Stepping up: Premier League new boys

10th Jul 2018

The World Cup is over and attention has returned back to preparations for the new Premier League season, as teams get ready for what is set to be another gruelling top-flight campaign.

As ever, a new season also brings fresh faces to the Premier League and we're excited to see how plenty of promising newbies can adapt the top flight of English football.

Daily Football Tips

James Maddison: Leicester City

Having arrived with the label of Riyad Mahrez’s replacement at Leicester City, there is great pressure on the shoulders of burgeoning talent Maddison, but he showed last season at Norwich he more than has the necessary talent to perform at the highest level.

Still only 21, he is now returning to more familiar roots in the Midlands, having started his career with Coventry City, and will be looking to build on last season, during which he scored 14 goals and provided eight assists.

Such form saw him nominated for the Football League’s Young Player of the Year award and the England Under-21 international has the tools to be a success at the King Power Stadium.

Ryan Sessegnon: Fulham

It appears that Fulham’s wonderkid will remain with the club for at least one season in the Premier League, something which will be key to his development as he looks to adjust to life as a top-flight footballer.

At 18, he is one of the most promising talents England has seen this century, and is equally adept at playing either left-back or as a left winger.

Having scored 16 goals for Fulham in all competitions last season, he is already showing maturity and boasts impressive end product in the final third.

Slavisa Jokanovic has huge faith in the teenager and will be patient with him as it undeniable that he belongs at the top level even at this early stage.

Ruben Neves: Wolves

It became evident pretty early on last season that Neves was simply too good for Championship football and Wolves will have the highly-coveted midfielder in their ranks once again this term after he signed a new contract with the club this summer.

His performances have attracted interest from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United in the past 12 months and the former Porto man is the talisman of this Wolves side, who are extremely fortunate to have him at their disposal.

His range of passing will be a feature of how the Molineux side look to play this season and isn’t something you would generally associate with a newly-promoted player.

Should his form and development continue on its current trajectory, Neves will be a much-wanted man.

Tom Cairney: Fulham

Another member of the talented Fulham side that won promotion last season, Cairney has frequently been attracting attention from Premier League sides in the past 18 months or so - most strongly from West Brom in January.

However, the Scotland international kept faith with Fulham and remained patient as he waited for his chance to play in the Premier League once again and the decision paid off as he scored the winning goal in the Championship Play-Off Final.

At 27, the Fulham captain is now at the peak of his powers and there will be huge responsibility on his shoulders this term as the London outfit look to retain their place in the Premier League.

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