Diego Costa, Kevin De Bruyne and Jordan Pickford make Matt Le Tissier’s best Premier League XI so far

Diego Costa, Kevin De Bruyne and Jordan Pickford make Matt Le Tissier’s best Premier League XI so far

We challenged Matt Le Tissier to pick his best XI from the opening five games of the Premier League season.

Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho are included from early league leaders Manchester City, while top goalscorers Diego Costa and Michail Antonio also get the nod.

Etienne Capoue, who is the Sky Sports Fantasy Football leading scorer with 53 points, joins them alongside some less obvious picks.

Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford made eight saves against Tottenham

Jordan Pickford made eight saves against Tottenham

Sunderland may be second from bottom but it’s certainly not the fault of this kid, who has made 20 saves in three starts.

Kyle Walker
There’s not really an outstanding candidate at right-back but Walker has been solid and has a couple of assists.

Virgil van Dijk

I’m always impressed every time I see him and he helped the Saints record their first clean sheet on Sunday. He makes the simple things look effortless.

Toby Alderweireld

I’ve barely seen him put a foot wrong and he always looks a threat from set-pieces. The Belgian international has only continued to improve after really impressing at St Mary’s.

Leighton Baines

He’s had a good start to the season. I think it makes a massive difference to Everton having their full-backs fit, with Seamus Coleman also back.

Fernandinho

He may not get the headlines but he’s the guy that allows all the talented players to go and play their games.

Michail Antonio

Michail Antonio is the league's joint-leading scorer

Michail Antonio is the league’s joint-leading scorer

It’s been an incredible start to the season for him with five goals, including four headers. He gets himself in great positions and is probably the only shining light for West Ham this season.

Etienne Capoue

Walter Mazzarri has played him in a more advanced position and he is answering the main criticism of Watford last season, when their midfield struggled to chip in with goals.

Etienne Capoue has four Premier League goals for Watford
Etienne Capoue has four Premier League goals for Watford.

Kevin De Bruyne

In terms of the best Premier League players, he’s got to be up there as number one. His all-round play and weight of pass have been fantastic and the ball for Ilkay Gundogan’s goal just summed him up.

Diego Costa

Diego Costa has scored in all but one of Chelsea's games

Diego Costa has scored in all but one of Chelsea’s games.

I thought his days might have been numbered in the Premier League and he may have already been booked three times, but he’s scored five in five so has to make my team.

Sadio Mane

With three goals and two assists, Raheem Sterling is unlucky not to make my XI, but Mane has just a little bit more end product and seems more in control of himself. Liverpool look like title contenders going forward with Mane in their attack, but failing to keep a clean sheet tells a different story.

 

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