5) Anthony Martial, Manchester United – £7.7m
The summer signing from Monaco has been a breath of fresh air for United supporters who are craving hope for the future. After a brace in the defeat to West Ham United on Tuesday, the Frenchman – with his rapid speed and deadly finishing – is ending the season strongly. This Sunday’s opponents Bournemouth have not won in four games and with United very much striving for Champions League football next season, their young player of the year could step-up once again.
4) Olivier Giroud, Arsenal – £8.7m
Despite Arsenal’s season fading miserably away – once again – the France international has had another steady campaign, and ended a 15-game goal drought last weekend at Manchester City. With the Gunners aiming to catch arch-rivals Tottenham in second place, this Sunday’s fixture at home to Aston Villa is an ideal opportunity to finish above Spurs. A motivated home side with plenty of attacking flair will surely be too much for already-relegated Villa.
3) Roberto Firmino, Liverpool – £8.3m
Since the turn of the year, the Brazilian’s performances have not gone unnoticed. Manager Jurgen Klopp has deployed Firmino across his midfield and even as a ‘false no.9’. Signed from German club Hoffenheim last summer, the attacking midfielder has been a great asset – chipping in with both goals and assists. The Reds travel to West Bromwich Albion with a Europa League spot still an option.
2) Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal – £6.3m
Dependable and reliable, the France international has again been a constant figure in Arsene Wenger’s back four. The central defender is in many ways the unsung hero for the Gunners – without him Arsenal are extremely vulnerable. With a Villa side struggling to find the net, a clean sheet is more than likely for the hosts at the Emirates.
1) Dimitri Payet, West Ham United – £8.6m
The Hammers visit the Britannia Stadium in the battle for Champions League football – still hopeful of bringing European giants to the Olympic Stadium next season. The mercurial talent of Payet has lit up the league this campaign with some standout individual displays, and he will have been boosted after being named in France’s Euro 2016 squad this week. Surely he can produce one more sparkling performance to fire Slaven Bilic’s men into Europe?