Another excellent Ligue 1 season is drawing to its close, with many issues at the top and bottom of the table. While the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have dominated the headlines with their excellent form, there a number of players who have surprised fans and observers alike with their form.
The majority of the clubs in the French top flight do not possess the spending power of Paris Saint-Germain, and therefore have to rely on aging veterans and untested youngsters, who enjoy varying levels of success in one of Europe's most diverse divisions.
The performance of these players can often define a club's season, and this has certainly been the case this term, with a number of individuals unexpectedly inspiring their sides to success.
Here are five the most surprising stars of the Ligue 1 season.