Premier League Players of the Season: 2012/13

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With the dawn of the new Premier League campaign upon us, let's take a look at the top performers in each of these sides last season. 

Have the clubs managed to hold on to their best players? Did they get new players to provide more competition? Find out below...

Arsenal - Santi Cazorla

In his first season with Arsenal, Cazorla established himself as a regular member of Arsene Wenger's midfield. 

He was also voted Arsenal's player of the season following an impressive campaign with 12 goals and 13 assists, and played in all 38 league games, providing the creative touch to the team in Jack Wilshere's absence.

Aston Villa - Cristian Benteke

The young Belgian put up an impressive showing in his first season in the Premier League. Following a £7million move from Genk, Benteke scored important goals to help Villa avoid relegation. 

The PFA Young Player of the Year nominee ended the season with 19 goals, 14 of them coming after turn of the year.

Chelsea - Juan Mata

The Spaniard bettered his performance from his first season with Chelsea. With new signings, Eden Hazard and Oscar, he formed an incredible partnership which helped Chelsea win the Europa League. 

The two time Chelsea Player of the Year winner finished the season with 11 goals and a Premier League high 18 assists.

Everton - Leighton Baines

In David Moyes's last season at Goodison Park, Baines took a step further towards being England's first choice left-back. 

His runs and crosses from the left were Everton's most potent attacking threat. He formed a dangerous partnership with Steven Pienaar and featured in all 38 league games for the Merseyside club.

Fulham - Dimitar Berbatov

The 32-year old Bulgarian, showed the world that he still has what it takes to play at the highest level with an impressive debut season at Craven Cottage. 

He was the most consistent player in an inconsistent season for the west Londoners.

Liverpool - Luis Suarez

In an season filled with controversies, Suarez's performances on the pitch seemed to be unaffected by the proceedings off the pitch. 

The Uruguayan's challenge for the Golden Boot took a hit with the 10 game ban imposed towards the end of the campaign. Arsenal have an interest in him following his 23 league goals last season.

Manchester City - Yaya Toure

In a disappointing season for the Citizens, Yaya Toure has grown to be the centre-piece of the team's game-plan. With David Silva and Samir Nasri under-performing, the Ivorian's drive and physical presence in the middle of the park was crucial for City. 

City's new signing, Fernandinho would look to take some pressure off Toure.

Manchester United - Robin van Persie

The former Gunner justified his move £25million move from Arsenal with a title winning performance at Old Trafford. He seamlessly fitted into Sir Alex Ferguson's scheme of things and helped United with their 20the top-flight title. 

His 15 assists compliment the 26 league goals that won him the Premier League Golden Boot, and his all-round performance has left Wayne Rooney looking for a way out.

Newcastle United - Yohan Cabaye

After finishing fifth in 2011/12, Newcastle struggled to cope with the rigours of competing in Europe. 

Alan Pardew's side struggled with injuries and fatigue. The French international put in consistent performances in the absence of Hatem Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote. He scored six goals in 26 appearances for the Tyneside club.

Norwich City - Robert Snodgrass

Following his move from Leeds United, the Scottish winger has quickly established himself in the Norwich side. He provided the Canaries with some memorable goals from free-kicks.

The left footed winger, provided nine assists and found the back of the net six times. He beat of stiff competition from Sebastian Bassong, who was voted the Fans' player of the year following his move from Tottenham Hotspur.

Queens Park Rangers - Loic Remy

In a disastrous season for the R's, the entire team struggled to find consistency. Harry Redknapp was brought in to save them from going down. 

His £8million signing Loic Remy put in some brave performances for the side. But they were not enough to keep them afloat. He is attracting interest from Newcastle.

Reading - Adam le Fondre

In a forgettable season for the Royals, Le Fondre raised hopes of the fans in a number of occasions with late equalisers and winners. He fit into the super-sub role perfectly. 

Scoring 12 times, he remained the standout player in a squad full of average players. His heart and industry were key to the unforgettable comebacks at the Madejski Stadium. 

Southampton - Rickie Lambert

Coming back to the Premier League, the Saints have gone from strength to strength last season. Following Mauricio Pochettino's appointment they have put in some memorable performances late in the season. 

Leading from the front was stand-in skipper Lambert. He finished the season as the highest scoring Englishman in the league with 15 goals. His eight assists partially reflect his ability in linking up play.

Stoke City - Ryan Shawcross

The Potters were virtually unbeatable at the Britannia at the start of the last season, only for their performances to dwindle as the season progressed. 

Ryan Shawcross was a constant presence in Tony Pulis's defensive set-up. Featuring in all but one match, he held a clean-sheet in 11 matches.

Sunderland - Steven Fletcher

Another new signing, Fletcher seemed to be doing all the right things before injury struck in a crucial phase of the season. He had scored 11 times by then. 

Sunderland struggled to find a replacement for him and secured Premier league survival by the skin of their teeth. This season, Paulo Di Canio has brought in Jozy Altidore to provide more firepower up front.

Swansea City - Michu

Even though this would look to be the easiest decision of the lot, Michu faced strong competition from Ashley Williams and Jonathan De Guzman. 

Dubbed as the bargain deal of the century, the Spaniard found the net an incredible 18 times. He was the focal point of Michael Laudrup's attacking plan. With Swansea playing in Europe this season, Laudrup enhanced his striking options with Wilfred Bony's signing.

Tottenham Hotspur - Gareth Bale

The PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year has lit up White Hart Lane with his lung bursting runs and thunderous strikes. 

The Welshman has gone from strength to strength, leading to comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. 

In a memorable season for Spurs fans, the former Southampton player finished just behind Van Persie and Suarez in the scoring charts with 21 goals. AVB will struggle to hold on to him with Real Madrid showing keen interest in taking the flying winger to the Bernabeu.

West Bromwich Albion - Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian youngster, has signalled his potential of playing at the highest level with an impressive loan spell at The Hawthorns. With 17 goals under his belt, he has revealed his desire to play for the Europa League champions next season. 

Jose Mourinho will hope that Lukaku will live up to the billing of being the next Didier Drogba, while Steve Clarke will find it difficult to find a replacement for his goals next season.

West Ham United - Joey O'Brien

The Irish right-back was a constant presence in Sam Allardyce's back line. He put in consistent performances and helped the Hammers keep 11 clean sheets last season. 

O'Brien was a constant threat down the right flank, providing four assists and even scoring the winner against Norwich City on New Year's day.

Wigan Athletic - Shaun Maloney

The Latics suffered relegation, but Roberto Martinez led them to the FA Cup for the first piece of major silverware in the club's history. 

Shaun Maloney stood out among a talented bunch of players. His creative impetus and dribbling skills stood out in Wigan's matches. 


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