There is not a single team in the Premier League which plays without a proper winger. Modern tactics require at least two in the starting XI nowadays and managers even work on transforming their central midfielders or forwards into the ones who play on the flanks.
Manuel Pellegrini has successfully done it. Stevan Jovetic, who used to play just in front has been given a new position in the team – a right-winger one. The same thing took place at Old Trafford, where Danny Welbeck had to adapt the left wing instead of playing forward.
As teams look to reinforce their respective squads during the imminent summer transfer windows, here is a look at those wide men who performed best in the recently concluded club campaign...
5. Theo Walcott
Arsenal's 25-year-old wasn't been given a real chance in the league due to two crucial injuiries which kept him out of the field for most of the season. Walcott played every third match in the Premier League and five more matches in different cups. 18 appearances in total are, by far, not enough for this kind of winger.
He still managed to score six goals and set up seven of them in the season that has just ended. Unfortunately, Roy Hodgson couldn't have listed him for the World Cup in Brazil and hopefully, Walcott will return to playing for England after he recovers.
4. Christian Eriksen
Once again, the player which had to change his primary position of attacking midfielder into a left-winger. Surprisingly, putting the Danish youngster on a new position in the team has been a great move.
Tottenham strikers should envy him. In 25 league matches, he made nine assists and scored seven goals, being the second best goalscorer in the club, behind Emmanuel Adebayor.
At the age of 22, he is Denmark's best player. While many footballers couldn't get up to 50 caps for their national teams, Eriksen has already got 42 – and he has just begun.
3. Raheem Sterling
England's second youngest traveller to Brazil was one of Liverpool's top performers in their best season since 2009, when they have also finished second. Unfortunately Sterling and England were knocked out of the World Cup at the first hurdle, so he will now switch focus to club duties once again.
Every goalkeeper fears the Liverpool forward line. Sturridge, Suarez and Sterling were the best trio in the league right from the start. They managed to score more goals than the whole Norwich City.
In 39 appearances for the Reds this season, Sterling scored nine goals. He managed to set up seven more goals for his team. But, even that wasn't enough for the first place in the league.
2. David Silva
When everyone else fails, Silva saves the team. Although the 28-year-old mostly plays as an central attacking midfielder, he is able to play on both the left and the right side. Manuel Pellegrini's playmaker has made Real Madrid rumours increase and the Citizens could earn more than £40 million if they decide to sell him.
27 Premier League appearances for Silva were more than enough to confirm his goalscoring skills and abilities. He scored seven goals and assisted 12 times to ensure second title in three years for his club.
1. Eden Hazard
The absolute winner of this list is Chelsea's unavoidable member of the starting XI. There are no failures in Hazard's performances as he was one of Premier League's best players in the 2013/14 season.
He could easily be declared as one of the greatest signings by the Blues who should stick with him as long as possible. The young Belgian played in 35 out of 38 league clashes, scoring 14 goals and making nine assists. He is now hoping to surprise the world Belgium, who have reached the last 16 of the World Cup
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