Although this season hasn’t ended yet it has given a good indication as to what teams have benefited from the break mid-season. But some players are outshining their team on an individual basis showing how much work they have put into their time away from the game. I’m going to try and pick 5 players that I believe people need to watch out for next Premier League season and possibly place into your fantasy teams.
This has to be the most obvious choice from what we have seen since the restart of the EPL. Mason has been firing on all cylinders since the game has resumed, scoring 4 goals in his last 3 starts for The Red Devils. His amazing finishing ability and sweet left foot have brought comparisons between himself and Robin Van Persie. If Greenwood is able to stay fit and retain his place after the summer transfer window, I can see him going from strength-to-strength and possibly pushing for a Euro 2021 call up.
Now to a player who is yet to play in the Premier League for his new club Chelsea. Ziyech hasn’t got the publicity that I believe he deserves. Overshadowed by the arrival of Timo Werner, Ziyech has gone under the radar of most publications and I believe this could lead to the downfall of many teams. Having played 29 games for Ajax this season and having 16 goals and 13 assists is no small achievement. A creative genius and one of the standout players for Ajax in their amazing Champions League run last year, he will be the first name on my fantasy team next season. Expect big things!
Saka, an England under 21 international, is proving to be one of the main focal points of a very dejected Arsenal side. Someone who often doesn’t take the plaudits or praises from the pundits, Saka has been a consistently good player for Arsenal since solidifying his place in their starting eleven. His pace, eye for a pass, and countless tracking back makes him one of the best young overall talents in the Prem and will be a force to be reckoned with next season.
Mentioned in my Euro 2021 England squad, this is based on the fact that Leeds United are only 7 points away from being promoted. Leeds’ best player for the past two seasons, the highly talented Phillips will bring a different style of play to the Prem that most teams won’t be used to. Very much like Kante, Phillips controls the middle of the park and is very rarely caught out of position. His work rate and defensive skills shouldn’t overshadow his ability to spot a pass from anywhere on the pitch and his set pieces are something to be admired. Just watch his free-kick against Blackburn. I have to say if, but more than likely, you need to keep an eye on him whether it be for Leeds when they are promoted or for another Premier League team.
I had to include a CB and Tanganga seems like the most logical option for me. With Vertonghen and Alderweireld aging, Spurs will be looking to find a replacement to play alongside Davidson Sanchez next season. Tanganga has already made his professional debut for the club back in January and the 21-year-old bolsters great pace and man-marking ability, which will only be enhanced by training with the Belgium duo who have been two of the worlds best for quite some years now. This is a long shot but I believe Mourinho needs to look at new options since Dier hasn’t played particularly well since the restart.