The pitiful Bluebirds defence has allowed more shots on goal than any other team this season, with Marshall having to face 210. Considering he has stopped 139 of those you have to fancy that in a better team he would be much higher on the list of top keepers this term.
4. Wilfried Bony (Swansea)
Spending £12million on a player who only has a proven track record in the Eredivisie can be a bit of a risk (step forward Alfonso Alves) and for a while it looked like Swansea had bought a dud. Bony struggled during the first part of the season and often found himself on the bench. Fast forward five months and 15 league goals, and he is reportedly being courted, according to the Paddy Power transfer betting odds, by the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United.
The 25-year-old has averaged a goal every 149 minutes, a stat only bettered by Manchester City and Liverpool players to have featured on a regular basis. If Swansea can keep hold of Bony this summer expect him to go close to 30 next season.
5. Jose Fonte (Southampton)
The English lads have taken all the glory at St Mary’s this season but it’s a team game and without the solid backline that Saints pose there might not be so many of them in the World Cup squad. Fonte struggled in his first season in the Premier League last term but partnered up with Dejan Lovern has looked a totally different player. Southampton have kept 15 clean sheets thanks to Fonte’s efforts, with only Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea recording more shut outs. They have also conceded the sixth fewest amount of goals and Fonte deserves plenty of credit for that.
Whether the 30-year-old will do as well next season remains to be seen as this Southampton squad looks set to be broken up. But for this summer at least he can hold his head very high.