Five forgotten Premier League players who could be stars this season

Erik Lamela

Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland, Manchester City and Arsenal players feature.

With the Premier League season just under two weeks away we look at five forgotten players who could have great seasons.

Ashley Young

Many were predicting that Ashley Young's career at Manchester United would be coming to a end this summer. In the last two seasons Young has been one of United's most disappointing performers, and has rightly received a large amount of criticism.

Louis van Gaal however may well have saved the winger's career... By converting him to a wing-back! The 29-year-old played at both left and right-wing back during most of United's pre-season tour of the US, and scored an impressive four goals in five appearances from those positions. 

The Englishman will face tough competition for both spots from Luke Shaw, Rafael and Antonio Valencia. He has shown though that with his great attacking distribution, and decent ability to track back, that he can fit into van Gaals new 5-3-2 system.

Erik Lamela

Tottenham Hotspur broke their transfer record last summer when they signed the Argentinian winger for £30 million from Roma, but he struggled for form and fitness in his debut season at White Hart Lane mading only nine league appearances.

However the appointment of Argentinian manager Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs has seemingly given the skilful winger a new lease of life. He has been in exceptional form during pre-season scoring three goals in four of their matches.

The 22-year-old appears to have settled better over the summer, which has been shown by the good attitude he displays on Twitter, in addition to a few cheeky snaps and videos of him and his Spurs team-mates. Tottenham fans are tipping him to be given a Bale-like free roaming role; he'll certainly be one to look out for this season.

Jack Rodwell

Arguably the most forgotten about player in our top five is Rodwell. He has finally got his move away from league champions Manchester City, opting to sign a five-year contract with Sunderland. It could be a big year for the 23-year-old provided he remains injury free.

Rodwell was regarded as a future star at Everton, but allowed his career to go backwards when he signed for Manchester City in 2012. Persistent injuries and lack of playing time has stunted his development significantly, and he will be hoping to get his career back on track at the Stadium of Light.

Stevan Jovetic

Jovetic's debut season at Manchester City was very similar to that of Lamela's at Spurs. The Montenegrin signed from Fiorentina for £22 million, but struggled with injuries all season, leading some to fans to even wonder where he was. He scored three goals in 11 league appearances last season.

Jovetic's talent is unquestionable; he has the ability to be a top striker for City but he just needs to stay fit. The 24-year-old has had a good pre-season scoring four goals in two games in the International Champions Cup.

With fellow team-mate Sergio Aguero only just returning to training, Jovetic could have a chance to stake his place in the regular starting-11 if he impresses against Arsenal in the FA Community Shield this Sunday.

Thomas Vermaelen

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This man's season will be dependent on whether he completes a much rumoured move to Manchester United. Should he make the switch from Arsenal, then he could reignite his career that took a somewhat downward turn last season when he only made 14 league appearances.

United's Dutch boss has publicly stated they are short of centre-backs, but should they make a move then they will face competition from Barcelona, who appear to have taken the first step by reportedly placing a £10 million bid for the Belgian.

Do you think these five forgotten players could have great seasons?

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