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5. Dwight Gayle - Crystal Palace

The 23-year-old striker was playing in England's sixth tier only last year. His rise up the football leagues has been well documented, as is his price tag. Palace have broken their transfer record to bring in the young forward, showing how much faith they have in the former Dagenham and Redbridge man.

With last season's top scorer Glenn Murray unavailable for the first half of the season through injury, and the influential Wilfried Zaha now at Manchester United, fans of the newly promoted London side will be hoping Gayle is the man to provide the goals this season, as Palace look to avoid relegation.

4. Steven Caulker - Cardiff City

His departure from Spurs sparked an angry response from many supporters, as they felt the 21-year-old was one of Tottenham's brightest young prospects. The England international will be looking to discover the form which saw him receive a call up from Roy Hodgson and repay the estimated £8 million Cardiff paid to secure his signature.

If Caulker can help the Bluebirds compete in the Premier League this season, the defender could push for involvement in the England squad for next year's World Cup.

3. Jonny Howson - Norwich City

The former Leeds United midfielder ended last season in a rich vein of form, scoring two goals in the final two games of last season, including a memorable solo effort against Manchester City on the final day.

Having established himself in the side last season, the 25-year-old will be hoping to retain his place after heavy investment over summer. The Yorkshireman could thrive with increased competition for places and will hope to help Norwich to climb the Premier League ladder this term.

2. Ross Barkley - Everton

Barkley burst onto the scene two years ago with a man of the match performance on the opening day of the 2011-12 season. Despite many experts immediately tipping him for the top, the 19-year-old's progress has since been halted by a series of injuries. This has forced the youngster to move out on loan.

However, in the absence of Darron Gibson on the opening day of this season, Barkley was given his chance against Norwich. The England under 21 international took it with both hands, topping off a man of the match performance with his first Everton goal.

The Toffees will be hoping the youngster continues to build on his opening day exploits as they look to continue their league success under the stewardship of Roberto Martinez.

1. Danny Welbeck - Manchester United

Welbeck has been widely praised for his high work rate and enthusiasm in his career so far, however goals have never been a prominent part of the striker's game, a fact highlighted by the England international netting just once in 29 Premier League appearances last season.

But, Welbeck has started this campaign in fine form, already doubling his goals tally from last season in United's 4-1 win over Swansea. This could be the start of a breakthrough season, as the 22-year-old looks to become a vital asset to both Manchester United and England.

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