With a few days to go for the start of the Premier League 2021-22 season, all the focus has been on the usual suspects like Harry Kane or Mohamed Salah who could light up the league yet again. But, in this piece, our focus would be on the surprise packages like Ivan Toney or Max Aarons who are part of the newly promoted teams this season.
There won’t be much media hype around these players but they could be effective come this season.
IVAN TONEY (Brentford)
Brentford’s striker Ivan Toney smashed all the records in the Championship last season as he finished the season with 33 goals in 48 appearances. The way Toney would adapt to life in the Premier League could very well dictate the way Brentford would finish in their debut Premier League campaign.
TEEMU PUKKI (Norwich City)
Teemu Pukki was amongst the outstanding Norwich players when the Canaries were in the Premier League previously. The Norwegian is an outstanding all-round striker who has an encouraging goal-scoring record in English football. Pukki netted 26 times in the Championship last season and would hope to continue this fairytale under Daniel Farke.
BRYAN MBEUMO (Brentford)
Brentford has been producing some top attackers in the last few years and the 21-year-old French attacker Bryan Mbeumo is one of their top talents. He impressed in the previous season with his goal contribution. Bryan scored 10 times and had eight assists to go along with that. His partnership with Ivan Toney would be one to look forward to in the coming season.
MAX AARONS (Norwich City)
Max Aarons was one of the emerging young stars of the 2019-20 Premier League season and was pipped for a move away from the club after Norwich got relegated to the Championship after the 19-20 season. Aarons is a defensively solid right-back who has plenty of ability on the ball to provide creative options further up the pitch as well.
ISMAILA SARR (Watford)
The 23-year-old Ismalia Sarr was Watford’s most prolific attacker in the previous season in the Championship. Sarr found the back of the net 13 times in 39 matches and helped attain promotion for the club. Watford did remarkably well to keep hold of Sarr after the 2020 season as many big English clubs were on the lookout for the forward. He’ll have another chance to show his class in the Premier League in 2021-22.
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