Adrian Clarke selects the players who have caught his eye in 2018/19 so far.
The left foot of Jose Holebas has been one of the success stories of the season.
The Watford defender’s four assists and 17 chances created are the most by any Premier League full-back this campaign.
The Greek has impressed with his raids down the left but his quality from set-piece situations sets him apart.
Holebas applies such pace and accuracy to his deliveries that opposing defences have found them almost impossible to deal with.
Fourteen of the 17 chances he has created have come from set-plays, with defender Christian Kabasele the chief recipient, getting on the end of five Holebas centres.
The statistics speak for themselves. No player in the division has reached their target from corners and wide free-kicks more often than Holebas.
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Holebas’s all-round game now looks to be in its best shape since he joined Watford from Roma in 2015.
As well as providing an attacking threat, the 34-year-old's defending has been terrific, too.
Tucking inside to keep a narrow shape when necessary, Holebas has been effective in the air, winning a number of crucial headed duels to repel attacks.
He also uses his powerful physique to his advantage. He is ranked second only to Etienne Capoue for regaining possession inside the defensive third for the Hornets.
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Balancing sound defensive work with all the attacking expectations of a modern full-back, it is no surprise Javier Gracia has picked him for every Premier League match so far.
One area of his game where he still struggles is staying out of the referees' notebooks.
Holebas will miss Watford's trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on 20 October through suspension, having collected five yellow cards.
His absence will be keenly felt by his team-mates at Molineux.
But when he is on the pitch, Holebas looks set to play an integral role in the ambitious Hornets' season.