The stars of the Premier League season this year were easy to predict. Luis Suarez, Gareth Bale and Robin van Persie were all likely to be leading the list for PFA Player of the Year.

However, who are the dark horses who have shown us enough this season to be considered potential candidates for the award in 2014? 

Here are three players to watch out for next year.

Jay Rodriguez

Since Mauricio Poichettino's arrival at Southampton the young forward has seemed to blossom. Starting ten out of the 12 games since the departure of Nigel Adkins, the young Englishmen has played exceptionally. 

He has scored in Southampton's last three wins, most notably against Liverpool and Chelsea. 

He seems to found confidence and it has propelled him forward. He combines well with fellow talisman, Ricky Lambert and his high work rate is suited to Poichettino's high pressing game. If Southampton stay up, which is quite likely, we are sure to see more of this young man come September.

Cesar Azpilicueta

Following a £7m move from Marseille last summer Azpilicueta has been outstanding for Chelsea. He has enabled more flexibility within Chelsea's back four.

Now with four centre-halves, Chelsea look defensively strong in comparison to last year. He is both strong and quick and has the ability to deliver a cross from deep and wide. At just 23 it seems that the youthful Spaniard will develop in to a much better player. A second season can only be even more prosperous.

Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke now has 15 league goals to his name this season. There is no doubt that Aston Villa would be in a worse off position without him. Much of the criticism aimed that Villa is that they are simply not good enough in attack and that play is usually broken up in the final third. 

Villa's extremely youthful side have shown a lack of experience far too often, making the wrong decisions, which has ultimately led to a lack of shots. 

However, Benteke has always proved to be decisive. There are many examples this season where he has been Villa's saviour. He scored a deflected goal in a crucial 2-1 win over Reading and the following week, a significant goal in a 3-2 win over QPR. Whether he moves to another club or Villa stay up, we look forward to seeing him next season.

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