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Eleven games into the Premier League season it is time for reflection, as a third international window of the club season is upon us. Mackensie Alexander Jersey . After eleven games, there have been many standout performances. Here is my best XI of the season so far: GK - David De Gea (Manchester United) - It is no coincidence that the standard of goalkeeping in the Premier League has risen at the same time the standard of defending has dropped. Many goalkeepers are having outstanding seasons for their clubs, playing behind some vulnerable back fours, including Joe Hart and Hugo Lloris who have had excellent seasons so far, but no one has been better than De Gea. The Spaniard has made some of the best saves of the season some of which came in the Manchester derby, but no save has been better than the one he made against Bryan Oviedo in injury time against Everton at Old Trafford. RB - Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) - The 23-year-old Englishman has kicked into another gear this season after progressing nicely last year under Mauricio Pocchetino. Guided by new boss Ronaldo Koeman he is still encouraged to get forward, often positioning himself on the halfway line when his centre-back partners ignite an attack, and his excellent form has seen him rewarded with a call up to the England squad. Clyne is not the best right back in the league, Seamus Coleman and Branislav Ivanovic would have strong arguments for that honour, but on form he has been the standout right back so far this season. The Manchester Evening News recently reported that Manchester United should reunite Luke Shaw with his former full back partner. Clyne has got a long way to go to play for a team like United regularly but at Southampton he is excelling at a steady pace. CB - Gary Cahill (Chelsea) - In a league full of inconsistent performers at the centre-back position, Cahill excels and never has a bad game. Comfortable in possession, quick and strong, the English defender is outstanding in the air and becomes a menace in both penalty areas. Considering the era of average English teams on a national basis it is every credit to Cahill that one of the worlds finest club teams currently has a member of Englands defence at the heart of it and one that no one ever says needs replacing. CB - Winston Reid (West Ham) - No position in the league has seen more money wasted on it in the past couple of years than centre back. No longer can a team part with over 10 million pounds on a defender and call him a sure thing. Just ask Liverpool who has spent 37 million on two centre backs in the last 15 months and neither have convinced yet. Reid, a free agent next summer, however continues to put in consistent performances for a Hammers side that have had a tremendous start to the season and it is little wonder that the Kiwi is stalling on a new contract with many big clubs looking at him next summer as a potential free agent signing. LB - Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) - Pundit Gary Neville has a very loud voice these days. This is not a bad thing as the former Man Utd defender is outstanding in his role for Sky Sports and is so well respected that when he says something many automatically agree. Neville recently said the Spanish full back was the best defender in the Premier League. Based on his form this season it is hard to disagree as the former Marseille man has continued to impress in a left back slot despite being more familiar at right back. Jose Mourinho made the move to put the 25-year-old at left back, instead of Ashley Cole, at this time last year and it speaks to his development, and, to a degree, the weakness of the position throughout the game, that he can be considered one of the worlds finest left backs at the moment. M - Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) - The outstanding midfielder of the Premier League so far. This time last season Chelsea were playing a similar system to what they play now but with Frank Lampard and Ramires as the two central midfielders. The duo was effective against some teams but they lacked many significant attributes needed in a top midfield. Matic brings tremendous power and strength along with an outstanding footballing IQ. He reads the game brilliantly and without him the rest of the stars who get much more publicity at the club (including his manager) would not be as successful. M - Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) - The summer signing from Barcelona brings the guile, creativity and finishing ability that the midfield lacked last season. He has formed a phenomenal partnership with Matic that will be sensational for Mourinho for most domestic matches. Occasionally the pair could struggle in tandem against top teams away in the league, and in the Champions League, and may need another, deeper midfielder than the Spaniard in more competitive matches, but, overall, the pair can more than excel against weaker teams domestically. His assist for Andre Schurrles goal against Burnley on the opening weekend remains the best pass of the season and his goal at Crystal Palace showed Chelsea now have a central midfielder on the same creative wavelength as…. M - Eden Hazard (Chelsea) - It was a difficult summer for Hazard at the World Cup for Belgium. The world watched expecting the star to reach the next level and dominate on the games biggest stage but that didnt happen. However, since returning to Chelsea he has continued his development and no longer seems to wait for the game to come to him. Instead he often grabs hold of periods of the game and brings fear into opposing defenders. Hazard is a breathtaking dribbler and now has far better players around him than last season, which will only speed up his inevitable progression into a world-class talent. F - Sergio Aguero (Man City) - No matter what side you support it is great to see Aguero fit and in form again. When he plays consistently at this level it is easy to make a case for him to be the third best player in the game. Aguero scores goals with both