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The Premier League Surprise Packages 2013-14

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By A Different League staff

Wednesday 04 December 2013

We’re nearly a third of the way through the season already, so it must be time to have a look at the players that have raised eyebrows so far. Plenty of clubs have started better (and in some instances worse) than predicted, and in some quarters there are rumours of managerial shocks to come.

Aaron Ramsey has been absolutely extraordinary so far this season, eclipsing even Arsenal’s £42.5m star signing Mesut Özil with his frenetically confident midfield displays and ever-mounting goal tally. Not bad for a player who lost the confidence of many supporters during the time it took to return to full match sharpness after his horrific 2010 injury. There’s no doubt Ramsey is better than ever now; he’s currently one Premiership goal behind Robin Van Persie, which puts him (and Wayne Rooney) on six each.

United’s Adnan Januzaj has sparked the interest of many this season, including Van Persie who said of him recently; “I can honestly say that of all the young players I've seen he is right up there in the top one or two." The Belgian winger is only 18, but scoring twice in his first start for United (away to Sunderland) will have helped to persuade David Moyes of his potential.

Tottenham may be “reassessing their title credentials” right now, but their academy has produced a potential star in Andros Townsend. He’s been brought to the attention of a wider public with his appearances for England, scoring a blinder against Montenegro in October. Townsend has matured while on loan to all sorts of clubs from Yeovil Town to Leeds, and can surely look forward to greater things.

Ross Barkley is our fourth surprise package following an excellent display in the Merseyside derby, after which he was awarded Man Of The Match. His return to the Everton first team on the opening day of the season saw him scoring against Norwich, following loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds. Barkley’s just 19, and has been playing - and scoring - for England since he was 14.

Finally, Southampton’s Victor Wanyama, who joined the Saints from Celtic in the summer. Wanyama is consistent and resilient in all areas of the pitch, contributing much to Southampton’s excellent season so far. He’s the first Kenyan to play in the Premier League and has been nominated for the 2013 African Player Of The Year Award. One to watch...

Premiership Player Of The Year odds currently include Ramsey at around 5/1 and Townsend at 20/1, while you can still get 7/1 on United winning the league. If it’s too early for you to commit, go back to the roots of probability & odds calculations and pick up free advice at Ace-ten.com.

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