Five Premier League stars to watch out for in 2016

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With 2016 upon us and a new year for footballers to prove themselves on the big stage, let's take a look at five Premier League stars to watch out for.


Grealish has been frequently dubbed a future star of English football following plenty of talk regarding the youngster's future last summer.


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The 20-year-old chose to stay at Villa Park and has, in truth, struggled to impose himself, finding it difficult to establish himself as a first team regular and control his off-field antics. 2016 will prove a vital year for his progress.

If Grealish can focus his energy on performances rather than controversy, he can expect a far more fruitful year compared to 2015.


Since arriving from Inter Milan over the summer, Shaqiri has rediscovered the form that once saw him regarded as one of Europe's most exciting players.

Perhaps as a result of his arrival, Stoke City have transformed from a long-ball side to a creative, attacking one that has beaten Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United so far this season.

2016 offers the Swiss a chance to increase his reputation and, if the first half of the season is anything to go by, prove the £12 million spent on him was an incredible bargain.


Englishman Stones was subject of three bids from Premier League champions Chelsea last summer but chose to stay with Everton at Goodison Park. Since impressing in his first season at the Toffees in 2013/14, the 21-year-old has emerged one of Europe's most talented youngsters and earned his first England cap. 

Last season proved Stones' breakthrough, making 28 appearances across all competitions and becoming a mainstay in Everton's back four as a result of his impressive form.

Next summer could prove a turning point in the youngster's career. His inclusion in England's squad for the European Championships is undoubted, whilst his form could once again open a door to a move away.


De Bruyne signed for Manchester City over the summer for £55 million and since claimed eight assists and five goals - an excellent return during his first season at the club.

Having already played in the Premier League for former club Chelsea, it didn't take the Belgian long to settle down at the Etihad and showcase his exciting ability.

Doubt still remains whether he was worth the fee City paid with 2016 as good a time as any for the 24-year-old to prove himself. The Citizens' fortunes this season could well be determined by De Bruyne's involvement given how influential he has been so far.


The Frenchman was crowned European Golden Boy in December 2015 and shown glimpses of his class during his short spell at Manchester United.

Martial was an unknown quantity prior to his move and turned many heads when the Red Devils paid £36 million for the front man.

He wasted no time in making a name for himself, scoring a superb solo goal against rivals Liverpool on his debut. Since then he has performed admirably, though there's still a lot to improve if he's to reach his potential.

What Martial could thrive upon is a new striker at the club; competition could bring out the best in him amongst a side bereft of potency going forward. Expect the youngster to make his mark this year.

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