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Top 10 unexpected game-changers in the 2015-16 Premier League season

  • Top 10 unexpected game-changers in the 2015-16 Premier League season

    West Ham United's English midfielder Michail Antonio celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Sunderland at The Boleyn Ground in Upton Park, in east London on February 27, 2016. / AFP / IAN KINGTON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Top 10 unexpected game-changers in the 2015-16 Premier League season

    WATFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Watford and Leicester City at Vicarage Road on March 5, 2016 in Watford, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

  • Top 10 unexpected game-changers in the 2015-16 Premier League season

    Stoke City's Austrian striker Marko Arnautovic (C) celebrates after scoring his second goal during the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Aston Villa at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England on February 27, 2016. / AFP / LINDSEY PARNABY / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Top 10 unexpected game-changers in the 2015-16 Premier League season

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur shoots at goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Fiorentina at White Hart Lane on February 25, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

  • Top 10 unexpected game-changers in the 2015-16 Premier League season

    Watford's Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo (R) controls the ball as Manchester United's Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo (L) comes across to challenge during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Watford at Old Trafford in Manchester in north west England on March 2, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Top 10 unexpected game-changers in the 2015-16 Premier League season

    Stoke City's Spanish striker Mato Joselu (C) vies with Leicester City's English defender Wes Morgan and Leicester City's French midfielder N'Golo Kante (R) during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Stoke City at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on January 23, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / AFP / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Top 10 unexpected game-changers in the 2015-16 Premier League season

    Manchester United's French striker Anthony Martial (C) runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, central England, on March 6, 2016. / AFP / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Top 10 unexpected game-changers in the 2015-16 Premier League season

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur has his shorts pulled by Hector Bellerin of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on March 5, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

  • Top 10 unexpected game-changers in the 2015-16 Premier League season

    Leicester City's German defender Robert Huth celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on February 6, 2016. / AFP / ADRIAN DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

                   

10. Michail Antonio-West Ham

Signed by West Ham from Nottingham Forest on deadline day of August-September 2015 for seven million pounds, the pacey winger has repaid manager Slaven Bilic's faith in him with six vital goals this season in just 17 matches. All of Antonio's six goals have been scored in victories against Southampton, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Sunderland, Tottenham and Everton. Debuting for the Hammers in Round 6 off the bench in the away win over Manchester City, Antonio's signing has proved to be very influential in his side's attacking dynamic where he has become a new game-changer in West Ham's rise to fifth place.

9. Anthony Martial-Manchester United

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Martial who also signed in the first transfer window this season, was rushed into the side to accommodate for the losses of Robin Van Persie and Javier Hernandez  while also providing cover for the limited attacking options of Wayne Rooney and Memphis Depay. The then 19-year-old was purchased for a hefty up-front fee of 36 million pounds after having caught the eye of a number of scouts at Monaco. Martial scored a mesmerising goal on a memorable United debut, against Liverpool and has since scored six more goals after becoming a key figure of his new team.

 
  

8. Erik Lamela-Tottenham

Lamela had the burden of 'Gareth Bale's replacement' ahead of the 2013-14 season and failed to live up to the heavy expectations despite the unchallenged talent he possesses. The Argentinian attacker displayed notable signs of his skill and improvement last season but he has really stepped up and matured in Tottenham's unexpected title challenge this season. 3 goals and 5 assists may not represent an outstanding return, however Lamela has had an unquestioned impact on his side's fortunes.

7. Robert Huth-Leicester City

The big German centre-half has been a rock in a largely unchanged back four at Leicester this season and has even chimed in with three goals to boot, with a memorable double against Manchester City in a 3-1 blitz in early February. After impressive spells with Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Stoke, the 31-year-old has truly proven himself as a reliable defender at a very structured Leicester side.

6. N'Golo Kante- Leicester City

Rarely any goals or assists to his name this season but the little Frenchman is the head of the engine room at the King Power Stadium and constantly runs all game. Three years ago Kante was playing for Boulogne in the third division in France and after being cheaply picked up by Leicester this season, he appears to be the competition's bargain buy after his immense impact on the quality of the team.

5. Marko Arnautovic-Stoke City

The Austrian international is currently enjoying his third season at Stoke City, tallying nine goals to date after briefly establishing himself at FC Twente and Werder Bremen. Arnautovic has turned himself into a dangerous weapon for the Stoke side in a new centre forward role he has appeared to revel in this season while developing an exciting combination with Xherdan Shaqiri, Ibrahim Afellay and Bojan Krkic.

4. Odion Ighalo-Watford

It would be an overstatement to say that Ighalo was known by a few football fans prior to this season as he has exploded onto the scene with a bang in the English Premier League. The energetic striker from Nigeria formed a formidable strike partnership with captain Troy Deeney last season, scoring 20 goals himself to command his side into second place for Premier League promotion.

3. Jamie Vardy-Leicester City

Currently the leading goalscorer in the league with 19, Vardy established a new record this season for the most consecutive games an individual has scored in. Fittingly the record (11th consecutive game) was broken against Manchester United - the side of which previous record holder Ruud Van Nistelrooy had spent his time in the Premier League. Vardy only managed five goals in 34 appearances last season, however the 29-year-old has come of age on the way to title glory with 19 in 28 in 2015-16 so far, earning his first England caps.

2. Bamidele Alli-Tottenham

The nineteen-year-old youngster has been a wonderful talent in the league this season, producing seven goals and receiving his first call-up to the England national side, scoring an incredible strike in his first start for the team. Predicted to have a breakout campaign upon his arrival at White Hart Lane, Alli made a name for himself at MK Dons, where he had been since he was just a kid in 2007. Dele Alli has also added six assists to his name for the Spurs and is clearly a talent that will be around for a long time.

1. Riyad Mahrez-Leicester City

One of the main threats of the Algerian national side, Mahrez is a huge contender for PFA Player of the Year at season's end due to a string of brilliant displays throughout the entire season. Mahrez has amassed 14 goals (5 behind the leader and his teammate, Vardy) and 11 assists (7 behind the leader Mesut Ozil). While Mahrez demonstrated glimpses of his skill and ability last season, he hadn't quite received the recognition he was after. Focus had been on Vardy in the early stages of 2015-16 however Mahrez has proven himself to be even more valuable to his side and his historic title charge to date.            

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