The Top 5 Football League players from 2013

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Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Manchester United / Crystal Palace and Blackburn Rovers players involved.

5): Ross McCormack - Leeds United

Largely down to his inspirational form this season, Leeds United's front man Ross McCormack slips in at number 5, having scored 22 goals in his 42 league games this calendar year. Leeds United suffered a bittersweet end to last season, despite finishing outside the top half once again, they looked to have begun a new era under Brian McDermott. The league position of Leeds United this season is much more representative of their side, and Ross McCormack is the main man in that side.

4): Henri Lansbury - Nottingham Forest

Former Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury has been the main man for Forest in 2013 and has largely been their main goalscoring threat from midfield. 10 goals in 40 games puts the player amongst the highest scoring midfielders in the league. Aside from that he is one that will muck in and work hard for the team, and will almost consistently be one of the best players on the pitch each and every match-day.

3): Craig Bryson - Derby County

Derby County's Scottish midfielder has boost his reputation in 2013, making him one of the most desirable players outside of the Premier League. The hard-working midfielder has been at the heart of everything good about Derby County in 2013, from their quick passing movements to their emphatic attacking football - it all stems around him. Despite not being considered an attacking midfielder, he is certainly a goalscoring midfielder, scoring 11 this campaign alone, lets hope it can continue.

2): Wilfried Zaha - Crystal Palace (now Manchester United)

Although, he has only played the back-end of last season, no list from the Football Leagues top 5 of 2013 would be complete without the dazzling United winger. He was the driving force behind Crystal Palace's promotion last season, and won the penalty that eventually put them into the Premier League. Hard-working, tricky, creative... Everything good about the game is embodied in him. Despite the fact he hasn't burst onto the scene at United, I wouldn't write him off just yet, he has plenty to give.

1): Jordan Rhodes - Blackburn Rovers

Number one has to be the Blackburn Rovers goal-machine that has seen 28 goals in his 42 games in 2013, becoming known as possibly the best finisher has seen since Wolverhampton Wanderers Steve Bull was the king of the division. He does come to some criticism at times due to his all-round play not being brilliant, but as strikers go - I don't think there is any better in the division, remarkable talent and one I'm sure will go a long way in his career. 

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