The following players narrowly missed the cut. They'd easily make it on many top lists at the position, though, so let's give them the mention they deserve.
Ignacio Camacho, Malaga
Camacho has exploded this season after drifting off the map at Atletico Madrid. He formed an incredible partnership with Jeremy Toulalan earlier in the season before the Frenchman's injury.
With Malaga in the habit of selling their stars, eyes should be cast toward the Spaniard, who has a big future in the game.
Asier Illarramendi, Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad's little anchor also has a big future in the game, and now that Philippe Montanier has started playing him, he's growing at an exponential rate.
His rise has left Ruben Pardo—another talented holding midfielder on Sociedad's books—with a limited role.