The likes of Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie proved last season that they are among the Premier League greats but which players will step up and become established amongst the elite this term?
Here are five players that could do the business in the 2013/14 season.
Here is a player I really like, and completely believe has what it takes to become one of the world's best midfielders. Oscar in many ways is Brazils natural replacement to Kaka, and introduced himself onto the scene as an exceptional talent with two sensational goals against Juventus early on in the season. Within the Premier League his progress was slightly slower but he was soon an established starter playing in over 60 games for Chelsea last season, which undoubtedly enhanced the development of the young Brazilian.
This campaign he has the perfect platform in which to develop even further, with Mourinho at the helm he could not ask for a better manager to work under and everything is set in place for Oscar to take the Premier League by storm this season.
Dembele’s first season at Tottenham was interrupted by injury and fitness concerns and it is fair to say that the Belgian did not recapture the form that he had shown at Fulham previously. With a good pre-season under his belt, and it looking as if he will operate in a far more advanced position within a midfield trio including Paulinho and Sandro, it would seem that the stage is set for Dembele to shine. Despite an interrupted campaign Dembele did endear himself too the Spurs particularly due too the effortless way in which he glides past the opposition and also down to his willingness too do the dirty work as well and get stuck in.
With his fitness issues behind him, and a midfield role more befitting of his skill-set Dembele could become an integral piece of Tottenham Hotspurs top four push and in a big World Cup year will be looking too cement his position as Belgian's number one central midfielder.
Having arrived at Liverpool in January from Inter Milan Coutinho wasted no time in making an instant impact at Anfield, immediately impressing with his dribbling ability and fantastic vision. The diminutive Brazilian now has the opportunity too show what he can do over the course of a whole season, and if Suarez does in fact stay they could very well strike up a frightening attacking partnership with the Uruguayan.
Players like Coutinho have to be looked after, the very nature of the way they play means they are more susceptible to injury than most due to their sharp movement and the tackles that they inevitably draw and are on the receiving end of.
But if Rodgers uses him well and if Coutinho can consistently perform the way he did towards the end of last season then he could prove to be one of the brightest talents in Europe, the only issue then is will Liverpool be able to hang on to him?
Kagawa’s first season at Manchester United was not as explosive as first hoped but a lot of that was down too the way he was used by Alex Ferguson, often placed out wide rather than in his favoured position behind the striker.
Jurgen Klopp spoke of his dismay in regard to the role Kagawa was being deployed in at Old Trafford but it would seem that David Moyes is ready too give him a chance in his favoured position in the forthcoming season.
The Japanese international was one of the hottest properties in Europe when he left Dortmund last summer due too his creative talents as well as his ability to score goals which lead to him hitting the net 21 times in in 49 appearances during his time at Broussia Dortmund.
If Kagawa is afforded the freedom behind the striker that he was allowed under Klopp than we could see a very special season from United man, and if Rooney does depart Old Trafford as has been reported than a fantastic season from Kagawa could well soften the blow.
Hatem Ben Arfa
This may seem like a strange one, but Ben Arfa is a player I have admired since he moved to Newcastle in 2010. He is one of those players who gets the crowd one their feet with anticipation whenever he touches the ball but unfortunately he is also one of those players which is extremely vulnerable to injury.
But at the age of 26 he will be hoping that worst of his injuries are behind him and if that is so, and he can put together a string of performances in the Newcastle side he could well be the key anomaly which fires the Tyneside team up the table. Ben Arfa combines close control with excellent dribbling ability and too top it off is also a clinical finisher, rewind the clock back two seasons and all these attributes can admired in his goal against Bolton.
But like many players who ply there trade in his position injury and consistency often stunt their progress and if Ben Arfa wants too be considered amongst the worlds elite players and play at the top level winning trophies then he will have too step up this season and show he has the physical capabilities too perform at the top of his game over the course of a whole season, and I have sneaky suspicion he just might.
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