Premier League: five players to excel in 2016

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With 2016 on the horizon, a number of Premier League stars will be determined to prove their credentials on a consistent basis. 

There's no doubt about it, there's some exceptional young talent currently starring in England's elite division, but certain players really can come to prominence in the new year.

So, with January on the horizon, we're going to take a look at five players who should excel over the course of the next 12-months.


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Of course, some of these players are already starting to express themselves week in, week out, but we believe they can develop further and be brilliant for their clubs. 

Here are choices: 

Anthony Martial - Manchester United

Manchester United youngster Anthony Martial has already started to prove his brilliance for the Red Devils. He burst onto the scene in Manchester magnificently as he struck a fine goal against rivals Liverpool on his debut for the club. 

However, with Louis van Gaal struggling to implement his philosophy, Martial has had an up and down time of it recently. 

It's clear for all to see, however, that he has so much to give. The Old Trafford faithful are rightly excited by him and there's no reason why he won't produce many, many magical moments in 2016.

Hector Bellerin - Arsenal

Some fans will probably argue that Hector Bellerin is already brilliant. The former Barcelona prodigy has had an outstanding year in north London, becoming the club's No.1 right-back. 

But we think he's about to get even better. Of course, it has been well documented that he's, supposedly, even quicker than Theo Walcott, but his class shouldn't be underestimated. 

In fact, Bellerin is starting to prove himself as one of the most consistent full-backs in England. He could have a huge role to play as the Gunners go in search of securing the Premier League title. 

Ruben Loftus-Cheek - Chelsea

At the back end of the 2014/15 season, Jose Mourinho insisted that Ruben Loftus-Cheek was set for an important role in west London. Ultimately, though, that failed to transpire as the talented midfielder failed to secure opportunities under the Portuguese tactician. 

In fact, the England Under-21 international has only made three Premier League appearances all season. But that could be about to change. 

With Mourinho out the door, Guus Hiddink may well hand Loftus-Cheek his chance in the limelight. And with a bit of confidence, we reckon the midfielder will show just what he's all about. 

Dele Alli - Tottenham

The former MK Dons midfielder, who came close to signing for Liverpool only for the Merseyside club to pull out of the deal, has taken up Ryan Mason's spot in Mauricio Pochettino's team as his box-to-box midfielder, who provides the energy and impetus for Spurs to press for the full 90 minutes.

Where he's a major upgrade on Mason is in front of goal; the 19-year-old has four goals in the Premier League already and should add to that tally before the campaign draws to a close. England boss Roy Hodgson praised Alli as 'faultless' following his debut for the Three Lions and if he can maintain his superb form, a spot in England's squad for Euro 2016 awaits.

Divock Origi - Liverpool 

Despite a wonderful hat-trick in the Capital One Cup against Southampton, Divock Origi has hardly set the world alight on Merseyside. Of course, at just 21-years-old, he still has a great deal to learn, but he's starting to show signs of progression under Jurgen Klopp.

The charismatic German coach has the qualities to get the best out of Origi and there's no reason why the Belgium international won't be able to repay him in the near future. 

Origi certainly has an eye for goal, and with Daniel Sturridge's constant injury struggles, Liverpool's bright young forward could become a very important player for the club.  

Of course, many of you will have completely different views, so feel free to add your chosen players in the comments section below! 

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