Premier League: Promoted players to look out for
Which of the newly promoted players shine in the biggest league in the world?
The Premier League season came to an end nearly two weeks ago, but for the Championship, that only had it's conclusion on Monday as Crystal Palace saw off Watford 1-0 in the play-off final at Wembley thanks to an extra-time penalty from Kevin Phillips.
The result meant that it was Palace who would join already promoted, Cardiff City and Hull City in the big-time and in the Premier League.
So out of the promoted three teams, who have got the dangerous players and who could potentially set the Premier League alight next season.
We look into Cardiff, Hull and Palace and we highlight who could be their key players for the Premier League.
Champions of the Championship and champions in style might I add, despite an end-of-season collapse that made the finish tighter than what it should have been.
They finished seven points above Hull in the end, but at one point they were walking away with the league thanks to star-men Peter Whittingham and Aron Gunnarsson.
The two midfield men were superb for Cardiff all season and their performances were the catalyst to the Welsh sides success.
Whittingham has been with Cardiff for many seasons now and has been involved in their heart-breaking moments of just missing out on Premier League football, but next season will finally see the midfield-man in the biggest league in world football.
Scoring eight goals from the midfield saw him finish as the club's third-highest goal scorer and his threat from set-pieces could cause problems for even Premier League defenders.
As for Gunnarsson, he is just shy of his 100th appearance at the club and that will come when the side enter the Premier League and after an impressive season in the Championship, he could be key to their survival.
He also managed to score eight goals from midfield and only being 24-years-old, he could impress even in the Premier League.
Finishing second in the league after a dramatic final day of the season, the Tigers enter the Premier League for the second-time in recent history and this time it will be Steve Bruce leading them.
Hull beat Watford to second-spot by just two-points and it saw them gain automatic promotion to the Premier League and next season they will be looking at key-men like recently signed George Boyd and experienced Robert Koren to help them survive in top-flight.
George Boyd joined Hull in January on-loan from Peterborough United after a potential move to Nottingham Forest fell through and after scoring twice on his debut, his manager hailed him as his best ever signing.
Boyd has been rated highly in the Championship for a long time now and the Scotsman finally has his chance to shine in the Premier League.
A nifty dribbler and a great finisher, but lacks the pace I feel needed to cope in the Premier League, but he will still be vital for the Tigers.
As for Robert Koren, he has been there and done that with West Bromwich Albion back from 2007-2010 and his experience will be helpful for Hull.
He finished the Championship season as the club's top-scorer after knocking in nine goals from midfield.
Despite finishing fifth in the table, Palace were able to see off both Brighton and Watford in the play-offs and secure their place in top-flight football with Ian Holloway as their manager.
A nervy 1-0 victory over Watford at Wembley was enough to see them gain promotion and with star-man Wilfried Zaha leaving the club, they will need the likes of Glenn Murray and Kagisho Dikgacoi to step up to the plate.
Glenn Murray is technically as clinical as the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin Van Persie as the Palace striker bagged 31 goals in the Championship and he will be crucial for the newly promoted side if they want a chance at survival.
He will be looking at the likes of Grant Holt and Rickie Lambert as inspiration to players who can do it at lower-league level and also Premier League level.
As for Dikgacoi, he has been just as deadly as Zaha for Palace as his pace and skill terrified Championship defenders and it will be interesting to see if it has the same effect in the Premier League.
With Zaha leaving the club, Palace fans will hold a lot of faith in Dikgacoi and he could be key to their success or failures.
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