Five promoted players who can impact the Premier League
Much of the talk in the Premier League off-season revolves around the transfer window, and bringing in new players has never been more important for teams freshly arrived from the Championship.
However, newcomers to the top tier Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich City already have plenty of potential in their ranks, and had enough talent to propel them to the Premier League in the first place. So, with that in mind, Coral writers bring you our five picks of promoted players who can make waves.
Here’s who we came up with…
Almen Abdi (Watford)
Hornets hitman Tory Deeney may be the hero of the hour following his excellent goal haul of 21 in the Championship, and Watford will certainly require the striker and skipper’s lethal finishing if they are to survive. However, threat from midfield certainly helps when the chips are down and consistent Switzerland international Abdi is more than able to bring that to the party, having bagged a crucial nine league goals this campaign.
A cool and composed head will be needed in the middle of the park, but can 28-year-old Abdi take it to the next level?
Ikechi Anya (Watford)
According to reports, Celtic are keen to snap up 11-capped Scotland star Anya this summer, with the wily wideman fanning the flames of speculation, having stated: “I don’t ever cut myself off to anything. I am very grateful for the opportunities that are before me. I wouldn’t say no to any sort of league.”
It would surely be a shame for Watford (11/10 with Coral to avoid relegation in 2015/16) should the fleet-footed winger decide to seek pastures new, as the versatile 27-year-old speedster’s raw pace could prove a real asset when attempting to change a game and frighten opposing full backs.
Watch Anya on the counter attack:
Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth)
Another wideman and another Scot, rampant Ritchie cannot be overlooked following his contribution, as a hugely crucial 15 goals and 17 league assists made the Cherries flank threat one of the Championship’s most productive players this term.
Those kind of stats deserve a chance in the top flight, and Ritchie’s dramatic improvement lead to international recognition, and will hopefully mean he swims rather than sinks for Bournemouth next season, as the south coast club will be relying on their big names.
Nathan Redmond (Norwich City)
Much hype surrounds Redmond, who caps off a sensational individual season with a trip to the Czech Republic for the UEFA Under-21 Championships with England.
A senior cap should be the next aim, following a career best tally of 12 assists for Norwich, plus two vital goals in the play-offs. His two strikes against Ipswich showed character, and the Canaries will be counting on him to craft chances next campaign.
Redmond’s Norwich highlights:
Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)
Is Cherries forward Wilson the next Championship striker to follow in the likes of Charlie Austin and Danny Ings’ footsteps and take to the top tier seamlessly?
At 23, the English marksman’s ceiling is high and, should Bournemouth (5/4 to be relegated in 2015/16) cling onto their sharpshooter, who hit 20 goals and 13 assists this term, Wilson could fire them to safety. Roy Hodgson will no doubt be watching…