Each year the Premier League becomes a stage for new stars to emerge. More often than not these breakout stars from the Premier League go on to become superstars. Trent Alexander-Arnold , Reece James, Declan Rice and many more have first established themselves as competent players at the highest level of English football. From there on they have kicked on to become one of the best players in their positions.
This season is no different with many academy graduates and young players bought from other leagues receiving time on the pitch in the English top flight and finally establishing themselves. These players have become breakout stars of the Premier League this season. As the season is coming to an end it’s time to look at such players, who could possibly be on the move in the summer.
The following players will hopefully go on to fulfil their potential at the top of European football.
Here is FootTheBall’s list of 10 breakout stars from the 2021/22 Premier league season.
The 21 year old defender who came through at Chelsea’s infamous academy, moved to Crystal Palace in the summer after a majestic loan at Swansea City in the Championship.
🚨 BREAKING: Marc Guehi has tested positive for being the best young CB in the Prem pic.twitter.com/k4Z843LbrC
— Drizzy 🦅 (@DrizzyCPFC) December 17, 2021
Since his switch to first team action in the Premier League , the Ivory Coast born defender has been a revelation at Palace this season. He has fit seamlessly into Patrick Viera’s new look Eagles side alongside the impressive Jaochim Andersen. He is an excellent modern day sweeper.
Guehi at 21 is already a physically dominant defender with decent if not exceptional ball playing and carrying ability. His performances for Palace this season has seen him force way into Gareth Southgate’s squad. Something a lot of the following players have managed to do. As Palace continue to progress under Viera so would Guehi, thus he is bound to just get better from here on out.
Two outfield players with 1500+ Premier League minutes played have been dribbled past fewer than 2 total times this season:
• Marc Guehi (1)
• Virgil van Dijk (1)
Guehi has also won the highest % of ground duels of any player in Europe (79%). pic.twitter.com/ZGCLAl23Uj
— Matchday365 (@Matchday365) January 6, 2022
As a mass exodus of defenders looms at Chelsea, letting go of Guehi in hindsight could seem like a massive slip up. He could easily be playing for a top 6 side and could possibly lead the defence for England for years to come.
Max Kilman has been one of the standout performers for Bruno Lage’s Wolverhampton this season. They boast one of the best defences in Europe this season, which is no mean feat.
At 24 , Kilman is the oldest member of this list and a late bloomer too. Despite being in the Wolves squad since 2018, this is the first season in the top flight when he has been able amass north of 2000 minutes in a season.
Max Kilman has become a more accurate distributor since making his Premier League bow in 2019-20.
— Breaking The Lines (@BTLvid) March 16, 2022
The former Maidenhead United player’s value has soared this season. He has showcased the ability to be an aggressive front foot defender. Standing at 6 ft 4 in he is a threat in the air too and can easily handle balls over the top. He seems like a complete modern ball playing defender. Surely destined for a top 6 club , or at least a club playing on the European stage.
Tyrick Mitchell has been part of the first team set up at Crystal Palace since last season. But this season under Patrick Viera has really impressed everyone. He has turned out to be an extremely adept defender.
It’s easy to forget that Tyrick Mitchell is only 21 and, before Saturday, he hadn’t played in front of more than 10,000 fans.
— Team Called Palace (@TCPalacePod) August 16, 2021
His numbers in fact look very similar to Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s breakout season at the Eagle’s Much like AWB, Tyrick’s defensive numbers are exceptional. He has also managed to break through into Southgate’s England set up.
Most successful tackles in the Premier League?
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) October 31, 2021
He even has 2 assists this season suggesting that he has a higher attacking ceiling than the now Red Devils full back. The way Palace are progressing under Viera and looking at the downfall of AWB, we think Mitchell should continue his development under the legendary Frenchman.
The second player on the list that has come through the Chelsea academy, Valentino Livramento has been one of the biggest surprises of the season. A comparatively unknown quantity compared to the others on the list.
That is all. pic.twitter.com/Zw3ehA0Ygm
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) October 23, 2021
This is his first season playing senior men’s football and he has not looked even a touch off the pace.
Extremely rapid and blessed with boundless stamina he has been a menace for teams going up against Southampton this season on the right flank. Capable of stretching defences with his pace, unlike Mitchell he is not only a competent defender but effective going forward too. Tino Livramento has also been an exceptional ball carrier for Saints this season.
⭐️Man of the Match, @SouthamptonFC’s Tino Livramento
Possession won 5
Dribbles completed 3
Distance covered 9.5km pic.twitter.com/K3pDqkuVGu
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) August 22, 2021
He has showcased all his ability this season and frankly we are sure he will go on to play for some of the best clubs not only in England but in Europe.
The last player on this list from the prestigious Chelsea academy,but not the last from Crystal Palace is, Conor Gallagher. The 22 year old who can play anywhere in midfield and can even feature on the wings.
“He’s always been competitive and he’s always been a bit fearless… I think he’s taken that into his football."
— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) September 27, 2021
Conor has predominantly played as a winger this season for Viera’s Palace or as the second striker. He has 8 goals and 3 assists this season.
