Premier League: 5 surprise stars this season
The Premier League is littered with some of the best players in world football, but every club has their ‘unsung hero’ who perhaps goes under the radar and does not generate the praise that their performances deserve. Whether it be an emerging youngster, new signing, or a Premier League journeyman, we have picked out five of the biggest surprise players so far this season who have caught the eye of football fans across the country.
Victor Moses –
The 25 year-old has been like a new signing for Chelsea after spending each of the last three seasons out on loan at Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham United. Chelsea fans would agree that Moses has been a revelation at right wing back under Antonio Conte in a new 3-4- 3 system and he appears to have found a new lease of life after three unfruitful loan spells.
Throughout his career he has been deployed as an winger which has also included spells at Crystal Palace and Wigan Athletic. However, Moses has been reformed as a wing back and has been key to Chelsea’s solid start to the season. Moses has mustered up ten appearances so far for the Blues this season, scoring two goals and creating seven chances for his team mates – Not to mention keeping six Premier League clean sheets in a row.
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Junior Stanislas –
Burst onto the Premier League scene at West Ham United in 2009, but the youngster had to take a step down to the Championship in order to refine his talent at Burnley and Bournemouth.
However, he has flourished under Eddie Howe in the Premier League this season following his transfer in 2014. The 26 year-old has become an integral part of The Cherries squad and has scored three goals so far this season, including the winner against Everton and twice against Hull City.
Stanislas has been able to offer the creativity in attack for Bournemouth this season and he has added goals to his game along with the assists which he provides from the flanks. The Englishman has become something of a set-piece specialist this season and he provides a added threat to defenders with his delivery from corners and free-kicks. If he stays fit, an England senior call up may not be too far away.
Tom Heaton –
he Burnley stopper has been in fine form so far this season and has been simply outstanding for the Turf Moor side. Heaton has been the busiest goalkeeper in the Premier League this season making 44 saves and managing to keep three clean sheets against Liverpool, Watford and Manchester United prior to the International break.
The Clarets have made a steady start to the season and are comfortably sitting in mid table in the Premier League, largely down to the performances of their goalkeeper who is looking to add to his two England caps. Heaton’s recent display against Manchester United at Old Trafford was nothing short of heroic. He made an impressive eleven saves against his former club and Burnley will be reliant on their keeper this season.
If he continues his good form, the Clarets could defy the odds and remain in the top flight with Heaton between the sticks.
Charlie Austin –
There is no doubting Charlie Austin’s ability having witnessed his Premier League pedigree whilst at Queens Park Rangers. However, Austin appears to have recaptured his goalscoring form this term after a couple of injury setbacks since his arrival last season.
Austin has bagged eight goals in fourteen appearances this season, with six of those strikes coming in the top flight. Austin has been filling the void left by both Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane and has become the clubs first choice striker ahead of Shane Long.
The 27 year-old is a natural goalscorer but it was not expected that he would play such a key role this season at The Saints. If he can stay injury free, Austin could help Southampton retain their European status for next season.
James Milner –
James Milner is a player known for his versatility, however many would not have expected the 30 year-old to be a regular at left back this season for table topping Liverpool. Milner has been outstanding so far this campaign and is flourishing in his new role. His performances continues to prove exactly why Jurgen Klopp didn’t want to dip into the transfer market for a new left back to challenge Alberto Moreno.
Milner has scored three goals and chipped in with several assists but, more than anything, his performance level has never dropped which has been one of the main factors behind him dislodging the inconsistent Alberto Moreno as first choice left back at Anfield. The former Manchester City player has bags of experience and he has become a vital member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad. Many thought Milner would have to settle for a bit-part contribution at the start of the season, especially with the competition for places in the middle of midfield.
However, the Yorkshireman has impressed in his new role in what has been a masterstroke by Jurgen Klopp.