Even though the 2023/24 season is still a few months away and clubs have a lot of tasks to complete in the transfer market, the newly promoted teams already have several key players who can have a significant influence in the Premier League next season.
We have evaluated the potential impact these players from Burnley, Sheffield United, and Luton Town will have in the Premier League next season.
Top five players to watch from newly promoted sides in the Premier League Next season
5. Manuel Benson (Burnley)
Belgian winger Manuel Benson, a player for Burnley, has the potential to make a significant impact in the top division. Initially, he struggled to adapt to the physicality of English football, but soon became a favorite among fans and established himself as one of the top wingers in the second tier. Benson concluded the season with 11 goals and three assists, primarily scoring by cutting inside onto his left foot and delivering powerful shots that were difficult for goalkeepers to stop. His creativity and skill will be crucial to Burnley’s attacking strategy in the upcoming season, as he is expected to provide a consistent source of goals in the Premier League.
4. Iliman Ndiaye (Sheffield United)
Sheffield United’s Iliman Ndiaye, who has been one of the top young players in the EFL in recent years, has been frequently linked with a move to the Premier League. However, he now has the opportunity to showcase his skills alongside his teammates following their second-place finish in the Championship. Ndiaye had an impressive season, scoring 14 goals and providing 10 assists, which helped establish the Blades as the second-best team in the division. His performances earned him a place in Senegal’s World Cup squad.
Ndiaye is particularly skilled at dribbling past defenders and creating scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates. Although Sheffield United’s current squad requires significant improvement before their return to the Premier League, they have a true talent in Ndiaye.
3. Anel Ahmedhodzic (Sheffield United)
Sheffield United have a strong defense, particularly with Bosnian center-back Anel Ahmedhodzic. Ahmedhodzic, who was highly regarded as a young player, was signed by the Blades after Bordeaux’s relegation to Ligue 2 in 2022. He made a significant impact during their promotion campaign, scoring six goals and contributing to 16 of their 18 clean sheets. Alongside Ndiaye and Sander Berge in midfield, Ahmedhodzic forms a solid core for Sheffield United as they aim to establish themselves in the Premier League.
2. Carlton Morris (Luton Town)
Luton has achieved an incredible journey from the National League to the Premier League by defeating Coventry City in the play-off final. This sets them up for an extraordinary season in the top flight of football. Carlton Morris, the Hatters’ leading goal scorer with 20 goals, had his best professional season yet and will aim to have a similar impact as he leads the line in the Premier League. While Morris had a previous stint with Norwich in the top division, he only played for their youth teams, so he is eager to prove himself as a dependable striker this time around.
In addition to his goal-scoring prowess, Morris also contributed seven assists, showcasing his value beyond just finding the back of the net. However, it remains uncertain whether he can successfully make the challenging transition to the Premier League, a hurdle that many top Championship strikers struggle to overcome.
1. Josh Cullen (Burnley)
Burnley ended the Championship season with an impressive 101 points and only suffered three defeats throughout the entire league campaign. The success of the team can largely be attributed to midfielder Josh Cullen, who played a crucial role in ensuring that Burnley maintained control of their games and imposed their style of play on their opponents. Cullen’s presence in the midfield not only allowed the team’s creative players to thrive, but also provided a solid foundation for building attacks and consistently dominating their opponents.
Despite previously being part of West Ham, Cullen did not receive much playing time in the Premier League. In the upcoming season, he will be determined to prove his critics wrong and play a vital role in helping Burnley avoid relegation.