5 most improved players in Europe this season
Over the past few seasons, thanks to the various different local media, players have been hyped up to the stratosphere and then ruthlessly criticised when not living up to that billing.
These players, one way or another, have managed to get away from the spotlight and find their feet again.
This season has seen such players return to the forefront of people's minds with eye-catching performances.
Here's the list of players who are performing back to their very best this season.
#5 Mariano Diaz
Mariano will probably be the least recognizable name on this list, but that shouldn't take away from his achievements this season.
The 24-year-old has taken Ligue 1 by storm, helping his new team Olympique Lyon to 2nd in the league, scoring 10 goals and assisting 2 from 14 appearances in the league.
A youth product of Real Madrid, Mariano spent numerous seasons languishing in the B and C teams of his parent club. When finally given the chance last season to play alongside the big boys, he found himself in the shadow of all of them.
The 24-year-old made a bold move by deciding to switch clubs this summer, and has delivered the goods.
Real may not have needed him so much last season, but with their continuing and somewhat surprising struggles this season, how they could use Mariano and his goals.