The Premier League's best performers

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1)Ryan Giggs

Just how long can the evergreen Giggs go on for? The 36-year-old winger was voted PFA Player of the Year for the first time in 2009 and has shown no signs of slowing down.

2)Jermain Defoe

The Tottenham striker's sensational five goal haul against Wigan catapulted him to the top of the goalscoring charts and prompted manager Harry Redknapp to dub him the best finisher in the league. Only time will tell but his club form must have Fabio Capello purring with pleasure.

3)John Terry

The Chelsea and England captain has again been the bedrock of his team's defence at both club and international level, the centre back being instrumental in both England's serene World Cup qualification and Chelsea's current dominance at the top of the Premier League.

4)Steven Gerrard

As seems to be the case with team-mate Fernando Torres, when Steven Gerrard plays well, Liverpool do well. Gerrard finished the 2008/09 season with and incredible 16 goals, placing him third in the goal scoring list. The midfield talisman's current season has been blighted by injury but he has still put in sterling performances for his beloved club and never gives less than 100 per cent for the team.

5)Cesc Fabregas

Again the lynchpin of everything silky and smooth about Arsenal's fluid attacking style of play, the midfield maestro has once again pulled all the strings linking midfield and attack, setting up and scoring goals in abundance.

6)Stephen Ireland

One of the best midfielders during the 2008/09 season, Stephen Ireland has proven that his form was no flash in the pan. Despite the influx of players to the Man City revolution, Ireland has arguably been the best performer in Mark Hughes' side yet again.

7)Andrey Arshavin

Much like team-mate Cesc Fabregas, Russian playmaker Andrey Arshavin has been one of the reasons for Arsenal's impressive goal difference. A versatile forward, Arshavin seems equally happy to adapt to whatever system of play his manager seems fit.

8)Wayne Rooney

In the notable absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney has shouldered the burden of being United's attacking talisman with relish, scoring the majority of his side's goals. If United are to go on and defend their title, Wayne Rooney will surely be the biggest reason why.

9)Didier Drogba

Leaving some of his more disagreeable antics aside, there is no doubt that most teams would love to have a Didier Drogba playing up front for them. One of the strongest strikers in the game, the Ivorian possesses a finish to match and he predictably sits near the top of the goalscoring charts yet again.

10)Fernando Torres

When Torres is fully fit, Liverpool seem to win. Pace, power and superb finishing make the Spaniard arguably the best striker in world football at the moment. The Spaniard scored 14 goals in the 2008/09 season and is again one of the leading marksmen in the league.
 
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