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7 players we’re backing to light up the Premier League next season

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Lads… say it ain’t so? The season finishes… tomorrow?

We’ve been so utterly spoilt this season on so many fronts.

A title race that went down to the wire and two all-English European finals.

But, after that final whistle blows between Spurs and Liverpool on Saturday night, it’s time to say goodbye and thanks for the memories.

One final clash

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One final clash

Then again, just TRY stopping us daydreaming about next season already.

In fact we’ve already started musing about what next campaign might bring and, in particular, which players might enjoy themselves.

You can forget about your usual suspects; your Agueros, your Van Dijks. This is a shortlist of names we’ve stuck our necks on the line a bit by backing to shine. Apologies if these shouts backfire emphatically.

1 Reiss Nelson

Eyes on the prize

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Eyes on the prize

Jadon Sancho this, Jadon Sancho that. True intellectuals will know Sancho wasn’t the only Englishman tearing up the Bundesliga this season.

With Arsenal fans down in the dumps after missing out on the Champions League and faced with a paltry summer transfer kitty, Nelson may lift spirits.

The Gunners desperately need creativity out wide and he can provide that spark if given the opportunities.

2 Fabinho

Now now children

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Now now children

Took a little while to get settled didn’t he? Since Christmas, though, Fabinho has been a monster.

With his seemingly never ending legs, he’s been here there and everywhere for Liverpool in recent months.

The Brazilian destroyer is the perfect foil for his team-mates, particularly allowing Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold to wreak havoc further forward.

3 Dean Henderson

Coming for De Gea’s shirt

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Coming for De Gea’s shirt

No, not Jordan, Dean. Some Man United fans might not know who this lad is, but they should.

No goalkeeper conceded fewer goals than Henderson in the Championship last season and he was one of the main reasons Sheffield United shocked so many to earn promotion.

He is expected to rejoin them from United on loan again and he could be a very busy man.

4 Hamza Choudhury

What shampoo does he use?

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What shampoo does he use?

Leicester could be a real force under Brendan Rodgers next season and will be busy this summer regardless.

Rodgers has a whole host of bristling young players at his disposal and Choudhury, at just 21, is certainly one of them.

He finished this season strongly and has the maturity to really go places. Not to mention the magnificent hair.

5 Jack Grealish

Jack the lad

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Jack the lad

His first real shot at the big time.

Grealish has continually snubbed interest from loftier clubs in the last 12 months and Aston Villa’s play-off win vindicated that decision.

He will now lead his boyhood club into the Premier League where he can really start catching the eye.

6 Jota

Little gem

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Little gem

Now this little man is a superstar.

Wolves recorded the highest finish by a promoted side in 18 years and Jota’s telepathic understanding with Raul Jimenez played a huge part in their success.

Jota managed 10 goals and seven assists in his last 23 appearances in all competitions and, at just 22, is really going places. Maybe even Arsenal, if you believe the reports.

7 Ayoze Perez

One of the three amigos

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One of the three amigos

Perez always had the feel of a nearly man; decent in flashes but his inconsistencies holding him back.

That was until the arrival of Miguel Almiron and suddenly Newcastle were an attacking force to be reckoned with.

Perez scored six goals in hist last five appearances and, along with a heck load of investment supposedly on the horizon, can hopefully take the Geordies up the table next season.