This season's edition of the Premier League has once again captivated the nation, and with a genuine title challenge between Manchester City and Liverpool, the battle for first place is tighter than ever. Only a point separates the two titans at the top of the summit, with Pep Guardiola's reigning champions currently in pole position to clinch top spot after back-to-back 1-0 wins over West Ham and Bournemouth this week.
Liverpool passed up the opportunity to go top after an underwhelming performance against rivals Everton on Sunday, with a 0-0 draw resulting in the Reds now trailing City by point in second. The race for a Champions League spot next season is also hotting up, with Tottenham, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all separated by just five points. Things are just as tense at the foot of the division as well, with Cardiff, Southampton, Burnley, Brighton and Newcastle all currently in real contention to be relegated from the top flight at the end of the campaign, alongside Huddersfield and Fulham who look all but doomed already.
The form of star performers Sergio Aguero, Mo Salah (until recently), Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba have grabbed the headlines throughout this scintillating season, but that's to be expected. What we're most interested in is which players have stood out from the rest unexpectedly; who have been the surprise packages and who are the players that will be in with an outside chance of scooping the hugely coveted Player of the Season award come the end of May. Below, we've analysed five of the Premier League's surprise packages this term, give it the once over if you can be arsed and let us know your thoughts @FootyAccums, cheers.