Every new Premier League season creates new stars; some are young guns just beginning to blossom on the world stage, whilst others are older heads looking to make it big in one of the world’s toughest leagues.
The players of Swansea City are no exception. Within the squad lie a number players just waiting to have a breakout season.
With that said, here are six Swansea City stars set to explode in 2017-2018…
6. Tammy Abraham
The first Swan set to have an exciting breakthrough season is loan striker, Tammy Abraham.
The 19-year-old signed a five-year extension with Chelsea prior to his loan move and has impressed in pre-season, already scoring two goals for the club, including an impressive close-range finish in Swansea’s pre-season win over Birmingham City.
The youngster stood out for Bristol City last season. He scored 26 goals for the Championship outfit, demonstrating calm and composure in front of goal.
As he prepares to enter just his second season of professional football, the young Englishman has the chance to establish himself as one of the league’s top young forwards.
5. Oliver McBurnie
Another young forward looking to make his mark is Oli McBurnie.
The highly-rated 21-year-old was signed by the Swans from Bradford City back in 2015. An impressive header of the ball, if he is not sent out on loan, the Scot should see decent minutes in cup games this season.
What may put the brakes on his season is his position in the squad. McBurnie is currently behind both Fernando Llorente and Tammy Abraham in the pecking order. The addition of a fourth striker – possibly Wilfried Bony – would only push him further down the list.
4. Tom Carroll
Following the departure of Jack Cork, Tom Carroll has great potential for a breakout season. The 25-year-old is a well-rounded midfielder, with decent passing and defensive skills.
Whilst he has less upside than some of the other names on this list, Carroll has the opportunity this season to cement himself as a reliable midfield presence.
Where he needs to improve most is on the offensive end. Whilst an effective passer in the final-third, he does not have the same dynamic, well-rounded offensive game possessed by some of his positional rivals in the squad.
3. Leroy Fer
At first, having an already-established player such as Leroy Fer on this list may lead to some raised eyebrows.
The Dutchman is already regarded as a legitimate talent, having excelled in the Dutch Eredivise. However, after a season-and-a-half at the Liberty, he has yet to establish himself as a full-time starter.
2016-2017 saw him make good gains already. In 12 league appearances, he scored six goals, and should he be able to build upon that form this season, then expect a breakout year for Leroy Fer.
2. Luciano Narsingh
Like Fer, Luciano Narsingh is another player who has previously impressed in his native Netherlands, and is now looking to make it in the Premier League.
The 26-year-old previously played for PSV Eindhoven, and has 16 international caps to his name. However, after transferring to Swansea in January for £4m, he failed to either score, or register an assist.
Narsingh will look to use 2017-2018 to establish himself as a starting winger in one of the world’s top leagues.
1. Alfie Mawson
Of all the players on this list, the one that should excite Swansea fans most is Alfie Mawson.
The former Barnsley defender shone in 2016-2017, at times outplaying his more experienced colleague, Federico Fernandez. Aside from his strong defensive effort, he also surprised on the offensive end, scoring 4 goals last season.
One potential concern for Swans fans may be that Mawson may end up like former defender, Ben Davies. Like in the case of the Welsh left-back, Tottenham Hotspur have enquired into the availability of the 23-year old.
However, if the Welsh club can hold onto Mawson – and he has expressed a willingness to stay – then this season could see him develop into one of the league’s top young stars.