We have now reached the stage where many say that the Premier League table begins to take shape, and in the final weekend before the next international break, here are five players to keep an eye on:
In recent games, Negredo has begun to show why he scored so many goal in Spain with Sevilla. Against Norwich City and CSKA Moscow, he and strike partner Sergio Aguero were almost impossible to handle, with Negredo grabbing a hat-trick against the Russian side, justifying his selection ahead of Edin Dzeko, and on this scoring form, he looks set to torment lowly Sunderland.
The young Brazilian came on as a half-time substitute for Liverpool at Arsenal last weekend, and failed to make the desired impact on his return from injury. However, he has shown in his 10 months with the Reds that he is full of quality, and he will be more match fit for when they take on Fulham on Saturday. Liverpool will look to him to provide the ammunition for in-form duo Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.
After a somewhat disappointing 2012-13, Ramsey has made an incredible start to this campaign, scoring many important goals and oozing confidence and quality. After a superb strike to guarantee all three points against Liverpool in the Premier League, he went on to score his 11th goal of the season, the one which clinched a famous victory for Arsenal away to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, so Manchester United will be mindful of his threat.
Swansea City’s record signing must begin to find the net on a regular basis if the club are to improve on their inconsistent form. Miguel Michu, who has been their talisman for over a year, faces at least a month on the sidelines and it is now up to the man who scored freely for Vitesse Arnhem last season to reproduce his Europa League form in the Premier League, beginning against Stoke City on Sunday.
While teammate Adam Lallana has long been touted as a potential future England star, Jay Rodriguez’ call-up to Roy Hodgson’s squad for the upcoming international friendly is more of a surprise, but it is perhaps justified on current form, with his latest goal coming in the draw at Stoke City. He will be looking to find the net again against Hull City as he begins to step out of the shadow of strike partner Rickie Lambert.
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