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This season will always be remembered for throwing so many surprises. So we take a look at the top ten surprise packages of this season.
- Kelechi Iheanacho (Man City)
It has turned out to be a disappointing season for Man City. They are currently placed fourth, only point ahead of West Ham and Man Utd, and are already out of the title race.
But, it has been a dream season for youngster Kelechi Iheanacho. The City academy graduate has managed to break into the team full of expensive stars.
The 19-year-old is the first academy graduate who has managed to progressed into City’s senior squad in a while.
He scored an impressive hat-trick against Aston Villa in FA Cup earlier this and has scored nine goals for City in all competitions this season.
Such has been his rise into the first team that manager Manuel Pellegrini has preferred him over Wilfried Bony in his starting eleven recently.
- Marcus Rashford (Man Utd)
Last two months have been nothing short of a dream for the 18-year old. He was given his senior debut after Anthony Martial suffered an injury in the build-up to the Europa League tie against FC Midtjylland.
He scored a brace in the 5-1 win against the Danish opponent. He continued the fairy-tale start to his career by scoring a brace and providing an assist in his next game- a 3-2 league win over Arsenal.
He further endeared himself to the United fans by scoring the only goal in the Manchester derby.
- Jesse Lingard (Man Utd)
Louis Van Gaal has gained many detractors this season, but no one can fault him for promoting youth talent at Old Trafford this season.
Jesse Lingard is another United academy product to find his name on this list.
Before the current season, Lingard had made only one appearance for the Red Devils. However, he has emerged as one of the key members of the United’s first team this season.
He made his first appearance of the season for the Red Devils in October and since then he has made 29 appearances for the Manchester club.
He has scored five goals, including four league goals, in those 29 appearances for Louis Van Gaal’s side.
- Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)
The Austrian signed for Stoke City from Bundesliga club Werder Bremen in 2013. He has always proved to be a handful, but in his first two seasons with the Potters, he managed only five goals in 59 appearances.
However, he has been able to show his true potential at Britannia Stadium this season.
Surrounded by the brilliant talents of Xherdan Shaqiri, Bojan Krkic and Ibrahim Affelay, he has managed to score ten league goals in 28 league appearances this season.
- Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City)
Danny Drinkwater has been an ever-commanding presence in Leicester City’s midfield this season.
He has played a major role in the Foxes’ shocking run this season and has contributed with one goal and four assists in 29 league appearances.
His performances for the Foxes has earned him a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad, and he is expected to be a part of the Three Lions squad for the Euro Championships.
The 26-year old has been rightly called a ‘puppet master’ by his teammate Jamie Vardy.
- Odion Ighalo (Watford)
Goals have dried up for the Nigerian international of late, but his goalscoring form in the first part of the season ensured that the Hornets will be playing in Premier League for at least one more season.
His tally of 14 league goals in 30 appearances is still an impressive feat considering that it is his debut season in Premier League.
The 26-year old’s performances have seen him linked with the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Atletico Madrid in the transfer window.
- Dele Alli (Tottenham)
He has been a breath of fresh air in Tottenham squad this season. Spurs bought him for mere £5 million from MK Dons and what a signing he has turned out to be.
The 19-year-old has scored seven goals and provided nine assists in 29 league appearances in his first season in top flight football.
His performances have earned him rave reviews and also a place in Roy Hodgson’s squad.
German legend Lothar Matthaus last week called him the best player on the pitch in the Three Lions’ 3-2 win over World Champions.
He is only 19-years old and could very well develop into a world class talent in the coming years.
- N’Golo Kante (Leicester City)
The French midfielder has proved to be a shrewd signing from Claudio Ranieri. With the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy attracting all the plaudits for their performances this season, Kante has been doing all the dirty work for the Foxes.
He has shielded the Foxes’ goal on countless occasions with his tireless running and tackling.
He has averaged 4.4 tackles and 4.2 interceptions per game this season. His performances have also earned him a call to the France national team.
2) Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
The Leicester City forward is living a dream. He started the season in a spectacular manner and broke Rudd Van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 11 consecutive league games.
He has scored 19 goals and provided six assists this season. He carried his form to the national team and scored a wonderful flick against World Champions Germany last week.
Hollywood directors are even considering making a movie on his rags-to-riches story.
His performances this season earned him a new contract worth £80,000-a-week wages. The 29-year-old was playing non-league football four years ago. What a story this has been!
1) Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
Another Leicester City player on the list. It shouldn’t be a surprise keeping in mind the kind of season they are having.
The Algerian international cost only £350,000 to the Foxes and now there are talks that La Liga giants Barcelona are interested in his services.
He has scored 16 goals and provided 11 assists for the Foxes this season and is currently the frontrunner for the Player of the Year award.