By Jonathan Lewis | 24th April 2021
The Premier League is undoubtedly one of the most competitive leagues in the world and this season has been a luminous affair reflecting that. Hence, every team from top to bottom—or at least the first half of the team—is worth keeping an eye on.
And especially this season, you can see how non-big 6 teams have pushed themselves up and are going toe-to-toe with some of the best teams in the division. And the points difference between the teams is so thin that the middle of the table has been shuffling like a deck of cards throughout the season.
And this unpredictability must have made your life difficult if you’ve been involved in betting. If you love sportsbetting Karamba is a great online casino known for betting showdown, and has seen its odds taking dramatic turns throughout the season. Sometimes it’s been Dominic Calvert Lewin taking his side at the top, while sometimes the likes of Grealish and Co sitting at the top of the table, or perhaps, Ralph Hasenhüttl‘s men at the summit—all in all, it’s been a mad season.
So, within this changing weather, we’ve seen players emerging at the forefront and proving their mettle. Let’s take a look at some of those players;
Dominic Calvert Lewin is entering his peak years and you can see him this season and tell. He turned 24 this month and is starting to show signs that he might make a move to a big club, like ex-Evertonian Romelu Lukaku, if he keeps going like this.
He’s so far scored 19 goals in all competitions and he’s right up there in the race for the golden boot in the league. His best strengths are his movement, aerial ability, strength, and of course, his finishing ability.
The future looks bright for him.
It’s common knowledge now that Leeds United play beautiful football. But this man plays a huge part in making that possible. After a great goal-scoring season in the Championship, the 27-year-old hasn’t taken his foot off the gas pedal.
Bamford has so far scored 14 goals in the campaign and despite missing a large number of big chances almost every game, you can still find him in the scoresheet every other game. Some also argue his large number of big chances missed are due to his ability to frequently pop into scoring positions with his sublime movement. They are right to some extent as well.
The only thing that could stop Jack Grealish’s dancing feet this season was an injury—and that’s what happened. It’s safe to say that Jack was one of the most impressive players in the entire division. Till the time he was fit, he was leading chances created stats in the entire Europe (not just the premier league).
He was heavily linked to Manchester United last season, and this year, he’s desired by Pep Guardiola. It’s almost unsurprising too, given how good he is. He could play on the left-wing and centre attacking midfield position. He’s known for his creativity, ability to draw fouls, dribbling, and leadership.
At this point, it’s safe to say that the future of England is in safe hands because the first four names in the list are of England Internationals. Defensive midfield is a position where you would rarely see a young player being a starter. But 22-year-old Declan Rice is here to bring the winds of change.
Rice has been an instrumental part of David Moyes’ team. He can hold the ball, drop between the centre backs to help in the build-up, sweep, carry the ball into the final third and even cause threat aerially in the box. He’s a leader too. Basically, at such a young age, Declan Rice is a complete package. He’s admired by the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea, and for obvious reasons too.
Here’s another player who was having a great season until an injury came in the equation. Barnes got 4 assists and netted 9 goals in his 22 starts this season. He played a key role in keeping goals coming for Leicester at the time Vardy and Maddison were not scoring or were injured.
His best ability lies in his pace and shooting ability. He’s still just 23!
Brazilian attackers are always a treat to watch when they’re running with the ball and Raphinha makes sure the trend goes on. Along with Bamford, a lot of attacking output of Leeds came through Raphina. He’s their primary source of creativity. His dribbling ability, pace and set-piece expertise make him a fantastic asset for Marcelo Bielsa.
Goalkeepers rarely get the credit as they only get a few moments in the game to showcase their ability. This man, however, has ceased every chance he’s got his season. Aston Villa’s defensive record has been impressive so far this season and this man has been a key part of it.
He’s a complete goalkeeper—he can start attacks, come up his line whenever needed and can obviously stop goals in situations a lot of good keepers can fail.
He’s so far secured 14 clean sheets. Only 2 shy of Manchester City’s Ederson.
Jonathan Lewis is an MFF sports writer