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Five players to watch in the Premier League

There were some stand-out players in the Premier League last season, but which stars will shine during the 2012-13 campaign? Will Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero or Wayne Rooney be the top man? What about one of the new signings?

Here are a handful of players who you need to know about before the 2012-13 campaign kicks off. 

Lukas Podolski

With Robin van Persie set to depart, Podolski could become an icon at Arsenal. After scoring 18 goals in just 29 appearances for FC Koln last season, Arsene Wenger was quick to snap up the German international.

The left-footed striker has an explosive, powerful shot which is assisted by his regular probing attacks, working from the left side of the pitch.

Podolski could also shine when linking up with Santi Cazorla, another summer signing from Wenger.

Cazorla is a versatile attacking midfielder, meaning he can link up with Podolski, assisting him from the left or the right. The link-up play must be in order ready for the visit of Sunderland, who seem to be a bogey team for the Gunners.

Oscar

Chelsea’s new addition to the squad is Brazilian attacking midfielder, Oscar. The 20 year-old signed from Internacional for a reported fee of £25m.

With that price tag, there is a substantial amount of pressure on the playmaker to perform.

Surrounded by talented players such as Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard and Ramires, Oscar could develop into one of the best players in the Premier League.

If given his Chelsea debut, Oscar’s talents will be seen away to Wigan on Sunday.

Shinji Kagawa

Sir Alex Ferguson swept for Japanese striker, Shinji Kagawa, who previously played for Borussia Dortmund.

The attacking midfielder/winger scored twenty-one times for the German club in two years, not bad for a winger.

Depending on his game time, Kagawa could connect well with Wayne Rooney and possibly Van Persie in United’s attacking force.

Park Ji-sung

As we all know, Park Ji-sung has an outstanding work rate which gives him the capability to run for 90 minutes non-stop.

The 31 year-old had a very successful seven-year spell at Old Trafford, but a slight lack in game time edged him to a lower reputation side in Queens Park Rangers.

Park could shine in a team like QPR, being one of the most talented players. The Japan international is not known for his high goal-scoring but his pinpoint passes and dazzling dribbling could win games for Mark Hughes’ side, who host Swansea on the opening day of the season.

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Andre Villas-Boas made Sigurdsson his first signing for Tottenham Hotspur almost as quick as he was appointed head coach.

Sigurdsson netted seven times in 19 appearances for Swansea, whilst on loan. The 22 year-old also picked up March’s Player of the Month award, after showing the Premier League he can strike a ball from distance.

The Icelandic footballer could be seen as a replacement for Niko Kranjcar and Steven Pienaar. His first test will be to play at St James Park against Newcastle, who finished four points behind his new employers.

By Josh Harris

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