Leicester, Burnley, Derby, Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Ipswich player’s feature.
10 – Will Hughes
The Young Player of the Year comes in at number ten, but some of his teammates have arguably performed better and done more for the team this season. There was notably a bit of confusion at the time the list came out that Craig Bryson hadn’t made it, 15 goals from midfield and despite Hughes’ talent, I have to agree.
9 – Aaron Cresswell
After the left-back scored the goal of the season in the 2012/13 campaign, his defensive capabilities have shone this season and clearly managers have noticed. There was talk of interest from Premier League clubs around the last transfer window, but Cresswell has since extended his contract at Portman Road. Cresswell has 13 assists to his name and two goals this season. Invaluable from a left back.
8 – Kieran Trippier
One of the league’s true stand out player’s this season, for me, Trippier should be much higher up this list. His 12 assists and 15 clean sheets with Burnley have been priceless, without these they wouldn’t be in the automatic promotion spots and Ings probably wouldn’t have as many goals.
7 – Jamie Vardy
Leicester City’s number 9 has got 14 goals for the Foxes this season, but arguably there are players who have done more for clubs lower down the division. Lewis Grabban got his 16th and 17th of the season for Bournemouth on Tuesday and it’s hard to overlook where Blackburn might be without Jordan Rhodes’ 20 goals.
6 – Sam Vokes
Vokes is another in the 20 club, after striking up a formidable partnership at Burnley this season. The 24-year-old Welshman has been loaned out to a number of teams over the years but has never had a goalscoring season like this one. Three braces have come with his 20 goals, most notably in the 3-3 draw against QPR and the 3-1 victory over Nottingham Forest.
5 – David Nugent
10 assists and 17 goals is a sizeable contribution to the Foxes promotion chase, and when you factor in that 10 of the goals have come in games with a one goal winning margin, Nugent has been an important part of the Leicester team. He also scored in the 1-1 draw with Burnley.
4 – Andy Reid
Despite picking up a number of injuries this season, Reid has 12 assists and the Forest captain is one of the most important parts of their team. He’s also been another to contribute in vital games, helping them to the position they’re currently in. The 31-year-old is probably the player they miss most at the moment and will give Forest’s play-off push a much needed boost upon his return.
3 – Danny Drinkwater
Drinkwater was Player of the Month in December, the month that saw Leicester go top. His energy and drive from midfield have been constant this season and has scored a couple of spectacular goals along the way, including this last minute equaliser against Watford.
2 – Ross McCormack
Arguably should be first. Leeds fans may think their season couldn’t be any worse but without this man it definitely could be. Six assists and an outstanding 26 goals, for a team that is in the bottom half of the table.
In a bleak season McCormack has been the light and at times this season, probably the only thing worth going to a game for. He’s shown his loyalty to the club and become captain, admitting he probably won’t play for a bigger club than Leeds in his life.
1 – Danny Ings
Voted Player of the Year, Ings was always going finish top of this list. The 22-year-old has been in outstanding form for Burnley, leading their automatic promotion charge. 20 goals for him and his strike partner is a brilliant return and he’s also managed six assists. Sean Dyche deserves a lot of credit.
Notable absentees: No QPR players made the top ten. If Morrison had been there all season he would have done, but equally if Austin hadn’t have gotten injured he would’ve undoubtedly had a spot. Craig Bryson and Chris Martin have both got 15 goals for the season, with Martin having eight assists and Bryson having seven. The scot was voted 13th on the list. Troy Deeney has had another great season at Watford scoring 17 goals so far. No Brighton player made the top ten because their goals and assists are spread evenly around the team.