The shortlist for this year’s PFA player of the year award rates something of a Liverpool love in, with Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge all included.
In a group which also contains Yaya Toure and Eden Hazard, Southampton’s Adam Lallana was the only player from clubs not still in the Premier League title race to merit selection.
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Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal
Wow! Where did the Welshman’s 2013/14 form come from?
Alright there were flickers of improvement at the tail end of last term, but who could have expected a return of 15 league goals scored or created in just 17 starts this season.
So what if he’s been injured for half the campaign, his unforeseen effervescence in both attack and defence (an average of 3.4 tackles per game is bettered by just five of his contemporaries) transformed Arsenal from also-rans into title pretenders.
It’s testament to the 23-year-old’s effectiveness that he rates a 19/10 to notch against Hull City in just his fourth game back.
Loic Remy, Newcastle United
Like Ramsey, the Frenchman may have been out of action for large portions of the campaign but that doesn’t make his numbers, or his importance to his team any less impressive.
In scoring 13 of the Magpies’ 38 goals Remy can claim a greater percentage of his club’s league strikes than any other top-flight player this term.
Mile Jedinak, Crystal Palace
A gem of a find for the cash-strapped Londoners, there was always a nagging doubt that the Australian may be found out for pace in the Premier League after a standout debut campaign in the second tier.
However, the bargain signing from Gençlerbirliği’s reading of the game has turned those qualms into a non-issue and he sits atop the division’s interceptions per game chart.
Jedinak has excelled in the top tier as a leader, a playmaker and a defensive rock.
Curtis Davies, Hull City
After unsatisfactory tilts at Premier League life at three different clubs, Davies is finally living up to the hype under the tutelage of criminally underrated centre-half Steve Bruce.
Sadly it seems he has inherited his boss’ complete lack of England recognition, despite manning the rudder of the division’s fifth-best defence.
Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea
While the more flashy contributions of teammate Hazard received the PFA plaudits, the Spaniard has excelled in the league’s meanest rearguard this term.
Not only that but he has supplanted a player that was still regarded as one of the world’s finest full-backs in the process, despite playing on his weaker side.
Even if the Bluebirds do avoid the drop there will be few players in the books who can look back on 2013/14 with their heads held high.
One that will is David Marshall, a goalkeeper who wouldn’t have been out of place at Rourke’s Drift, whose brilliance has saved his colleagues from annihilation on many, many occasions.