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Premier League clubs following a number of trends

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The influx of foreign players and managers add not only to the quality of our wonderful game and make the Premier League what it is today; but in addition to this they bring a title wave of new trends. Here's what is currently en vogue in the English top-flight.

The right footed left back

The idea of the right footed left back seems to be the newest trend in the Premier League with title rivals Liverpool and Chelsea both joining Newcastle in conforming to the trend. At Stamford Bridge the man currently fulfilling this role is Cesar Azpilicueta or, as the Chelsea faithful have affectionately nicknamed him, “Dave”.

After usurping Ashley Cole as Chelsea’s number one left back, despite being a right back, “Dave” has become a crucial member of the league's best defence and has contributed greatly to their campaign.

On Merseyside however a season plagued by injury to first choice Liverpool left back Luis Enrique, coupled with the defensive frailties of loan signing Aly Cissokho, led to Brendan Rodgers experimenting with both Jon Flanagan and Glen Johnson in the position. However it is the former that truly excelled; providing consistency and quality, which warranted his most recent international call up.

Another player who has fulfilled this role in arguably the most improved team of the season in Crystal Palace’s Joel Ward. Ward primarily a right back was a sensation for manger of the season Tony Pulis, performances which many believe warranted an international call up.

Captain, leader, legend

Captain, leader and legend, are three words regularly associated with Mr. Chelsea, John Terry. Now back under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho, the passionate defender has been restored to the Chelsea lineup and has once again proved he has what it takes to be the defensive hub of the team.

Using his ability to read defensive situations coupled with the never ending desire to win the ball, many believe the former England captain was unfortunate not be named in the PFA team of the year.

However risking the wrath of many Chelsea fans, Terry is not the only man in the Premier League who can be associated with the title that adorns those Stamford Bridge banners. Steven Gerrard fulfils all these criteria for the Anfield outfit and like Terry the current England captain has had a truly wonderful season, scoring 13 goals and creating a further 13, the Liverpool midfielder did find his way into the PFA team of the year.

Premier League stars such as Adam Lallana and Ashley Williams could make a case for the title but it remains to be seen if they will ever reach the heights of the two one time England captains.

The Brazilian No.10

Apart from the talismanic Neymar, many have pinned the hopes of the Samba kings on their creative No.10, Oscar. Despite only being 22-years of age the Chelsea midfielder has become an influential member for both club and country, and will prove vital if either are to lift a trophy in the near future.

However Oscar is not the only Brazilian at Stamford Bridge who could be considered as a No.10 as this is role regularly fulfilled by former Shaktar Donetsk star Willian and perhaps in the future filled by Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon

Liverpool however possess there own Brazilian No10, by the name of Philippe Coutinho. Gifted with technical ability many in the world fail to rival, the little Brazilian was key to the supply line of the famous “SAS” creating seven goals for his teammates while adding a further five himself. With Premier League clubs linked with other Brazilian stars such as: Roberto Firmino , Bernard and Lucas Moura, it remains to be seen when the influx will be stopped.

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