feet and his head, inside the box and out, on the break or on instinct. Citys title credentials still remain because of the individual brilliance the Argentine forward brings each week. Having started just 37 games combined the last two Premier League seasons, both he and his team will be hoping he starts over 30 this season. F - Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) - Where would Arsenal be without the Chilean? Citys reliance on Aguero to make them good instead of average has been well documented but Sanchez has made Arsenal average instead of poor. Like Aguero, he scores goals in different ways, pulling off at the back post like he did against Manchester City, scoring one-on-ones, like against Sunderland, and scoring goals with his head or drifting in from the wing, like he did against Burnley. A true, genuine difference maker that Arsenal are lucky to have. F - Diego Costa (Chelsea) - No current player has made it look easier to score goals in this league than the former Atletico Madrid man. Like Aguero and Sanchez he is a genuine world-class star because of his versatility in front of goals. He can be a poacher but he reads plays brilliantly, finding space and anticipating where the ball will be so he can finish in style. Completes the revamp of a much-needed spine through the middle for a much-improved Chelsea team. Subs - Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), John Terry (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Angel Di Maria (Man Utd), Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle (both Southampton). Michael Floyd Jersey . - The Oakland Athletics say they are stopping negotiations to extend their lease at the Coliseum. Trae Waynes Jersey .com) - Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall left Saturdays game against the Senators in the second period with a left knee injury. CHICAGO -- Clayton Kershaw had his usual velocity, and that was about it. The rest of his considerable repertoire appeared in brief flashes during one of the shortest outings of his brilliant year. A.J. Ellis and company took care of the rest. Kershaw became the majors first 20-game winner and Ellis hit a pair of two-run homers, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 14-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday. "Obviously, you want to go eight or nine every time and be the reason why your team won," Kershaw said. "But sometimes your team does it for you and you just have to be out there. So that was the way it happened today and Ill take it." Kershaw (20-3) pitched five shaky innings in his shortest start in 3 1/2 months, but the NL West-leading Dodgers roughed up Edwin Jackson on their way to a 13-hit attack that included four homers. Matt Kemp hit a three-run shot in Los Angeles six-run first, and Yasiel Puig added another three-run homer in the sixth. The Dodgers improved baseballs best road record to 48-31 and clinched a post-season berth when Milwaukee lost 4-2 at Pittsburgh on Friday night. They began the day with a 2 1/2-game lead over San Francisco in the division. "We cant really worry too much about these other teams," Kemp said. "I think whatever happens, happens. But we want to win out, for sure." Jackson (6-15) recorded just two outs in his first appearance since he was placed on the disabled list last month with a right lat strain. He was charged with four hits and five runs in his fourth consecutive loss. "I felt good. It was just a matter of putting people away," Jackson said. "I had three ABs with two strikes on hitters and wasnt able to put them away." Manager Rick Renteria was noncommittal when asked about the plans for Jackson for the rest of the season. "I havent had a conversation with anyone yet," he said. Los Angeles batted around during its biggest first inning of the season. Kemps drive to left was his sixth homer this month and No. 22 on the year. Juan Uribe then chased Jackson wiith an RBI single before Ellis went deep for his second homer of the season. Paul Krause Jersey. Ellis connected against Eric Jokisch again in the third for his second career multihomer game. He also had two homers against the Cubs in a 6-1 victory in Los Angeles on Aug. 3, 2012. "He always gives you good at-bats, but youre starting to see the hits come along, too," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. Anthony Rizzo had an RBI double in Chicagos three-run first, and the last-place Cubs added two more in the ninth. But that was it for Chicago in its second straight loss after a three-game sweep of Cincinnati. Kershaw struck out nine in his sixth consecutive win. The left-hander, a prohibitive favourite for his second consecutive NL Cy Young Award, is 17-1 with a 1.39 ERA in his last 20 starts. Kershaw had pitched at least eight innings in each of his previous seven outings. But he never looked comfortable in his second career start at Wrigley Field. He walked three, matching a season high, and also hit a batter. "It was a battle," he said. "It was just hard today." STAY TUNED The Dodgers have not decided on a starter for the series finale Sunday. "Every guy in the bullpen plus Danny Haren are options," Mattingly said before Fridays win. TRAINERS ROOM Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder inflammation) said he is feeling a lot better and hopes to begin a throwing program this weekend. The 27-year-old left-hander was removed from his start last Friday at San Francisco after just one inning, and then had a cortisone shot on Monday. Cubs: C Welington Castillo was hit by a foul ball in the first and departed with a left rib contusion. The team said he is undergoing further evaluation. UP NEXT Dodgers RHP Roberto Hernandez (8-11, 4.06 ERA) takes on LHP Felix Doubront (2-1, 1.50 ERA) on Saturday afternoon. Hernandez, who was acquired last month in a trade with Philadelphia, is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA in two starts this year against Chicago. Doubront pitched six scoreless innings in a 6-4 victory at Pittsburgh in his previous start last Saturday. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '