Football has been given a break in the coronavirus epidemic but we can still take stock of the season so far, even as we eagerly wait for it to return.
This is an opportunity to focus on a few of the new players that have exploded in this scene in this episode.
Here we list the five epoch-making stars of the Premier League this season, considering only those players who have made the top ten appearances in Europe’s top five leagues.
Nicki Butt, who has coached Manchester United for more than two decades, says Mason Greenwood is the best young player he has ever met. Others gave the teenager the same kind of high praise but in the end it was about what is produced on the pitch.
In the case of Greenwood, his performances on the senior team have confirmed the level of his extraordinary talent. Physically and judging by his overall game, the 18-year-old is still developing but he already has a skilled stone-cooling finish.
The striker has 12 goals for the club this season and has started five leagues in four. He is getting a goal every 129 minutes despite playing extensively often. Truly two-footed, in front of the goal with quick and incredible protection, Greenwood was born to score.
After some great performances in the Europa League, Buccayo Saka began to establish himself as Arsenal’s first-choice left-back as the team’s options dwindled due to injury.
The 18-year-old is a winger by business but his commitment and strength have seen him admirerly as a defender. With Pierre-American Aubamiang dripping in the middle, Saka has always been encouraged to bomb from the left to the left, and this has proven to be a powerful threat.
The Englishman gave three assists to get to the league in five Europe where he also scored two goals. Under Michael Arteta, Saka seems to have to go from strength to strength.
Dean Henderson’s great performance in the Championship last season has made him so well known that we have focused on another young defender, Aaron Ramsdale, who we think is more appropriate to read in the ‘breakthrough’ section.
The 21-year-old shot-stopper made his debut for Bournemouth at the start of the season and has established himself as Eddie Howe’s number one spot. A shallow defense in front of him certainly keeps Ramsdale busy as only Martin Dubrovka (157) and Tim Krul (151) have faced more than his 149 shots.
The Cherries defender has made 105 saves this season and Southampton have also made a contribution to his name for the mix in defense. Ramsdale already looks like a promising defender and is even linked with a move to Chelsea.
After a fine start to his career at Arsenal, Gabriel Martinelli has emerged from the positive side in a difficult season for the Gunners.
The 18-year-old striker has shown a lot of promise with a great performance in the Europa League where there have been a few appearances in the league where he has scored three times in six starts and scored every 219 minutes.
With the ability to play anywhere across the front line, young Brazilians will follow more opportunities. Arsenal fans from Jacques Willes have probably never been so excited about a young player.
Aaron is alone
Aaron Conley started his first Premier League back in October with a 2-0 win over Tottenham at home.
Despite failing to score since then, the striker remains a bright prospect. He has played in 14 leagues for Brighton and has been frequently threatened with his speed and dynamism. Manager Graham Potter has compared the 19-year-old in terms of style with the age-old Daniel James, who has been around for ages.
Conley still has a long way to go but the raw material could be successful and Brighton as well as the Republic of Ireland are already being advised on a larger future.
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