Before you say 'he's a midfielder!!!' according to the statistics Gardner has made 30 appearances this season - 23 of which were at right-back.
He's much more a defender this season than anything else, so he rightly deserves his place atop the rankings.
Sunderland are scrapping for their lives this campaign, but Gardner's long-range accuracy has chalked up a couple of crucial strikes for the Black Cats.
He's always been good for a few goals a season, but this is his best campaign since he bagged eight league goals in the 2010-11 season.