After a coronavirus halt and a late completion to the previous campaign, the Premier League returns this weekend with its usual enigma.
The fans will certainly keep a close eye on their stars as they hope for the best finish for their teams once the campaign comes to an end.
A number of familiar names are expected to perform but there have always been room for some unknowns to take the competition by storm.
Today, we take a look at the best players from the second tier that can make huge impressions in the English top flight this season.
Aleksandar Mitrović (Fulham)
Mitrović is perhaps the deadliest and most experienced of them all. The Serbian hitman showed a killer instinct at Fulham in the Championship last season, netting 26 goals.
The 25-year-old’s tally was the highest in the competition. His team scored 64 goals, meaning he scored 41% of his side’s goals highlighting his ability to lead the Lilywhites from the front.
Also, he is one of the few players to be relegated to the Championship in the 2018/19 campaign with Fulham and claw his way back. In his previous Premier League stint, he netted 11 goals in 37 outings and may grab more this time.
Matheus Pereira (West Brom)
After joining West Brom on loan from Sporting CP the previous campaign, the 24-year-old was expected to make a lasting impression. He exceeded those expectations magnificently.
The Brazilian winger averaged 2.8 key passes in the Championship last season and was rewarded with 16 assists, the most in the competition. He also netted eight goals for the Baggies, helping them to secure automatic qualification to the Premier League.
West Brom decided to make his stay permanent as a result and he will be an interesting problem for defenses this season.
Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United)
In the most recent England national team call-ups, Kalvin Phillips’ name was included, a testament to his incredible form despite playing in the Championship last season.
The 23-year-old midfielder proved to be Leeds’ most reliable stopper, making an average of 2.6 tackles and 1.4 interceptions last season.
He was also decent in chance creation, averaging 1.8 key passes per game. Phillips amassed two assists and two goals for the Whites the season prior and is expected to raise his game under Marcelo Bielsa in the Premier League.
Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace)
Crystal Palace were so impressed with the 22-year-old’s performances last season that they quickly coughed up £19.5 million to take him away from Queens Park Rangers.
Eze was a nightmare for defenses in the Championship, scoring 14 goals and providing eight assists. The attacking midfielder is not afraid to take people on, making three dribbles per 90 last campaign.
The Nigerian also attempted 2.2 shots per game and made 1.8 key passes. His abilities may be what Jordan Ayew needs to score more goals.
Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)
Brentford produced an exciting brand of football last season and Ollie Watkins was one of their best players.
The 24-year-old netted 26 goals in the Championship last season, making him joint top goal scorer. He also provided three assists during that period, showing an occasional unselfishness in his game.
The Englishman attempted 2.7 shots per game and tried to facilitate for teammates with 1.5 key passes per game last campaign.
It is no surprise that Aston Villa splashed £28 million with £5 million in variables to acquire his services. He will be an important piece for the Clarets as they aim to stay in the English top flight.
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