewer games, gets him the nod.
Centre back: Toby Alderweireld
Southampton loan signing Alderweireld is included off the back of brilliant defensive displays since Ronald Koeman came calling. It was real coup landing the Belgium international for the season from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid. Alderweireld has helped Saints seal six shut-outs this term, having turned over fewer times than club captain Jose Fonte.
Left back: Leighton Baines
Everton’s awesome left-sided force Baines continues to rack up assists like they’re going out of fashion and is deadly from dead balls. Southampton loanee Ryan Bertrand and Aaron Cresswell of West Ham United are moving into view, though, but for now it’s the Toffees favourite who remains the best in his position.
Right wing: Alexis Sanchez
Nine Premier League goals for Arsenal is awesome from Chile sensation Sanchez. It gets him ahead of another big summer signing Angel Di Maria (Manchester United), who has assisted more, but needs to show more of a scoring appetite.
Central midfield: Cesc Fabregas
It’s as if he’s never been away. Former Arsenal skipper Fabregas has seen his silky Spanish skills used to great effect by Jose Mourinho. ‘The Special One’ wanted this proven Premier League player and rumours were the Gunners could not find a space for him. Fabregas has rewarded the Blues’ desire to get him by laying on 10 assists already.
Central midfield: Gylfi Sigurdsson
Second only to his engine room partner in our all-star XI for teeing up teams, Iceland international Sigurdsson has lived up to his potential at Swansea. This is his second spell at the Liberty, following a loan period before throwing his lot in with Tottenham. That mistake is behind him now, however, with eight assists already in the bag and most for Wilfried Bony.
Left wing: Dusan Tadic
Serbia star Tadic has taken Southampton by storm. Orchestrator-in-chief of their 8-0 demolition of Sunderland, that rout helped him take his assists tally to six. Tadic has been a threat down either flank and when popping up in central areas too. Long may it continue for Koeman.
Striker: Diego Costa
Would the Brazilian-born Spain striker be a flop following a dismal World Cup and limping out of the Champions League final in his last appearance for Atletico Madrid? Not a bit of it! Chelsea splashed a reported £32m on Costa and have been rewarded with 11 goals so far. He is a 2/1 chance to be Premier League top scorer come the end of the season.
Striker: Sergio Aguero
No all-star XI would be complete without the leading marksman. Argentina attacker Aguero has averaged a perfect 14 goals in as many games and is single-handedly spearheading Manchester City’s Premier League title defence. The Etihad outfit are 4/1 chances to retain the trophy.