With the new season underway, I decided to choose a few players who I thought would perform well this season for their clubs and in the Premier League.

I decided to try and pick players who had just made moves or had had long injuries and are due to return:

Michael Owen. The England striker is a lethal finisher and his move from Newcastle to Manchester United could re-ignite his career. With the sort of service he’ll receive at United he’s sure to score some goals and could prove vital to their title challenge as they are without Tevez and Ronaldo. Owen’s record at Newcastle shows his ability even though he spent 4 injury plagued seasons there, he still managed 30 goals in 65 starts. His goal scoring record speaks for itself and I think this is something which continue into his Manchester United career and possibly earn him that all important ticket to 2010 World Cup.

 

Lee Cattermole. A key performer for the England Under 21 side that reached the European Championship final this summer and a young player who has attracted a lot of interest before his £6 million move to Sunderland. Rumours of interest from Liverpool circulated but the former Wigan decided to re-join manager Steve Bruce at Sunderland, who has now signed him twice. This season is an important one for Cattermole and one in which I expect him to shine in an ever improving Sunderland side.

 

Eduardo. The Arsenal striker is fit for the start of the season and scored on the opening day at Everton yesterday. Following his horror injury last season Eduardo’s career was put on hold with fears that he might not play again, but his comeback towards the end of last season provided Arsenal with the lack of firepower they had been missing before he had a couple of niggling injuries. He managed 12 goals last season and I think this season, providing he can stay fit, he will provide Arsenal with the goals needed to cover for Adebayor’s departure.

 

Michael Kightly & Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. These two I have picked together as I think they are dependent on each other’s success. Kightly has consistently been Wolves’ provider over the last couple of seasons, providing most of their assists. Ebanks-Blake has been the Championship’s highest goalscorer for the last two seasons since he moved from Plymouth to Wolves and I think the combination of these two could be vital for Wolves’ survival. Ebanks-Blake has a point to prove after being told he wouldn’t make the cut at Manchester United so this is a big season for him. Kightly needs to try and stay fit and continue his impressive form and rise through the leagues since Wolves picked him up from Grays Athletic.

 

Fabian Delph. Highly rated and highly sought after means that there is a lot of pressure on the young midfielders shoulders who needs to fill Gareth Barry’s old Aston Villa shoes. It’ll be an interesting season for this young starlet and I think it could be a good one if he can adjust to the Premier League quickly and start to link up with Aston Villa’s other young stars Milner and Young. Only time will tell on this one.

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