EPL midseason awards

Seven awards honoring the success -- or failure -- of Premier League players

Updated: January 11, 2013, 12:05 PM ET
By Albert Larcada | ESPN Insider
Geoff CameronPaul Thomas/Getty ImagesU.S. national and Stoke City standout Geoff Cameron has been the best EPL defender this season.

For our annual English Premier League midseason awards, we will be honoring players who have achieved success (or failure) in a series of traditional as well as non-traditional categories this season.

Anyone can tell you which player has the most goals, so we want to go a little deeper to find the real gems -- such as which player has received the most penalties for diving -- in the first half of EPL play.

Here are seven players who have stood out in the 2012-13 EPL season.

Defensive player of the year: Geoff Cameron, Stoke City

It is not outlandish to say Cameron has had the best club season of any American playing abroad. Since joining Stoke City in August, Cameron has been a defensive stalwart. He is the only Premier League player with at least 50 tackles, 50 pass interceptions, 30 clearances and 10 blocked shots. On top of that, Cameron has been his usual dominant self in the air, winning 73 percent of his aerial duels -- well above the EPL average for defenders.

Albert Larcada is an Analytics Specialist in ESPN's Stats & Information group. Among other analytics projects, he maintains, advances and writes about ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI) algorithm.