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Championship players who could be in limelight in the Premier League 2017-18

 

5) Aaron Mooy

Aaron Mooy spent the last season on loan at Huddersfield Town from Manchester City. The Australian might not be a part of Pep Guardiola’s plans this season, but he is set to play an important role for David Wagner’s side. The midfielder was unarguably the best and most consistent player for Huddersfield town. He was the Man of the Match in the play-off final against Reading. Calm and composed on the ball, expectations will high on Mooy after his fine performances alongside Jonathan Hogg last season. The Australian will be looking to build on a fine last season, wherein he scored four and assisted seven goals.

 

4) Izzy Brown

One of the most talented products of Chelsea’s youth academy, Izzy Brown spent the second half of the season on loan at Huddersfield town. Brown lived up to the hype as he scored four goals helping Huddersfield to a fifth-place finish before eventually qualifying for the playoffs. The attacking midfielder has some flaws in his game but it is only natural for a 20-year-old. Jose Mourinho himself touted Brown as a future England international. If Izzy Brown can continue his progress in the Premier League next season, Jose’s words may, after all, come true next season.

 

3) Dwight Gayle

Liverpool fans will have some dark memories of Dwight Gayle as it was the forward’s brace for Crystal Palace, which virtually ended Liverpool’s hopes of a title win after 24 years. Gayle made a name for himself that night; however, failed to build on it afterwards. Part of his hindered progress could be attributed to his injury problems while he also failed to take his chances on a consistent basis for Palace, despite scoring some goals. He joined Newcastle at the beginning of the last season and despite some injury troubles, managed to score 23 goals as he spearheaded Newcastle’s attack. Now back in the Premier League, Gayle will have a chance to prove himself again. The forward has all the attributes and under Benitez, he might just kick on.

 

2) Anthony Knockaert

The winger had a torrid time at Leicester City before joining Brighton and Hove Albion in Jan’16. The Frenchman has since never looked back and was a prominent figure as Brighton and Hove raced to a second place finish in the Championship last season. A consistent performer for the Seagulls last season, Knockaert was named the Championship player of the year last season after scoring fifteen goals and assisting eight. Knockaert will be keen to make an impression in the top flight this time as he had failed to get a proper run-in under Nigel Pearson at Leicester.

 

1) Tammy Abraham

Another exciting Chelsea youth academy product in our list, Tammy Abraham scored 26 goals last season for Bristol City. While Abraham’s goals were nowhere near enough to win Bristol a promotion to the top flight, as the club nearly escaped relegation, it was enough to impress some Premier League sides. Indeed, the striker had a choice between Newcastle United and Swansea City to play for next season before choosing Swansea as his destination. The U-21 star will target a minimum of 15 goals for next season as he looks to settle in the Premier league in the long run.

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