The five best breakthrough players of the season

West Bromwich Albion's Romelu Lukaku has been in fine form. Photo: PA

As the curtain comes down on yet another action-packed Premier League campaign, it is time to look at some of the men who made their mark.

For every big name or star signing, there are young players making their way in the game who have taken the chance to shine when it has been offered to them.

Here, we picks out five players who have made a big breakthrough.

LUKE SHAW (Southampton)

The teenager started the majority of top flight games on Saints' return to the Premier League but did not make his debut until November. The England Under-17 defender made a considerable impact at St Mary's.and is now being linked with a host of top clubs.


That rash, red-card challenge against Newcastle should not be allowed to obscure what has been a superb end-of-season for the Merseysider. Has pace to beat opponents out wide and scores both wonder goals and tap-ins.

Swansea's Ben Davies has put in some brilliant performances. Credit: PA


Sterling made a sizeable contribution during the tricky early months of the season when Liverpool were struggling to adjust to Brendan Rodgers' passing style. Made his senior England debut in Sweden and although he has faded since, the 18-year-old has a big future.

ROMELU LUKAKU (Chelsea, on loan at West Brom)

Seized the chance of regular first-team football at West Brom and must now attract the attention of whoever is installed as new boss at Chelsea. The Belgian's powerful physique is perfect for the Premier League and he has regularly made his presence felt and scored some superb goals.

BEN DAVIES (Swansea)

Stepped into the Swans' first-team following an injury to Neil Taylor in August and never lost his place. Now 20 and a Wales international, Davies has the capacity to become a high-class full-back.