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Who really is the best player outside the Premier League’s ‘top six’?

Felipe Anderson is certainly one of the leading candidates

There is more to life than the Premier League’s big six.

It might not always feel like that but there is some real talent on show in the rest of the league.

Felipe Anderson’s glittering performance for West Ham against Crystal Palace yesterday got us thinking, who is the best player outside the top clubs?


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We have a star in the making

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We have a star in the making

Such is the purchasing power of Premier League sides these days that they can sign foreign players far beyond their stature – think Fulham buying Jean Michael Seri after Barcelona’s interest.

We get to see some of the best players in the world spread across the table, here’s our list and if you disagree please tell us in the comments.

Felipe Anderson – West Ham (10th)

The Brazilian took a little while to get going after arriving with a £35m price tag in the summer.

But now he has stepped out of Marko Arnautovic’s shadow we are seeing just what he is capable of.

His stunner against the Eagles capped off a run of five goals in his last six league games as he is beginning to take the league by storm.

Operating on the left Anderson has pure gas and matches it with some mouth-watering skills and it looks like he is just getting started.

West Ham will be looking at £35m as a complete bargain by the end of the season.

Who needs Arnie?

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Who needs Arnie?

Gylfi Sigurdsson – Everton (7th)

Most of us know just how good Sigurdsson is, but this season he has taken it to another level.

The Icelander orchestrates everything in the no.10 role for Everton and he has a wand of a right foot.

He’s already scored six goals and set up two, but the thing with Sigurdsson is that he is the type of player that makes football the beautiful game.

Set-piece master, long-shot king, eye for the spectacular, game-changer, Sigurdsson is a man of many talents.

The Ice Man does it again

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The Ice Man does it again

Callum Wilson – Bournemouth (8th)

Wilson’s England cap reflects just how good he has been this season.

After recovering from a horrific injuries to both knees Wilson has returned to show everyone how lethal he can be up front for the Cherries.

Wilson has been integral to Eddie Howe’s side, he’s scored eight league goals and assisted five more.

This season the 26-year-old has found the back of the net against Man United, Man City and struck on his debut for the England senior side.

He is in the form of his life and it would be no surprise to see one of the top six teams go for him in the summer.

Score against City? No problem

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Score against City? No problem

James Maddison – Leicester (9th)

At 22, Maddison has made the jump up from the Championship to the Premier League look like nothing.

He has been a revelation for the Foxes, running the shop in midfield and quickly becoming one of the most dangerous playmakers in the league.

Five goals and two assists in 15 games speaks for itself.

He scored a wondergoal against Watford and continues to impress with performances that make him look like he’s been playing in the top flight for years.

Certified baller.

Hes only 22!

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Hes only 22!

Wilfried Zaha  – Crystal Palace (16th)

This might not be his best season so far but there is no denying the talent at Zaha’s disposal.

The Palace winger can play on both sides and will leave a man for dead with any number of the tricks in his arsenal.

His importance to the team cannot be overlooked either, without Zaha in the side Palace would be in even more trouble than they are now.

Zaha has had to reinvent himself as a central striker this season and in doing so Palace have lost a potentially world class winger.

Despite his troubles this season Zaha is still definitely good enough to be in the conversation for us.

Listening out for the haters

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Listening out for the haters


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