Picking Fulham's five best players this season

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We take a look at the Fulham FC squad and pick the five best players from the 2012-13 season.

It has been a steady season at Craven Cottage and while no pulses were exactly set racing the club will be happy just to be safe after a rocky patch at the tail-end of their campaign threatened to derail all their previous hard work.

But who shone through?

Here are our top five Fulham players for 2012-13..

Dimitar Berbatov

What a buy this has proved to be. Stolen from the runway under the noses of Italian outfit Fiorentina Martin Jol managed to snap up the mercurial Bulgarian on an undisclosed fee on a two-year deal in the summer.

It has proved to be an excellent decision to gamble on the Manchester United front-man. The effervescent 32-year-old has scored 15 goals in 33 Premier League appearances and brought a little West London style back to the club in 2012-13.

Holding on to him this summer will be tough amid interest from Galatasaray but hopefully he remains loyal to The Cottagers.

Sascha Riether

A really superb spot from Jol this one. Not many of us would have heard about German full-back Riether before the start of the season.

But he featured on many a ‘bargain of the season’ list throughout the campaign and deserved to be offered a full-time deal at the season’s end.

His dynamic attacking play has been a feature of Fulham this term and demonstrates another piece of glorious business from the Dutchman.

Bryan Ruiz

I really have been impressed with the Costa Rican this season.

He has a tendency to be overlooked at times but his intricate little play between the midfield and attacker has been vital especially with Berbatov’s limited movement.

His seven assists have also helped.

Brede Hangeland

Not his best ever season but once again the Norwegian captain has been the pillar of consistency at the heart of the Fulham defence.

He has featured in the majority of their games and his ability in the air has been important to their defensive stability.

He was rewarded with a two-year contract extension in March.

Mark Schwarzer

Choosing a fifth player was difficult and I certainly had to ask a few Fulham fan friends of mine who I should go for and while the names Steve Sidwell, Giorgos Karagounis and Damien Duff all came up I did like the mention for the veteran Australian.

A goalkeeper is vital to survival and one who is as consistent as this man is always crucial.

He has also caught 98% of his attempted catches this term; demonstrating an excellent poise.

However it looks as though he will be departing the club this summer ans no contract extension has been agreed with the player.

Did we get it wrong? Who do you think is missing?

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