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Premier League Team of the Season so far

As the festive period draws to a close, we've seen Arsenal top the table at Christmas, only to be promptly dethroned with a disappointing defeat to Fulham, while Manchester City returned to the Premier League as world champions with back-to-back wins.

With the halfway point in the season behind us, we look at the Premier League Team of the Season so far...

GK – Guglielmo Vicario

He’s got some way to go before displacing Alisson as the Premier League’s best goalkeeper, but Guglielmo Vicario could hardly have enjoyed a better start to his Tottenham career.

Only Emi Martinez of Aston Villa – who deploy a similarly high line – has completed more defensive actions outside of his area than sweeper-keeper Vicario and only Burnley’s James Trafford has completed more passes.

On top of that, no goalkeeper has a better goals prevented tally than the Italian’s 6.7, 2.6 better than next best Thomas Kaminski.

RB – Trent Alexander-Arnold

Only one defender has been involved in more than 80 shot-creating actions in the Premier League this season – and that’s if we can still call him a defender.

There have long been questions over Trent Alexander-Arnold’s defensive prowess, but towards the end of last season, we saw Jurgen Klopp deploy the 25-year-old in a more inverted midfield role.

Alexander-Arnold has spent more time there this season, dictating play from deep with his wonderful range of passing launching numerous attacks for Liverpool.

CB – William Saliba

It feels like an awful long time since Arsenal were fielding the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Rob Holding in defence, and with no disrespect meant to the aforementioned players, the introduction of William Saliba has been a huge part in the Gunners’ transformation from also-rans to genuine title contenders.

The Frenchman took no time at all settling in last season and has picked up where he left off this, leading Arsenal's title charge from the back. 

CB – Virgil van Dijk

The wrong side of 30 and the victim of a serious knee injury, it’s little wonder people were writing Virgil van Dijk off. 

To be fair, the injury seemed to have taken its toll, with the Dutchman no longer quite as imperious as he once was, but credit where it’s due, Van Dijk is enjoying a fantastic revival at the heart of Liverpool’s defence.

LB – Destiny Udogie

Tottenham only added three players to their first team prior to the season starting and it’s hard to say for certain who’s had the biggest impact.

Spurs have been revitalised under Ange Postecoglou, and how refreshing it’s been for Tottenham fans to see Destiny Udogie marauding down the left flank.

His recovery pace is vital in Ange Postecoglou’s adventurous side, and the Italian continues to play a huge role in the final third for Spurs.

CM – Declan Rice

With a strong back four, a potent front four, and a midfield two that rarely let Arsenal down last season, it was hard to see where Arsenal could significantly improve – prior to the arrival of Declan Rice, that is.

Rice has been sensational for the Gunners, breaking up play, starting attacks and adding more control to Arsenal games this season. If Mikel Arteta’s men are to launch another title challenge, Rice will be pivotal to its success.

CM – Rodri

Manchester City have lost three Premier League games this season. Rodri has missed three Premier League games this season. Of course, the two marry up perfectly. 

The best holding midfielder – not just in the league, but the world – provides Pep Guardiola’s side with perfect balance and control, allowing the flashier attackers to strut their stuff. Keep him fit – and free from suspension – and City should win the title.

RW – Mohamed Salah

Since his remarkable debut season, Mohamed Salah’s best goals + assists/90 tally has been 1.17 – the only other time he cleared 1.00. Through the first half of this season, he’s on 1.14.

Jurgen Klopp played Salah in a wider role last season, limiting his goalscoring impact but facilitating his creativity. This season, he seems to have found the perfect balance. 

With 14 goals already, even AFCON shouldn’t stop him reaching 20 for a fifth season, and he only needs two more assists to reach double figures once again.

LW – Son Heung-min

With 16 goal contributions, last season was Son Heung-min’s lowest return since his debut season for Tottenham. And how would he fare this season without Harry Kane? 

Rather well as it happens. Son has taken the mantle of talisman brilliantly in Kane’s absence, already bettering his tally for goals (12) and goal contributions (17), and his appearance at the Asia Cup will be a huge blow to Tottenham.

CF – Ollie Watkins

There are a handful of strikers battling it out to be Harry Kane’s deputy in Germany this summer, but based on how his 2023 has gone, it’s hard to see Ollie Watkins not being on the plane to Euro 2024.

The centre-forward has been outstanding in leading Aston Villa’s charge for Champions League football, and with 17 goals and assists in 20 games, only Salah, Erling Haaland and Son have more so far this season.

CF – Erling Haaland

Death, taxes, and Erling Haaland scoring between the hours of 3pm and 5pm on a Saturday afternoon.

Perhaps because of his recent injury that saw him miss the final few weeks of the year as well as the Club World Cup, Haaland has gone somewhat under the radar as we’ve reached the turn of the year, but despite not playing for a month, Haaland still leads the goalscoring charts with 14 goals, and as soon as he’s back, the goals are bound to follow with another Golden Boot surely on the way.

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