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This season, like every Premier League campaign, saw the emergence of world class players, that the season before were just up and coming hot prospects; Jack Wilshere is this season’s stand out example. The Arsenal’s ace rise to prominence, has already got me thinking what talent will be uncovered next season, Manchester United’s ‘kids’ emphatically won the FA Youth Cup in recent days so it is only a matter of time before they begin making a push for the first team and Liverpool have reaped the rewards of their youth set up this season, and no doubt will again next campaign. But who will be the ones to watch next season?

Manchester United

Ryan Tunnicliffe is a central midfielder, who has already earned comparisons to United legend Roy Keane, for his powerful midfield performances. In January 2010 the Englishman signed a three year contract with the Red Devils, a huge show of faith from Sir Alex Ferguson and his staff, that they think the midfielder has what it takes.

Chelsea

Gael Kakuta is an attacking winger, signed illegally by Chelsea, however with such reviews as “Perhaps one criticism was that he didn’t try very hard sometimes in training – because he didn’t need to! He could already do everything.” (Lens Scout) who can blame them? Very much of the Florent Malouda mould and with Malouda rumoured to be part of the reported squad overhaul at Stamford Bridge this summer, the Frenchman could add considerably to his appearance tally of six.

Manchester City

Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely, commentators everywhere will be hoping I am wrong about this City striker as his name is impossible to pronounce. However the twenty year old is rated highly by the staff at Eastlands. Having progressed well in the reserves, with ten goals in all competitions Tchuimeni-Nimely was awarded a four year contract in April of 2010, and went on to make his first team debut the same season. Sadly this season the bright star was lost in and amongst all the pound signs, however with Manchester City having bigger aspirations than the League Cup now, next season may see the forward make a name for himself.

Arsenal

Ryo Miyaichi signed for Arsenal in January of this year and was instantly loaned out to Feyenoord, twelve games and three goals later, the Japanese forward has earnt the nickname ‘Ryodinho’. Enough said.

Tottenham Hotspur

Danny Rose exploded onto the footballing scene with that wonder goal against bitter rivals Arsenal, and after a few loan spells, Rose has returned to the Lilywhites first team squad towards the end of this season, and has put in some assured and comfortable performances. With vital experience under his belt, the midfielder could become an integral part of Redknapp’s side with Niko Kranjcar, Jermaine Jenas and Wilson Palacios, among others rumoured to be on their way out.

Liverpool

Conor Coady will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of John Flanagan and Jack Robinson this season. The Liverpool youngster who has represented England at various levels and can play either centre back or centre midfield, is regarded by the Liverpool staff as an ideal future captain, high praise indeed.

Everton

Jose Baxter can play any attacking position and has been at The Toffees since he was just six years old. The Englishman has made several appearances in an Everton shirt and has broken records along the way, becoming Everton’s youngest ever first team player at just 16 years and 191 days old. Baxter is a player of immense natural talent, this talent saw him named as this season’s reserve player of the season; maybe next season he will be first team player of the season.

Fulham

Matthew Briggs made his Fulham debut at the age of 16 years and 65 days, making him the youngest player ever to play in the Premier League. The defender has captained the England Under 19 side and has made a couple of appearances this season. With Fulham not having the biggest squad, the Englishman could very well become a permanent fixture in Mark Hughes’ back four next season.

Aston Villa

Jonathan Hogg, was widely tipped to join the likes of Ciaran Clark and Marc Albrighton in making the breakthrough into the first team, however the midfielder didn’t. However after an impressive loan spell at Portsmouth, the Englishman no doubt next season will stake a claim for first team football.

Sunderland

Billy Knott was signed by Sunderland after his release from Chelsea and made an instant impact in the reserves with five goals in his first eight games. The creative wingers good form caught the eye of Steve Bruce and was drafted into the first team squad in February, with Sunderland losing Bolo Zenden and Sulley Muntari there is definitely room in the midfield next season for the former Chelsea trainee.

West Brom

James Hurst progressed through the Baggies academy set up and then joined Portsmouth at 16, however two years later he was back at The Hawthorns. The defender has made his debuts’ in the league, Carling Cup and FA Cup this season, and impressed greatly, so much so that in January West Brom offered the Englishman an improved two and a half year contract.

Newcastle United

Sam Ameobi, third Ameobi to play at Newcastle United, made his Premier League debut in the recent 2-2 draw with Chelsea this season. Much like his brother, the striker poses an aerial threat and with Newcastle needing a target man after the sale of Andy Carroll, could the Nigerian be that man next season?

Stoke City

Ben Marshall is a nineteen year old striker who has spent the season at Northampton Town, earning valuable experience at a competitive level. The Englishman impressed Stoke City’s staff is the pre season before this current campaign and will no doubt be used in the up and coming pre season, and if Marshall continues to impress, next season could be a big one for the striker.

