Top 10 Premier League players to watch this season, featuring Arsenal and Chelsea new boys
Here are some players who could light up the Premier League this season. Not just new signings, but one or two players who may have something to prove. In no particular order:
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)
The £30million signing from Barcelona has returned to London, but this time to join Chelsea. The former Arsenal captain has been seen as a direct replacement for Frank Lampard, who joined MLS side New York City. Fabregas will probably not get the same number as goals as Lampard had, but will certainly help dictate the play and provide more assists.
Expect to see him partnering Nemanja Matic or playing as a number 10 behind another new recruit for the blues Diego Costa. He’s already had a great preseason and will be looking to maintain that form. Could be a player Arsenal will regret not signing when they had the chance.
Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
£28million seems a lot of money for a player who Jose Mourinho preferred Torres and for a player who did not have a great World Cup. There have certainly been times when Lukaku looked like he could be the new Didier Drogba, but there were others where is touch was not good enough and also lacked the spark that top strikers have to change a game.
This season Lukaku will be looking to repay the faith shown by owner Bill Kenwright and Roberto Martinez. He must now become the player he thinks he is and score at least 15 league goals on a regular basis.
Muhamed Besic (Everton)
Besic impressed during this summer's World Cup, and earned his move from Ferencvaros to Everton. He is comfortable playing in central defence but can also play as a holding midfielder alongside Gareth Barry or James McCarthy.
Besic is the kind of player Martinez will love and the fans will as well. He is composed on the ball and will always look for a good ball to get the attack going. Good bit of business.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City)
Bojan was supposedly one of the biggest talents in world football about four years ago; he has certainly fallen from grace. But the Stoke fans have every right to be excited by the Spaniard who has already scored three goals in pre-season. He can play behind the striker or as a front man, he still has potential to be a great player.
If Bojan can adapt to the Premier League then Bojan could be on the best bit of business done this summer.
Steven Jovetic (Manchester City)
The £22million signing from Fiorentina last summer looked like a good bit of busniness. But injurt and illness really restricted the number of times we got to see the talented front-man. After an impressive pre-season, City may finally get the chance to see the best out of Montenegrin. If the striker gets regular play time he could a real star of the Premier League.
Diego Costa (Chelsea)
This is the striker Jose Mourinho has been craving ever since he returned last year. The blues will be hoping that the Spaniard can fire Chelsea to win the league; Costa may look like a real bargain after this season. He has power, pace and is clinical.
Diego Costa has been on blistering form in pre-season; Chelsea fans will be praying that he avoids any injuries. The Premier League may have lost world-class striker this year, but have certainly gain one this summer.
Sterling really added a new dimension to Liverpool last season, but will be looking to improve. At 19 years of age he has enormous potential.
Brendan Rodgers has even compared him to Lionel Messi. Time will tell if he can be mentioned in the same sentence as the Argentinian magician, but will be looking to add more goals to his game, especially as 33-goal Luis Suarez departed for Barcelona.
Dusan Tadic (Southampton)
Following the exodus of number Southampton players this summer, Saints fans could be more than a little exited by the former FC Twente playmaker. Tadic scored 16 goals and provided 14 assists last season.
For half the price that they sold Adam Lallana to Liverpool, Tadic will certainly add some guile and class to their midfield, if he can adapt that is.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
Sanchez is another player who could be one of the best business of the summer. The Chilean can play in a number of positions behind the forward, or in a similar role like he did at the World Cup, as a striker.
Sanchez has great power, pace and an eye for goal. He looks well suited for the Premier League. If he is firing on all cylinders the Gunners will be real contenders this year.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur)
A strange choice perhaps, but after a strong pre-season the £30million flop from last season could finally begin to justify his prize tag. With new boss Mauricio Pochettino looking to get the best out of his fellow compatriot; Lamela could play on the right side of midfield or just behind the front-man.
If Lamela can stay injury free this season, Spurs fans will finally get to see all the hype behind the player who joined them last year.
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