5. Lallana’s rise from League One
It wasn’t too long ago that the now England international was playing in the third tier of English football… only four years.
In his last season in League One, Lallana scored 11 goals to promote Southampton into the Championship, which also saw him bag the League One Player of the Year.
He continued his promotion displays as Southampton took the Championship by storm and received a second consecutive promotion to finally end up back in the Premier League. Lallana was again essential, earning the club Player of the Year and named in the Championship XI.
But while many fall short when reaching the English top flight, Lallana developed during his first Premier League season and in his latest campaign was impressive enough to earn himself a seat on the England plane as well as in the Premier League XI.
Now in the Champions League? It won’t be surprising if he can up his game to challenge the European Elite.