Top 10 Premier League Players to Watch
The Barclays Premier League have unveiled their list of the Top 10 Players to Watch for the coming season.
The selection, published in the Barclays Premier League Season Preview emagazine, includes two Arsenal players, two Manchester United players and there's even a place for Swansea winger Scott Sinclair.
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
The past year has been one to remember for the 19-year-old, who became a key player for the Gunners, established himself in the senior England side and was crowned PFA Young Player of the Year.
Much is expected from the midfielder next season, but you can be sure he will not disappoint.
Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal)
Arsene Wenger's side capitulated towards the end of last season, leading fans and pundits alike to question the Frenchman and his troops. Defence seemed to be a real point of contention, although Vermaelen's return should go some way to shoring up Arsenal's ailing backline. And having recovered from a serious injury, the Belgium star could help the Gunners towards a realistic title push.
Luka Modric (Tottenham)
While the Croatia playmaker has openly admitted his desire to part company with Spurs, it looks like he will be turning out for the north London outfit for some time yet. And it is a good thing too for Harry Redknapp's side, who have a realistic chance of beating any team with Modric's guile in the centre of the park.
Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Many on Merseyside feared Torres' departure could adversely affect Liverpool's fortunes, although Suarez rapidly dispelled such concerns. The Uruguay striker has proven a relative bargain at £22.8m after some mesmerising displays in his first six months with Kenny Dalglish's men. Expect even better this season.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
The Argentine striker has been one of the most coveted talents in Europe for several years, and it is no surprise it took the resources of City to pry him from Atletico Madrid. He has a scoring record of almost a goal every two games, and helped Atletico to win the 2010 Europa League. Will bring more flair to City.
Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle)
Many on Tyneside would have feared they had seen the last of the on-loan French winger when he suffered a broken tibia and fibula in October.
Ben Arfa, though, has since penned a permanent deal with Newcastle and is keen tomake up for lost time. If he can regain the form he showed before his injury, he could be a star.
Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United)
The Serbian colossus was a key component as United picked up a record 19th league title last season - and you can expect much of the same as Sir Alex Ferguson's side eye a tilt at a 20th crown. The 29-year-old is an imperious force in defence and a goal threat from set pieces, making him one of the best centre-backs in the world.
Fernando Torres (Chelsea)
Last season did not quite go to plan for the most expensive signing in British football history. Torres' £50m January move from Liverpool was punctuated by a lack of form rather than the goals that made him famous, but under the tutorship of Andre Villas-Boas expect the Spain international to flourish again.
Scott Sinclair (Swansea)
After spells with nine clubs in five years, the 22-year-old ex-Chelsea man is finally fulfilling his potential in south Wales. Sinclair still has a lot to prove to, but the stage is set for the winger to shine this season. Blessed with pace, skill and the drive to succeed, he has the attributes to be special.
Ashley Young (Manchester United)
After the completion of his protracted move to the north west, Young can go about proving himself as one of the Premier League's elite.
The 25-year-old has impressed for both Aston Villa and England in recent times, but whether he can succeed at Old Trafford is another question entirely. Saying that, with the skillset at his disposal not many would bet against him being a success.