Here are five players to watch next year…
The Japanese attacking midfielder was largely a bit part player in his debut season at Manchester United, but is likely to become an integral part of the team in the next 12 months. Kagawa’s talent is undeniable, and with Wayne Rooney potentially on the move he could form a potent partnership with Robin Van Persie at the head of United’s formation. Whatever David Moyes does in the transfer market this summer ensuring, that he gets the best out of Kagawa could be the key to success in his first season in charge at Old Trafford.
There was plenty of excitement when Spurs signed Holtby from Schalke in January, but the German midfielder did not make a huge impression on the side in the second half of the season. After a series of excellent displays for the German Under-21 side this summer, the 22-year-old will be hoping to kick on at White Hart Lane next season, and he has enough ability to be a key player for Spurs whatever formation Andre Villas-Boas uses. Holtby might start the year as a useful man to have on the bench, but there is every chance he could nail down a starting place at Spurs before Christmas.
The Brazilian youngster by no means had a bad debut season at Stamford Bridge, but he has the class to become a key man for Chelsea next year, even with the competition for places at an all-time high. Juan Mata and Eden Hazard are the current leaders in the Chelsea pack, but with a World Cup in Brazil at the end of next season, it would not be surprising if Oscar pushed on to become one of the biggest stars of 2013-14.
The Belgian player showed his class in fits and bursts last season, with injury often limiting his potential impact at Everton, but assuming he can shrug off those problems, Mirallas could be one of the Toffees’ most important players next season. It will be interesting to see how Roberto Martinez develops the Everton side after the end of a highly successful era at Goodison Park, but however he sets up his side, Mirallas could be crucial.
The French striker had a solid first season at Arsenal, and might be worried that the likely arrival of Gonzalo Higuain will see him side-lined at the Emirates, but Giroud has shown in the past that he will get better and better the longer he plays for a club. Arsenal would be wise to ensure Giroud is given enough of a chance to shine whoever they sign this summer, as he could be a star for them next year.
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