Seven Premier League Players Poised To Breakthrough In The 2017/18 Season

Seven Premier League Players Poised To Breakthrough In The 2017/18 Season
Aug 2, 2017

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Every single season in the Premier League produces a few young, exciting breakthrough stars. In the 2015/16 campaign, we saw the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Marcus Rashford, and Dele Alli make their mark. The 2016/17 players gave us stars such as Gabriel Jesus and Tom Davies. Naturally, a few players will breakout in the new season, but who could these players be?

Tammy Abraham:

After scoring 23 league goals in 40 appearances on loan at Bristol City in the Championship, one of Chelsea’s star prospects is getting his first crack at Premier League football. Abraham completed a one-year loan move to Swansea City early in July, and is eager to make a name for himself this upcoming season. Abraham has already scored for the English U21’s, helping them to win the U21 World Cup earlier this summer as well. The 19-year-old will be hoping to continue to show his goal scoring prowess in the Premier League this season in an attempt to play for Chelsea’s first team as early as next season. Abraham may get to do just that, as Fernando Llorente could be on his way out of Swansea, making way for the young Englishman to set to league alight.

Jordan Pickford:

Don’t let last season’s leaky Sunderland defence fool you, Jordan Pickford is a quality goalkeeper. Pickford made the second most saves in the league last season with 135, only eight behind Burnley’s Tom Heaton. If anything, the number of goals Sunderland conceded flatters them thanks to the 23-year-old’s heroics between the sticks. Now that Pickford has completed a move to Everton this summer, his skills should finally be recognised. Behind one of the league’s better defences, Pickford will be able to keep more than the already impressive 10 clean sheets he kept behind Sunderland’s abysmal defence last season. The young English goalkeeper could, and should be on the plane to Russia next summer if he can continue his form from last season. Do not sleep on Jordan Pickford.

Kelechi Iheanacho:

With his move to Leicester expected to finally be announced in the next few days, Kelechi Iheanacho will officially become a Leicester City player. The move to Leicester guarantees one thing for the young Nigerian, game time. Game time just so happens to be what Iheanacho lacked at Manchester City, but now that he figures to be playing week in, week 0ut, loads of goals are bound to follow. Of the 20-year-old’s 19 shots on target in the Premier League, he has scored 12 of them, scoring an astonishing 63% of his shots on target. Over the course of his Manchester City career, the electric striker has been involved in a goal every 75 minutes, with 21 goals, and 7 assists. Leicester look to have found one of the steals of the summer, an excellent player in need of game time to show what he can really do.

Nathan Aké:

Aké started the 2016/17 campaign so well that Chelsea recalled him from his loan at Bournemouth in January to play for the first team. However, this summer Bournemouth have made the Dutch defender the clubs record signing, at a price of £20m. Aké does not only play CB, the 22-year-old can also play as a LB, and as a DM, with his versatility being one of the many reasons Eddie Howe loves him. Not to mention, in the 10 league games the young defender played for the Cherries, he completed 88% of his passes, the best of any of player at the club. Now, back with Bournemouth, and after being their best defender for the first half of last season, the club are thrilled to have him back, and are expecting more of the same from the Dutchman. A full season of consistent appearances in the first team will allow Aké to cement himself as one of the best young defenders in the Premier League.

Arthur Masuaku:

Arthur Masuaku arrived at West Ham last summer as a relative unknown to replace an injured Aaron Cresswell and impressed fans immediately. Masuaku made a name for himself after a man of the match performance against Bournemouth in August, before getting hurt in September and being replaced by a now healthy Cresswell. However, the French left back fought his way back into the team in April, not losing it until being injured at Stoke and missing the remainder of the season. When Masuaku played, he impressed Hammers fan with his blistering pace going forwards, great dribbling ability, and a killer cross. The 23-year-old is a very good player going forwards but is also more than willing to get back and do his defensive work. Masuaku is the complete modern fullback and will show how good he really is in his second season with the Irons.

Ramadan Sobhi:

With Marko Arnautović leaving Stoke for West Ham this summer, Sobhi looks as if he could get his chance to impress in the 2017/18 campaign as the 20-year-old is the best fit player to fill the void left by the Austrian Winger. Sobhi models Stoke’s former number 10 in the fact that he is a big, strong, powerful winger who is not afraid of contact at all. The Egyptian’s strength makes him a handful to deal with on the ball, as it is close to impossible to dispossess the young winger. With an increased amount of game time and a skill set made for the Premier League, Ramadan looks like one of the most likely prospects to have a breakout season, and never look back.

Dominic Solanke:

Solanke completed a move from Chelsea to Liverpool this summer and has immediately impressed Reds supporters with his pre-season performances. The 19-year-old striker scored his first goal for Liverpool early this week against German side Hertha Berlin with a very good looping header over the goalkeeper. The sight of Solanke celebrating is one that Liverpool supporters would love to get used to. These supporters may just get their wish. Solanke may seem unlikely to break into the Reds first team with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino, and Divock Origi in front of him. However, Sturridge’s inability to stay fit and the fact that Firmino isn’t a true striker could leave Solanke and Origi as the only two suitable strikers at the club if injuries and suspensions hit.

All it takes is one chance for the young English goal scorer to find the back of the net. That one goal could lead to Solanke being given more chances for him to become the next young striker to break into one of the top six’s first team’s and never look back. It may seem unlikely, but crazier things have happened.

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