Posted by: Pete Robertson | August 13, 2011

New Premier League: Top 6 Players to Look Out For.

The new Premier League season kicks off today, and here are half a dozen players that could light up the league.

1. Aaron Ramsey – Arsenal

Ramsey has had a mixed time of it so far in his Arsenal career, showing some great promise, but also having limited opportunities behind an array of talent, and a horror leg break injury that kept him out of action for nearly an entire season. However, back to full fitness and seeing midfield competitors Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri leaving the club, Ramsey will be greeting this season with expectations of a more influential role in the first team. A superbly talented player and, given a run in the side, Ramsey has all the potential to shine this season at Arsenal.

2. Hatem Ben Arfa – Newcastle United

Another player here who is on his return from a broken leg, but in the two games he did play for The Magpies last season showed that he can handle himself in the Premier League. Despite being at the club for a year now, Ben Arfa’s return will feel like a new signing for Alan Pardew’s men, and the Clairefontaine graduate will want to repay the faith Newcastle have showed in him throughout his injury nightmare. Newcastle will be desperate for more goals like the one he blasted against Everton last season, and if he can stay injury-free, Ben Arfa could bring good fortunes to the Tyneside club.

3. David De Gea – Manchester United

Following the retirement of Edwin Van Der Sar at the end of last season, Man United needed a goalkeeper, and Sir Alex Ferguson chose the 21 year-old De Gea as his replacement. De Gea’s performances in Spain over the last season has not only forced himself into the Atletico Madrid team, but also the Spain setup, including a call up to the World Cup squad. Adapting to the Premier League, and being so young, United must expect De Gea to make a few mistakes early on, but it is how he responds to those mistakes and learns from them that will show his new employers his worth and talent, making his a star to watch not just this season, but for many years to come.

4. Connor Wickham – Sunderland

Any 18 year-old that a Premier League club is willing to pay £12 million for should be one to watch, and young striker Connor Wickham is no exception. After making his debut as a 16 year old, Wickham became the leading man at Ipswich and had many Premier League clubs hoping to seal a deal for the England Under-21 International, but it was Steve Bruce’s Sunderland that landed the youngster. Expect goals at Sunderland from a player who has what it takes to make the step up from the Championship, and with a good run of form, Wickham is a player that could catch the eye of Fabio Capello and the England team.

5. Adel Taarabt – Queen’s Park Rangers

Captaining QPR’s Championship winning campaign back to the Premier League, Taarabt is not new to the Premier League. He played for Tottenham but failed to make it in the Premier League, but his career has taken off in the Championship. He scored 19 goals for QPR last season, leading to many clubs wanting his signature, including a rumoured bid of £12 million from Paris Saint Germain. The Morroccan International will want to show Spurs what they missed out on by replicating his form of last season in the Premier League, and with his goals, QPR could well have a safe return to the league.

6. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City

Any player who attracts the interest of Manchester City and a £38 million price tag must be on a list such as this. With a huge amount of pace, and a great eye for goal, Aguero should fit well into the Premier League. However, he will have to force his way into the team, past competition from similarly expensive stars Mario Ballotelli, Edin Dzeko and still perhaps Carlos Tevez, and this will be his most difficult task. However, the more he scores, the more he can expect to play, and all eyes will be on him to make a quick account of himself at City.

Do you agree with these suggestions? Is there any players that should be here that I haven’t included? Please have your say below…



  1. Marc Albrighton! Now Young and Downing are gone, finally time for him to get his proper regular first-team slot he deserves…

  2. It’s a great shout, and with N’Zogbia on the opposite wing Villa continue to have pace and excitement in the wide areas. Think they need another striker to get on the end of the supply lines though…

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