Our Sky Sports Fantasy Football scout looks at which promising talents are set to deliver.
By Tim Clement - Twitter: @SkyTimClement
Last Updated: 01/08/13 6:26am
Luke Shaw - £5.3m
The Southampton left-back enjoyed a solid debut campaign in the Premier League and looks set to continue his impressive development in a developing side. As with any defender, Shaw's points tally will largely depend on his team's ability to keep clean sheets, something that should improve with the addition of a year's experience in the Premier League and the acquisition of defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama. Shaw's pace and technical ability should also see him start to contribute going forward as well.
Ross Barkley - £4.3m
This could well be a breakthrough campaign for the 19-year-old midfielder following loan spells last season. Barkley's widely appreciated potential, which was clear to see as he impressed during loan spells with Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds, was reportedly one of the key reasons behind the decision to let Jack Rodwell depart. The England Under-21 international possesses an eye for goal as well, having netted four times in 12 appearances for Wednesday, while he is happy to step up to the spot when required.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - £5m
Fellow England youngster Oxlade-Chamberlain will be hoping cement his place in Arsene Wenger's starting line-up. The 19-year-old was handed 11 starts and 15 substitute appearances last season, netting once and setting up an additional five. Having already scored three senior goals for his country, the attacking midfielder has certainly shown the potential to be the real deal, but whether he will get an extended run in the team remains to be seen.
Nathan Redmond - £4.6m
The 19-year-old winger has been part of an exciting summer of signings for Norwich and the Carrow Road faithful will hope he can provide the ammunition for new strike duo Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper. While assists might be plentiful, goals look less likely from a player who netted just twice in 45 appearances for Birmingham last season. With pace aplenty and a bag of tricks, Redmond can certainly make an impression this year but it would be somewhat of a surprise if he was to be a huge points hauler.
Wilfried Zaha - £4.9m
Like Redmond, Zaha is likely to be an entertaining watch as he looks to make his mark in the Premier League after signing for Manchester United. The 20-year-old has impressed in pre-season but whether he is able to earn a regular first-team place remains to be seen. Eight goals in promotion-winning Crystal Palace's side hardly implies prolific potential, but his decisive brace in the play-off second leg at Brighton showed a taste for the big occasion.
Phil Jones - £7.2m
If Sir Alex Ferguson's opinion is anything to go one (which it obviously is) then Jones is en route to being a key player for Manchester United. Anyone getting regular starts in United's defence is likely to pick up points even amid the post-Ferguson transitional period with David Moyes proven at putting together solid backlines. However, goals look less likely to come by with the 21-year-old only netting one senior goal to date.
Philippe Coutinho - £7.8m
The Brazilian attacking midfielder has already caught the eye on numerous occasions since arriving in the January transfer window, with three goals, five assists and two Sky Sports man-of-the-match awards. Expectations at Liverpool have been cranked up further by a string of impressive displays in pre-season, somewhat sating fears of who will produce the magic if Luis Suarez does depart.
Romelu Lukaku - £8.6m
Like most of the aforementioned players, Lukaku's influence is likely to heavily depend on his exposure to first-team action. The powerful frontman proved he is plenty capable of delivering in the Premier League as he netted 17 times during his loan spell with West Brom last season. That impressive campaign has suitably convinced Jose Mourinho to keep him at Stamford Bridge rather than allowing another spell away. If the Belgium striker can move ahead of Demba Ba and Fernando Torres in the picking order then he has the potential to be one of the league's top marksmen.
Gerard Deulofeu - £7m
Everton fans are getting excited by the loan signing of Barcelona B star Deulofeu and so they should, judging by his displays for Spain in the Under-20s World Cup in Turkey. He is, however, only 19-years-old, so to expect a teenager to take the Premier League by storm is a big ask, though there's no doubt he'll be a useful addition to Roberto Martinez's squad. Although he lacks a little pace, Deulofeu is very much a modern product of Spain with his flawless technical ability and threat from dead ball situations.