While the Premier League is blessed with superstars, there are some players this season who will be fascinating to watch to see how they work under a new manager, adapt to new surroundings and how important their contribution to their team will be. Here is a look at a few of those players.
Vastly underrated would be the opinion of many Evertonians about Osman. A very tidy footballer who can keep things ticking over – and once compared with Andres Iniestsa by Jack Wilshere. He may be playing an even bigger role this season for the Toffees, so expect a lot of Everton’s good play to come from him.
Having made the move from Liverpool to Swansea, expect to see a lot more of Jonjo Shelvey on your television screens this season. There is undoubted talent there but he seemed a little rash during his time on Merseyside, maybe the regular first team football that’s expected at Swansea can mould him into a finer player. This will be a real and intriguing test for Michael Laudrup.
This could be one of the best pieces of business done all summer. A very different challenge faces Kolo Toure this season as he is brought in to fill the rather large shoes of Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher. Whether he manages to even fill part of them will be an intriguing story, and his progress will be certainly worth following closely.
An interesting one this one, more to do with the fact that Spurs haven’t really found the best way to use him. To me he very much a Van der Vaart type player, with very good technical ability. If Andre Villas-Boas finds Holtby’s ideal position and Spurs play mostly to his strengths then he could have a very good season at White Hart Lane.
The midfielder was impressive last season in the Scottish League for Celtic and played a pivotal role in their progression in the Champions League and their domestic double last season. After being linked with several clubs, it will be interesting to see what impact he’ll have on the Premier League and at Southampton.
After a disappointing spell at Liverpool, Downing moves to East London to play under Sam Allardyce at West Ham. It will be interesting to see if there is a great change Downing’s performance from his time at Anfield, and how his role will change in a different style of play. And without the burden of a hefty price tag at West Ham, maybe there isn’t so much pressure on him to perform.
A very exciting talent and after spending last season on loan at Watford it will be interesting to see if he can carry similar form from the Championship to the Premiership.
After we briefly saw him at QPR last season, it was quite clear that he was a talented footballer. He’ll take some of the pressure off Papiss Cisse on the goalscoring front, but will his goals lead Newcastle to a better season than last term? Alongside many a French compatriot at Newcastle, he might just thrive.
Probably the most underrated forward in the league, and perhaps the most important – certainly in terms of the goals he scores. What will be interesting is to total up the amount of points his goals earn for Manchester City this season. He could be the difference between them winning the title, and not.
He certainly grew a lot last season and became a very important player for Chelsea. His time under Mourinho will make fascinating viewing as the ‘happy one’ will try to mould him into his type of player.