Premier League 2020/21: Players That Could Dominate
The Surprising Faces That Could Dominate Premier League 2020/21
Every season yields a number of breakout stars that come out of nowhere and take the Premier League by storm. Last term witnessed the rise to prominence of Mason Mount, Mason Greenwood, Bukayo Saka, Adama Traore and Caglar Soynucu. The breakout stars of the previous season included James Maddison, Declan Rice, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Phil Foden. Which surprise faces could flourish in the Premier League in 2020/21?
Minamino was a relatively low-profile signing for Liverpool when he joined the club from Red Bull Salzburg in January. Yet he is already a Premier League title winner after making 10 impressive appearances in the second half of the campaign. The Japanese winger could prove to be a snip at £7.2 million after displaying phenomenal work rate, quick feet, the ability to unlock defences and an eye for goal. He was on target in Liverpool’s 1-1 Community Shield draw with Arsenal, and he buried his penalty in the shootout, showing nerves of steel under pressure. Minamino has banged in 11 goals in just 22 appearances for his country, and he could enjoy an extremely fruitful 2020/21 campaign for the Premier League champions, who are second favourites to defend their crown in the Premier League odds.
Marcelo Bielsa refused to start Nketiah ahead of goal shy Patrick Bamford during his loan spell at Leeds Utd last season. Arsenal responded by recalling him and putting him straight into their first team squad. He seized the opportunity, scoring important goals against Everton and Southampton. Mikel Arteta regularly opted to start the youngster ahead of Alexandre Lacazette in the latter stages of the campaign, and he should be given plenty of opportunities to shine next term. Nketiah is a lethal finisher, which he proved by firing in a hat-trick in England U21’s victory over Kosovo earlier this month. He scored again to put Austria to the sword on Tuesday, taking his tally to 12 goals in just 10 games for England U21.
Brighton’s all-action midfielder could prove to be the next N’Golo Kante if he continues his upward curve. He was the star of the show when the Seagulls beat Arsenal towards the end of the 2019/20 season, and then grabbed his first Premier League goal against Burnley. Brighton have several contenders for the breakout star of the season, as Tariq Lamptey looks like a magnificent player and Ben White could also flourish in the Premier League.
The Newcastle winger boasts the pace, unpredictability and dynamism to cause nightmares for Premier League defenders this season. He showed flashes of brilliance last term, and he could be unplayable if he grows more composed in the final third.
Adama Traore continually impressed with his pace, power and dribbling ability for Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Wolves, but he only achieved a consistent end product last season. He is now in the Spain squad and rated as one of the world’s best wingers, and Saint-Maximin could follow in his footsteps now that he has had a year to adapt to the Premier League.
The young Dutch winger enjoyed a perfect Premier League debut when he netted in a 2-0 victory over Man City after signing for Tottenham in January. He was also named Man of the Match, suggesting that Spurs had a landed real bargain following his £26.7 million arrival from PSV Eindhoven. Bergwijn ended up with just three goals in 16 appearances in the second half of the season, so expectations have been tempered somewhat, but 2020/21 could be his breakout season. He scored in the Netherlands’ 1-0 win against Poland at the weekend, and he is still only 22, so he has the potential to develop into a real superstar.
Eze was the star of the show for Championship side QPR last season. He chipped in with 14 goals and eight assists, and generally impressed with his all-round ability. The silky playmaker filled the number 10 role with aplomb, and he could pull the strings for Crystal Palace next season after joining for £17 million this summer. He should slot straight into the team, and the Eagles could benefit from his dribbling ability and eye for a pass.
Brewster was tipped to be the next big thing after winning the Golden Boot when England won the FIFA U17 World Cup three years ago. Opportunities in the Liverpool first team have not yet been forthcoming, but he scored 10 goals in 20 games on loan at Swansea last season. He has been banging in the goals during the Reds’ pre-season friendlies this summer, and he also featured in the Community Shield. Brewster could move ahead of Divock Origi in the pecking order at Anfield, but Aston Villa, Brighton, Newcastle and Sheffield United have all expressed an interest in signing him, so he looks poised to feature in the Premier League and show what he is capable of.
The Brazilian midfielder topped the charts by providing 16 assists in the Championship last season. He also scored eight goals as West Brom secured automatic promotion to the top flight, but it was his creative talents that really caught the eye. He was the only player to lay on more than 100 chances for his teammates over the course of the season, and he is only 24, so he has not yet reached the peak of his powers.
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Anguissa became Fulham’s record signing when he joined the club in a £30 million deadline day deal in September 2018. He failed to live up to the lofty price tag during a difficult campaign for the Cottagers, who were relegated. The former Marseille midfielder did not stick around to play in the Championship, and he spent last term on loan at Villarreal. He rebuilt his reputation in Spain, making 36 appearances for a team that finished fifth in La Liga. He was attracting interest from Real Madrid earlier this summer, and Fulham turned down a substantial bid from Villarreal. If he stays in west London for the 2020/21, he could be a valuable asset for Scott Parker’s side. Fulham are among the favourites to be relegated in the Premier League spread betting, so they could do with his talents in the middle of the park.
Hernandez is now 35 years of age, but he bossed the midfield for Leeds as they won the Championship last season. In November, he was rewarded with a contract extension that runs until 2022, so he is clearly expected to play a vital role for the club going forwards. Hernandez was the Leeds Player of the Year in 2018/19 and he scored nine times in a standout campaign last term. He knows the Premier League well from his time at Swansea, and he could roll back the years in 2020/21.
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