Much has been said about Eden Hazard and Shinji Kagawa but here are five lesser-known players to keep an eye on this season. The Premier League is not the best league in the world because of the "Big 6", it's the greatest league in the world because of the fierce competition that teams are guaranteed to face every week.
5. Nathaniel Clyne
Southampton’s newly-signed right back, Nathaniel Clyne, is joining The Saints from Crystal Palace for a fee that is believed to be in the £2.5m range. Clyne has already started impressively, making eleven successful tackles in his first three games. Many would’ve tipped Southampton as favourites for the drop, however, Nathaniel Clyne, Rickie Lambert and co. will not go down without a fight.
4. Abou Diaby
Throughout his six-year spell at Arsenal, Diaby has found himself flitting in and out of the treatment room, unable to string together a run of performances. Last season, Diaby only managed to make four league appearances for Arsenal last season. With the departure of Alex Song to Barcelona, Arsenal are lacking a dominant force in midfield. At Anfield last weekend, Diaby showed that when fit he can rub shoulders with the best. His long strides moved through the lacklustre Liverpool midfield at ease, Gerrard and Allen defenceless to his power. If Diaby stays fit, you can expect more of the same.
3. Ryo Myiachi
Arsenal’s Ryo Myiachi has joined Wigan for a season-long loan deal. The youngster didn’t get much of a chance at Arsenal last season, however, when he went up to Bolton on loan he impressed in a relegation-bound Bolton team. With Wigan allowing Victor Moses to join Chelsea, Roberto Martinez will be looking for Myiachi to help plug the gap that Moses’ departure has left.
2. Jobi McAnuff
Captain of newly promoted Reading, Jobi McAnuff will have to step up this season. So far, he hasn’t disappointed. McAnuff is a pacey winger who can give full backs a night to forget. Most notably, he gave Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic a torrid time. McAnuff was consistently causing Chelsea problems, just as he did to Stoke. Reading could prove to be a surprise package this season, and Jobi McAnuff is sure to be a crucial part to any success they achieve.
1. Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku arrived at Chelsea for a steep fee of £18m with expectations incredibly high. In what little game time Lukaku had last season for Chelsea, he resembled Bambi on ice. His first touch was sub par, as was his fitness. Although, both of those problems can be attributed to lack of game time. Lukaku has been open about his frustration at Chelsea and he’s got the loan move that he so badly was seeking. He’ll be plying his trade for West Brom this season, where he has already started well, scoring on his debut against Liverpool. Lukaku has the physical attributes to dominate any defence, all he is lacking is confidence which will come with more playing time. Expect big things from Romelu Lukaku, he won’t let you down.