We're only six rounds into the new Premier League season and it's an opportune time to reflect on the players who have hit the ground running. We've been receiving data from Opta and collating it in our online dossier, where you, too, can review individual and team performance stats. Let's take a look at the early standouts in season 2019-20.
This is our second full season looking at the data from Europe’s top five leagues. From the Premier League in round six, we've put together a dream team of the early standout performers in a classic 4-4-2 formation.
GK: Aaron Ramsdale (AFC Bournemouth) – Perhaps a surprise inclusion, but Ramsdale has been an important factor in the Dorset club’s strong start to the campaign. With 23 saves, he lies third in the saves chart behind Norwich City's Tim Krul (27) and Spurs’ Hugo Lloris (25), but the Cherries are sixth in the table with 10 goals against. Plus, Ramsdale has 170 passes and a goal assist to his name.
DR: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – The king of the high press notched his first goal of the season this weekend to add to his two assists. Alexander-Arnold keeps Manchester United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka out of the dream team, who has chipped in with an impressive 5.2 tackles per game but has made less of an impact going forward.
DL: Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) – The Foxes’ Portuguese full-back has made a swashbuckling start to the season, with 14 dribbles, 329 passes and a goal. He’s also chipped in with 4.8 tackles per match.
DC: Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) – One of the world’s top centre-backs has made another good start to Liverpool’s title push. The Dutch international has distributed 433 passes with 88% accuracy while protecting his keeper—the Reds have only conceded five goals this term so far.
DC: Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City) – The Ukrainian centre-half Zinchenko has been pivotal to the Cityzens conceding just six goals so far this season. He also brings the ball forward extremely effectively, completing 393 passes with 91% accuracy.
MF: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – City's Belgian playmaker tops the assists chart with seven this term already. De Bruyne has also netted twice.
Manchester City and Liverpool players dominate the assists chart.
MF: Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) – Winks has completed more passes than anyone (433)—almost one per minute played (457) at 92% accuracy. Winks has also been booked three times, second only to Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic (4).
MF: Rodri Hernández (Manchester City) – City’s Spanish summer signing has made an instant impression, netting once and making 405 passes at 92% accuracy. With an average of three tackles per match, Rodri also acts as an important spoiler in the middle of the park.
MF: David Silva (Manchester City) – Just behind De Bruyne in the assists chart at the free-scoring champions is David Silva, with four. He has also chipped in with a goal himself, plus 313 passes.
The champions of England are by far Europe's most prolific scorers.
CF: Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) – Yet another City player makes our early dream team. With eight goals in six games, the Argentinian is on course to become the Premier League's top scorer once again.
CF: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) – Despite the West London club's languid start to the season, Abraham has proven to be a rare positive, bagging seven goals so far.
A special mention goes to Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson, who has scored four goals from just seven attempts, all of which have been on target.
We’ll continue to bring you regular updates on the data story of Europe’s five top leagues as the season progresses, so stay tuned. You can always check our online dossier any time to explore the stats for yourself.