Premier League XI

We’re eleven rounds into what’s been a fantastic premier league season. Here are the top performers in the first third of the year.

GK
Joe Hart, Manchester City
England’s number one has been brilliant between the sticks for City. Ten goals conceded in eleven games.

RB
Micah Richards, Manchester City
Richards really deserved an England call during the international break–he’s unlucky to play a position that has such a glut of talent for the Three Lions.

CB
Fab Coloccini, Newcastle
The Argentine has been much maligned by the Magpie faithful in the past, but this season he’s combined defensive solidity and goalscoring and made himself a fan favorite.

CB
Phil Jones, Man Utd
The former Blackburn man (boy) has played a slew of positions this season, but in my mind he’s at his best as a ball-playing center half.

LB
Jose Enrique, Liverpool
Liverpool show signs of brilliance, but inconsistent play and injuries continue to drag them down. Enrique has been one of their only steady players, and he looks a bargain for King Kenny.

MID
Joann Cabaye, Newcastle
Cabaye is pure class. It’s that simple. He can do it all in the midfield, and I would not be surprised if he didn’t get snapped up by a club like United in the summer.

MID
Juan Mata, Chelsea
Chelsea, like Liverpool, have been startlingly inconsistent, but all of their best play has come through Mata.

MID
David Silva, Man City
The most talented player in the league, in my opinion.

FWD
Robin Van Persie, Arsenal
RVP is ‘slow’ and ‘weak’. Other than that, he’s scored 31 goals in his last 29 games and looks like Thierry Henry reincarnated.

FWD
Sergio Aguero, Man City
Kün looks every bit as good as advertised. Tevez may be in exile by City seem to have a knack for mercurial Argentine strikers.

FWD
Gabriel Agbonlahor, Aston Villa
This appears to finally be the year that Gabby puts it all together. His new manager has given him license to roam in a Wayne Rooney-esque role, and his play is going through the roof.

MANAGER
Alan Pardew, Newcastle
Who knew? Pardew made a few key signings and implemented some serious defensive discipline and now United are cracking the top four.

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