David de Gea, Manchester United

It is amazing to think that earlier this season many were predicting the Spaniard was on his way out at Old Trafford and that Sir Alex Ferguson has lost patience with him.

De Gea responded by bulking up, being braver, more decisive and assertive, which led to an increase in confidence – not just in him but in the four defenders he was playing behind.

De Gea’s shot-stopping ability has never been in question but the improvement in his demeanour in the box, at set-pieces especially, has seen a remarkable transformation and saw him picked in the PFA Team of the Year.

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