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The top 5 surprises from an already action-packed Premier League season

After previous record signings Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres flopped, it is Diego Costa’s four goals in three games which puts Chelsea top of the table

By Jamie Elliott

The Premier League season is underway with each team showing early signs of things to come after three games played.
With the international break upon us, it is time to reflect on some of the teams and players that have shocked us so far this season.

5. Dwight Gayle is a goal machine
The Crystal Palace striker is currently on fire but will it last?
Gayle has managed four goals in four games so far and although three of those were part of a League Cup hat-trick the forward has made himself noticed, fronting a team that many expected to whimper and die without Tony Pulis at the helm.

4. Swansea are yet to drop points
The Swans have started the season as an unexpected package this year with Nathan Dyer leading the way.
Despite finishing last year in 12th place and firmly in mid-table, the Welsh side have started with a bang winning all three of their Premier League games so far and joining Chelsea as the only other team yet to drop points.

3. Chelsea’s striker can score goals
Whilst this may not come as a surprise for many, for Chelsea fans it is more relief than anything that they finally have a striker scoring goals.
Chelsea’s striker woes are what ultimately cost them the title last season and after previous record signings Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres flopped, it is Costa’s four goals in three games which puts them top of the table.

2. Everton can’t defend
The Toffees are thought of as one of the harder teams to break down, particularly when you view the Everton team sheet and see goalkeeper Tim Howard and a strong back four sitting in front of him.
Despite Howard coming off the back of an excellent World Cup, the American has let in 10 goals in just three games compared to just two at this stage last year. Add that to the fact that the club has already let two-goal leads slip against Arsenal and Leicester and it isn’t so much of a shock that they sit just above the relegation zone

1. Man United are still terrible
Last season was a disaster for Manchester United fans. Seventh place and no European football to think about under David Moyes but the new appointment of Louis van Gaal restored a lot of faith.
Yet after three games United have struggled to produce any sort of form shown by a title-winning side, losing their first game and drawing their subsequent two in disappointing fashion. Fans will be hoping that after an expensive transfer window the Red Devils will be able to recover and mount a challenge following the international break.

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