The Man with a Slab for a Forehead has become a national treasure in the eyes of many fans. So much so that Maguire has attracted the attention of clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea this transfer window. Whether he’ll leave Walkers FC is another story, but this season is a big one for the Sheffield-born defender who’ll be expected to continue his form into the current season.
After a season of Goalkeeping rotation Pickford has truly made himself the No.1 for the National Team following his excellent performances at the World Cup. To be fair its not a surprise, he was arguably the reason Everton steered cleared from relegation after an excellent debut campaign with the Toffees. Now under new manager Marco Silva Pickford is expected to have much more protection this season.
Wolves will either end the 2018-19 season as the new Fulham of 2002 or the new QPR. Both clubs invested heavily to get to the summit of English football with differing results. A lot of the success of Wolverhampton Wanderers depends on the performances of Midfielder Dynamo Ruben Neves. The Portuguese midfielder was the undoubted star of the dominant Wolves side of the 2017-18 Championship Season and with the new signings Wolves have made to compete with the big boys he is expected to be the star man again.
7. Ryan Sessengon
While Ashley Young had an excellent season as well as a fine World Cup its fair to say that the current England left wing back position is up for grabs considering the Manchester United man’s age. Maybe this season is the season for Fulham’s Ryan Sessengon to shine! The left back/winger enjoyed an excellent Championship season and at the age of just 18 its fair to say he has an excellent future ahead of him.
6. Alexandre Lacazette
Despite a highly decent debut campaign with the Gunners, many felt Lacazette under achieved when in reality it was the players around him that did just that. The French Forward endured a tough mid season in which his form slipped considerably thus forcing Wenger into signing Pierre Aubameyang. However Lacazette’s form at the end of the season was promising, forcing the now departed French manager to play both players upfront with fine effect. Now under new manager Unai Emery both are expected to be hitting many goals this coming season.
5. Jesse Lingard
At the start of last season many United fans and England fans must have felt that Jesse’s attitude summed up the modern day Footballer, an example of a 100k a week player in an era of Instagram, Love Island and Post Golden Generation negativity. However following his best season for United as well as an excellent World Cup all eyes will be on Jesse to continue the vast improvement he has made both off the pitch and on it the last 12 months.
4.Ruben Loftus Cheek
Despite all of their success at U19 and U23 level, Chelsea’s Youth Policy has famously come into question in Recent Years with their tendency to Promote youngsters then loan them out for the next 6 years, however one player who should see himself back in the first team picture is Ruben loftus Cheek, now an England squad regular the mixed form of Bakayoko and Fabregas last season should see the opportunity for RLC to shine!
3. Christian Eriksen
While the likes of Salah and De Bruyne got all the plaudits last season, had Spurs sustained more of a challenge domestically and/or in Europe then it might have been Christian Eriksen’s name dominating many of the Post Season Awards. The Danish midfielder endured arguably his best season since joining the Lillywhites in 2013, however with Spurs lack of signings and a consistent pressure to win trophies, many clubs like Barcelona and Manchester United might find themselves targeting the Dane sooner rather than later.
While Pep’s success at Man City will potentially create a legacy, his reputation will gain greater respect if he manages to turn one of City’s promising youngsters into a First Team regular. Surely the main focus of his attentions should be local youngster Phil Foden. The young midfielder is seen as a potential long term replacement for the aging David Silva, and with his success at Youth Level and Pep’s reputation at favouring Youth, Foden is expected to succeed.
1. Mo Salah
After one of the most exciting debut seasons in recent Premier League History, Mo Salah’s stock has risen to a point where he is one of the most feared players in World Football, the only problem with building up such high standards is that anything other than a repeat could be considered failure. Liverpool’s expectations have risen through the last 12 months, and with the Merseyside club spending big in the Transfer Market its fair to say many eyes will be on Mo Salah to contribute significantly to Liverpool’s season.