One year on: next season’s Premier League superstars
GiveMeFootball pick out the Premier League newcomers that are set to shine next season
New signings are always so full of promise for fans, especially when they are relatively unknown and form exotic shores but the reality is that bedding in at a new club takes time.
Flashes of brilliance in the early stages of a career are commonplace before familiarity for defenders means effectiveness sis blunted after some time.
Much, probably too much, is made of the pace and physicality of the Premier League but players such as Juan Mata at Chelsea have commented before on how draining it can be when you aren’t accustomed to it.
That is why we often do not see the very best of them until their second seasons and GiveMeFootball decided we would predict the players set to make their respective marks.
So, here they are, next season’s Premier League superstars:
Shinji Kagawa, Manchester United
The Japan international has been subdued by injury as well as form, which have meant his impact being limited.
Flashes of brilliance and a fine eye for attacking space, however, promise vast improvement next season and GMF expects Kagawa to become an integral part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
He was just too important to a highly impressive Borussia Dortmund side last season not to come good at Old Trafford.
Eden Hazard, Chelsea
Now, GMF knows the young Belgian has been very good at times this year but his obvious ability has not quite translated into the utter dominance of games watchers of his days in Ligue 1 will be familiar with.
Juan Mata made a terrific start to his Chelsea career and it is arguable that Hazard hasn’t been as effective as the Spaniard in his debut season.
However, Hazard’s flashes of brilliance have been dazzling and it is easy to envisage him moving on to a level few of his peers can match once he improves his consistency – GMF are very excited about watching him next season.
Olivier Giroud, Arsenal
The big Frenchman just can’t seem to get it right some days, while other days it appears as if he is on another level of space perception to his teammates and opponents.
Giroud doesn’t have much pace and running with the ball at his feet isn’t a great strength, though he does always seem to move in or around the right areas and it often feels as though he is on the cusp of devastation. However, he has looked cumbersome at times and can often go quiet in matches when his isn’t supported sufficiently.
The France international is an intelligent striker, which means his movement and interplay with his teammates should improve. Giroud’s physicality will mean he is always a handful for defenders but he could also become a dream for midfielders running off of his flicks.
Javi Garcia, Manchester City
The Spain international’s position means it is difficult to make any great waves to fans – breaking up play and providing a sound base for attacks aren’t the most glamorous areas of the game.
Garcia has struggled at times when isolated against quicker midfielders but his technical proficiency, aligned with his size, mean he has shown an adeptness for moving between defence and midfield.
GMF expect to see Garcia become more of a presence next season and he could be part of a formidable midfield partnership with Yaya Toure. The 26-year-old is a classy player when at the top of his game and he could yet turn out to be an influential figure at the Etihad Stadium.
Lewis Holtby, Tottenham Hotspur
The young German hasn’t had as long as the others to make a more rounded assessment but his tendency for the game to pass him by at times has been counterbalanced somewhat by his keen movement and intelligent passing.
Joining a new team in the summer is difficult enough, so trying to hit the ground running after a January move can often be too great a task. Andre Villas-Boas has proved he is a shrewd manager this season and Holtby has the ability to fit in to his system well.
GMF expects the former Schalke 04 man to become increasingly influential at White Hart Lane and foresee a fruitful partnership with Gareth Bale especially.
Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool has all the tools to become a terrific player and players with similar style and attitude in Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling could help in avoiding a repeat of his failure to shine at Inter Milan.
Gaston Ramirez has provided a few entertaining moments for Southampton fans and will only get better – if they can avoid the drop.
Which Premier League newcomers do you think will go up a level and impress next season? What do you think of GMF’s choices?
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