Everton's Brazilian striker Richarlison celebrates scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on August 18, 2018. (Photo by Lindsey PARNABY / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Premier League has been filled with surprises and disappointments already, just a month into the fixture. The international break has allowed us to take stock and analyse some teams and players who have performed well, and some who have failed to meet their expectations.

WINNERS

Richarlison

The Brazilian forward has been terrific in his short stint at Everton so far. Despite his current suspension, the three goals he’s scored in his first two games have exposed the talent that Everton saw when they paid 40 million pounds to acquire him.

His performance has even led to a first-time call up to the Brazilian national squad.

Liverpool Defence

Led by Virgil van Dijk and new acquisition, keeper Alisson, the Liverpool defence has been sturdy, leading the league with clean sheets.

Complementing the dangerous midfield and forward structures up the field, the emergence of Liverpool’s defensive unit has rocketed them into an undefeated position, and likely solidifies them as a realistic favourite to win the Premier League.

Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on August 12, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Lucas Moura

The former PSG player is seemingly fulfilling his potential at the Spurs, being named Player of the Month.

His three goals and assist have placed him as a focal point of the Spurs’ offence, especially with the absence of Son Heung-Min to the Asian Cup.

Watford

Do we have a Leicester story all over again?
Probably not, but to say that Watford has been anything but exceptional this season so far, would be false. Four matches and four victories have led to Watford sitting equal top on the table, above power sides, Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal.

Jorginho

Maurizio Sarri’s golden boy, Jorginho is the hub from which Sarri deploys his attacking formations. Look no further than the game between Chelsea and Newcastle, where Jorginho completed 19 more passes individually, than the entire Newcastle team in the first half. The man has completed 417 passes in four games. Astounding.

LOSERS

Jose Mourinho

There is a reason Zinedine Zidane continues to be linked to the top job at Manchester United. Mourinho’s outfit looks ill-equipped to face the powerhouses of English football, in Liverpool, Chelsea and cross-town rivals, Manchester City.

Mourinho is sponsoring an uninspired style of football that led to his explosive press conference, where he demanded “respect”.

Starting the season 2-2, including a loss to Brighton, has only increased the calls for Mourinho to change something drastically, however, it seems as though he is unwilling to adapt to the style of game that is now successful in England.

Manchester United’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho gestures after the final whistle of the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Manchester United at Turf Moor in Burnley, north west England on September 2, 2018. (Photo by Lindsey PARNABY / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

West Ham

Manuel Pellegrini’s outfit have endured their worst start to a season since 2010-2011.

Pellegrini spent a combined $132 million (AUD) to bring in Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Issa Diop.

Anderson has an assist, Diop has netted for the opposition and Yarmolenko is yet to see regular minutes as a starter.

It is probably safe to say that West Ham, and Manuel Pellegrini’s job, are in trouble.

Arsenal

The end of Arsene Wenger was meant to be the end of Wenger-esque performances.
Yet under Unai Emery’s first four games, Arsenal still appears impressive offensively, yet vulnerable in defence.

2-2 is not the desired start to the Gunners’ season under Emery’s new front office.

Manchester City

Can a team be a loser when they are 3-1-0 and the draw came in such a controversial fashion?

The loss here is Kevin De Bruyne. It is a testament to his class and skill that a team with the depth of City, that his absence can be felt in all aspects of the game.

Whilst the mixtures of midfielders Pep Guardiola has deployed have been great, De Bruyne’s ability to spread the field with pin-point passing and two-way running is sorely missed.