Name: Marko Arnautovic
You could argue that the likes of Jack Butland, Glen Johnson, Philipp Wollscheid, Erik Pieters and Bojan have all improved greatly this season, but unarguably no one has outperformed more than forward Marko Arnautovic at Stoke City this term.
The 26-year-old, who arrived at the Britannia Stadium from Werder Bremen back in September 2013 for just £2m, has developed by leaps and bounds this campaign to spearhead the Potters’ surge up the Premier League table after a woeful start to the 2015-16 season.
Arnautovic, who has 48 international caps for Austria and also helped inspire his country towards qualification for the 2016 UEFA European Championships this summer, has already scored seven and assisted four goals in 21 of Stoke’s 22 league fixtures this campaign.
Compared to last term; the winger notched just one goal in 29 league outings for the Potters, highlighting the player’s development throughout the course of this season, which has fuelled transfer speculation of reported interested from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain this month.
Nevertheless; the towering forward has recorded plenty of personal hihglights for himself already this season having reaped the benefits of forging a formidable attacking trio alongside teammates Bojan and Xherdan Shaqiri, with the Austrian’s brace against title chasers Manchester City back in early December the pick of the bunch.