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The Next Premier League Star

The Premier League has seen countless stars come through the league over the course of their history. Some of the most well-known include Raheem Sterling, and Gareth Bale; while a few have made their talents known in the past year, including Mason Greenwood, Phil Foden, and Bukayo Saka. Who will be the next Premier League talent to take over and dominate? Here at Beer Belly Soccer, we’ll be going over some of the candidates.

Anthony Gordon

One of the first people to come to mind in terms of future stars is Anthony Gordon of Everton. Gordon was not a known player in the Premier League until the tail end of the 2019-20 season where he was able to make his debut. After joining up with the Everton as an 11 year old, Gordon had been spending most of his career up until this point playing for the Everton and England youth teams. But looking for a spark, he was handed his debut in January 2020 and went on the make 11 Premier League appearances to close out the season for Everton. So far this year he has not made any Premier League appearances but has gotten 3 assist in his 2 Carabao Cup performances. This may be considered a bit of a stretch but being only 19 years of age, Gordon seems like one who could have a very important future in the Premier League.

Aaron Ramsdale

It’s not often that a goalkeeper is mentioned on a list of potential stars but Ramsdale’s inclusion is a testament to how impressive he was last year at a young age. While playing for a turbulent side in Bournemouth, Ramsdale was able to establish himself as the first choice goalkeeper from opening day all the way through until the end of the season. Over the course of the season he was consistently Bournemouth’s best player and put in great performances even in defeat. By season’s end he was named the club’s player of the season. Now with Sheffield, Ramsdale has the opportunity to establish himself as a top Premier League goalie at only 22 years of age. Keep in mind, most goalies tend to be late bloomers and oftentimes won’t put forth their best performances until their mid-to-late 20’s. Ramsdale has all the potential to be a star.

Reece James

One of the more widely known players to crack this list, Reece James seems to be right on the cusp of stardom. Still just 20 years of age, he seems to have made the right back position for Chelsea his own and continues to put forth impressive performances. James made his debut for Chelsea in 2019, and hasn’t looked back since. In total he has made 28 Premier League appearances, and even became Chelsea’s youngest ever Champions League scorer. James seems to be the most likely candidate to follow in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s path from right back of the future to star.

Ki-Jana Hoever

Ki-Jana Hoever has made his name as a member of the Liverpool squad who seemed like a sure bet to break into the first team. But after making a few appearances as a substitute and off the bench, he was surprisingly moved to Wolves during the transfer window. This could be a huge move for both Wolves and the player. At just 18 years of age Hoever seems much more likely to be able to break into Wolves team, especially with his ability to play across the back line. With hopefully a few more chances to get first team game time, Ki-Jana Hoever looks like a future star on the rise.

Who do you think the next Premier League star will be?

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Premier League Title Contenders

We are now about 4 games in to this season and just as everyone predicted Everton is undefeated at the top of the table…

With that being said let’s now take a look at the contenders to actually finish the season at the top.

Everton

               I suppose it only makes sense to start with Everton seeing as how they are currently in first. To start off the year, Everton has been in incredible form and to be fair they do look like a legitimate threat. They have done a great job in the transfer window in transforming their midfield with the additions of James Rodriguez, Allan, and Abdoulaye Doucoure. In addition to that they brought in a new center back from Norwich in Ben Godfrey. Dominic Calvert-Lewin looks to have really progressed as a player and is scoring goals for fun so far, tied for the league lead with 6.  The moves look to have paid off so far, but the true tests will come when Everton has games against some of the other top teams in the league.

Arsenal

               Arsenal have also been able to get off to a good start to begin the season. They look like a much more complete team with Mikel Arteta at the helm, along with some of the new signings that have been brought in. The most important of those signings has to be Thomas Partey who could be a perfect fit in the Arsenal midfield. In defense, Gabriel looks the part of a world class center back so far and could end up being one of the steals of the transfer window. All in all, Arsenal really do look the part of a legitimate contender and could be in the mix at the very top when all is said and done.

Tottenham

               Jose Mourinho seems to have stabilized Tottenham to a degree after Mauricio Pochettino left the club. As with past seasons though, they will be relying a lot upon Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. The good news is, Son has gotten off to a fantastic start and is currently tied for the goalscoring lead with 6 goals. The bad news is they don’t have too much going on in terms of depth in attack (other than bringing Gareth Bale back into the fold), so it could be tough for them to keep up the pace for an entire season.

Chelsea

               Looks like Chelsea’s transfer embargo has been lifted. They were definitely the most active team in terms of the transfer market this go around, strengthening every area of the team. Some of the main players who were brought in include Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakin Ziyech, Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva. That’s a lot of new faces. On paper, Chelsea surely has one of the strongest teams in the Premier League but in order for it all to pan out Frank Lampard will need to seamlessly work all of these new faces into the team. Chelsea definitely seems like they’ll be in the thick of it come season’s end.

Manchester City

               Struggles abound for City to start off the season. Once again it looks like the problems are in the defense, and to their credit City have brought in (more) reinforcements. Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias have both been brought in, with Ake splitting time at CB and LB. Dias seems to be forming a good partnership with Aymeric Laporte that could effectively shore up the defense. But City will need to be more consistent this year if they want a legitimate shot to win the Premier League, and so far that hasn’t been the case.

Liverpool

               Liverpool is probably the odds on favorite to win the Premier League, but even they haven’t been able to start the season in perfect form. Their 7-2 loss to Aston Villa was unexpected to say the least and shows that Liverpool may not be the unbeatable giant that they were last season. Even with the unexpected start, I would still rate them as the favorite to come out of the season on top of the league, with the recent addition of Thiago potentially being a game changer for them.

Conclusion

               It may be the lack of a preseason and very little rest time from last season, but a lot of teams look very sloppy to start the season. I don’t believe there will any runaway teams this year, and it will most likely be a very tight race to the finish with Liverpool the most likely winner at this early juncture.