We’ve reached the halfway point of the 2022/23 Premier League season. And, while it’s still somewhat early days, it’s shaping up to be one of the most exciting campaigns we’ve seen in recent years.
Arsenal remain out in front, sitting five points clear at the top as they look to lift their first league title since 2004. Defending champions Manchester City are sure to push them all the way, while Manchester United are also in with a shout.
And it’s not just the title race that is looking tasty. There are up to 11 sides competing for seven European places, and just two points separate the bottom seven.
Here is our Team of the Season to date.
GK – Nick Pope (Newcastle United) – Following Burnley’s relegation to the Championship, Nick Pope remained in the Premier League, being snapped up by Newcastle United for a £10 million fee. This has already proven to be a bargain.
From his 19 league appearances, Pope has kept an impressive 11 clean sheets. Additionally, he is yet to concede since returning from the World Cup.
RB – Kieran Trippier (Newcastle United) – Of course, keeping clean sheets isn’t just about your goalkeeper. Pope benefits from having a strong backline in front of him, which includes England international Kieran Trippier.
The former Atletico Madrid man has heavily contributed at both ends of the pitch. He has scored once and assisted on four occasions while conceding just nine.
CB – Sven Botman (Newcastle United) – We promise there will be some non-Newcastle players in this team at some point. However, their defensive record is impossible to argue against.
Sven Botman is another summer signing who has come in and made an impact. The Dutchman is yet to lose a league game this term, contributing to ten wins and 11 clean sheets from 17 outings.
CB – William Saliba (Arsenal) – William Saliba was made to wait a long time for his Arsenal debut. But his breakthrough into the Gunners’ starting XI has finally come, and his patience is being rewarded.
The youngster has enjoyed a fine campaign at the heart of the defence, earning widespread praise for his performances. He has played almost every minute for Mikel Arteta’s side, scoring twice and keeping nine clean sheets.
LB – Nathan Ake (Manchester City) – Is it cheating to put Nathan Ake at left-back? Possibly, but in truth, there weren’t many notable options in this position.
Nonetheless, Ake has been a formidable defender for Man City this year, having lined up centrally and on the left side of defence. His impressive displays have seen him become arguably the Cityzens’ best defender, just months after many considered him expendable.
RM – Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) – Since his breakthrough in 2019, Bukayo Saka has constantly been developing into a top-class winger. This season, he seems to have reached a new level.
The 21-year-old is on course for his best-ever Premier League campaign. With seven assists, he is the division’s second-top creator, while his tally of six goals makes him Arsenal’s third-highest scorer.
CM – Casemiro (Manchester United) – Cast your mind back to August 13, 2022. Man United had just lost 4-0 to Brentford. Expectations were low in Erik ten Hag’s camp.
In came Casemiro from Real Madrid, who has changed everything. Since his first Premier League start in October, the Red Devils have picked up 27 points – more than anyone else in that same time frame.
CM – Martin Odegaard (Arsenal) – It might seem harsh to leave Kevin De Bruyne out of this team, given that he’s on course to equal his own assist record. However, Martin Odegaard has been simply sensational for the Gunners.
The captain has been the beating heart of Arteta’s side, providing quality, work rate and leadership. He is his club’s leading scorer with eight, while also contributing five assists.
LM – Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – At the end of last season, there was plenty of doubt over Marcus Rashford. He had endured the worst goalscoring campaign of his career and had been left out of two consecutive England squads.
The forward has responded to this in the perfect manner by producing some of his best stuff. He is the Red Devils’ top scorer this year with eight – including vital strikes in the victories over Liverpool, Arsenal, and Man City.
ST – Erling Braut Haaland (Manchester City) – It says a lot about the quality of Erling Braut Haaland when a two-game goal drought is treated like the end of the world. But, of course, the Norwegian was back on the scoresheet in no time.
Haaland has dominated the Golden Boot race, hitting an astonishing 22 goals in 18 games. He needs 11 more in the second half of the season to break the record for a 38-game Premier League season, currently held by Mohamed Salah.
ST – Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – As a result of Haaland’s insane form, Harry Kane’s season is going somewhat under the radar. But the striker has also had a phenomenal campaign from a personal perspective.
With 15 goals, he is the second-top scorer in Europe’s top five leagues. Just two more will see him hit the 200-mark in the Premier League – a milestone previously reached by only Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney. Furthermore, he is two off equalling Jimmy Greaves as Tottenham Hotspur’s all-time top scorer.