IMPRESSION: Tyrone Mings has been a popular addition to Aston Villa’s roster
JAMES MADDISON, 24, Leicester, midfielder
The England playmaker led the table for chances created last season with 100, and Brendan Rodgers could help the number 10 cement his talent by turning these into assists in his second season in the Premier League.
He won his first England cap last year and looks set to be a regular at international level.
Mason Mount, 19, Chelsea, midfielder
The boy wonder of Stamford Bridge will light up this season with Frank Lampard at the helm. During pre-season the attacking midfielder has stolen the show. With the transfer embargo and Lampard’s stance on youth players, it looks like SW6 could birth its first home-grown star since John Terry.
Tyrone Mings, 26, Aston Villa, defender
Fresh from his big money move from Bournemouth, Mings is incredibly popular among Villa fans, and for good reason. The towering centre half brought real stability and character to Villa’s promotion chase and, at 26, Mings can be a real late bloomer and make a stake for an England call up this season – and I think he will.
Manuel Lanzini, 26, West Ham, midfielder
Recovering from an injury hit campaign last year, Lanzini has been at his bright and brilliant best in preseason for the Hammers. At just 5’6” Lanzini’s agility and turn of pace can cause any defence in world football problems, and he looks set to flourish alongside exciting team mates Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson.
Teemu Pukki, 29, Norwich, forward
The EFL Championship player of the season is one to keep a close eye on. Pukki enjoyed the season of his life last season, bagging 30 goals in 46 games. He is a striker that can do it all, and Norwich were keen to tie him down, announcing he has signed a new three-year deal earlier in the summer.
David Brooks, 22, Bournemouth, winger
‘Brooksy’ – whose start to the season will be delayed thanks to injury – has become a regular for both club and country, with Ryan Giggs being a huge admirer of the 22-year-old.
He is fast, direct and possesses goal scoring ability with both feet. Shortly after arriving at Bournemouth last season he was signed up to a new long-term deal, showing how valued he is there.