Just under a fifth of the way through the Premier League season and it’s fair to say one man has stolen the show.
Erling Haaland has made an incredible start to life at Manchester City, scoring 11 Premier League goals in just seven appearances.
He’s already got two hat-tricks for the champions and many are tipping him to break all the records under the sun this term.
And that’s despite barely touching the ball in some games, showing it’s all about what you do with it, not how much you have it.
Whether it’s with the ball on the deck or in the air, he’s capable of finishing any pass that comes his way.
But the Premier League is not the Haaland Show, it’s what’s going across the whole division that makes it such a magic league.
There have been numerous success stories across the division with a number of players enjoying great starts to their respective 2022/23 campaigns.
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Kevin De Bruyne
Haaland has maximised the plethora of attacking creativity at Man City, with the likes of Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden putting the ball on a plate for him to stick in the onion bag.
But the next standout player for Pep Guardiola’s men has been De Bruyne, who already has six assists in the league this term, and two of them for Haaland. But it’s how he’s influencing others which is perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Belgian’s game.
“We’re speaking about Haaland so much, but he (De Bruyne) sets the standard,” former City star Joleon Lescott said after their win over Wolves last weekend.
“Since the era of Vincent Kompany being that leader at the back, City have been seeking out who that next leader is,” former England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis added.
“He’s got the armband, he leads by example, he’s driving standards.”
A former teammate of De Bruyne’s, Jesus has made a great start to life at Arsenal, who he joined in a £45million deal in the summer.
With four goals and three assists in seven Premier League appearances, Jesus is having an impact already with his new club, who currently sit top of the Premier League.
And like De Bruyne’s impact at City this season, talkSPORT’s Adebayo Akinfenwa believes Jesus’ arrival has affected his Arsenal teammates for the better.
“I think he’s made everyone around him feel and play better… he brings an energy,” Akinfenwa said on Boot Room.
“He’ll make the younger players see it’s not about being a superstar, it’s about building a team ethic.”
Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham have also made a positive start to the season and are yet to lose in the league, so far.
Antonio Conte’s have had no issue finding the net this season, scoring 18 goals in their seven matches.
But what may be considered a surprise is that two of them have gone to Dier, who hadn’t netted in the previous three campaigns.
Dier’s also been at the heart of Tottenham’s solid defence that’s been breached just seven times in the Premier League this term, earning him a recall to Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad.
Don’t be surprised to see him on the scoresheet even more this season.
“I want to score more goals,” he said. “It’s something I was very motivated to do coming into this season, something I think the manager wants more from me as well.
“I’ve been trying to put a bit more attention and focus into it and, yeah, I’m really happy.”
Another player part of the Three Lions squad for their upcoming UEFA Nations League clashes with Italy and Germany is Toney, who’s made an electric start to the season.
The striker has five goals and two assists, including a stunning goal of the season contender in a match which saw him net a hat-trick against Leeds.
And although he couldn’t find the target during Brentford’s most recent outing, which saw them lose to Arsenal, it’s clear he has one or two opponents rattled…
His impressive form earned him a deserved first call-up for England and if he impresses against Italy and Germany then he could have a big role to play at the World Cup in Qatar.
Toney’s success may have surprised some but Fulham marksman Mitrovic will have surprised even more.
The Serbian scored a record-breaking 43 goals in the Championship last season but if there’s any club that knows how big a jump it is from EFL to Premier League, it’s promotion and relegation specialists Fulham.
But Mitrovic is carrying on from where he left off last season having netted six times in the Premier League this term, scoring against Arsenal and Tottenham.
He also netted twice against Liverpool as Fulham claimed a creditable draw against the 2019/20 champions on the opening weekend in a match that saw him terrorise Reds colossus Virgil van Dijk.
After years of uncertainty, he’s finally proving he is a top Premier League striker.
There’s more to football than than racking up the goals and assists as Manchester United midfielder Eriksen has shown.
The Dane has been a calming influence in midfield in a Red Devils side whose form has picked up after a horror opening two Premier League matches.
“He’s been a terrific signing for Manchester United,” said talkSPORT’s Alex Crook.
“I think technically he’s brilliant, the passes he sprays around, the way he turns defence into attack.
“Character-wise, when you look at his journey I think he’s been a really good addition to Manchester United.”
It’s been a far from ideal start to the season for Chelsea, who have already undergone a change of manager.
But one player who can be proud of his efforts this season is James, who has looked solid in defence and has a goal and assist in the Premier League to boast too.
“Graham Potter must wish there were five of Reece James,” former Chelsea player Scott Minto told talkSPORT.
“He is just superb. He is Chelsea’s best player at the moment.”
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