10 . SOFIANE BOUFAL // 22 // Lille // Morocco // new entrant
Boufal has really made some vast strides forward this season, forming an important part of the attacking battery that Lille have. The midfielder is proving to be incredibly creative for his side, and a real thorn in the opposition’s flesh. Averaging 4 dribbles a game so far means that he can really bamboozle defenders and create openings. The last month or so has been good for him, with a couple of goals coming against Montpellier and Guinamp. The only down point was a sending off in the recent draw against Bastia, meaning that he will be suspended when club football resumes.
9 . MARC STENDERA // 19 // Eintracht Frankfurt // Germany // new entrant
Another new entrant on this list, Marc Stendera has made it onto this list as a result of some good performances in the last month or so. The youngster has excelled in the middle of the park for Frankfurt, especially when put just in front of the back 4. The defensive side of his game is strong, with his ability to read the game allowing him to make many interceptions. This was on display in the recent goalless draws that Frankfurt managed to pull out against Bayern and Hoffenheim. He’s also got a match winning performance to his name, with his 2 goals winning the game away at Hannover.
8 . LEROY SANE // 19 // Schalke // Germany // new entrant
Schalke’s academy seems to be the gift that keeps on giving, with the latest sensation to come off the line being Leroy Sane. With players like Meyer and Goretzka already at the club, Leroy Sane has done well to make a place for himself as well. Since breaking into the side around the beginning of October, he’s been one of their best players, and definitely has the best haircut of anyone on the team. In terms of numbers, he’s chipped in with 4 goals and 3 assists this season, including one against fierce rivals Dortmund. Sane is an exciting player, in terms of aesthetics, and his future. His dribbling ability is a highlight, and he certainly makes Schalke a little easier on the eye.
7 . DIDIER NDONG // 21 // Lorient // Gabon // new entrant
The Gabon international has been a regular feature of the Lorient side that currently sits in 7th place on the league table right now. Mostly employed as a defensive midfielder, Ndong has brought his skills to the fore, and been a lynchpin for the team. He’s gone about his business quietly, and notched up some pretty impressive numbers. 2.8 tackles a game, and 2.3 interceptions really mean that he’s involved in the business end of the defense. He doesn’t get forward much, choosing to stay deeper in midfield, and this is a trait to be appreciated.
6 . RAHEEM STERLING // 20 // Manchester City // England // new entrant
When Sterling moved to City, a lot of people (Liverpool fans especially) felt he was destined to be the new Scott Sinclair. But this incredible talent has defied his critics, and shouldered the burden of expectations impressively. He had a solid start, but since then, he’s grown in leaps and bounds. With Silva and Aguero out injured, Sterling has stepped up and delivered. A wonderful hattrick against Bournemouth, a goal for his country, and a defining performance in a memorable win at Sevilla have been the highlights. He’s only 20, and there’s a lot of pressure on him to deliver, but much to the chagrin of Liverpool supporters, he’s probably in the best place to do it.
5 . ROSS BARKLEY // 21 // Everton // England // 4 ↓
Another sparkling young English talent, Barkley has long been someone that we’ve all had a good opinion of. The Everton man’s resurgence of form this season has coincided with with his team’s. Barkley is part of a fearsome attacking quartet that Everton can unleash, and generally is the creative influence in the side. He’s been good for England as well, with a goal and an assist coming in the last international break. Martinez says that he’s happy for other clubs to look enviously as youngsters like Barkley, Stones and Lukaku, but if Barkley can stay at a consistently high level through the season, then his manager might not be so happy with offers that are bound to come in.
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