3. John Terry
It looked for a long time last season, as he was rotated by Rafael Benitez and not at the top of his game, that John Terry could be on his way out of football at the top level - he has subsequently proved all his doubters wrong.
The return of Jose Mourinho has seen a resurgence in Terry's form and the Chelsea captain has once again made himself indispensable to the success of the team. The Blues have the best defence in the Premier League and have a good chance to win it, while they are also into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
It is never going to happen, but Terry's form more than warrants a place in the England squad for the World Cup in Brazil, as there are a lack of top class centre-backs at Roy Hodgson's disposal and the system he deploys would be ideal for Terry's talents.