After their promotion from League One last season, English team Southampton find themselves top of the Championship’s (English second tier) table. In the heart of their defense this, and last, season is Jose Fonte. Jose, the brother of current Portugal U-21 captain and Espanyol player, has been in stellar form this season, playing in all ten of his team’s fixtures. The team is now two points clear at the top of the table, which was not expected by many. Jose Fonte has been a key piece to the puzzle for his team. Fonte is a product of the highly esteemed Sporting Lisbon academy, which also nurtured the talents of the likes of Nani, Figo, and Ronaldo. After playing within the top division with various teams, he was bought by Championship side Crystal Palace, where he stayed until 2010, when Southampton picked him up. He has since attracted the interest of Newcastle, but a final deal was never proposed. Jose Fonte has flourished at Southampton since, and was voted their Player of the Season last term.