Premier League: Top five Belgians

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In the last few years, Belgium have produced more than their fair share of sought-after footballers who have ended up at big Premier League clubs.

That some genuinely believe Belgium are dark horses to win the World Cup in Brazil next summer shows exactly how talented their current generation is.

Most of the Belgium internationals who have signed on for Premier League teams have settled in England with consummate ease, showcasing their impressive talent with a series of eye-catching performances.

Indeed, the large group of Belgian players currently plying their trade in the English top flight have performed so consistently that whittling this list down to just five proved troublesome.

Subsequently, this is one top five list where an 'honourable mentions' section was an absolute necessity – but feel free to have your say if you believe the top five should look any different.

Honourable mentions

Marouane Fellaini | Everton

Powerful midfielder who could reunite with former manager David Moyes at Manchester United before the transfer window closes on September 2.

Mousa Dembélé | Tottenham

Gifted left-footed midfielder who has performed well since joining Spurs from Fulham last season.

Kevin De Bruyne | Chelsea

Attacking midfielder who impressed on his Chelsea debut at the start of this season following a loan spell in Germany with Werder Bremen.

Nacer Chadli | Tottenham

Former FC Twente winger who was brought to White Hart Lane this summer.

Kevin Mirallas | Everton

Tricky Everton forward with a penchant for stunning solo goals.

And now for the top five...

5. Jan Vertonghen | Tottenham

Jan Vertonghen cemented his reputation as one of Europe's most talented centre-backs while playing with Ajax – and has since proved it at Tottenham.

The 26-year-old is a rock at the heart of Spurs' defence – and he can also play at left-back – comfortable on the ball and blessed with a cultured left-foot.

A class act.

4. Christian Benteke | Aston Villa

It's fair to say that Christian Benteke has been a revelation since arriving at Aston Villa last summer.

The 22-year-old is powerful, always alert inside the box and certainly knows how to finish.

Benteke scored 19 Premier League goals for a struggling Villa side last term, and has already scored three goals in three matches at the start of this current campaign.

3. Romelu Lukaku | Chelsea

Romelu Lukaku has all the tools to become one of the world's most lethal strikers.

The Chelsea forward burst onto the scene with Anderlecht before completing a big-money move to Stamford Bridge in 2011.

With first-team opportunities limited, Lukaku secured a loan move to West Brom last season, where he scored an impressive 17 league goals.

Still only 20, Lukaku could soon become the first-choice striker for both club and country.

2. Vincent Kompany | Manchester City

Manchester City's captain fantastic – the man who lifted the Premier League trophy for City in May 2012.

Kompany is one of the best central defenders in the world, his committed performances drawing praise from fans, pundits, and fellow players alike.

An intelligent, composed defender, who is also always willing to put his body on the line for his team – Kompany is a credit to both Manchester City and Belgium.

1. Eden Hazard | Chelsea

Eden Hazard has the potential to become the best Premier League player and one of the best in the world, too.

The 22-year-old, who was crowned the Ligue 1 Player of the Year in consecutive years while plying his trade for Lille, is a fabulously gifted footballer with bundles of ability.

Hazard enjoyed a fine debut campaign with the Blues last term – but expect him to get better and better in the months and years to come.

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