The best team from the English top tier that wasn’t expected.
There have been some brilliant performances in the Premier League this season – both individually and as a team – and not have all have been expected.
Whilst current stars such as Luis Suarez, Eden Hazard and David Silva were all thought to be world-class players last summer and new signings like Mesut Ozil were in the same bracket.
Yet there have also been some surprisingly good displays from unexpected candidates and here is the best XI.
GK – Vito Mannone, Sunderland
The Black Cats were left in something of a predicament at the end of last season when Liverpool swooped in and signed Simon Mignolet for £9m.
Whilst then manager Paolo Di Canio put faith in Keiren Westwood, Mannone was also bought in to challenge for the No.1 spot and has now made it his own with maybe the best performances of any goalkeeper in the league.