Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Despite his reputation and high standing at the club, Phil Jagileka wasn't always a guaranteed selection last season. In fact, he made fewer appearances than both his fellow centre-backs and was occasionally left on the bench.
Having been widely regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the country before a horrific injury in 2009, it's fair to say his form of the past two years, while decent, had not quite reached his previous high standards.
At the start of the season, Evertonians would have been split over their first choice centre-backs, with Player of the Season John Heitinga surely the obvious initial selection.
However, Jagielka has simply been outstanding this year, exceeding his best ever form. He's been courageous in the challenge area, intelligent with his positioning and has matured into an excellent leader of men.
David Moyes was recently quoted (via the Express) insisting that England should build around Jagileka at the back, and as this writer's choice for Player of the Season at the Toffees, it's impossible not to include Jagileka as a major winner.
He is now a regular starter for England, has taken over the captaincy at Everton and seems destined for a strong few years back at the top of his game.
Statistics via EPL Index and WhoScored?
Bleacher Report's Premier League coverage has been nominated in the 2012-13 EPLTalk awards. Cast your vote here.