The 2012/13 season has been a vintage season for Premier League midfielders, with many of the star names shining for their respective clubs.
Five, in particular, have stood out after making regular key contributions since August.
Juan Mata | Chelsea
Mata has had another deadly season for the Blues, showing an eye for goal, imagination and creativity for a perfect pass. The first player to reach 10 goals and assists in the Premier League this season, the Spaniard has been arguably Chelsea’s best player for the second season running.
Santi Cazorla | Arsenal
Cazorla’s debut season has been one to remember for the Spaniard. The ex-Malaga star is consistent and versatile enough to play as a winger, centrally or even as a central midfielder. Currently sat on 12 goals and seven assists, Cazorla has proved he can handle the English game.
Yaya Toure | Manchester City
At the heart of City’s midfield this year, Yaya Toure has been formidable - the club's best player so far. He combines strength, poise on the ball and skill. He may be known as a defensive midfielder but he is no slouch when it comes to going on the offensive. He has been the key to City’s success over the past two seasons.
Michu | Swansea City
This season’s surprise package, Michu, has taken the Premier league by storm. The Spaniard is able to play as a lone striker or as an attacking midfielder, scoring an impressive 17 goals this term. He has adapted an elegant style of play with a cool head in front of goal that has won him his many admirers. The bargain of the season for a snip at £2m from Rayo Vallecano.
Gareth Bale | Tottenham
Bale’s game this year has improved significantly, announcing himself onto the stage of world-class players with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Bale is phenomenal going forward, with a goalscoring touch. He can deliver a great cross on the run and he is also a free-kick specialist. Seventeen goals for the Welshman means this season is definitely one to remember.
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