Going into the new year, Arsenal and Leicester City are at the top of the Barclays Premier League table, level on points but are a long way from winning the title this season. In one of the most unpredictable EPL seasons this year, there have been a number of performances that have caught the eye.
Here is the best XI of the 2015-16 season so far:
Jack Butland (Stoke City):
A strong contender for a place in the Euro 16, Jack Butland has been in superb form and making a number of fine saves week in week out to make the Potters defense one of the meanest in the league.
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal):
The Spaniard has been one of the best performers for the Gunners this season. He has been electric with his pace down the flank but is also solid as a rock defensively providing Arsenal with a solid base at the back.
Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur):
Justifying Tottenham’s fight to sign him from Southampton in the summer, Alderweireld has formed an excellent partnership with Vertonghen and has been superb at the back in a season that has seen them lose just two games so far.
Scott Dann (Crystal Palace):
Scott Dann’s central defensive form has played a huge part in Crystal Palace’s rise to the top half of the table. Sitting 5th in the Premier League, Palace have conceded more than one goal just twice this season and are looking a strong outfit.
Christian Fuchs (Leicester City):
A part of a 4 man defense that has been one of the strongest this season, Fuchs has been excellent for the Foxes so far this season in their amazing run. He is a sound defender who contributes to the team’s counters and is also a headache for the oppositions with his long throw-ins.
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City):
Right in the midst of the race for the Player of the season, Mahrez has sparkled in the Premier League so far this season. He has 13 goals and 7 assists to his name and is one of the most in-form players in the country.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal):
After 2 years in the Premier League, Mesut Ozil has finally arrived in the league this season. He has simply been unplayable in the midfield for the Gunners and has found the right ball more often than not. He also leads the chart for the most number of assists in Europe.
Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City):
In his first season in the league, Belgian international Kevin de Bruyne has been scintillating for the Citizens this season. He took no time to adjust to the challenges of the league and is one of the most important players for Pellegrini in his quest for the title.
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City):
Record breaking Jamie Vardy is still the top scorer of the season so far. His pace and directness have always given problems to the defenders and the Foxes will need him to continue his goal scoring form if they are to stay at the top of the table at the end of the season.
Romelu Lukaku (Everton):
At 22 years, Lukaku is one of the hottest prospects in the league. He is in fine form this season with 11 goals in his last 12 appearances for the club. He is an excellent finisher who can score goals from acute angles and the manager will hope that he can keep up the good work for the rest of the season.
Odion Ighalo (Watford):
The Hornets were not supposed to be a force to reckon with having been promoted just this season but the goal scoring form of Nigerian international Odion Ighalo has given plenty of confidence to the team who now sit in the top half of the table.