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Premier League’s Top 10 after 10

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With 10 games played in the Premier League, we’ve played about a quarter of the season and it’s time to look at which players have stood out the most so far.

Diego Costa (Chelsea)

The Brazilian-born Spanish international seems reborn under new manager Antonio Conte and has been the lynchpin for Chelsea’s attack. Costa started playing better after Jose Mourinho was fired last season, and so far the powerful striker has scored eight goals in 10 appearances.

He’s scored some very important goals for the Blues, including winners against West Ham and Watford that has helped them to fourth place, as they trail the leading trio of Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool by just a single point.

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

De Bruyne has arguably been Manchester City’s best player since his arrival to the Etihad Stadium from Wolfsburg last summer. The Belgian international has the ability to take over games and dictates the tempo in midfield. He can both create goals and score, and so far he leads the league in assists with five, along with two goals.

He’s also shone in the Champions League for the Citizens, and scored a beautiful free-kick in the 3-1 win over Barcelona on Tuesday.

Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

Sanchez is on track to beat his Arsenal high in goals this season. With six goals in 10 appearances, he’ll look to beat the tally of 16 goals he had back in 2014-15. The Chilean star was given an extended period of rest by manager Arsene Wenger after his participation in Copa America, something that seems to be paying off. He scored a brace in the last league game against Sunderland, and has shown that he can play in the striker position.

Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

The big Belgian striker has been a leading player for the Toffees ever since he joined the team on loan from Chelsea back in 2013. He ended up staying at the club after a talk with new manager Ronald Koeman, and it’s been absolutely vital for Everton as Lukaku once again leads the team in scoring with seven goals in nine appearances.

At only 23 years old, Lukaku could be set to terrorize defenders in the league for another decade. He’s already been linked with a move to a bigger club, among them his former team Chelsea.

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Perhaps the most talented pure goalscorer in the Premier League since Thierry Henry, Argentine international Sergio Aguero is off to another good start. Despite missing two games due to suspension, Aguero has netted seven goals in eight league appearances.

With 13 goals in 13 games in all competitions, he’s one of the most in-form strikers in Europe. He has an excellent awareness on the field, which makes him able to be at the right position. He’s also excellent in making runs into the penalty box.

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(Photo by Alan Martin/Actionplus/Icon Sportswire)

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Hazard is another player that is thriving under Antonio Conte at Chelsea. He’s starting to look more and more like the player that won the PFA Player of the Year Award when the Blues took home the crown in 2014/15. The Belgian has game breaking capabilities and can make something out of nothing. When he storms down the flank and breaks in centrally, he’s almost impossible to stop.

With five goals in the opening 10 games, he’s second to Diego Costa at Chelsea and is one of the key players for the club as they seek to get back to the top after last season’s fiasco.

Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Tom Heaton has been outstanding for newcomers Burnley. He’s recorded more saves than any other goalkeeper in the league (57). To give a picture of how busy Heaton has been, he’s got 21 more saves that second-placed Jordan Pickford. The 30-year-old Chester native made 11 saves and kept a clean sheet against his former side Manchester United in the scoreless draw between the clubs on Matchday 10.

It’s his second season in the league, as he made 38 appearances for Burnley the last time the club was up in the Premier League in 2014/15. His play has warranted him an England call up, as he was the third choice for England during Euro 2016.

Joe Allen (Stoke)

Allen has shown a different side of himself since his transfer from Liverpool to Stoke City. Playing in a more advanced role, the Welshman has excelled despite Stoke’s early struggles. With four goals and two assists Allen has played a big part as Stoke has started to climb the table after picking up three wins and two draws in their last five matches.

With four goals on the season, he’s already tied his personal best in the Premier League, as he had four goals in 36 appearances for Swansea City back in 2011/12.

Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham)

Tottenham has one of the league’s better defenses, and at the helm of that backline is Toby Alderweireld. He’s the fourth Belgian on the list, but only one of two defenders. The central duo of Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen (also from Belgium) is the best pairing in the league and they were a big reason to why Spurs have been so solid at the back.

He’s missed a few games due to injury, and Tottenham will be delighted to have him back after the international break.

Michael Keane (Burnley)

The former Manchester United centre back has had a great start to the season and earned himself an England call up during the World Cup qualifiers last month, as he replaced the injured Glen Johnson. With 20 blocks, he’s tied for the league lead with Hull’s Curtis Davies, and he’s also made 91 clearances, which is the third most in the league.

It’s his second time in the Premier League, as he made 21 appearances last time Burnley were up in 2014/15, but it’s clear that he’s develop into a high-calibre central defender that will continue to be in the England conversation.

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