Bolton Wanderers

Temitope Obadeyi is (according to Bolton’s official website) “an exciting young striker with a bright future in the game”. Having gained vital first team experience on loan at Swindon and Rochdale, the big forward has started to break through into the first team squad as has come off the subs bench on a couple of occasions, but with Daniel Sturridge returning to Chelsea and Johan Elmander’s leaving the club, the English striker could get his chance next season as a regular.

Blackburn Rovers

Grant Hanley made his PL debut on the final day of the 09/10 season and this season the defender has made seven appearances in all competitions. With Chris Samba constantly linked with a move away, the Scottish Under 21 player could very well become a prominent fixture in Steve Kean’s side next season.

Wigan Athletic

Victor Moses has spent most of his fledgling Latics career coming off the bench, but despite this the former Crystal Palace man has showcased his talents enough for me to be excited about him next season. Lightening speed, quick feet and excellent finishing, all traits we love to witness and see in a player. The Englishman can play on the wings or up front, and after finishing 16th in the league this season, what has Roberto Martinez got to lose in using Moses more frequently?

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing has earnt a reputation as an accomplished midfielder who has an eye for goal. The Englishman has made a handful of pre season appearances for Wolves but in his first competitive match in the Carling Cup against Swindon for Wolves, he secured the Man of the Match award. Mendez-Laing has been on loan at Peterborough this season making nearly forty appearances and notching five goals.

With regards to the promoted teams, I have decided to choose three players that will excel beyond expectation, such as Charlie Adam of Blackpool this season.

QPR

Throughout this season, I have continually said that Adel Taarabt has just found his level at the Championship, but after watching a Youtube compilation of the Moroccan’s best bits, I now understand that it is a bit more than media hyperbole. The former Spurs man is a joy to behold on the ball and the Premier League is in for a real treat.

Norwich

This season the Canaries forward Grant Holt has been stealing all the headlines at Carrow Road, however for me it will be Wesley Hoolahan who makes a name for himself in England’s highest tier of football. Used predominantly at the tip of a diamond formation, just behind the strikers, the Republic of Ireland international has an eye for goal and is very much the ‘heartbeat’ of Norwich City’s attacking play.

Swansea

I wanted to avoid going for the obvious answer of Scott Sinclair but having just watched the former Chelsea man score a hat trick at Wembley in the play-off final, I cannot wait to see him in the Premier League. Skilful, pacey and prolific in front of goal, a neutrals dream player when watching Match of the Day.

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Yet again the Premier League gave us footy fans a season with triumphs, heartbreak and entertainment. In amongst all the emotions and money, players became cult heroes, teams over achieved and managers came and went. Javier Hernandez was arguably the bargain of the season, but does this mean he will improve next season? Tottenham Hotspur missed out on Champions League qualification; will they regain a top four berth in the coming campaign? Already we all cannot wait for the next season to get up and running and we all have our predictions on who will achieve and who will fall through the Premier League’s trapdoor; here are mine.

Luis Suarez for player of the season- Harry Redknapp reportedly turned down the chance to sign the former Ajax man in the recent transfer window, how he must be cursing that decision now. Suarez has injected energy, desire and flair into Liverpool, and has been a major influence on the Merseyside club’s climb up the table. The Uruguayan has turned in numerous Man of the Match performances, most notably in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over bitter rivals Manchester United, where he single-handedly terrorised the entire defence. It’s those sort of performances that make me think the Liverpool ace will collect Barclay’s Player of the Season for 2011/12.

QPR in dreamland- Every season needs a ‘fairytale’ and for me I think it will be that QPR will be in the Champion League places at Christmas. I don’t for a second think they will stay there, but West Brom were up there this season and Ipswich in the past nearly achieved the unthinkable. QPR’s return to the top flight of English football may well be ‘the stuff dreams are made of’.

Norwich will be relegated with five games still to play- This season’s relegation battle has gone right down to the wire, with the first confirmed relegation only happening on the penultimate fixture. It has been entertaining down the bottom of the league, with no team standing out as the ‘whipping boys’. However, for me, I think this will change, with Norwich City’s return to the top flight being short lived.

Torres will be the highest scorer in the league- There is only so much criticism a man can take before he bites back, and next season, I believe the former Liverpool man will take up the mantle of Chelsea’s main man.

Robert Huth will score 15 goals- His scoring ratio, for a defender, is amazing, with 9 goals in all competitions this season. It would be a brave man betting against the Stoke defender breaking into double figures next season

Newcastle will sack Alan Pardew before Christmas- Mike Ashley doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to managers and Pardew, as of yet, hasn’t won over all the St James Park faithful. Newcastle will no doubt soon want to challenge for the European places again and I don’t think the former West Ham manager is the right guy to do it.

