The Premier League is back like it never went away, and so are Manchester City - who are already looking unstoppable in their pursuit of a record-breaking fourth consecutive title. That's in no small part thanks to the continued brilliance of Erling Haaland, but the champions are purring in all areas of the pitch and several other players have made strong claims for the spotlight.
However, City won't have everything their own way, with Arsenal, Liverpool and a rejuvenated Tottenham side all hot on their heels after some smart transfer business. Brighton also look capable of a push towards the top of the league under Roberto De Zerbi, who is rivalling Pep Guardiola for the most fluid, effective style of play in European football right now.
A number of summer signings have hit the ground running at their new clubs, while certain players have benefitted from a managerial change or improved injury situation to rediscover their best form or reach an even higher level. And with Newcastle, Manchester United and Chelsea all enduring poor starts to the season, more than a few surprise contenders for Haaland's throne have emerged.
GOAL has rated the best performers so far this season to figure out who should be the frontrunners for the 2023-24 Player of the Season award...