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Joe Allen was probably not a name people were expecting to be on top of this list, but the Swansea City youngster has been a revelation in his debut Premier League season.
A product of the youth system, the little midfielder has flourished in the Premier League along with a number of his teammates.
The Welsh international, 22, has more than held his own against some of the biggest names in European football this season.
Allen’s style of play is imperative to what Swansea do. Him and Leon Brittan in the centre of the midfield control the game similarly to the way Xavi and Iniesta do for Barcelona, just at a lower level.
He has scored three goals this season and also created another.
But it’s the stability he brings that is so important for Swansea, as he allows the likes of Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer to attack people with pace and create chances.
Of all the players shown here, Allen has made the biggest impact at his club and is set for very bright future.