Top 5 Breakthrough Players Of 2017/18
As another brilliant season of European football draws to a close, we look back at all such players who have gone from being relatively unknown, to footballing stars. 2017/18 has provided these players with a golden opportunity to break through and establish themselves as quality players. Most of these players are still relatively young, and we can't wait for them to showcase their abilities again in the upcoming season.
Each season we find a number of footballers who suddenly burst into the scene and take the footballing world by storm. Last season, it was Kylian Mbappe who suddenly went from being a young talent to an icon. While we might not have found a talent as sensational as Mbappe this season, we have found players who have revitalized their careers and taken a big step towards stardom. Some have been benefited by a transfer, while others have made the most of more playing time. We shall now take a look at five such players who can look back at 2017/18 and name it the season that changed their lives for the better.
#5 Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion)
Matches Played : 32
Goals : 6
Assists : 8
Dribbles per Game : 0.3
Key Passes per Game : 2.3
Pascal Groß ended his five year long association with Ingolstadt in the summer of 2017, opting to join Chris Hughton's quest for survival in the Premier League. While it remains to be seen if the Seagulls manage to stay up, Groß has surely played his part. His passing, crossing, and deliveries from set-pieces have played a huge part in Brighton's success so far. He has been provider to many of Glenn Murray's goals, Brighton's top scorer this season.
Groß's statistics speak for themselves. He has been simply outstanding and his performances might earn him a national team call-up soon. That would be no mean feat, considering that Germany have players like Mesut Ozil in the creative department. In the Premier League, only one player has created more big chances than Pascal this season - Kevin de Bruyne.
In a nutshell, Groß hasn't just been Brighton's best player this season, but one of the best in the league too. We are hoping that his purple patch will continue because he's brilliant to watch.