5 Surprise Players Who Have Made Excellent Starts to the 2017/18 Premier League Season

As the focus returns back to the Premier League this weekend following the international break, attention will turn towards top of the table clashes such as Liverpool against Manchester United.


What may go unnoticed in column inches however, are the performances of players who perhaps don't necessarily play for one of the so-called 'big six' teams.


With that being said, this list appreciates players who have started the season superbly for their respected Premier League clubs, even while they're not among the division's most famous names.

1. Jonas Lossl - Huddersfield Town

Signing from Mainz 05 on loan this summer, Jonas Lossl has made the first team shirt his own at Huddersfield. He had big gloves to fill following the impressive performances of Danny Ward on loan last season, especially as he helped them promotion in the play-off final against Reading.


Lossl made an impressive start to life in Yorkshire, keeping consecutive clean sheets in his first three appearances in the Premier League, and his form led him being nominated for August's Player of the Month award. 


His performances have also led to national recognition, making the Denmark squad for their most recent internationals against Montenegro and Romania. 

2. James Tarkowski - Burnley

After the departure of Michael Keane to Everton this summer for £30m, there left a huge void for Sean Dyche to fill, yet his replacement was already there. 


James Tarkowski has waited patiently for his chance since his transfer from Brentford at the beginning of 2016. It is since the beginning of this season however that Tarkowski has made his name, being an ever-present for Burnley in the league as they currently sit 6th - helping his side to shock victories at the likes of Chelsea and Everton. 


His performances have even led for the centre-back to be suggested as a viable candidate for selection in future England squads.

3. Jamaal Lascelles - Newcastle United

Another centre-back who has improved due to playing regular football, Jamaal Lascelles has become the leader for a young Newcastle side. 


At the age of 23, Lascelles has already suffered relegation with Newcastle in the 2015/16 season, before playing and captaining the side back to the Premier League the following year. 


A commanding presence at the back, Lascelles has impressed in both penalty areas this season, whether it be defending in his own box, or in the opponents', scoring consecutive winners against Swansea and Stoke City.


His performances in September have led to Lascelles being nominated for the Player of the Month award to acknowledge his impressive development under manager Rafael Benitez.

4. Richarlison - Watford

Having signed from Fluminese this summer for £11.2m, beating off interest from Ajax, it is safe to say Watford have unearthed a gem. 


Richarlison has played in all seven Premier League games for the Hornets this season, contributing with three goals (the winner against Bournemouth and Swansea and last-minute equaliser at West Brom) and chipping in with another assist. 


Playing as a wide forward, Richarlison has genuine pace and finishing ability along with being a threat in the air, he has already become a fan-favourite at Vicarage Road and will be hoping his impressive early form will continue throughout the campaign.

5. Pascal Groß - Brighton and Hove Albion

Premier League new-boys Brighton spent vastly this summer in order to make sure this season isn't merely a fleeting visit. The shrewdest bit of business however comes in the form of midfielder Pascal Groß. 


Signed from relegated Bundesliga side Ingolstadt last season, Groß has slotted straight into the 'No. 10' position at Brighton, which has benefited club and player alike. 


Providing two goals and a further two assists so far, Groß was known for creating more chances than anyone else in the Bundesliga last season. It is this kind of creativity that has seen Groß join Lascelles in being nominated for the Player of the Month award for September, with Brighton fans hoping Groß will continue to provide enough goals and assists to keep the Seagulls up this season. 


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