Jose Fonte, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert have been named in Bloomberg Sports’ Power 50 list for their displays in the 2013/14 season.
The system, which has only just released its second edition, provides objective rankings of all-round performances from players across Europe’s top five leagues – England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France.
Saints defenders Fonte and Lovren were selected for effectiveness in tackling and interceptions, along with their ability to defend as a unit and the inferior amount of goals conceded compared to what was initially estimated.
Lambert made the cut based on efficiency in terms of goals, shots and creativity. The striker was also rewarded for his ability to retain possession, along with dribbles and placement of passes.
Lovren was the highest-placed Southampton representative in 31st position with centre-back partner Fonte closely behind in 35th.
Lambert narrowly made it onto the list with a 45th-placed finish – three spots ahead of fellow England striker Wayne Rooney.