With the international break putting the kybosh on Premier League action for a couple of weeks, fervent football watchers will be seeing a few teams of the season bouncing around the web over the next ten days.
David de Gea
Despite having to marshall multiple defensive combinations at the start of the Premier League campaign, most of which contained at least one teenager, the Manchester United number one is just three clean-sheets behind Southampton’s Fraser Forster in the Golden Glove standings, with ten.
De Gea, who is widely regarded as the best keeper in the world at present, has also made more saves than any other stopper currently playing for a side in the Premier League’s top four.
He picks up plenty of cards, with ten yellows and a red so far this term, but the pugilistic Serb has been exemplary in attack, with four goals and four assists.
It’s almost an afterthought that Ivanovic has been ever present in the top-flight’s second-tightest backline.
Like his teammate Ivanovic, England’s former skipper has started all 29 of Premier League leaders Chelsea’s top-flight matches so far this season.
The 34-year-old’s partner often changes, with Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma sharing second centre-half duties at Stamford Bridge, but there’s no shifting Terry at the moment.
The only team to have conceded fewer goals than the Blues this term is Southampton, so their on-the-pitch captain barges his way into this side.
Fonte was named in League One’s team of the year for the 2010-11 campaign, so he has come a long way quickly.
The man who played 70 minutes of Chelsea’s Champions League final win over FC Bayern Munchen back in May 2012 never scaled such heights again in west London, but Bertrand has been brilliant for Saints this season, starting 26 of their 30 top-flight matches so far and scoring/assisting four goals.
The Capital One Cup holders were unbeaten in 18 Premier League games between August and New Year’s Day with the Serbian in the side, winning 14 of those fixtures.
There are few holding-midfielders in world football who can match him.
Four goals and four assists from the young Brazilian isn’t a spectacular return, but Coutinho was instrumental during Liverpool’s 13-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, which ran from mid-December until the 2-1 loss to Man Utd at Anfield.
Having been in from the off for every one of those games, the 22-year-old edges out Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas, who started the season like a train but hasn’t been up to much recently.
Arsenal reportedly considered selling the Spaniard to Atletico Madrid for £20m last summer. Seven Premier League goals and eight assists later, they must be relieved they didn’t.
Like Fabregas, Sanchez has blown hot and cold recently, with just one strike in his past seven top-flight outings, but 20 combined goals/assists in his first Premier League season cannot be ignored.
The young Belgian has bagged a whopping tally of 11 Premier League goals and seven assists so far this term.
Hazard is also yet to miss a penalty in the division, with the two he has stroked home in 2014/15 making it seven from seven.
A time traveller from early 2014 would be stunned by the inclusion of Spurs’ 21-year-old, but 19 goals in 20 Premier League starts under Mauricio Pochettino is too good a return not to have him in.