Top 20 Most Indispensable Footballers in English Premier League

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Top 20 Most Indispensable Footballers in the EPL

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Each club has a player that they really couldn't do without. However, some are more irreplaceable than overs. Whether it be a striker or a goal keeper, a top quality player can change a club's season and become a hero. Past examples would be, Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Nemanja Vidic and Frank Lampard, but here is a look at the current. From relegation battlers to International superstars, the quality levels do vary; but for each club, they all have their own unique cult figure.

This season has been as tense at the bottom as the top tends to be, with 5 or 6 clubs still uncertain whether or not they'll be in the League next season. These clubs can't be ignored in terms of how important their player are. For others, it was hard to pick that one star-man. For example, QPR, who is their indispensable player? Well click next to take a look, but it was a tough one, so I went for perhaps a bit more of a surprise choice. Tarrabt has been good for them, but he's not consistent and wouldn't be missed to sorely if he left.

At the top of the table, there is quality in abundance, and therefore I'm sure my selections will be challenged. For example I'm sure most Arsenal fans would argue Wilshere or Carzola are one of a kind, which they are, but there is another player in their side who has played near every minute of their league campaign; are you telling me that guy wouldn't be missed? Take a look to see who it is..

Here are the Premier League's most important and indispensable players.

By Stowe Gregory @stowegregory

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Loic Remy - QPR

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He may have one played one game in the EPL, but he's probably already QPR's main man. The French forward could save QPR this season, and there's few others who they can truly say are able to do that.

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Pavel Pogrebnyak - Reading

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The Russian hasn't be as prolific a goal scorer with Reading this season as he was with Fulham last season, but he's still by far the bright light in Reading's fairly average side (with all respect to the Royals). His goals could be a major factor in whether or not they stay up.

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James Mccarthy - Wigan


The Republic of Ireland is becoming yet another emerging young talent at Wigan - hence the rumours of a move to pastures new. But he's also the heart beat and bit of quality Wigan require in their midfield. They need him.

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Steven Fletcher - Sunderland

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Sunderland haven't been great this season, let's be honest - but Fletcher is a player they can't do without right now. They create few chances but with the lethal Scot hanging about the opposition goal they always have a chance.

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Kevin Nolan - West Ham

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Nolan brings goal, leadership and fight with him. West Ham have really benefited from the 30 year old's services since leaving Newcastle and he is quite simply their main man.

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Dimitar Berbatov - Fulham

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At a mere £4m he is a bargain. Fulham lost 2 of their brightest sparks in Dembele and Dempsey this summer, but Berbatov's sheer class and efficient finishing has made him their talisman.

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Robert Snodgrass - Norwich


Norwich have really impressed under new boss Chris Hughton this season and Snodgrass has finally come good at the highest level. Whilst playing an important part in their midfield, he's become a free kick specialist, scoring plenty at vital moments. Hughton says "He's as good as free kick taker in the UK."

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Jon Walters - Stoke City

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Walters hasn't played 73 consecutive Stoke City Premier League games for nothing. His hard working, fearless spirit practically sums up Tony Pulis' side and he's a vital cog in their machine.

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Chrisitian Benteke - Aston Villa

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Villa are really struggling at the back, but with summer Belgium signing Benteke proving a clinical finisher at the other end, there is at least a little bit of hope that they can stay up this season. He's been a "beast" at times.

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Ashley Cole - Chelsea

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He's just been offered a new contract with the Blues which sums up that Chelsea still can't replace him, despite being 32. England's 1st choice Left back for a decade now is probably still their most irreplaceable player.

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Rickie Lambert - Southampton

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10 goals this season. Lambert has worked his way up through every level of the English football league and is now the pivotal part of a Southampton side who are far and way beating expectations.

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Romelu Lukaku - West Brom


One of the emerging talents of the season. The Belgian striker's loan spell from Chelsea has shown the world what a capable and powerful striker he already is. West Brom will really struggle to find a talent as useful as him next season - when his loan expires.

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Mikel Arteta - Arsenal

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Up until his recent injury, the Spaniard had played every single minute of Arsenal Premier League season. The former Everton midfielder gives them an experience and dynamic option, which has proved vital at times. They'd struggle to find someone for an affordable price who could replace him.

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Leighton Baines - Everton

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When he's not showing his fine defensive qualities, he's displaying possibly the best crossing in the Premier League and then firing in free kicks plus penalties left, right and center. Everton rely on their England left back in more ways than one. Him and Marounne Fellaini are by far their best players.

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Gareth Bale - Tottenham

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He has come close this season to showing he is a really World Class player. He may still be a little off that, but he's added to his game the ability to change a match. Tottenham rely on him at times.

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Vincent Kompany - Manchester-City

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City's skipper is the leadership and fight that they require in a team full of unstable egos. He's easily one of Europe's finest defenders and if he stays fit City have a real chance.

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Michu - Swansea

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Pound for pound, he is one of the best purchases in recent times - well, so far anyway. The now, Spanish international striker is one of the Premier League's top goal scorers, and has been THE threat in Wales' only EPL sides. Irreplaceable.

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Robin Van Persie - Manchester United


The League's top goal scorer last year is the buy of the season - not for cost, but quality. Manchester United have really, really, really benefited from the Dutch striker's arrival. He's just pure class, not many like him. Irreplaceable.

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Luis Suarez - Liverpool

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Brendan Rodgers had 1 striking option until he signed Daniel Sturridge recently, and that man was Luis Suarez. For 6 months the Uruguayan has been in fantastic form (whether you like him or not..) and without him, Liverpool would quite simply be in a desperate situation. Irreplaceable.