The Ligue 1 season is drawing to a close. The title has been decided and, while the relegation scrap will be resolved on the final day, most of the business of the season has been taken care of.
The individual awards for the campaign were handed out at a ceremony in Paris yesterday. Unsurprisingly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic collected the Player of the Year gong for a second consecutive year, while Marco Verratti won the Young Player of the Year prize.
Both Ibrahimovic and Verratti have been playing in Ligue 1 for a few seasons but, after two hectic transfer windows, there have also been a number of fresh faces that have lit up the division this year. Here are five of the best new signings that have taken Ligue 1 by storm this campaign.
This list could be compiled of players from big-spending Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco alone, but there are others that have performed at consistently high levels in their debut seasons and deserve to be included for a more balanced look at the whole league.
Because of that, some talented individuals miss out. Honourable mention must go to Dimitar Berbatov, who has produced moments of breath-taking skill since his arrival. Yohan Cabaye too deserves praise; the Frenchman has been an important part of the title-winning PSG side since his arrival from Newcastle in January.
The five players on this list have been selected because they have performed consistently over the campaign, impressing both individually and as a member of their side. In their first season for their new club, each player has had a fine campaign.
Do you agree with this selection? As always, leave your comments and opinions. Who should be recognised? Who does not deserve a mention? Read on for five signings who have lit up Ligue 1 this season.