Date: 15th February 2016 at 5:35pm
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With playmakers becoming a more and more integral part of football, because of the increasing use of the 4-2-3-1 formation, many football fans are arguing that it’s their side’s attacking midfielder that is the best in the league.

A number of players in that position have been nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award in recent years, so watch out for a few on the shortlist for that trophy at the end of the season.

Here’s who Shoot thinks are the five best playmakers in the Premier League on current form.

5) Ross Barkley (Everton)

27th January 2016 - Capital One Cup - Semi-Final (2nd Leg) - Manchester City v Everton - Ross Barkley of Everton celebrates after scoring their 1st goal - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Barkley has been excellent for Everton this season.

Barkley has finally matured as a player. After losing his way last season and receiving criticism from a lot of Everton fans, manager Roberto Martinez expertly dealt with the situation and rested the Englishman.

The issue with Barkley’s performances was fatigue and the 22-year-old has clearly worked hard over the summer to eradicate that from his game.

He has returned this season in unbelievable form, scoring eight goals and providing seven assists in 26 appearances in the Premier League.

The midfielder has made a real statement and is definitely in contention for a place in Roy Hodgson’s starting XI at the European Championships this summer.


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