Premier League 2019/20: Three players who exceeded expectations
We have seen some great action in this season of the Premier League just as any other season. The likes of Sergio Aguero, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, among others, have been at their lethal best as expected. However, there are some players who have stepped up with their performances and exceeded all sorts of expectations this season. That said, let's have a look at three of the best players among them.
After a terrific opening season of the Premier League in 2014/15, during which he bagged 11 goals along with four assists, his career over the last four seasons was largely marred by injuries. But it seems like he is back to the peak of his fitness once again as Ings was seen in prolific scoring form for Southampton this season.
Ings has already scored 15 goals this season and has one assist on top of that as well. That's not only his individual best in any Premier League season but the fourth most tally of goals among all players in this season as well. Ings has been exceptional with his finishing and has played like a one-man army for Southampton. He would be eager to carry this form into the upcoming seasons.
Chelsea's 20-year-old academy product has enjoyed a pretty successful season with the senior squad. Abraham has been trusted upon as their first team forward in the absence of other established names in their squad. Although Olivier Giroud and Mitchy Batshuayi were also available, manager Frank Lampard showed immense faith in the youngster.
He didn't disappoint though. Abraham fully repaid Lampard's faith in him as he is their top scorer in the league this season with 13 goals and five assists in 25 appearances. He has pace and his sense of positioning helps him to get into unmanned pockets inside the 18-yard-box on most occasions. He will only grow as a player with the amount of exposure he got in this season.
The Everton forward has had an immense growth as a player this season, so much that he has even overshadowed their star player Richarlison with his performances. Calvert-Lewin is the club's top scorer this season with 13 goals and an assist to his name in 27 league appearances for the club.
His goal tally in this season is more than what he had scored in the previous three seasons combined. Calvert-Lewin's career graph has always had an upward growth curve. He scored just one goal in 2016/17 season after playing just 347 minutes, four goals and eight assists in 2017/18 season after 1871 minutes, and finally six goals and five assists in 2018/18 seasons after 1769 minutes on the field. This season, Calvert-Lewin has been even more efficient as his 13 goals have come in just 1904 minutes.
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