This season might only be four games old, but it has certainly not been short of headline-grabbers.
Manchester City’s start has been as dominant as they come, with Yaya Toure, David Silva and Sergio Aguero collecting the plaudits. Elsewhere, Bafetimbi Gomis, Callum Wilson, Riyad Mahrez and Scott Sinclair have all been asking the best of the nation’s pun-writers.
But which players have been equally as important yet managed to stay under the radar – for now. Here is our pick of four of the best…
The Serbian’s four years at Manchester City have been typified by an almost constant rotation in the side with fellow left back Gael Clichy. Kolarov has also often been used as an attacking substitution, giving credence to the school of thought that while Clichy is the safer defensive bet, Kolarov offers more going forward.
Well, with four clean sheets to his name along with a goal, this season suggests that the Serbian is ready to produce a potent combo of defensive solidity and attacking threat, with Raheem Sterling’s energy down the flank a clear compliment to Kolarov’s game. The way he’s started the season, it’s difficult to envisage a way back in for his French rival.
The box of tricks that comes with Mahrez appears to have been furnished with the goals and assists long promised to and hoped for by Leicester fans, and the Algerian winger has rightly taken most of the acclaim for the Foxes’ impressive start to the season.
But Albrighton’s willing running up and down Leicester’s opposite flank has also provided one goal and three assists, while crucially stretching the width of the pitch to provide the space his in-from teammate thrives on.
Swansea are morphing into everyone’s second team, and with a side boasting the veritable goalscoring talents of Gomis and slick new signing Andre Ayew, who can begrudge them?
Although his return of one assist in three games before injury has seen him overlooked in various pundits’ teams of the week, anyone who has watched Swansea live this season will have witnessed the importance of their other midfield wizard, Ecuadorian wide man Montero.
Compact, quick, strong and comfortable on the ball, he’s the archetypal Swansea favourite. Provided he stays clear of injury, he’ll be back to run his teammates close come the player-of-the-year awards.
The good news for Newcastle is, despite being joint-bottom of the league, one of their players has made our list for his brilliant performances so far. The bad news? That man is their goalkeeper, Krul.
With 24 saves already this season, he’s leading the rest of his Premier League contemporaries, even if Newcastle’s haul of just two points from 12 have seen few compliments head his way.
Steve McClaren’s arrival on Tyneside might have seen a few impressive forays into the market for attacking signings, but if Krul’s early season form is any indicator, the Dutch goalkeeper may have appreciated a few more new faces directly in front of him.