A superb Senegalese shot-stopper, an all-purpose Polish midfielder, and an unstoppable attacking duo — this is the Premier League’s team of the season so far

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  • After eight games played, the English Premier League table doesn't look like many would have predicted.
  • A number of the league's traditional "big six" have struggled, while Leicester City top the table, Southampton sits fourth, and Aston Villa sixth. 
  • With that being said, find out who makes Insider's Team of the Season so far below. 
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After eight games played, the English Premier League table doesn't look like many would have predicted.

Leicester City, the team which won the title in 2016, has stormed into an early lead, while Tottenham, Liverpool, and Southampton occupy the rest of the top four.

Frank Lampard's new look Chelsea is in fifth, and Aston Villa, who survived relegation by just one point last term, trails in sixth.

Manchester City, hot favorite for the title this year, on the other hand, currently sits 10th having struggled for consistency, while Arsenal is 11th and Manchester United sits in a lowly 14th. 

Given that a number of the league's big boys are struggling, it will come as no surprise that Insider's Team of the Season so far features just four players from the regular "big six."

Find out who makes our cut with just under a quarter of the season played below.

GK: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)

No new Premier League player has had a bigger impact on their team than Edouard Mendy at Chelsea.

Replacing the floundering Kepa Arrizabalaga between the sticks, the Senegalese shot-stopper has kept three clean sheets in his four top flight games thus far.

More importantly, he's commanded the Chelsea penalty area ferociously at set pieces and given the defenders in front of him confidence that he can do his job, something Kepa often couldn't. 

RB: Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton)

Walker-Peters was terrific while on loan at St Mary's for the latter half of last season, and has continued in the same vein since his making the switch from Tottenham permanent in the summer.

The 23-year-old is in the league's top five players for blocks, interceptions, and tackles won this season.

England has a long, long list of talented right backs at its disposal – Reece James, Kyle Walker, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Tariq Lamptey to name a few – but Peters is making a real push to be top of it. 

CB: Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa)

Having played as a youngster at the fabled Senrab FC – the former club of some of England's best ever centre backs including John Terry, Sol Campbell, and Ledley King – big things were always expected of Ezri Konsa.  

Now under the tutelage of Terry at Aston Villa, Konsa is beginning to live up to his heritage. 

"I've just seen continual improvement from [Konsa] and a desire to get better," Villa manager Dean Smith said of the Englishman in October, according to The Guardian.

"He certainly has the potential to be an England player. Nothing fazes him."

CB: Wesley Fofana (Leicester City)

Many Leicester fans panicked after star centre back Caglar Soyuncu was ruled out for three months with a groin injury in October.

However, in the Turk's absence, teenager Wesley Fofana, who signed for the Foxes from Saint-Etienne this summer, has stepped up to the plate in terrific fashion. 

"As a defender, he has speed, he has aggression, he defends forward," said Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers of the 19-year-old after his side's 1-0 win over Wolves.

"He's absolutely colossal for a young guy."

LB: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea)

Left back was a problem position for Chelsea last season, with both Marcos Alonso and Emerson, proving far too vulnerable defensively, despite their attacking prowess.

Ben Chilwell has proven the perfect solution for manager Frank Lampard, offering the team as much, if not more, attacking threat than last season's options, while also tightening the team up at the back. 

RM: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Wilfried Zaha had a forgettable 2019/20 campaign, managing just four goals and five assists in all competitions.

In just eight Premier League games this term, he's already surpassed that goal total, having scored five – including a brace in a 3-1 victory over his former club Manchester United – while he's has also managed two assists.

The key to the Ivorian's up-turn in form? 

"I used to dribble in my own half so much," he told The Athletic. "By the time I got to the goal, I was too tired to cross it or shoot. So now I try to save my energy for the key moments."

CM: Mateusz Klich (Leeds United)

Mateusz Klich's biggest strength is that he has no weakness. A box-to-box midfielder, the Pole has been equally effective at both ends of the pitch for Marcelo Bielsa's side.

Offensively, he's scored two and assisted three, while he's also in the division's top five players for chance creation, progressive passes, and shots on target.

Defensively, no player has made more pressures than Klich while only two have won more tackles. A real all-rounder. 

CM: Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)

Jack Grealish has had his doubters over the years, however you'd be hard pressed to find many of them now given the start he's made to the new season.

Tricky, inventive, and with an eye for goal, the Englishman is playing with the sort of confidence only top players do – controlling games from start to finish and demanding the ball from his teammates at every given opportunity. 

His four goals and five assists have helped Villa, which survived relegation last season by just one point, climb to sixth in the table. 

He has also finally forced his way into the England team, featuring heavily in recent games for Gareth Southgate's side.

LM: Son Heung-min (Tottenham)

As we will mention again in just a moment, Son Heung-min's partnership with Harry Kane this term has been nothing short of a dream for Tottenham.

Though Kane is usually the scorer and Son the provider, the roles have reversed slightly this year, with Kane teeing up the South Korean for an astonishing seven of his eight goals in the league.

The pair have now combined a total of 29 times in the top flight since Son joined the club in 2015.

Do so just eight more times and they will become the most prolific partnership in Premier League history, surpassing Chelsea's Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard. 

ST: Danny Ings (Southampton)

In our Premier League preview, Insider listed Southampton as this season's "team of watch."

Not to blow our own trumpet, but it has turned out to be a solid prediction. The Saints currently sit fourth in the table having won five of their eight games so far. 

As was the case last season, Danny Ings has been the club's outstanding player, scoring five times and assisting twice. 

Interestingly, he's also made the third most blocks of any player in the league, proving his willingness to work for the team, and desire to be more than just a goalscorer. 

ST: Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Harry Kane is renowned for struggling at the start of the season, famously failing to score in his first 14 games in August, traditionally the opening month of the season.

This term, he's had pretty much the opposite of a slow start.

Not only has he scored seven goals, the most recent of which was his 150th in the Premier League, he's also the division's leading assist maker with eight. 

Seven of the latter have been for Son Heung-min, with the Englishman often dropping deep into the midfield and almost telepathically picking out the South Korean in behind the opposition defence. 

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