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The Surprise Packages In The Premier League So Far



Michail Antonio

Which Premier League football players have been the surprise packages so far this season?


With Premier League teams now having twelve games behind them, we are now well and truly underway with the 21/22 season.

Just like every season, some teams are surpassing the expectations we had for them at the start. The likes of Brighton, Wolves and Crystal Palace have all found their form, sitting cosy in the top half of the table. Looking up at them, stragglers like Leicester, Leeds and Aston Villa have been struggling to find the heights of last season.

For Premier League football players, hitting form is one of the most important things. This season has already seen some breakthrough performances for certain players, while other players have rekindled their good form they have been missing previously. In this article we will be looking at these players and seeing who the surprise packages of Premier League this season have been so far.


Aaron Ramsdale

After two consecutive relegations from the Premier League with Bournemouth and Sheffield United respectively, it seems like England international Ramsdale has not only found a team to keep him in in the league, but also the form of his life. Since making his £18.5 million move from the Blades to Arsenal this summer, Ramsdale has kept a remarkable five clean sheets from nine appearances, with the most notable coming in a 2-0 victory away at Leicester. In that game the 23-year-old keeper made the potential save of the season, denying James Maddison’s free kick.

The form of Ramsdale has seen the Gunners move from last in the table, up to 5th place. The North London club will be hoping for Stoke-born Ramsdale to continue his sensational form as they prepare for away trips to Manchester United and Everton within their next three league games.


Tino Livramento

At just 19 years old, the Right-Back Tino Livramento has shone for his new side Southampton, becoming a regular starter for the Saints. After not making a senior appearance at Chelsea, the man from Croydon made the permanent switch from London to the south coast looking for first team football. Since the switch, Livramento has featured in all 12 games for Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side, helping them keep four clean sheets, alongside him picking up his first senior goal in a 2-2 draw to Burnley in the process.

This form has seen the Saints comfortably above the relegation zone in 13th place, and even earnt the England U21 international his name on the nomination list for October’s Player of The Month. The work rate of the 19-year-old is second to none, but it’s his attacking presence that has excited fans the most, with his teammate Theo Walcott likening him to former Saints player Gareth Bale. If the top form of Livramento continues, he will be one to keep an eye out for in the future.


Trevoh Chalobah

Onto another player who has only just made his senior debut this season, Trevoh Chalobah saw his maiden game for Chelsea come in their UEFA Super Cup triumph against Villareal. In his next game, the 22-year-old made his Premier League debut on the opening weekend against Crystal Palace, capping off the momentous day with a goal, the same goal that earned him Chelsea’s goal of the month award for August.

Following on from his brother Nathaniel who also played for the blues up until 2017, the young defender’s performances has seen him battling for a first team place against the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, and Antonio Rudiger. Despite the tough competition, the Sierra Leone native has found himself some game time under Thomas Tuchel on the right side of the back three. When chosen, Chalobah has not disappointed, showing real maturity in his performances as he showed against Brentford, being able to hang onto their one goal lead. Despite not always being the first name on the team sheet, Chalobah will be looking to build on his 7 appearances and two goals this season, and with his current form it is no doubt Tuchel will be providing him with that game time he wants.


Leandro Trossard

Since making his £18 million move to the Amex from Genk in 2019, the creativeness and flair of the small Belgian has excited fans. Yet despite the potential and promise Trossard has shown, his inconsistent performances have stopped him from reaching that next level. However, a tactical change from Graham Potter has seen the 26-year-old now being deployed in a central role rather than his usual position on the wing, seeing him flourishing for the Seagulls.

This new role has seen Trossard rack up three goals in 12 appearances, just two away from equalling his five-goal tally from his previous two seasons in English football. Brighton’s number 11 has also established himself as a big game player, scoring these goals in important games, such as an equaliser against Liverpool and a last-minute winner against Brentford. These important goals have all contributed to Brighton having their best start to a Premier League season, with Potter’s side sitting 9th. Being named Man of the Match three times already this season, Trossard has finally found the consistency he has been missing from his game.


Connor Gallagher

Now onto the biggest surprise package in the Premier League this season, the 21-year-old midfielder is having his breakthrough season at a thriving Crystal Palace side. After a lacklustre loan spell at West Brom last season, Gallagher has really found his form for Palace, having one of the best mentors as a midfielder in the shape of Patrick Viera. In his eleven league appearances this season, the Chelsea loanee has found the net four times (two coming in a brace against West Ham) and setting up two goals in the process.

Gallagher’s six goal involvement is the joint fifth most this season, alongside the likes of Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The form of Epsom-born Gallagher hasn’t gone unnoticed either, with Gareth Southgate calling him up to the England squad, and even giving him his debut against San Marino. If the youngster can keep his impressive form up, then a place in the 2022 World Cup squad could await in the future.


Michail Antonio

West Ham’s all-time leading Premier League top goal scorer still seems to be hitting top form at 31 years of age. In eleven league games this season, Antonio has managed a phenomenal five Man of the Match performances, with six goals and three assists helping him achieve this. Only Mohamed Salah has had more goal involvements than the Jamaican.

In what is his seventh season for the Hammer’s, Antonio is only 4 goals from matching his highest goal tally for the season, which he reached in the 19/20 and 20/21 seasons. Since David Moyes has taken over the relegation battling West Ham in his second stint at the club, the Scotsman has transformed them into a European challenging side, with Antonio being the driving force. Approaching the latter stages of his career, the 31-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down, becoming one of the league’s most feared strikers.


Ismaila Sarr

The last place on this list has been saved for the Senegalese winger Ismaila Sarr. The 23-year-old was part of the Watford side that suffered relegation into the second tier in the 19/20 season. Sarr has had a knack for scoring big goals for the Hornets, scoring a brace in their infamous 3-0 win over Liverpool in 2020, ending their 44-game unbeaten run. The former Stade Rennais player also netted the goal that brought Watford back into the Premier League against Millwall, ending that season as the top scorer for the London-based side.

However, Sarr managed to succeed where players like Adel Taarabt in the past have failed, bringing their good form from the Championship into the Premier League. Despite Claudio Ranieri’s side sitting two spaces above the relegation zone, the Watford talisman’s 5 goals this season have helped them remain above the bottom three, with two Man of the Match performances to go alongside this. Ranieri will be heavily relying on the likes of Sarr to make sure his team remain as Premier League football players next season.


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Chris is studying Sports Journalism at Leeds Trinity University. His expertise are in boxing as well as football, being a lifelong Chelsea Fan. In the future, he would like to write boxing reports for fights all around the globe.


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