The breakout Premier League star to watch at your club this season
Swansea (Matt Grimes)
A former England Under-20 captain, Swansea signed the promising young midfielder from League Two outfit Exeter City in January, although he only made three substitute appearances last term.
This season, he’ll hope to get more regular football under his belt. Swansea have a host of impressive young midfielders but Grimes fits their style well - comfortable in possession, sensible with his use of the ball and capable of getting up and down the pitch, too.
“He has been excellent since coming in,” said manager Garry Monk. “He is a talented young player, we are pleased to have him here and we are excited by the future for him.”
Tottenham (Alex Pritchard)
Mauricio Pochettino has packed his Tottenham side with young academy graduates, and Pritchard could be another to feature this season having been hugely impressive in a loan spell at Brentford last year.
An attacking midfielder who has regularly played for England U21s, Pritchard mixes intelligence in possession with an ability to provide the unexpected on the edge of the opposition penalty area, and seems capable of playing in a variety of midfield positions.
“I feel like I've done my time in League One, done my time in the Championship and now it's time for me to get a chance at Premier League football,” he said recently.
Watford (Essaïd Belkalem)
Predicting Watford’s likely starting XI for this season is extremely difficult - they have a huge squad packed with newcomers to English football, and it’s tough to know how many of them will settle.
Belkalem is a confusing case. Regularly impressive for the Algeria team which reached the World Cup knockout stages last year, he’s one of many players who signed for Spanish club Granada before immediately being loaned to Watford, who he then signed for permanently. He moved to Turkish side Trabzonspor last season, and it remains to be seen whether he’ll be part of Quique Sanchez Flores’s plans.
A physically impressive defender who also boasts good positional sense, Belkalem has all the qualities to succeed in the Premier League. Whether he receives opportunities, however, remains to be seen.