To celebrate the start of the 2018-19 Premier League Season, here’s a look at some key players to keep an eye on in the coming months.
Goalkeeper – The Three-Way Battle at Burnley
Tom Heaton missed most of last season with a shoulder injury, and now Nick Pope has joined him on the treatment table. With the 2018-19 Premier League season about to start, the signing of Joe Hart makes sense. However, soon enough, Burnley will have three England internationals fighting for the Number One shirt. It’ll be fun to watch but you wouldn’t want to be Sean Dyche, would you?
Defender – Alfie Mawson, Fulham
In terms of new Premier League arrivals, look out for Issa Diop at West Ham, Ricardo Pereira at Leicester City, and Fabian Schär at Newcastle United. However, the most interesting signings of all may be two centre-backs hoping for their ‘Harry Maguire moment’. Like ‘Slab Head’, Ben Gibson and Alfie Mawson have both had England call-ups, and they’ve both been relegated. My money’s on Mawson at the heart of Fulham’s new-look defence.
Midfielder – Yves Bissouma, Brighton
Jorginho, Naby Keïta, Fred - it’s been a big summer for holding midfielders. But if you’re looking for something a little more exciting, try Yves Bissouma, the new ‘new Pogba’. In this crazy market, £15million could turn out to be a bargain for Brighton. The Malian international is only 21 but he looks the real deal. Bissouma’s got energy, skill, and if his YouTube highlight reel is anything to go by, he loves a long-range screamer.
Winger – Richarlison, Everton
Richarlison got off to a strong start at Watford last season, with 4 goals and 3 assists in his first 12 starts. But when manager Marco Silva eyed an early exit, the Brazilian did too. In the end, Silva got the sack and Richarlison fizzled out. Manager and player have now been reunited at Everton, for a ridiculous fee of £40million. Richarlison has a lot to live up to in the 2018-19 Premier League season.
Striker - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal
With The Gunners already out of the title race, Aubameyang’s end-of-season form went slightly under the radar. The Gabonese star grabbed 10 goals and 4 assists in just 12 matches. Watch and learn, Danny Welbeck. New Arsenal manager Unai Emery will be hoping for even more from Aubameyang and his strike partner, Alexandre Lacazette, during the 2018-19 Premier League season. Mesut Özil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will serve them chances on a plate.