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Top 20 EPL Players Whose Price Tag Skyrocketed This Season

The 2015/16 English Premier League season has been by far the most dramatic, unpredictable and riveting of the lot. In a soccer world dominated by oil barons and multi-billionaires who buy their way to success, Leicester City are reigning supreme while Chelsea are struggling to keep their head above water. You cannot predict what is to come next.

The reason for this massive shake up? Well the coaches have played their part, developing new tactics to turn around their side’s fortunes. A huge television deal on the table is a carrot for the smaller outfits and middleweights to splash the cash like they’ve never done previously. But it’s the guys on the pitch that are making the difference.

Long gone are the superstars of yesteryear. The likes of Wayne Rooney, Yaya Toure and Cesc Fabregas are playing like a busted flush as a younger, hungrier crop of players are beginning to enjoy the limelight. Some of them are juniors who have come through the local academy, others via the lower leagues while certain clubs have unearthed gems overseas through canny bargain acquisitions. There is more than one way to skin a cat after all.

This creates a manic competition where genuinely anyone can win or lose on the day. That’s a worn out cliché in many sporting contexts, but never has it been more valid than in the current Premier League season. Teams like Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich would normally be brushed aside by the heavyweights during any other campaign. Not now.

A knock-on effect from this new influx of talent is to see a boost in the transfer market. Players who could have been bought for a bag of chips 12 months ago now are hot property and because the riches of staying in the competition is so valuable, these sides who possess the assets have veto power over when and where they sell. In some cases they’ll outright refuse, like we saw when West Bromwich Albion turned down a healthy offer from Tottenham Hotspur for emerging English striker Saido Berahino.

5 months into the season, these are the 20 EPL players whose price tag has skyrocketed.

19 20. Callum Wilson

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18 19. Jack Butland

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17 18. Dimitri Payet

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16 17. Odion Ighalo

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15 16. Sadio Mane

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14 15. Emre Can

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13 14. Marko Arnautovic

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12 13. Ross Barkley

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11 12. Francis Coquelin

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10 11. Yannick Bolasie

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9 10. Hector Bellerin

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8 9. John Stones

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7 8. Dele Alli

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6 6. Bojan Krkic

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5 5. Manuel Lanzini

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4 4. Romelu Lukaku

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3 3. Harry Kane

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2 2. Riyad Mahrez

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1 1. Jamie Vardy

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It’s the Cinderella story come to life, if the princess was a footballer from the backwaters of England. Vardy’s rise from non-league club Fleetwood Town to lead the Leicester attack to the top of the Premier League isn’t even the thing of dreams because no one in their right mind would dream such an absurd thing. The stats speak for themselves – 15 goals in 17 games and in the process he became the first player in the competition to score in 11 consecutive matches. Vardy’s stock is off the charts he’s that good, he’s an unstoppable goal machine.

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