Early season trailblazers: A European XI based on this season’s form

Like a pensioner’s erection, form is a volatile thing. One minute you’re on top of the world, the next you’re sitting in FC Vallorbe-Ballaigues’ dressing room with Eric Djemba-Djemba wondering what happened to your life.

Still, when a footballer is hot and everything they do seems to work, it’s a beautiful sight to behold. With that in mind, we thought we’d take the time to praise those players who have dazzled us so far this season by selecting a top XI from Europe’s top four leagues (sorry, France).

With some of the less established players in the list, there’s no telling if their fire will continue to grow or fade out as has happened to so many in the past; for now all we can do is sit back and enjoy the heat they’re creating.