A look at ten players that have excelled in the Premier League this season; this list is a mixture of players that have come through the youth systems to inspired signings for cut-price fees.
My list includes a look at the Liverpool youth system, a defender that could prove to be vital to England’s future success, a Nigerian striker that has excelled, two stars of Blackpool’s season, a player that performances for Wolves earned him England recognition, a Spanish left back and a Chelsea striker that has excelled on-loan at a different Premier League club.
There are of course plenty of players who could of made my list but haven’t. In terms of clarification the key is in the title and also through transfer fees. For example I was toying with the idea of including Andy Carroll and in some ways he fits the criteria perfectly and probably would have made the list had he remained at Newcastle – but I just felt his £35m January transfer meant It didn’t feel right to include him. Another player that I thought about including was Kevin Nolan and he fits the criteria – but I just wasn’t comfortable with including him because then the list would have included three players that started their season with Newcastle. I also thought of including Sandro at Tottenham but felt his significant transfer fee meant any success should not be a surprise. However, he has done well to adept to English football so quickly. And finally Van Dar Vaart but I felt he was too established as a player to be considered a surprise.