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Five newly promoted players to watch out for in the Premier League

Aryaman Sood
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Modified 13 Jul 2018, 14:00 IST
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#4 Tom Cairney

Aston Villa v Fulham - Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final
Tom Cairney

The oldest entrant on this list at 27, Tom Cairney is also the only entrant who has previously played in the Premier League. He did so 8 years ago, in 2010, for Hull City as they got relegated from the Premier League. Cairney's role in Hull's promotion in 2012-13 was restricted by injury and his career appeared to be stalling as he struggled to stay fit.

But a move to Blackburn was the reprieve he needed as Cairney showed glimpses of his quality. Unfortunately, injuries hadn't yet left him alone and he would miss chunks of both the seasons he spent at Ewood Park.

His move to Fulham saw an upturn in fortunes as Cairney increased his goalscoring output from midfield and Cairney truly led from the front as he was joint-top scorer for Fulham and won the EFL Player of the Year award.

At the beginning of his third season, he succeeded Scott Parker as Fulham captain. Cairney is Fulham's leader on the pitch and almost everything goes through the Scotsman. He scored the winner in the final of the Championship play-off, which guaranteed that Premier League football will return to Craven Cottage.

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Published 13 Jul 2018, 14:00 IST
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