Mohamed Salah and Allan Saint-Maximin dazzle into Sportsmail’s team of the season so far

With the second international break of the season underway, the top of the table remains tight with just two points separating first from sixth. 

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Mohamed Salah has started his campaign in firing fashion to no one’s surprise, while Paul Pogba holds the crown as the assist king. 

Meanwhile, it could be a three-way race for the Golden Glove award this season as Edouard Mendy, Ederson and Alisson all look formidable between the posts. 

It is a long way to go until May 22 and there’s everything left to play for. Players can easily drop in and out of form like a yo-yo, but who has impressed to make our team of the season so far? 

Here, Sportsmail takes a look at the players that could make the Premier League team of the season to date.

Saint-Maximin has been the bright spark amid Newcastle's gloomy start to the season

Mohamed Salah and Allan Saint-Maximin have both impressed in attack this season

GOALKEEPER

Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)

The No 1 spot is arguably the toughest spot to fill with the Premier League offering an array of talent between the posts. 

Before the international break Alisson and Ederson faced off in the battle of the Brazilians when Liverpool hosted Man City with both keepers letting two past. But the Liverpool No 1 in particular was called on to make some spectacular saves. 

There’s also a case for David de Gea who is enjoying somewhat a season of redemption with a renaissance in goal. 

But it is Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy who snatches the spot. The Senegalese glovesman just missed out on the Golden Glove to Man City’s Ederson last season but has kept three clean sheets so far to put him in contention once again this campaign. 

He has conceded just three goals while tested between the posts, making a total of 19 saves to see his side climb to the top of the table.

Edouard Mendy has made 19 saves this season to keep rivals from knocking Chelsea off the top

Edouard Mendy has made 19 saves this season to keep rivals from knocking Chelsea off the top

DEFENDERS

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) 

Trent Alexander-Arnold was sidelined for Liverpool’s clash with Man City and the amount the Reds struggled without him at right back is a testament to how much he has excelled this season.

The right back plays a key role in Liverpool’s attacking options and the numbers he posts demonstrate that. 

In 132 Premier League appearances he has scored eight goals and provided 34 assists. This season he may only have 2 assists to his name but he generated 19 shots for his Reds team-mates over the first four games of the season. 

His formidable crosses and penchant for arriving on the edge of the box to pull the trigger have continuously proved the bane of many teams in the Premier League. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold w

Trent Alexander-Arnold provided his first assist of the season in the Reds’ first home game

Thiago Silva (Chelsea) 

Thiago Silva may have just turned 37 but he is still at the top of his game.

Following a late start after missing the early stages of pre-season due to competing in the Copa America with Brazil over the summer, he has started in three of Chelsea’s league fixtures and come off the bench in two.

He impressed particularly in Chelsea’s 3-0 wins over Aston Villa and Tottenham making a big contribution to their clean sheets. 

His stability and leadership from the back have lead Thomas Tuchel’s side to just one defeat against last season’s champions Manchester City.

Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)

Last season, Rudiger enjoyed perhaps one of the best individual comebacks of the season and the Germany international continues to be a central cog in Chelsea’s backline this term. 

Rudiger has revived his Blues career with some excellent, commanding displays at the back leading Chelsea to top of the table.

The 28-year-old has started the season strongly, helping the Blues keep four clean sheets from their first seven Premier League games. 

The German has also stepped up in Thiago Silva’s absence at times this campaign to restore confidence to the Blues’ backline.

Antonio Rudiger (left) experienced a comeback season at Chelsea last season under Tuchel

Antonio Rudiger (left) experienced a comeback season at Chelsea last season under Tuchel

Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)

Joao Cancelo has helped Pep Guardiola’s side lay down a timely reminder of their dominance in the Premier League, specifically by beating the reigning European champions away at Stamford Bridge.

The 27-year-old has been instrumental in City’s success by linking up with Jack Grealish and Kevin de Bruyne. 

He has also caused chaos for opposition defences with his penetrative passes and bursting runs, providing one assist so far.

 The Portugal international has also excelled defensively, helping Pep Guardiola’s side to five clean sheets.

MIDFIELDERS

Abdoulaye Doucoure (Everton)

Doucoure was inhibited under Carlo Ancelotti, often left to oversee James Rodriguez, but the arrival of new Toffees boss Rafael Benitez has seen the Frenchman find a whole new level.

