Few pundits would have predicted that at this stage of the Premier League season Fulham, Brighton and Brentford would be above the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea.
They are there on merit too, although there is a long way to go and it will be tough to maintain their lofty positions.
Of the three “upstarts,” Fulham are the most experienced in the top flight and have become something of a yo-yo club regularly dropping down to the second-tier Championship.
But this season with Marco Silva at the helm, the Cottagers have shown a lot more resilience and are no longer the easy pickings of the past.
Their 31 points this season is already more than their final tally last time they were in the top flight.
Fulham’s best finish in the Premier League was seventh place in the 2008-9 season.
Brentford and Brighton are a different story with both clubs having spent most of their…