The Daily Mail loves lists, and so do we.
Here is the list of players that were selected by this venerable source, see in bold what we thought of each selection.
(A signing that seemed expensive at first has proven to be a great bit of business. If used correctly he could provide the fulcrum for the midlands side in years to come. Should get more recognition on the international stage)
9 Ross McCormack (Motherwell – Cardiff, free)
(Bargain of the season, shame the club’s form ran out at the crucial stage but this nippy striker has done very well. No doubt the club will be hoping Ross doesn’t choose to use the club as a stepping stone as many other Bluebird young stars have done in the past)
(Harry Redknapp fought hard to secure this battling midfielder’s signature and his arrival has sparked an improvement in Jermaine Jenas and seen Luka Modric pushed out wide, a move that has also greatly improved things at White Hart Lane)
(Stunning start at the club has tapered off recently but the Brazilian will still be hoping to breath some life into the club and he has the ability to win a game with a stunning finish or telling pass and that could be crucial over the final weeks of the season)
(First of this top ten list that in my view is a little undeserved. Yes he arrived for nothing but he hasn’t been THAT spectacular and hasn’t been as reliable as he was at Blackburn.)
5 Luka Modric (Dinamo Zagreb – Tottenham, £16.5m)
(Fantastic footballer who has shown that he can cut it in the rough and tumble Premier League regardless of his slight build. A player Harry can build a side around and a youngster with a very bright future.)
(The Aussie has been instrumental in the defensive nature of Roy Hodgson’s Fulham revival. His strong marshaling of his back four and the confidence he exudes has taken the club to within sight of a European qualification place. Only three teams have conceded less goals and that says it all)
3 Marouane Fellaini (Standard Liege – Everton, £15m)
(I have to admit i baulked at the price David Moyes paid for the Standard Liege man but it’s proved to be a very good bit of business. Weighs in with crucial goals, gets stuck in and must make a fortune in fake wigs in the club shop!)
2 Andrey Arshavin (Zenit St Petersburg – Arsenal, £15m)
(The player they all wanted after his Euro 2008 exploits and Wenger got him. Has only played a handful of games for the club but has already proven just what a huge talent he has. Could really be the catalyst for a change of fortune for the Gunners in the next season or two.)
1 James Beattie (Sheff Utd – Stoke, £3.5m)
(For sheer value for money i guess this makes sense. He has been a huge factor in keeping Tony Pulis’s men in the top flight and was well worth the fee paid for that alone. The key will be what he can offer on a more consistent basis. Infamous for scoring streaks and barren goalless runs, James Beattie can be as frustrating as he can be influential. Time will tell how well he does for the Potters but he has already more than paid the club back for the original outlay.)
Who would have made your top ten list? Do you agree with our assessment of those named? Thoughts?