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Premier League 2013-14: Biggest threats

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GMS Academy member Victor Palsson picks the biggest threats for the new Premier League season. Do you agree with him?

Arsenal

In my opinion it has to be Santi Cazorla. Cazorla had an amazing first season with Arsenal and simply carried the team at times. His composure and intelligence on the field will undoubtedly be vital for the Gunners next season.

Aston Villa

Christian Benteke was outstanding with Villa last term and it's been confirmed that he will stay with Villa for at least one more season. Netting 19 league goals in 34 matches in his first campaign with Villa, Benteke is sure to be Villa's go-to guy next season.

Cardiff City

It has to be Craig Bellamy. Although Bellamy recently turned 34, he proved last season he's still got some miles in him. His experience will surely be a major factor if Cardiff are to have any success in their first season in the Premier League.

Chelsea

This is a really tough one, In my opinion it would have to be either Eden Hazard or Juan Mata. With Mata possibly leaving the club, it might be in Hazard's hands to take over as Chelsea's gamechanging player.

Hazard who had a great first season for Chelsea is always a major threat to the opponent's defensive line with his quick burst of pace and skill. 

Crystal Palace

If Crystal Palace are to have any success in their first season in the EPL, they will have to count on Glenn Murray to keep his fantastic performances up. Murray was simply incredible last season scoring 31 goals in 45 appearances for the club.

The striker, however, is currently sidelined after suffering a cruciate knee injury at the end of last season, and Palace will be hoping he is able to return as quickly as possible.

Everton

It's always fun to watch Marouane Fellaini in action, his presence on the field is something extremely special. The Belgian has certainly showed he can be compared to the best in the Premier League. Since joining the club in 2008, Fellaini has managed 138 league matches for Everton and has been a key factor in their respectable top-table finish for the past few years.

Fulham

If Dimitar Berbatov is on form, Fulham are a dangerous side to face. Scoring 15 goals in 33 league matches last season, Berbatov showed he's not done yet. With his incredible technique and eye for goal, Berbatov is sure to be a key player for Fulham next season.

Hull City

If Maynor Figueroa performs at his highest level next season, I really think he could make a real difference for Hull City. Recently joining the club from Wigan Athletic, where he managed to play 148 games for the club. Being capped 95 times for Honduras, Figueroa's experience is something I can't look past.

Liverpool

If Luis Suarez decides to stay at Anfield, he will undoubtedly be Liverpool's biggest threat. Suarez is a player that can change games purely on his own, and that's something you can't find anywhere. A world class player who Liverpool really can't afford to lose.

Manchester City

While Manchester City have one of the most fearsome squads in Europe, Vincent Kompany is a player that Manchester City truly have to count on. The City captain has shown he is truly amongst the best centre-backs in Europe. When Kompany struggled with injuries last season, City's defence looked far from its best. 

Manchester United

While there are many players in the Manchester United squad that can be considered as key players, Robin Van Persie will have to top that list. Having a monstrous first season for United, Van Persie's contribution to the offensive line is something every team wish they had.

Norwich City

With Norwich City finishing 11th in the EPL last season, Anthony Pilkington had a great campaign for the Canaries. The Irishman scored nine goals in the Premier League last season, and helped his team reach a respectable finish.

Southampton

There are many players who performed well last season for Southampton, but for me Rickie Lambert is their number one threat. Lambert who scored 15 goals in the EPL last season has shown he has a fantastic eye for goal and if on form, will be a key player for Southampton next term.

Stoke City

For me Ryan Shawcross will always be a key player for Stoke City. His leadership and stable performances are something Stoke can't afford to lose.

Sunderland

Although Sunderland had a terrible season last year, it's always nice to watch Stephane Sessegnon play. When on form he is easily one of the best players in the EPL in my opinion. Although Sessegnon is incredibly talented, he truly lacks consistency, and hopefully for Sunderland, that's something he will try to improve.

Swansea City

Michael Laudrup surely made one of the best bargain-buys of all time, when he bought Michu from Rayo Vallecano for only £2 million. Michu had a terrific first season for Swansea, scoring 22 goals in 43 appearances for the club. If Michu will keep up his goalscoring record next season, Swansea will be a really tough opponent to face.

Tottenham Hotspur

When your left winger is scoring 26 goals in one season, you know it's something special. That's exactly what Gareth Bale did last season, and boy do Tottenham need that. When watching Tottenham last season, it was sometimes similar to watching a one man show. Bale can help Tottenham achieve greatness if he decides to stay at the club.

West Bromwich Albion

With Romelu Lukaku's loan spell ending, it's hard to picture who will be WBA's frontman next season. Shane Long has put on solid performances for WBA past two years, but has only scored 16 goals in 64 league games for the past two seasons. With Peter Odemwingie unhappy at the club, it's pretty much up to their captain Chris Brunt to lead his team to victory.

West Ham United

This could be considered as highly controversial, but if Andy Carroll manages to find his old self at West Ham, he could be a great asset to their squad. Carroll who played for West Ham last season on a loan deal from Liverpool, was starting to put on good performances in the final matches of last season.

 

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