Michu, Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku all enjoyed tremendous years for Swansea City, Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion respectively. With plenty of speculation over their future, will they be able to impress again next season?
Three of the most exciting players in the Premier League this season have been players that relatively little was expected from, with new signings Christian Benteke and Michu scoring for fun at Aston Villa and Swansea, whilst Romelu Lukaku demonstrated why Chelsea paid over £15million for him by netting 17 times on loan at West Brom.
There has already been plenty of rumours regarding these three players so far this summer, with Benteke in particular a hot topic for transfer gossip. The Aston Villa striker has been linked with moves to Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Atletico Madrid already, whilst his compatriot Lukaku might end up going out on loan again next season. The latest speculation has been about Michu, with Arsenal apparently considering a move for the Swansea player.
However will all three players be able to live up to the newfound expectation placed on their shoulders next season, or will there be a significant drop off in performance?
Michu is probably the biggest risk for this, but it is worth noting the 27-year-old produced a similarly impressive goal return in his last season with Rayo Vallecano in la Liga. As he is older than the Belgian pair, Michu should be able to cope with any small dip in form and not let it ruin his season, but his age will also mean people are quicker to write him off.
Benteke might have the hardest task to replicate his success this season, either if he gets a move to a bigger club or stays with Aston Villa. Moving to Arsenal or Spurs might seem attractive, but he will not be guaranteed a starting place at either team, whilst at Villa there is huge pressure on him to be a leader in the team despite only being 22.
Lukaku could also have trouble with ensuring a starting place if he stays at Chelsea, and if he goes on loan anywhere but West Brom the Belgian will have to adjust to a new style of play whilst being expected to match his return from this season.
Both Lukaku and Benteke are young players who are already tipped to become amongst the best strikers in the Premier League, and that pressure could mean they might find it hard to recover their form if they have a bad patch. In terms of transfers, the teams chasing the trio might be best served seeing if they can replicate their success, especially if it is going to take a £15+million bid to lure them from their current clubs.
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