Last season the 28-year-old scored two goals and assisted another three during 29 Premier League games but he has already bettered that tally, finding the back of the net twice and providing four assists. 

Doucoure has demonstrated an unbelievable work rate in the Everton engine room but his vision and passing have been just as impressive. 

He was pivotal in Everton’s draw with Man United last weekend as he picked out the pass to Andros Townsend for the dramatic equaliser.

Abdoulaye Doucoure has found an impressive new level after the arrival of Rafa Benitez

Abdoulaye Doucoure has found an impressive new level after the arrival of Rafa Benitez

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) 

Cristiano Ronaldo may have stolen the Manchester United limelight this season on his return to the Premier League but Paul Pogba has proven to be instrumental in the Red Devils’ success.

The current Premier League assist king, Pogba has registered seven in as many appearances with four coming in United’s opening day 5-1 mauling of Leeds. 

The Frenchman’s outstanding performance saw him join the Premier League history books, equalling the record for the most assists in one game – a feat achieved by only seven other players.

Aside from assists, the 28-year-old has also provided United with 266 penetrative passes and 34 accurate long balls so far this season.

Paul Pogba has the most assists with seven after providing four in their opening day win

Paul Pogba has the most assists with seven after providing four in their opening day win

Demarai Gray (Everton)

Initially played down as just a dip into the bargain bin, Everton’s swoop for Demarai Gray has proven to be a masterstroke.

With three goals to his name already, and an assist, Gray has banished his woes at Leicester to flourish under the tutelage of Benitez.

Thriving in the system at Goodison Park, Gray is typically at the heart of every Everton attack, carving out openings and not being afraid to shoot. 

His driving runs through midfield and pace have seen him become a favourite of the Goodison faithful with some arguing he should be in with a shout of an England call-up. 

FORWARDS

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Mohamed Salah has looked unstoppable this season which is why it comes as no surprise to find him the team of the season.

Salah scored his 100th Premier League goal for the Reds against Brentford, which saw him become the quickest player in Liverpool’s history to achieve the feat.

The Egyptian then followed it up with stunning strike against Man City last weekend which will go down in Anfield folklore for years to come. 

The shimmy, pirouette and crashing finish was sublime, perhaps even football at its finest. It truly did put the beauty in the ‘beautiful game’. 

But, while the wonder strike deserves recognition in its own right, it isn’t the 29-year-old’s sole contribution this season. He has found the net six times in the league and recorded three assists, topping the charts for Premier League goals.

Mohamed Salah bagged his first goal of the season in Liverpool's season opener at Norwich

Mohamed Salah bagged his first goal of the season in Liverpool’s season opener at Norwich

Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

The Leicester striker has gone rather under the radar this season. 

But while the Foxes have suffered a bad run of form, on an individual level, Vardy has looked sharp. 

The 34-year-old is actually the league’s joint-top goalscorer alongside the Egyptian King Salah with six goals. 

And, the veteran striker looks to be back to his best after scoring just 15 times last season – a slight dip by his impressive standards. 

Interestingly, after scoring against Crystal Palace, Vardy has now become only the second player in Premier League history to have scored 90+ goals in the competition after the age of 30 – after fellow late bloomer and Arsenal legend Ian Wright. 

Jamie Vardy's goal at Palace saw him become the second player over 30 to score 90+ goals

Jamie Vardy’s goal at Palace saw him become the second player over 30 to score 90+ goals 

Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle)

The Frenchman has been the shining light through the doom and gloom shrouding Newcastle at the moment. 

Saint-Maximin is an electric performer and a tricky winger possessing magic feet that allow him to weave his way in and out of a defence in the blink of an eye.

That attacking wizardry makes him a valuable asset to this team-mates, who he has already created three assists and four big chances for this term. 

The most important coming against Watford when he set Newcastle up for their first win of the 2021-2022 season by providing the assist for Sean Longstaff’s opening goal. 

Although four assists off the pace set by Pogba, he sits fourth in the company of Michail Antonio, Mateo Kovacic and Salah.  

Easily Newcastle’s best player this season, Saint-Maximin has also managed to find the net twice himself. 

Sportsmail's Premier League team of the season ahead of the October international break

Sportsmail’s Premier League team of the season ahead of the October international break

Sofascore's team of the season so far based on players' ratings after seven rounds

Sofascore’s team of the season so far based on players’ ratings after seven rounds

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