The promoted stars who will dazzle Premier League next season - including Sheffield United and Burnley gems

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These six players could make a huge impact on the Premier League next season, following Sheffield United, Luton and Burnley’s respective promotions.

At long last, we now know which 20 clubs will be competing in next season’s Premier League. With Leeds United, Leicester City, and Southampton all relegated, and with Luton Town joining Burnley and Sheffield United in the top flight after winning the play-offs, the top flight is once again operating at a full contingent.

For the three clubs celebrating promotion, the challenge is only just beginning, but they can take plenty of heart from their Championship campaigns, and indeed from the quality of the players who helped them get to where they currently are.

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With that in mind, here are six players - two from each promoted side - who should really kick on and thrive in the Premier League next season.

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Anass Zaroury of Burnley celebrates with teammate Manuel Benson after winning the Sky Bet Championship following victory against the Blackburn Rovers and Burnley at Ewood Park on April 25, 2023 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Matt McNulty/Getty Images)BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Anass Zaroury of Burnley celebrates with teammate Manuel Benson after winning the Sky Bet Championship following victory against the Blackburn Rovers and Burnley at Ewood Park on April 25, 2023 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Matt McNulty/Getty Images)
BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Anass Zaroury of Burnley celebrates with teammate Manuel Benson after winning the Sky Bet Championship following victory against the Blackburn Rovers and Burnley at Ewood Park on April 25, 2023 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Matt McNulty/Getty Images)

Burnley

Anass Zaroury

In an attacking sense, few Burnley players have stood out quite as much as Southampton loanee Nathan Tella this season. The forward ended the Championship campaign with 17 goals to his name, and the 23-year-old really looked to come of age at Turf Moor under Vincent Kompany. That being said, with the Saints relegated, its difficult to predict quite where his immediate future lies.

Instead, let us focus on another summer addition who made a major impact on the Clarets’ promotion push. With seven goals and five assists, Anass Zaroury was not as prolific as Tella - or indeed Manuel Benson and his Arjen Robben-esque tendency to cut inside and curl glorious efforts into the far corner - but the Moroccan international has still proven himself to be a fearsome attacking force in his own right. Predominantly operating out on the left flank, he completed more key dribbles per 90 minutes than any other Burnley player this season, and averaged the third-highest tally of key passes. At 22, his best years are still ahead of him, and he could really shine next season.

Jordan Beyer

Again, in a similar vein to Tella, Burnley have had a couple of really decent defensive loanees this season, with Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Ian Maatsen both establishing themselves as particular standouts. In terms of players who are set to become permanently attached to the Clarets, however, Jordan Beyer has been fantastic.

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The German centre-back is an imposing figure, and has caught the eye with both his ability to read the game and his aptitude on the ball. Emblematic of the stellar recruitment that has hallmarked Kompany’s fledgling tenure, there is plenty here to suggest that Beyer has what it takes to thrive in the Premier League.

Luton forward Carlton Morris shows his support for team-mate Tom LockyerLuton forward Carlton Morris shows his support for team-mate Tom Lockyer
Luton forward Carlton Morris shows his support for team-mate Tom Lockyer

Luton Town

Carlton Morris

There is an argument to be made for Carlton Morris being the most significant contributor to Luton’s promotion this season. His tally of 20 goals was twice as many as his nearest teammate, and he also made more assists than any of his peers too.

A busy, bustling forward who is as happy to put himself about as he is to put the ball in the back of the net, Morris’ presence has become an integral facet of the way that Rob Edwards’ side like to play. If the Hatters are to stay up next season - and to many, that remains a huge, huge ‘if’ - the 27-year-old will surely be key to their survival.

Alfie Doughty

After a couple of false starts, Doughty has really found his stride at Kenilworth Road. Solid and dependable out on the left, the quality of his distribution is a major asset, especially for a side as physical as Luton. Nobody made more crosses per game for the Hatters in 2022/23, and only James Bree averaged more key passes per 90 minutes.

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The former Stoke City man is also versatile enough to play in defence or midfield, and can even put in a shift in the centre of the park when required. Like many of this Luton squad, next season will be his first crack at the top flight, but on the basis of his performances this term, that should be a reason for excitement, rather than any kind of trepidation.

Anel Ahmedhodzic has proven to be a wonderful acquisition for Sheffield United: Simon Bellis / SportimageAnel Ahmedhodzic has proven to be a wonderful acquisition for Sheffield United: Simon Bellis / Sportimage
Anel Ahmedhodzic has proven to be a wonderful acquisition for Sheffield United: Simon Bellis / Sportimage

Sheffield United

Anel Ahmedhodzic

The numbers don’t lie; Anel Ahmedhodzic is a 24-year-old centre-back, stands at around 6’3” tall, cost Sheffield United less than £4 million, and somehow managed to score seven goals and record two assist from the heart of defence this season. Nobody in the Blades’ squad made more interceptions per game in 2022/23, and only three people made more tackles, and only three made more clearances.

In short, the Bosnian international has been a revelation, and if he can replicate anything close to that kind of form next season, he will be a sure-fire success in the Premier League.

Iliman Ndiaye

If Sheffield United were to make good on their obvious promise and win promotion to the Premier League this season, they were always going to need to an attacking talisman capable of rivalling the best in the Championship. Enter, Iliman Ndiaye - a player signed from Boreham Wood in 2019 who has really exploded into life over the past 12 months.

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With 15 goals and 12 assists across all competitions, the Senegal international has often produced in key moments for Paul Heckingbottom’s men, and ended the campaign tied as their top scorer alongsider Oli McBurnie. With funds likely to be tight at Bramall Lane this summer, he will be relied upon to do it all again in the top flight.

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