Joao Pedro | Watford
The 19 year old from Brazil became a starter for the Hornets last season replacing their talisman Troy Deeney who suffered from an injury stricken season. The rising star had the 4th highest minutes on the pitch for the team and rewarded his gaffer’s trust with 9 goals and 2 assists. He was Watford’s second most lethal attacker and played a key role in their climb back to the Premier League. He was unable to take part in the pre season proceedings due to an injury and will probably not take part in the first few gameweeks as well. Though he is not expected to start in the team with Troy Deeney back to fitness and the addition of Joshua King to the ranks, but you can be sure that Xisco Munoz will occasionally let the Brazilian loose on the pitch to show the world what he can do.
Patson Daka | Leicester City
Patson Daka had 27 goals in 21 starts for RB Salzburg last season and that should be enough to help you realize that this kid from Zambia is here to stay. In the previous season he scored 24 goals and this season he has only bettered this record. We all also know the last striker to come out of RC Salzburg and terrorize a major European League. Leicester played with 2 strikers at the end of last season with Vardy and Iheanacho upfront. He has had a good pre season scoring 1 goal and constantly looking dangerous going forward. It will be an exciting competition between Daka and Iheanacho for the role of the second striker. With Vardy turning 34 this season, the legend will inevitably slow down a bit giving Daka another opportunity to break into the first team. This 23 year old has a huge future in European Football and we are all going to enjoy it.
Albert Sambi Lokonga | Arsenal
The 20 year old Belgian started 27 games for Anderlecht who finished 3rd in the league. He is a box to box mid fielder who can perform defensive duties and give the opposition’s defense something to worry about as well. His underlying stats from last season also support this with 11 shots on target (3rd highest in the team) and 34 tackles won (2nd highest in the team). Lokonga has participated in 4 pre-season games and impressed the fans and the coach alike. With Thomas Partey temporary on the sidelines with Torreira and Elneny out of favour, Lokonga has a golden opportunity to showcase what he can do in front of the big dogs.
Fábio Silva | Wolves
Fabio Silva is another name in the long list of 9 Portuguese players serving Wolverhampton Wanderers. He showed real promise last season and took his chances well during the injury to Raul Jimenez scoring 4 goals and assisting 3. The new manager Bruno Lage played fluid attacking football in his previous club Benfica with 2 strikers up front. Silva had a good pre season and if he continues to improve then the Portuguese manager might revert back to his old formation. Silva now has Premier League experience under his belt and less pressure with the return of Raul Jimenez, this season he is prime to explode and make a name for himself.
Billy Gilmour | Norwich
Billy Gilmour is one of the highest rated players to come out of the Chelsea academy and in Norwich he is finally going to get to showcase why. He has been impressing in the pre season with the boss Daniel Farke praising the young lad from Irvine, Scotland. He has been trying to break into Chelsea’s first team for the past 2 seasons but with the quality they currently possess, this was looking unlikely. In Norwich, surrounded by supportive players who can nurture his talent well, Gilmour can finally establish himself as a quality player and not just a promising one.
Amad Diallo | Manchester United
This 19 year old is an extremely dangerous winger and can be Ole’s ace in the hole. In the 3 games that he played for Manchester United’s under 23, he scored 4 goals and assisted 3. With the addition of Jadon Sancho to the team, Diallo’s minutes might not be promised but he certainly has the ability to impact a game even if he is coming off the bench for a guest appearance.