At the halfway point in League One it looks clear as to who will be challenging for the top two positions come May. Swindon Town, Bristol City, MK Dons, and Preston North End are bounding ahead of their fellow League One teams.
It is therefore no surprise to see players from the aforementioned teams feature in what I believe to have been the five best players in League One so far this season.
Yaser Kasim - Swindon Town
The Iraqi international has been a key player in midfield for The Robins, demonstrating his creativity and goal scoring ability throughout his spell at the club. The 23-year-old is part of a very young team at Swindon, and has already demonstrated his leadership quality by captaining the side on occasions. Mark Cooper encourages a style of play which is easy on the eye at Swindon, and Kasim along with Massimo Luongo incorporate that with ease.
Aaron Wilbraham - Bristol City
The success of Aaron Wilbraham at Bristol City has taken some by surprise. Coming towards the end of his career, Wilbraham joined Steve Cotterill's side at the age of 34 (now 35) and it seemed as if the manager was taking a punt. The striker has never really been prolific in his career but does have the achievement of having scored in all four levels of English league football. However he has scored 13 goals in 26 games for Bristol City this season becoming a key player for them in their promotion push.
Dele Alli - Milton Keynes Dons
The 18-year-old just seems to go from strength to strength for MK Dons and it is no wonder he continues to be linked with moves to top flight teams. MK Dons have kept hold of him until now and without him their season could have been a different story. He has scored ten goals this season, and is the club's joint top goal scorer alongside Benik Afobe. The boy has a lot of confidence in the middle of the park, and is more than capable of carrying the ball forward, shrugging off the opposition and finding space for his teammates.
Conor Hourihane - Barnsley
Possibly one of the signings of the season. Brought in from Plymouth Argyle for around £200,000, Hourihane is now worth at least five times that. The 23-year-old had always shown promise at Argyle and has settled into life at Oakwell with ease. Now captaining the side, he has scored ten League One goals in an otherwise average season for the club. His goals are more often than not absolute screamers from around 30 yards as well. Barnsley could struggle to keep hold of him at the end of the season.
Eoin Doyle - Chesterfield
Of course there is a place in the top five for the leading goal scorer in League One this season. Eoin Doyle has taken everyone by surprise to lead the charts with 17 goals to his name. That included back-to-back hat-tricks against Scunthorpe and Preston North End. Not bad for someone who had never previously played at this level before. There is thought to be interest from Championship clubs, but with Chesterfield in contention for a play-off place this season, it would take a big offer to prise him away from Saltergate.
Notable mentions for:
Jonathan Forte - Oldham Athletic
Marcus Maddison - Peterborough United
Matty Done - Rochdale
Benik Afobe - MK Dons
Aiden Flint - Bristol City