8 Breakthrough Players from the Premier League 2019-20 Season

In Premier League football, some players perform consistently, while others find it difficult to cope with the physical game. Meanwhile, certain players make an instant impact on joining a new team. Some of them also make a glorious return to form or step up to deliver solid performances for the first-team after being promoted from the youth squad. Here’s a list of eight breakthrough players who made a big impact in the Premier League 2019-20 season:

Adama Traore

Adama Traore Premier League Player

This Barcelona youth prodigy made his move to England a few years back. Showing raw pace but not any real end-product, he failed to impress at both Aston Villa and Middlesbrough. A move to Wolves and a season of hard work has finally seen Traore reap benefits. Pacy, clever, and incredibly strong on the ball, he has been a nightmare for defenders all season and is expected to continue his rich vein of form onto the new season.

Bukayo Saka

Bukayo Saka Premier League Player

Left-back, left-wing, right-wing, centre midfield – this Arsenal starlet has played across many positions this season. Initially deployed in the Unai Emery era as a left-back because of multiple first-team injuries, Saka has grabbed the opportunity with both hands. He has continued to thrive under Mikel Arteta, improving both his attacking and defensive game, winning a new contract along with the number 7 shirt. One to watch out for!

Danny Ings

Danny Ings  Premier League Player

A player with a lot of promise and a lot of controversy surrounding him when he left Burnley, Ings’ career at Liverpool never really kicked off because of injury and lack of playing time. However, a loan move to Southampton, where he performed well, was quickly made permanent with an 18 million transfer fee. This season, Ings truly put his injury worries behind him, becoming a prolific goal-scorer (22 league goals) and challenging for the Golden Boot.

Phil Foden

Phil Foden  Premier League Player

The departure and success of Jadon Sancho, who was Foden’s peer at the Manchester City Academy, raised questions about whether Foden would get enough game time to develop in a team filled with world-class midfielders. However, Pep Guardiola has managed Foden’s minutes really well this season. And the young talent has repaid the faith whenever he has played. Foden looks ready to step into David Silva’s shoes in the upcoming season and fulfilling City’s dream of having their own Iniesta.

Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic

Bought from Borussia Dortmund, this American international has really found his way after the restart of the Premier League post the COVID-19 lockdown. A direct runner and an even more accurate finisher, he has taken up Eden Hazard’s mantle at Chelsea. Along with impending new signings Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, he could really turn Chelsea into a potent attacking force.

Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes

No player has had a bigger impact at a club this season than Fernandes at Manchester United. Bought in January 2020, he has taken the league by storm, scoring or setting up goals in nearly every game. Fernandes is a big reason United were able to secure a Champions League spot. In a team full of high-profile, high-wage earners, the Portuguese international has become United’s talisman in a very short time.

Dean Henderson

Dean Henderson

Sheffield United were the surprise package of this year’s Premier League, challenging for Europe till the last day. Among the many success stories has been the performances of Sheffield’s defensive unit and goalkeeper Henderson. An impressive shot-stopper, he single-handedly kept Sheffield United in games which looked tricky on paper. Since he is on loan from Manchester United, his future remains in the balance. It remains to be seen whether he will be considered ready to challenge the slightly error-prone David De Gea.

Micheal Antonio

Micheal Antonio

Antonio, who started his West Ham career at right-back, slowly let his performances speak for himself as he ventured up the field. Fielded as a right-winger, goals started popping up here and there. But it is in the latter half of this season, when he moved to a forward spot, that he really sparkled. Finishing with 10 league goals, he had a great season in a club which at one point was fighting relegation.

Although the curtains have been drawn on the bizarre 2019-20 Premier League season, the new season is not far away. Live Premier League football returns as soon as September 12, 2020.

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