In every Premier League season, there are players who make the step up and take their game to new heights. Here are five players who have undoubtedly done that in the current campaign.
The Brazilian endured a frustrating start to life at Old Trafford following his £52m move from Shakhtar. Fast forward to this season, he has revived his Manchester United career in fantastic style and is now one of the first names on the teamsheet.
A good testament to his change in fortune is that he has already started more games this season than he did in the whole of last season. That is quite remarkable considering he was totally omitted from the first four matchday squads of the current campaign.
He made his first start of the season in United’s 1-0 victory over Astana in September where he assisted Mason Greenwood’s 73rd-minute winner and has not looked back since then.
He currently has the most key passes per game, second-most accurate passes per game, second-most tackles per game and second most accurate long balls per game of any United player this season.
Fred has superbly turned the tide and there is no doubt that he is back to the form which convinced United to splash the cash on him in 2018.
The La Masia graduate was signed from Middlesbrough for a then club-record fee of £18m. His performances in his debut season at Molineux were a mirror image of his previous campaign at Middlesbrough. He was obviously talented but his end product was still missing as he managed a solitary goal and assist each in 29 Premier League appearances.
He has since revamped himself and is now one of the deadliest wingers in the league. The Spaniard has contributed directly to 11 goals(4 goals,7 assists) in 28 league games this term as he continues to enjoy a new lease of life.
Asides from his improved attacking productivity, he is also contributing more defensively. This is an area that has always been an Achilles’ heel for him but he is on course to overcome that flaw in his game. His improved performances have not gone unnoticed by the Spanish national team as there are rumours of a possible call-up.
While he is still far from the finished product, Traore’s improvement is clear for all to see as he has now become a key member of a Wolves team that have gone from strength to strength since their promotion in 2018.
Calvert-Lewin was rewarded with a new five-year deal in March and rightly so. The English hitman has been phenomenal this season scoring 15 goals in 32 games as Everton have recovered from an early-season nightmare to currently sit six points off a European spot.
The appointment of Carlo Ancelotti, coupled with Calvert-Lewin’s return to form has seen the Toffees go unbeaten in eight of their last eleven league games with their only defeats coming at Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea. The ex-Sheffield man has scored eight goals in that time and is arguably in the form of his life.
Everton will most certainly be vying for a place in Europe and will be heavily reliant on Calvert-Lewin as they mount a late push for a top 7 finish.
Harry Maguire’s wonderful 2018/19 season earned him a $97m move to Old Trafford. Leicester fans must have dreaded the club’s failure to sign a direct replacement as they had just lost their best defender. However, the emergence of Söyüncü has put those worries to rest. The Turk has formed an impenetrable partnership with Johnny Evans as the Foxes currently sit third in the league.
He didn’t have the rosiest of starts to life at the King Power. A combination of injuries and work permit issues resulted in him making only six league appearances last season. All that is certainly behind him as he now flourishes in the Premier League’s third best defense this season
The ex-Freiburg man has been fantastic all season and it is no surprise to see him linked with a move to the Etihad.
Ings burst onto the Premier League scene in the 2014/15 campaign where he scored 11 goals for Burnley. This earned him a move to Anfield as Liverpool continued their search for someone to fill the goal-scoring void left by Suarez’s departure.
After three injury-plagued years at Anfield, he moved to Southampton in search of a resurgence. Fast forward to his second season on the South Coast, Ings has found his touch again as he sits fifth on the goal rankings.
Responsible for 43% of their Premier League goals this season, he has been the Saints’ best player and easily their most important.
A comprehensive study on players with a minimum of 20 league goals since the start of last season has shown how efficient he has become in front of goal over the last ten months.
With only five points separating them from tenth, Saints will be confident that their red-hot marksman can fire them to a top-half finish.