With Premier League teams now on their international break, I am currently reflecting on an exciting month of the new season and have picked out my top eleven from August.
Whilst many might struggle to come up with their top eleven based just on four rounds of fixtures, my XI was an easy selection because they stood out from the rest with a series of impressive performances.
Premier League Team of August
Goalkeeper – Adrian (Liverpool)Embed from Getty Images
Starting with the goalkeeper, I chose Adrian because he has done a great job between the sticks for Liverpool despite unexpectedly finding himself in early league action after Alisson suffered a calf injury in the Reds’ opener against Norwich.
We must however consider the fact that he didn’t have a pre-season after being released by West Ham and only signed days before the season began, so to come in and help Liverpool finish the month unbeaten is what I would call a great performance.
Defence – Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)Embed from Getty Images
Alexander-Arnold and Robertson have shown further improvement both defensively and offensively, as is particularly evident by their combined 69 crosses in total which betters the amount produced by Luka Milivojevic and Kevin De Bruyne of 63 crosses who aren’t even teammates.
Mings and Van Dijk meanwhile were obvious picks for central defence because they both have been consistent rocks at the back for both Villa and Liverpool, particularly Mings who currently has made the most blocks and clearances so far to deservingly earn his first England call-up.
Midfield – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Daniel James (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)Embed from Getty Images
De Bruyne and Sterling were just brilliant to watch last month for Man City with their variety of play which tore apart oppositional defences on several occasions in order to create five assists and goals respectively.
Sterling in particular was one of a few stand-outs because even when not in possession, he was making the runs to put himself in a position where he could create or score whatever chances came his way like Sadio Mane often does for Liverpool.
James and Mount meanwhile have come up from the Championship and already established themselves as difficult players to keep quiet in the midfield, producing similar amount of goals from shots on target although James is the slightly more clinical out of the pair.
Both however have added fresh attacking impotent to their teams which was lacking on several occasions last season, and if they can continue to develop as the season goes on then they are serious contenders for my team of the season come May.
Forwards – Teemu Pukki (Norwich), Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)Embed from Getty Images
For any striker to score in any of his first few Premier League games is fantastic but to score FIVE in their opening three matches is incredible, hence why Teemu Pukki belongs on anyone’s August team of the month.
Pukki has also helped to create two huge chances and an assist for his teammates, which underlines how key he is to the Canaries going forward up front.
Tammy Abraham meanwhile hasn’t let the fact that this is his first proper chance at Chelsea faze him because like Mount, he has been a constant attacking threat for the Blues and four goals from five shots on target highlights his clinical quality in front of goal.
Ultimately, Pukki and Abraham haven’t let their lack of top English flight experience hinder them and are currently holding their own against proven Premier League goalscorers from other teams like Marcus Rashford and Callum Wilson in terms of performance.