The Premier League has never been short of surprises and excitement. New starts have risen from nowhere to catch the eye of the whole footballing world on so many occasions here. And after 24 editions, the attention now shifts to the 25th edition of the League. And so, the stage is open for new talents to showcase their skills and grab the attention and for the superstars to establish themselves firmly at the top.
We take a look at a few players who can take the Premier League and its fan base by surprise with their performances.
Club: Manchester United
“I want to progress to be the best that I can be and I believe working with Jose Mourinho will help me develop in the right way and at the right club.”
The Premier League has seen the entry of some of the biggest names in the managerial world and the arrival of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United was right at the top of those. All eyes were on Jose’s transfer market activities as fans around the world awaited the arrival of some big names. But Jose’s first signing was somewhat an unknown quantity from La Liga. United’s announcement of Eric Bertrand Bailly from Villarreal for £30m made lots of headlines as most didn’t know much about the Ivory Coast International. But few weeks into the league, the young defender has caught many eyes already with his no-nonsense defensive style.
Born in Bingerville in Ivory Coast, Bailly learned his trade from Spanish side Espanyol’s youth set-up. He made his way through to Espanyol first team and made 5 appearences for them before joining Villarreal. He was brought in as a replacement for the Arsenal-bound Gabriel Paulista and quickly won his place in the side. The 6 foot 2 inch defender was tried all across the back four and put in some impressive performances for the Yellow Submarines.
United had their fair share of injury troubles last season and struggled to put together a consistent defensive lineup. This could be one of the reasons why Jose was quick to bring in the Ivorian after what seems to be extensive scouting work. And having seen the youngster play, it must be said that it has been good scouting work indeed. The big question was how Bailly would adjust to the pacey and demanding Premier League and an injury to Chris Smalling meant that he had the chance to showcase his abilities straight away. Impressive is the word to use so far. Bailly’s physical presence and composure on the ball has given an early indication that he might grab a headlines this season. His manager Jose Mourinho had already backed him to ‘become one of the best around’.
And come the end of the season, Bailly could well be one of the newest stars in this league.