Premier League Preview: The Top 10 Players to Watch in 2011/2012

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Premier League Preview: The Top 10 Players to Watch in 2011/2012
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The 2011/2012 English Premier League season commences on August 13th, and this campaign is set to be even more exciting, intense and controversial then the previous.

With clubs progressing internal through the increased influence of overseas investments alongside new tactics and managers, the upcoming season is set to be one of the best yet.

There have been some new arrivals into the Premier League this Summer whilst youngsters are developing rapidly, and with the league tighter than ever in terms of quality and consistency, no fan can predict the outcome of 2011/2012.

Champions Manchester United will be eager to retain their crown and have exercised their dominance by acquiring some big names, including England international Ashley Young. Chelsea are preparing for a new era under newly appointed manager Andres Villas-Boas, who has arrived from UEFA Cup champions FC Porto to replace Carlo Ancelotti. Manchester City boast even more funds but are preparing for life without heroic leader Carlos Tevez.

Arsenal have been quiet all summer in terms of transfers but could commence the season without star play makers Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, who are both under a speculation cloud. Liverpool have arguably been the team of the summer Transfer Window, purchasing the likes of Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing to bolster their squad and pose as real title contenders.

Tottenham, Everton and Bolton will all be eager to influence the top four whilst Aston Villa prepare for a new direction as Alex McLiesh takes charge of the Villains. Wigan Athletic will be eager to gradually make their way up the EPL table whilst Wolverhampton will also be keen to enforce their tough presence.

Newly promoted teams Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers and the first ever Welsh team in the Premier League Swansea, all possess impressive squads and will provide a tough challenge for all opponents.

It is set to be a scintillating, breathtaking campaign but just who will prevail?

Managers can only do so much but it is up to the players to deliver. With the Premier League boasting so many quality, high calibre presences, one simply cannot decide who will be a player to watch in 2011/2012.

Fortunately, Bleacher Report attempts to make it easier for World Football fans by establishing 10 players who appear as if the upcoming campaign will be their best yet.

Take a look.

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