Possibly an outside choice for the award but a rightful contender nonetheless, with Mata scoring 10 goals in the Premier League and providing the same amount of assists.
The little Spaniard has become the heartbeat of the Chelsea side and sits comfortably behind the front-man dictating the play.
It is a terrifying truth for Spain’s competitors that Mata struggles to get into the national side, because if he was born in any other country in the world he would walk straight into the team.
The midfielder did manage a goal in the Euro 2012 final however and adds that strike to the 19 he has altogether in 2012/13, as well as conjuring up 25 assists.
There are probably three candidates ahead of Mata in the chase for Player of the Year, but many would argue that to stand out as leading star in a team that also includes Eden Hazard is something that should not be taken lightly.