Premier League Team of the Season so far; featuring Eric Dier and Dimitri Payet

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Here is a team of the best Premier League players so far this term.

We're now just over a fifth of the way through the Premier League season, and some players have stood out more than others.

Manchester City are thriving at the top of the Premier League table, whilst Newcastle and Sunderland remain winless after a torrid start to the campaign.

Crystal Palace, Leicester City and West Ham are performing far ahead of expectations, and with that in mind, here is a team of the season so far, with the Premier League set to return this weekend after the international break...

Goalkeeper: Jack Butland (Stoke City)

The 22-year-old Englishman has been handed the spot between the sticks after Asmir Begovic's move to Chelsea, and he has repaid Mark Hughes' faith in him so far. With a string of fine saves to keep Stoke in games this season, Butland is putting pressure on Joe Hart at international level.

Right back: Matteo Darmian (Manchester United)

Right back has been a problem for many years at Old Trafford, but Italian international Darmian appears to have solved it. The summer signing from Torino has been virtually flawless - bar his performance against Arsenal - turning in superb defensive displays and also getting forward to great effect.

Centre back: Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

One of the most improved players at United under Louis van Gaal is defender Smalling. The centre back goes from strength to strength, and his excellent displays have now put him well in contention for a starting role with England at next summer's European Championships.

Centre back: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

There were plenty of question marks over Kompany after his poor run of form at the end of last season, but the Belgian was bounced back this term. He may have picked up another injury, but he has also been a large reason for City's impressive defensive performances - and it's no surprise that they have struggled at the back since his injury.

Left back: Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City)

Another factor in City's defensive performances has been left back Kolarov. The Serbian has been strong defensively, and also got forward to support the attack. Kolarov has put himself streets ahead of Gael Clichy in the running for the left back role under Manuel Pellegrini, and barring a shock drop in form, that doesn't look like changing any time soon.

Central midfield: Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur)

Previously played at right back and centre back last season, Dier has been pushed in to midfield this term, and his performances have proven Mauricio Pochettino right for making that change. Dier has provided great protection for the back four as well as composure in possession, and he's even been able to chip in with goals too, playing a key role this season.

Central midfield: Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace)

Seen as one of the top signings in the Premier League this summer, French midfielder Cabaye has lived up to his reputation since joining Palace from Paris Saint-Germain. His quality in possession is there for all to see, and he has been the driving force behind Palace's strong start to the season under his former Newcastle boss Alan Pardew.

Right wing: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)

Algerian winger Mahrez has been electric this season, dazzling defences throughout the campaign. His pace and dribbling has caused problems in virtually every game he has played in, and he has been a key player in Leicester's impressive start under Claudio Ranieri. If he continues like this, the Foxes will do well to keep hold of him for much longer.

Attacking midfield: Dimitri Payet (West Ham United)

Another player who was seen as a huge signing during the summer, Payet has possibly even exceeded expectations. The former Marseille man has been the creative hub of West Ham's team, contributing goals, assists and creativity to Slaven Bilic's men. At 28, Payet is proven quality, and he has certainly entertained Premier League fans so far this season.

Left wing: Sadio Mane (Southampton)

One of the most fun players to watch in the Premier League, Mane has done exactly what he did last season - terrify defences with his pace, and carve out goalscoring opportunities for himself and his team-mates. Few players in the Premier League are as dangerous as the Senegal international, and he may be the latest Saints star to leave the club due to his exceptional performances.

Striker: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

If Leicester are the surprise package this season, then striker Vardy is the player who epitomises that. The hard working striker has made his way up from non-league to the top flight in recent years, and with seven goals in eight games, Vardy is the top scorer in the Premier League. He may not be fashionable, but it's hard to argue with his inclusion as the division's main striker so far this season.

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