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5 English Premier League players to watch

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5. Teemu Pukki, Norwich City – striker

The 29-year old striker made his English Premier League debut this campaign with his newly-promoted club. A player with a huge amount of experience, who played in many different places like Finland, Spain, Germany, Scotland, and Denmark. And for a team like Norwich, who just entered the English elite division, he was the perfect match.

The start of the season was sensational for the Finnish forward. He managed to score 5 goals in the opening 3 games of his team, which made people start talking about him. Norwich won just 3 points out of those 3 games, but the fixtures were against world-class opponents like Liverpool and Chelsea. From a personal point of view, Teemu Pukki was living the dream and he was the top goalscorer of the Premier League for a few weeks. His good performance continued in September as well. After the dramatic win over the defending champions Man City in mid-September, when he found the net again, Pukki already had 8 goals.

After that, there was a significant change in his performance. Teemu started to struggle in front of the opposition’s net and this lasted very long. He failed to find the net in the Premier League for 77 days, but we have to mention that there International breaks during that period. Pukki scored 5 goals for his country during that time, as he helped his national team to qualify for their first major forum ever in their history.

In December, the 29-year old striker seems to be finding his goalscoring form again. He harmed Arsenal and Southampton, and there is still plenty of time till the end of the month with a lot of fixtures. Teemu Pukki will have to work even harder in order to help his team to get out of the relegation zone.

4. Danny Ings, striker – Southampton

The ex English International is among the players who are coming back to their glory days. Danny Ings found his place and started feeling comfortable again in Southampton, after a disappointing 3-year spell in Liverpool from 2015 to 2018. Ings has always been a quality striker, but the injuries in Liverpool took away 18 months away from his career and he had to start over again.

The 27-year old Englishman recorded 24 games and 7 goals for the last season for The Saints. This campaign he already scored 9 in just 14 games! It seems Danny Ings is in the form of his life and everyone in the port city would love him to continue in that spirit.

Ings had a quiet start of the season and until 24th September, he managed to find the net just once against his former club Liverpool at St Mary’s Stadium. After that, it looked like a beast was unleashed. Danny scored 5 goals in 4 consecutive matches. After 2 games failing to find the net, the striker had a 5 consecutive match run, where he scored.

Unfortunately, his team is also in the relegation battle and his performance is among the few things that could make a Southampton fan smile these days. But if he keeps the same level of performance, Danny Ings should lead the rest of the team and let them know that nothing is over yet in the Premier League.

3. Harry Maguire, defender – Manchester United

The English International became part of Manchester United this summer when The Revils payed record-breaking £80m for the defender. Some specialists thought it was a mistake, but most of them believed that Harry Maguire could be the missing piece in Man Utd’s defense such as Virgil Van Dijk for Liverpool.

The defender took part in every single Man Utd game this campaign, as he played the full 1440 mins for his club, according to WhoScored. He provided 1 assist, failed to score his debut goal yet, but definitely is having his huge importance for his new club. Man Utd definitely have plenty of problems, with Harry Maguire’s presence on the pitch gives some extra confidence to his teammates.

He has the ability to work well with the ball. With 85,9% pass accuracy, he is the man who starts a huge amount of The Red Devils attacks. This is the second-best stat in the whole squad, just after Jesse Lingard with 88,1%, but it is hard to say the attacking midfielder is a regular part of the starting XI.

Maguire received just 2 yellow cards so far. He is very good at positioning on the pitch, which always helps him to be exactly where he needs to when it comes to defending. Of course, he cannot handle the defensive issues if his team on his own, but he definitely is very good addition to the squad, the type of player you should build your squad on.

2. James Maddison, midfield – Leicester City

James Maddison was not among the players which were discussed that much this summer, but having in mind his style of play and development, he is now one of the hottest topics in the English media. He is being linked with a January move to Manchester United, but it is too early to say if this move is going to happen.

Leicester City are now 2nd in the Premier League, 8 points behind Liverpool and 6 ahead of the reigning champions Man City, which makes them title contenders. James Maddison has a key role in Brendan Rodgers’ squad, alongside the likes of Yury Tielemans, Jamie Vardy and Çağlar Söyüncü. The English playmaker has played 15 games this season for his club and scored 5 goals. WhoScored stats show that there are just 5 players in Leicester squad with more minutes on the pitch than Maddison – he has 1325. He also provided 3 key passes for that period on the pitch. Moreover, he is the second-best player in the team with 7,75 rating.

The 23-years old playmaker is making remarkable progress in his development. Like some other very talented young players, he also made his debut for the national team this season. He took part in England’s 7-0 smashing home victory over Montenegro at Wembley in November. According to some media, he has attitude issues and as fast as he surpasses them, he will have a key role in Leicester’s fight for the Top 4.

1. Tammy Abraham, striker – Chelsea

At the age of just 22 years, this season it looks like the English youth is having his best campaign. He was recalled from Aston Villa loan this summer, where he scored 25 goals in 37 appearances. People started talking that he might get his chance in Chelsea, because of the transfer embargo and the newly-appointed manager Frank Lampard, who showed that he loves to develop young players. And they were not mistaken. The young striker became Lampard’s first choice to lead the Blues’ attack.

Tammy had his difficulties at the start of the campaign. He was not able to score in his first 3 games as a Chelsea leading striker. But the end of August and the start of September clearly showed how skilful is the youngster. He provided 7 goals is just 3 games. What is also helping him is the attacking style that his team is practising, with plenty of young players just like him as Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Fikayo Tomori, Michy Batshuayi.

According to WhoScored.com stats, Tammy Abraham has provided 35% of all Chelsea goals in the league this season, which is exactly 11. Abraham is now an English International since he received a call-up from coach Gareth Southgate and represented his country in the Euro 2020 Qualifications. He took part in 2 games – against the Czech Republic and Montenegro, where he scored once.

The youngster managed to bench world champion Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi and we can see why. The youngster is full of ambition to continue with his development and as long his manager is Frank Lampard, we can expect this process to go on.

Stats: WhoScored.com

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