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Premier League 2013/14: Players to watch

Bony looks a future star (©GettyImages)
Bony looks a future star (©GettyImages).

With the Premier League season quickly approaching, there will be many players hoping for a successful campaign in 2013/14. 

Here we take a look at a number of stars that could be set for stardom this season: 

Goalkeeper

After his move to Liverpool, Simon Mignolet has a lot of expectation riding on his shoulders, especially after replacing Pepe Reina, who looks set to complete a loan deal at Napoli. The Belgian 'keeper put in some amazing performances for Sunderland last season, expect to see of the same.

Defenders

For many years, Ryan Bertrand has been waiting for his opportunity to replace Ashley Cole on the left side of defence. Cole may still be at the top of his game, but is now 32 and manager Jose Mourinho will want a long-term replacement. Bertrand showed he can fill the gap a few times last season and maybe this is his year.

In Manchester City's difficult season there was one player who kept the ship from sinking, captain Vincent Kompany.

The Belgian was in a different class to the rest of his teammates and led them to an FA Cup final. With some better players in front of him Kompany will excel again.

After struggling with injury Nemanja Vidic has not had much playing time recently and, it was an injury that forced him to miss the start of pre-season. However, it doesn't seem serious and he could be fully fit for the start of the season in four weeks time. If so, I can see him getting back to the top of his game and becoming one of the best centre-backs in the league again.

Kyle Walker had a strong 2012/13 season and at only 23 has a bright future ahead of him. It is vital for him to keep his Tottenham place this season and so expect to see him working extra hard to do that.

Midfielders 

Jesus Navas is one of the most exciting signings of the transfer window in my opinion. The right-midfielder is one of the fastest players I have seen and was class at the Confederations Cup. Manchester City could of got themselves a real gem. Next season Jovetic, Negredo and Aguero can expect plenty of service from this guy.

Wherever Marouane Fellaini ends up this summer he will have a great season - if he does stay at Everton will be very lucky to have him and I predict another fantastic season for the Belgian.

Yohan Cabaye has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United this summer. Personally, I hope he stays at Newcastle because he fits right in with Alan Pardew's style. Since the arrival of his French pals Cabaye has looked happier and is one of the main reasons Newcastle got out of relegation trouble last season. His free-kicks are world class adding an extra dimension to his game. Next season, watch out for him.

Italian winger Emanuele Giaccherini looked a top player at the Confederation Cup and Sunderland pounced on that by singing him for £6.5 million. This seems like a bargain for a diverse player who can play as an attacking midfielder as well. Giaccherini has quick feet and a great right boot similar to Gareth Bale's left. He could be a real danger next season.

Attackers

Swansea surprised a few people last year and a now becoming a well-established Premier League team. Manager Michael Laudrup made some great signings last season with Michu taking the Premier League by storm. 

His new addition to the squad Wilfried Bony could be just as good a signing. The Ivorian international was quality in the Eredivisie last season scoring 31 goals for Vitesse. It will be a bid step up to the Premier League but i believe he will make it.

Christian Benteke signed a new Aston Villa deal this week and I think it will be a good decision. Benteke will show his class again next season and then can move on to a better club.

He is too good for Aston Villa, who will need him again next year. Benteke brings the tally of Belgians on my list to four and if you want one more Eden Hazard is set to have another great season.

 

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