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Manchester United defender Jonny Evans is Premier League's MVP

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Jonny Evans has, over the past year, established himself in the minds of many as the most valuable defender at the disposal of Sir Alex Ferguson, and the Northern Ireland international now has the stats to prove it.

Manchester United are able to take, on average, more points per game with Evans in the side than with any other player, with the club earning an impressive 2.71 points every time the centre-back has featured in the Premier League this season.

Evans has played in 17 of Manchester United's 27 outings, 16 of which have been starts, and not only has the best record of any player at Old Trafford, but the 25-year-old averages more points per game than anyone else in the Premier League.

Robin van Persie, Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale may be taking the plaudits for their goalscoring performances this season, but none of these players can boast more than even two points per game played in the league.

Evans is followed by teammates Rafael da Silva (2.64 points per game) and David de Gea (2.63) into second and third respectively in the Premier League MVP rankings, while Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele (2.35) is the first non Manchester United entry.

Roberto Mancini's decision to oust Joleon Lescott in favour of summer acquisition Matija Nastasic has been justified with the young defender Manchester City's most valuable points earner this term, with the club managing 2.25 points every time he has started.

Gael Clichy is not far behind his City clubmate on 2.20 points per game while, elsewhere, Spurs have benefitted from Hugo Lloris replacing Brad Friedel in goal, with 2.18 points secured in every match since the Frenchman was favoured to the veteran American.

Other notable MVPs are Chelsea pair Ashley Cole, who looked set to leave the club at the end of the season, and much-maligned David Luiz, with both players ensuring the Blues have taken, on average, two points each time they have played.

Top 10 Premier League MVPS in terms of average points per game this season:

1. Jonny Evans, Manchester United - 2.71

2. Rafael da Silva, Manchester United - 2.64

3. David de Gea, Manchester United - 2.63

4. Mousa Dembele, Tottenham - 2.35

5. Matija Nastasic, Manchester City - 2.25

6. Gael Clichy, Manchester City - 2.20

7. Hugo Lloris, Tottenham - 2.18

8. Carlos Tevez, Manchester City - 2.13

= 9. Ashley Cole, Chelsea - 2.00

= 9. David Luiz, Chelsea - 2.00

= 9. Clint Dempsey, Tottenham - 2.00

= 10. Wojciech Szczesny, Arsenal - 1.94

= 10. Jack Wilshere, Arsenal - 1.94

= 10. Bacary Sagna, Arsenal - 1.94

The stats for each team in the Premier League can be found here.

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