#1. N’Golo Kante
In a story similar to Vardy’s, N’Golo Kante came out of nowhere to become a massive part of a Leicester City side which won a most unlikely title. Kante signed for the club from Caen in August 2015 and has been a revelation for the club. He’s decent on the ball, a tidy passer, and offers little going forward but N’Golo Kante is one of the most effective defensive midfielders on the planet. Kante seems to become eighteen different people when he takes to the pitch with his incredible work rate and unrivalled ability of winning the ball back from opponents – be its through tackles and interceptions. He’s unparalleled and perhaps the closest thing football has had to Claude Makelele.