Players to Keep an Eye on as the Premier League Returns
Premier League Players to Look Out For
On Wednesday, the Premier League finally returns following a three month hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that it has been a tough few months. Fans across the country are preparing to watch their favourite club again as we move into the final stretch of the season. Moreover, it will be interesting to see which players will flourish following the suspension of the league.
Many players were just hitting top form as the league hit pause. Similarly, other players have used the time off to recover from injuries, which initially would have kept them out for the final games of the season. So, as the Premier League returns to our screens, here is a list of players you should look out for.
It has been a nightmare season for Pogba, who has limited to just 521 minutes due to injuries. On top of that, he is regularly the subject of media scrutiny (particularly from Graeme Souness). There is no doubt that he is one of the most talented players in the league; the World Cup winner scored 13 goals and set up 10 last season, as he was the only player to make the PFA Team of the Year, who didn’t play for Liverpool or Man City.
With time to return to full fitness, many are hoping he will play a key part in Man Utd’s aim to get Champions League football next season. Additionally, it will be interesting to see how he links up with Bruno Fernandes.
📂 Man Utd
└📁 Premier League
└📁 Player stats
└📁 Most goals
└📁 Most assists
└⚠️ Are you sure you want to open all files of this type? pic.twitter.com/G8SD7dpjDw
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 16, 2019
There were high expectations when Tottenham broke their transfer record to bring in Ndombele in the summer. And while he has shown glimpses of excellence, it has been all too inconsistent. Following the appointment of Jose Mourinho, he has found Premier League minutes hard to come by.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, Mourinho has called him out over his lack of fitness. The duo even got in trouble when Mourinho held a personal session with Ndombele in a park during lockdown.Many Spurs fans believe him to be their best centre-mid on his day, so it will interesting to see if he has won over the special one yet.
— ' (@eriksenthings) May 29, 2020
Purchased from Celtic in the summer, Tierney should have been Arsenal’s main man at left back this season. Although he arrived with an injury, the expectation was that he would fit straight into the side once he overcame it. Unfortunately for the Gunners, he has been unable to shake off his injury problems, which have heavily haltered his progress this season.
He has only made 5 Premier League appearances this season, and much like Pogba, he has been able to use the suspension of the league as a way to return to full fitness. He played in a friendly win over Charlton, and there’s a good chance that he will feature when the Premier League is back underway.
Kieran Tierney could be a welcome asset for Arsenal when he returns from injury
— Premier League (@premierleague) June 7, 2020
Norwich’s first season back in the Premier League has not been very successful to say the least. They sit bottom of the table, and are huge favourites to go down. However, there have been a few shining lights in their team. Whilst Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell have stolen the headlines, Emi Buendia has arguably been their best player this season.
His seven assists are the third most in the league, and he has also created 73 chances, the fourth most. Keep an eye on him, as a continued run of impressive performances could lead to him getting a big transfer in the summer.
Emiliano Buendía is the only player in the 2019/20 Premier League season with:
❍ 50+ tackles made
❍ 50+ chances created
❍ 50+ take-ons completed
And leads the division for successful through-balls. 🔰 pic.twitter.com/caR72pXofm
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 2, 2020
Loftus-Cheek has not played a professional game of football in over a year, since suffering a knee injury in a friendly game before the Europa League final. He was an influential player as Chelsea won the trophy, and started to hit his best form towards the back end of last season. Loftus-Cheek is lucky, in a sense that had the season not been halted, he would not have played a game all season.
The coronavirus outbreak has aided him in his rehabilitation. He scored twice in a recent friendly over QPR, and although there is a lot of competition in his position, he will give Frank Lampard a lot to think about.
Brooks is another player who should have missed the entirety of the season, having had surgery twice on an ankle injury he picked up in pre-season. He had a scintillating debut season in the Premier League, as his performances led him to being nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
He has been a big miss for Bournemouth this season, as they are fighting in a relegation battle. Having been back in training for 3 months now, look out for him to pick up where he left off last season.
David Brooks’ #PL career in numbers;
Big chances created: 9
Through balls: 16
— Footstatto (@footstattodaily) June 11, 2020
It’s been a hugely disappointing season for West Ham. A team who should realistically be at least a mid-table side, instead find themselves battling to stay up in the Premier League. They bought Jarrod Bowen from Hull in January, following an impressive 16 goals in 29 Championship games. Before the season stopped, he looked as if he was just settling in to his new club, following an impressive performance against Southampton.
The suspension came at a bad time for him personally, as he would have wanted to keep his momentum going. Nonetheless, he will be eager to pick straight back up, as his performances could prove vital to the Hammer’s season.
Here’s a clip of Jarrod Bowen banging in goals
— COYIrons (@COYIrons_com) January 31, 2020
Sane was recently considered to be the most promising of young talents. However his progress into a world class talent has been hindered in the last couple of seasons.
Following an impressive 17/18 season which say him win PFA Young Player of the Year, he was shockingly left out of the Germany side for the World Cup, a decision which Die Mannschaft would inevitably forget. Although he played less last season, he still reached double figures for Premier League goals and assists, in a highly competitive Man City side.
An ACL injury picked up in the Community Shield has kept him out for the entirety of the season, but he is fit again to return to action when the season restarts. With the season about to restart, he has a point to prove. And with a rumoured move to Bayern Munich on the line, expect some stellar performances from him.
— ً (@lfcjxmie) June 16, 2020
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