It has been an interesting season so far in the Premier League with some players showing what they can do when given a chance.
Here are 5 players, in no particular order, that I feel have caught the eye and are showing the potential needed to become long term fixtures in the Premiership:
- Steve Caulker
The Tottenham centre back, who had such an impressive debut season at Swansea, has benefited from AVB’s meritocracy by grabbing a chance in the first team and clutching onto it for dear life. A combination of injuries to players ahead of him in the centre back pecking order and some fine displays in training have allowed the young Englishmen to show the Premiership that his time in Wales wasn’t a one off.
Ever since he came on at half time against QPR and Vertonghen moved to left back giving him more of a license to get forward, Caulker has been solid. With William Gallas apparently taking him under his wing Caulker just needs to keep his head down and not let his new found celebrity go to his head in order for the Spurs faithful to have a replacement for Ledley King already.
With such a heavy price tag it would have been easy for Oscar to struggle in adapting to his new surroundings at Stamford Bridge. At only 21 the man given the infamous number 10 shirt for Brazil seems to be mature beyond his years.
Although he has only lit up the Bridge in one game against Juventus, which included a quite wonderful goal, his tactical astuteness makes it only seem a matter of time until he is a star. His performances may not have been the most eye catching but for the footballing intellectual he has already shown a maturity that sets him aside from the herd of creative midfielders brought in by Abramovich this summer. Hazard is close to being the finished article but the potential Oscar has is staggering.
- Carl Jenkinson
Last season Carl Jenkinson was sent off in Arsenal’s 8-2 loss to Manchester United in a game most Gooners like to forget about. This year however the right back has looked much more assured in possession and has flourished under Steve Bould’s defensive guidance.
Another defender from a North London club that has benefited from injuries as Jenkinson only gained a first team place since Bacary Sagna was injured early on in the season. Sagna has come and said in the Sun that he thinks Jenkinson is destined for stardom. Even former England right back and now England coach Gary Neville has been singing his praises, on Goal.com.
Neville has said how impressed he is with the improvement of the 20 year old and that England are assessing his credentials for an international call up. Considering England have Kyle Walker and Glen Johnson to choose from at right back, Jenkinson is obviously highly thought of within the game. A player that goes about his business in an calm manner but has certainly come along way since his transfer from Charlton Athletic last year.
- Raheem Sterling
The 17 year old Jamaican born father, yes I said father, has been one of the highlights of Brendan Rodgers reign as Liverpool manager so far. Sterling is quick, agile and has great vision for a pass with 2 assists to his name in the Premier League so far.
Rodgers must be praised for allowing the youth players of Liverpool an opportunity by telling them that if they play well enough in training they will be given a go. Since Sterling was introduced he’s become almost a regular starting fixture for Liverpool and even earned an England call up in the previous qualifiers. Able to play on the wing with neither foot apparently his weakest, it will only be a matter of time until the English media starts to praise him as the messiah of English football.
- Adam Lallana
Another product of the wonderful Southampton youth academy which seems excellent at churning out pacey wingers with a great shoot on them. Lallana however is less about pace and more about creativity. He has the same attributes as Walcott, Bale and the Ox in regards to crossing and passing but Lallana also has the ability to make something from nothing.
He has been a regular fixture within the first team during Southampton’s back to back promotions, getting 24 goals and assists in that time. He has also grabbed 4 assists this season with 3 coming in the last 3 games so simply by stats you can tell that he is important to his team. Another left winger at only 24 has a bright future ahead of him and Hodgson has already brought him into one set of qualifiers.
I personally would love to see him play in an England shirt to see if a player from a so called lesser team can make the grade at international level. His form will be detrimental regarding whether or not the Saints stay up.