Everton will be relegated- Admittedly, the Toffees have turned their season around in the second half but at the beginning of the season it was looking bleak for David Moyes’ side. With reported debts of up to £45 million, Everton will have to look to sell the likes of Jack Rodwell and Leighton Baines. Unless Moyes can pull off another signing that has the impact of Tim Cahill, for minimum expenditure, I fear for Everton’s Premier League survival.

Owen Coyle will win manager of the season- I’m not quite sure what Coyle will achieve to warrant such an award, but this season I have been very impressed with the Bolton manager. The former Burnley man has transformed their style of play and Bolton even threatened to break into the Europa League places earlier in the season. Next season could really see Coyle take his management to the next level.

Arsenal will win something- Surely they have got to?

Manchester United will beat there 29 match unbeaten run- They play poorly, they get criticised and yet they still grind out results to win the Premier League title, and very convincingly in the end. Sir Alex Ferguson instils an incredible self belief into his side, and assuming the Premier League’s most successful manager is still around next season, then who knows what can be achieved.

Tottenham Hotspur will finish as the League’s highest scorers- Funny old game is football, so with the constant criticism the Lilywhites strike force has received this season, with Crouch, Defoe and Pavlyuchenko failing to score 20 league goals between them, it is written in the script for Spurs to dominate the scoring charts next season.

Sunderland will finish in the top eight- Steve Bruce’s side had a superb start to this current season, and although injuries are expected in the game, Sunderland had more than their fair share, with eleven first players being out injured at one point. A couple of signings to replace the returning loanees’ Danny Welbeck and Sulley Muntari and Sunderland will be in and around the top half come the final whistle of next season.

Roy Hodgson will achieve some unimagineable feat- Hodgson has a knack for working miracles with the ‘lesser’ clubs, ignoring his disaster stint on Anfied, the Blackburn manager lead Fulham to a Europa League final last season and turned West Brom from relegation candidates to a comfortable mid table posititon. I’m not saying West Brom for the title but they will achieve something.

Wigan Athletic will get relegated- The only reason Wigan stayed in the Premier League was Birmingham’s inability to score (37 goals in 38 games). Wigan’s final two fixture victories was their first back to back wins since Roberto Martinez took over in 2009, and that is not the sort of ‘achievement’ a side in the the a world’s ‘greatest’ league, should be achieving.

Aston Villa will contain moving backwards if Houiller stays in charge- Despite being controversial, Martin O’Neill had the Villians dreaming of Champions League football. One season after his departure, Villa only secured their Premier League survival in the penultimate league fixture. Randy Lerner needs to hire a young visionary of a manager or Villa’s decline will continue.

Blackburn Rovers will sack Steve Kean- The new owners Venky’s showed there policy on managers for the inexplicable sacking of Sam Allardyce in December. Steve Kean still gets the odd chant of “Who?” and it wont be long before he heads for the exit door after failing to build on Allardyce’s top ten finish last season.

Karl Henry will recieve the most red cards- I love a commited, strong and passionate slide tackle as much as the next football fan, but a few times this season the tenacious Wolves centre midfielder has escaped punishment, but next next season he may not be so lucky.

Fulham will be last in the fairplay table- There are a few suggestions that the Cottagers would miss out on Europa league via the fairplay league after Zoltan Gera’s sending off on the final day of the season, their first red of the season. Football loves irony, and although Fulham should be alright this season in securing their Europa cup spot, next season they will probably end up postoponing a game because Fulham had five men sent off.

Manchester City will fail to finish in the top four- Yes this season looks impressive with an FA Cup final win and finishing third in the Premier League, but Manchester City have hardly looked a fluid unit this season, and if we are all honest the only reason they qualified automatically for the Champions League this season, was because of Arsenal and Tottenham’s massive dip in form, not due to their own skill and effort. Furthermore with Carlos Tevez reportedly readying his suitcase and Edin Dzeko looking about as useful as Emile Heskey, will they really push the ‘big boys’ again?

Depending on who gets promoted:

Scott Sinclair will win a transfer to a ‘bigger’ club in January- If it wasn’t for Adel Taarabt’s performances the former Chelsea man would be getting more of the limelight. Sinclair has had a phenomenal season in front of goal and setting up goals, combined with his pace and flair, it won’t be long before the Premier League vultures straight circling around Liberty Stadium.

Shane Long will score ten goals in the League by Christmas but finish the season with only 11- So many times we have seen players fail to live up to the Premier League standard despite impressing in the Championship. Reading’s Shane long could very well be the next Dave Nugent.