As the year 2011 draws to a close, we at Bleacher Report will be publishing a series of articles looking back on the various happenings in the world of football for the past 12 months.
In this article, I present to you my votes for each club's standout performer in the past year.
Now, given that the 2011-2012 season started in August, there are inevitably three changes in teams compared to the tail-end of last season.
But, as the old adage goes, the league table never lies, and so this review, rather than mentioning the erstwhile Premier League teams of West Ham, Blackpool and Birmingham City, will draw attention to this year's newcomers: Swansea, QPR and Norwich City.
Without further ado, here are the 20 standout club performers in 2011. Feel free to nominate your own candidates in the comments below.