Gallagher has been the most influential cog from midfield in the Palace attack and the most effective presser for the Eagles this season. He has showcased a whole array of skills that have marked him out to be an old school box to box midfielder. The Chelsea loanee has bundles of energy and is the most effective presser for Palace this season. He is not a great ball carrier or progressive passer but his energy alone makes up for it, especially him being adept at finding space in the final 3rd.
Conor Gallagher: is he the real deal?
— John Doe FPL (@JohnDoeFPL) September 13, 2021
He loves to start and finish attacks for his side this season. He has also managed to break into Gareth Southgate’s England setup. Chelsea would be hoping that he does not try to force a move away from the Blues.
Jacob Ramsey has slowly grown into his role at Aston Villa this season Since Steven Gerrard’s arrival at Villa though Ramsey has become one of the best young players in the league.
⚽️ Of all players under 21 in the Premier League only Bukayo Saka has scored more goals than Jacob Ramsey (6)
👀 The #AVFC academy graduate has started 17 of a possible 18 matches for the club since Steven Gerrard's appointment
👏 That's some seal of approval! pic.twitter.com/mkDnPm0u5b
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) March 14, 2022
In about 2300 minutes this season the 20 year old midfielder has 6 goals and 1 assist, all of which came in a purple patch for Ramsey in January and February. He is a very adept presser and does not mind doing the dirty bits for his team. What really stands out with Ramsey are his progressive carrying numbers.
Jacob Ramsey is a strong, willing ball carrier with 6.14 progressive carries per 90, in the top 17% of Premier League midfielders.
— Breaking The Lines (@BTLvid) January 28, 2022
He is a very proactive member of the Villa attack too. He is always looking to get into the box to score and his excellent passing ability hands him a very versatile skill set to build his career on.
Capable of playing on either wings or in the hole behind the striker, Michael Olise has gone on to build upon his reputation as an elite creator he earned in the Championship with Reading.
Michael Olise scored his first Premier League goal with just his second shot in the competition.
Off the mark. 🔴🔵 pic.twitter.com/nQ8I57V0Hw
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) October 3, 2021
At 20 his creative numbers are insane! Olise has 2 goals and 5 assists in only a 1000 minutes. Blessed with quick feet , flair and flawless technique, the Frenchman looks like the complete attacker who can create and score. His pressing and defensive numbers are a little skewed because most of minutes in the league this season have come off the bench.
7 – Michael Olise has been directly involved in more goals in all competitions in 2022 (3 goals, 4 assists) than any other Premier League player. Rise. pic.twitter.com/rH8haPnEKU
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 10, 2022
But his vision is on par with the likes of KDB and other elite creators he can easily go on to become the best playmaker in the league. He has been the only creative breakout star in the Premier League this season.
Although we could have easily put Anthony Gordon in place of Anthony Elanga for this spot. But the Swedish youngster just edges him due to the fact that he has been the most functional attacker in Rangnick’s system at Manchester United.
What an afternoon for Anthony Elanga… 🔥
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 23, 2021
Super subs Fred & Anthony Elanga 🔥🔥
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 20, 2022
Not only that, Elanga has chipped in with some crucial performances for Manchester United this season in which he has managed to score 2 and assist 1 in the league. Ten Hag can surely work his magic on the young winger to make sure he grows into a star that deserves to wear the Red Devils’ jersey , especially since the early signs are very promising.
Emile Smith Rowe
The 21 year old was handed the Gunners legendary number 10 shirt at the start of this season. Seems like it was the correct decision, since he has exploded into life this season after a few injury hit seasons. He has 10 goals and 2 assists in 30 appearances in the league this season.
— Emile Smith Rowe (@emilesmithrowe) July 22, 2021
Although he has overperformed his Xg this season the signs are very promising. His understanding with Odegaard and Saka has also been exceptional this season. The way these 3 dovetail with each other is sometimes a majestic watch. He has also managed to break into Gareth Southgate’s England setup.
— Emile Smith Rowe (@emilesmithrowe) January 18, 2021
A big future lies ahead of Smith Rowe, we all just hope he stays off the treatment table since it is a treat to actually watch him play.
At 20, Gabriel Martinelli already looks like a superstar. Despite his development this year getting stunted by injuries, he and Saka have been the most effective attackers for Arteta’s Arsenal this season.
🇧🇷 M A R T I N E L L I 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/ffQrR7yBAB
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 24, 2019
In about 1600 minutes in the league this season the Brazilian has scored 5 and assisted a further 4. But his underlying numbers are just ludacris for a 20 year old. If he is fit he is one of the first names on Arteta’s team sheets and rightly so.
Gabriel Martinelli has received his first call up for the Brazil national team! Gabriel Magalhaes has also made the squad! 🇧🇷
— AFTV (@AFTVMedia) March 11, 2022
Blessed with warp speed the winger is lethal even if he is left alone in the final 3rd. He is capable of producing moments of magic all on his own. An ability only a few special players are blessed with. If he stays injury free he will surely go on to become one the greatest attacking wingers of his generation. To understand the potential of these breakout stars from the Premier League it is important to recognize that a lot of them have been called up to their national team setups.