Five Premier League surprise packages who have hit the ground running

12th Sep 2018

The new Premier League season is still in its infancy, but some players are already on their way to exceeding expectations.

As all fans know, fast starts can quickly be extinguished, yet there is plenty to be said for hitting the ground running.

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Stumbling out of the blocks often proves to be costly, but these five players have the caught the eye by performing better than many predicted.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham)

The Serbia international was instrumental in Fulham's promotion last term, courtesy of 12 goals during the second half of the season.

However, given that he struggled to score regularly for Newcastle during his first spell in the top flight, the jury was still very much out on the striker.

But four goals in four games later and it looks as though the 23-year-old has finally found somewhere to fulfil his potential.

Roberto Pereyra (Watford)

The 27-year-old's talent has never been in question, despite a failed stint at Juventus before he arrived at Vicarage Road.

But consistency has hampered the Argentinian's problem throughout his career and games often passed him by during his debut season in English football.

However, he has returned with the bit between his teeth this term and has been key to Watford's fast start. If Pereyra's form continues - Watford's is likely to as well.

Neil Etheridge (Cardiff)

It wasn't so long ago that Etheridge was sleeping on a friend's sofa while he searched for a club in the lower leagues.

He was picked up by Charlton in 2015 before joining Walsall and the top flight must have felt a million miles away.

His big chance arrived when Neil Warnock took a punt on him and two penalty saves in Cardiff's opening four fixtures suggest the 28-year-old could be one of the rare late bloomers who makes the grade.

Lucas Moura (Spurs)

Spurs may not have signed anybody during the summer transfer window, but Moura feels like a new arrival.

The midfielder joined the north Londoners in January, only to struggle to get up to speed.

However, a full pre-season under Mauricio Pochettino's harsh fitness regime has done him the world of good and he is now unlikely to be filed under 'Spurs mistakes' along with Clinton N'Jie and Georges-Kevin N'Koudou.

Heung min-Son faces a battle to reclaim his place in the side when he returns from international duty.

James Maddison (Leicester)

Maddison may have moved to the King Power Stadium for a hefty transfer fee, but the role he would play under Claude Puel was unclear.

However, fears that he could struggle for regular game time proved to be unfounded and he has made an accomplished start to life at the highest level.

A senior England call up could soon be on the cards, with Gareth Southgate not afraid to give youngsters an opportunity if they impress at club level.

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