Erling Haaland - Manchester City
City announced the transfer of Haaland before the 2021-22 season concluded and fans are delighted. He has been of the most impressive youths in both the Champions League and in the Bundesliga, and is known for his remarkable strength, power and speed. These qualities make him perfect for the Premier League, and now City will need to figure out how they want to use the talented Norwegian striker.
Luis Diaz - Liverpool
When Liverpool signed Diaz in January, most pundits thought that he was a useful rotational player who would cover for Salah, Mane or Jota during the season. The Columbian winger went on to make some exceptional performances, instantly fitting into the attacking side. He has a great instinct for goal and hopefully his performances for the half season that he played are only the tip of the iceberg.
Mason Mount - Chelsea
Mount came through the Chelsea academy and has become one of the most important players in the team. Chelsea’s young midfielder has already been called up for England and has already won the Club World Cup and Champions League with the side. He brings a lot of excitement to the team and has a great understanding of the game, something that will definitely improve over the next few years.
Emile Smith Rowe - Arsenal
Rowe is an English midfielder and winger who came up through the Arsenal academy. He played in the youth squad and also had a loan spell at Huddersfield in the Championship before he was promoted to the first team. In the past season, he has been key to Mikel Arteta’s transformation of the club from a team that looked like they would end above relegation zone, to a team that finished in 5th place. The 10 goals that Rowe scored over the course of the season were key and he will no doubt become one of Arsenal’s key players.
Anthony Elanga - Manchester United
Whilst Jadon Sancho was the marquee signing for Manchester United in the summer of 2021, Anthony Elanga proved himself to be one of the most promising players of last season. The 20 year old made his Premier League debut in January when he came on as a sub in a home defeat to Wolves. He scored his first goal three games later when he started against Brentford, and went on to perform semi-regularly throughout the season. The young Swedish player brings a much needed excitement factor to United’s game that fans hope he will improve on in the upcoming seasons.
Jarrod Bowen - West Ham
English forward Jarrod Bowen plays as a right winger in West Ham and was one of the most influential players in the East London side. He netted 12 goals in the Premier League last season and established himself as a talented forward. West Ham unfortunately narrowly missed out on a Europa League spot in the Premier League rankings and also were knocked out of the Europa League semifinals by eventual winners Eintracht Frankfurt, but the season was definitely a success for Bowen. Hopefully he will not be a one season wonder and replicate his achievements in the league in the upcoming season.
Harvey Barnes - Leicester City
Barnes is an English winger who plays for Leicester City. He is one of the few players to come up through the academy, and he has also represented the England national team. Primarily an attacking player, Barnes has shown that he can shoot goals from distance as well as run at opponents on the side and deliver assists. He finished last season’s Premier League with 6 goals to his name and 10 assists. His statistics were similar in the previous two editions of the Premier League, and as he matures, he will likely only get better.
Wilfried Zaha - Crystal Palace
Zaha has now been playing in Crystal Palace for 7 years and he still is one of the most important players in the side. The Ivory Coast international is a pacey winger who usually racks up a handful of goals at the end of each season and has been linked with a move to bigger clubs more than once during his tenure at Palace. He scored 14 goals last season, including a goal on the final day against his former club Manchester United, and finished the season as Crystal Palace’s top goal scorer.
Ivan Toney - Brentford
Toney was bought by Brentford in 2020 and he scored 31 goals for the Championship side to help them win promotion to the Premier League. At the top tier, he has scored 12 times from 32 starts, which is quite an achievement considering Brentford were a newly promoted team. Whilst he had a 6 game goal drought in December through the mid January, Toney bounced back to help his side not only stay in the Premier League but finish close to mid-table.
John McGinn - Aston Villa
There is a lot of buzz around Aston Villa. The team has an England international striker in Ollie Watkins, have a former legendary player as their manager in Steven Gerrard, and recently signed Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona, who is already turning heads. McGinn may not be the top goal scorer of the side, but he is a huge part of the team’s success. After they sold Jack Grealish to Manchester City for a record fee of £100 million, John McGinn had to step up to help the team in midfield. It is said that McGinn is Gerrard’s favourite as he has a similar style of play to the former Liverpool player, and in the following years it will be interesting to see how McGinn improves his game.
Raphina - Leeds
Joining Leeds in 2020, Raphinha took some time to break into the first team. In the team’s 2021/22 campaign, he helped the team avoid relegation with 11 goals and 3 assists in the league. The Brazilian player is both young and talented, and he suits the highly energetic game that Leeds play. He will be an interesting player to watch as he heads into his third season in the Premier League in 2022/23.
Richarlison - Everton
Everton had an extremely poor campaign last season, and in the final weeks they had to fight to avoid relegation. Richarlison, their main striker, had a forgettable season up until the final months, but he finally found his form and contributed 3 goals and 1 assist in the final 5 games to help Everton stay up. Under manager Frank Lampard, the team is set to restructure and to try to return to the top half of the Premier League. The Brazilian striker definitely has the quality to help his team climb back up and if he continues his form from the end of the 2021/22 season, fans will be in for a treat.
Aleksander Mitrovic - Fulham
Mitrovic scored a record 43 goals for Fulham in the championship to help them win and achieve promotion to the Premier League. The relegation to the EFL Championship was probably the best thing that happened to the squad and to Mitrovic, as he had a chance to show that he is truly capable of scoring a huge number of goals and can bully defenders. With such a high scoring previous season, he will hopefully be able to bring what he learnt from the second tier to the Premier League.
Dominic Solanke - Bournemouth
It will be great to see Solanke play in the Premier League again. The English striker, who won the U20 World Cup with England, the U21 Premier League and many more junior titles is now grown and helped Bournemouth achieve promotion in 2021/22. Whilst Bournemouth are not expected to finish amongst the top clubs in the league, Dominic Solanke will certainly be excited to play again in the Premier League and be an interesting prospect to watch.