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Five of the best: Premier League players of 2012/13 season

Lambert's impressed at Southampton this season (©GettyImages)
Lambert's impressed at Southampton this season (©GettyImages).

The Premier League has thrilled the world again this season, with many players showing their star quality. 

I have chosen fie players that I believe have stood out this season. These players have been chosen out of a matter of opinion. They have been selected depending on their form throughout the season and their contributions to their teams in the Premier League only. 

Which five have hit top form to make this list?

5. Rickie Lambert

Rickie Lambert has been very consistent this season and contributed to a large proportion of Southampton's goals. The Saints may not be fighting for the positions that qualify them for Europe but there is no doubt that at the age of 31, Lambert is a world class player when on his best form.

This form has come up on many occasions this season which have made him the top English goalscorer in the Premier League ahead of the likes of Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Jermain Defoe. 

His strength, mentality, set piece skill and ability to finish off chances with composure have influenced the rest of his team to rise up to an established Premier League side; despite being in League One two years ago. Rickie Lambert has been an inspirational, influential and all round exceptional player this season.

4. Robin van Persie

He may have recently suffered a goal drought which eventually came to an end against Stoke City, but the Dutch striker has been a huge component in the United squad that has run away with their record 20th title. 

With 20 goals and eight assists in 32 league appearances this season, Van Persie has contributed to more goals than any other player in the league. These goals have given the Red Devils some very important points including a hat trick earning United three points against Southampton and a winning goal against local rivals Manchester City earlier in the season.

3. Juan Mata

Mata has been arguably the best central midfielder in England this season and maybe even in Europe. His perfect passing and clinical finishing have landed the Spanish 24-year-old 10 league goals and 11 league assists over the course of the season. 

He has linked up with players such as Eden Hazard, Oscar, Marko Marin and Victor Moses to create some of the most creative and accurate passing moves this season, usually with Mata at the centre and more often than not, leading to goals. 

The control, passing, technique, creativity, influence and composure the attacking midfielder has shown are just some of the attributes that give him the third position in this top five. There is no doubt that if Chelsea make the European spots this season, it is very much down to Juan.

2. Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale has been on phenomenal form this season; almost running Tottenham Hotspur on his own. His pace, determination and skill on the ball has been impeccable and has driven fear into the opposition defence. 

At 23-years old, he has not yet reached the peak of his career which shows a very promising talent with huge potential. His fantastic performances have attracted interest from none other than Real Madrid which shows how good he has been this season. 

17 goals and six assists make him the third top scorer in the league along with Michu which as a winger is truly fantastic. Bale seems to have everything from physical attributes, through skill to mental attributes making him the perfect complete footballer.

1. Luis Suarez

It would take something very special to beat Gareth Bale to the top spot and this takes the form or Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez. Outstanding would be an understatement as despite his 'love him or hate him' status which in many cases leans towards 'hate him', there is no denying his quality when he is playing a game of football. He is the league's top scorer with 22 goals and he also has five league assists this season. 

His first touch to bring the ball down is impeccable whether it's a high ball over his shoulder or a through ball to play him through on goal. His movement to create space for himself or his teammates seems almost telepathic at times, as he seems to know where to go and when, to create goal scoring opportunities out of nothing.

He is strong on the ball and determined which influences the rest of his team to step up and match his impact in a match. This season, he has seemed to have every attribute he could possibly need at top form all season to, regardless of his status outside of football, create a truly magnificent player.

 

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