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OPINION: Top 5 players who will have made the most progress in 2021

Some players have gotten a lot better in 2021.

Those who play often have been able to take advantage and improve their game because of the many games. Before, they weren't very good. In 2021, though, they have made a big improvement in how they play the game.

On that note, let's look at the players who have made a big difference in their game this year.

Patrik Schick (Bayer Leverkusen)

The first place Patrik Schick worked was Sparta Prague, where he worked his way up the ladder. He joined Sampdoria in 2016 and Roma in Serie A the next year. He played for both teams. Patrick Schick didn't do well in Italy, so he was loaned out to RB Leipzig for the 2019-20 season. He did well there. There, he moved the next season and has been there ever since. In 36 games last season, the Czech forward scored 13 goals and assisted on two more.

When Patrik Schick played in 2021-22, he did a great job. It took him just 18 games to score 16 goals and give one assist.

Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)

Real Madrid has never been afraid to spend a lot of money on players. Vinicius Junior is a great example. Madrid signed a Brazilian in 2018, and because he was only 18 at the time, they took their time.

When Vinicus Junior joined the team last year, he was a little less involved. Vinicus Junior has gotten better over time. The Brazilian forward has had a great year because of his speed, dribbling skills, and ability to score goals. He has been more involved with Real Madrid than he has ever been before, especially in the 2021-22 season when they play Barcelona.

In just 24 games this season, the 21-year-old has scored 12 goals and set up seven more. Vinicus Junior is one of the reasons Carlo Ancelotti likes him more than Eden Hazard, even though Hazard is very good. There's no doubt that this is a good sign of how powerful Brazil will be in the future.

Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)

Christopher Nkunku went to Paris Saint-youth Germain's academy and got a diploma. He won a lot of trophies with the French team, but he didn't play a lot with them from 2015 to 2019.

During his time as an attacking or wide midfielder, the Frenchman can make plays, draw fouls, and score goals. In 25 appearances this season, he has already scored 15 goals and set up seven more.

There are a lot of European clubs interested in Christopher Nkunku, so he is likely to play for a different team next summer.

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

Bernardo Silva was said to be thinking about leaving Manchester City in the summer of 2021-22 because he didn't get enough playing time. Fortunately, no one moved, and the Portuguese stayed in City.

Bernardo Silva has always been a big part of the team, and there was never any doubt about his ability. In this season, the Portuguese midfielder has shown that he can play well on the field. For fun, he has made some amazing runs with the ball, and he has beaten other people and scored goals.

Silva has shown a lot of work-rate and tenacity in getting the ball back while playing in a three-man midfield. He has been a huge help to Manchester City this season, saving them on a number of occasions. As of right now, he has scored seven goals in the Premier League so far this season.

Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)

Antonio Rudiger had a hard time at Chelsea when he came to the club in the summer of 2019. The German defender was often criticized for being too rash and reckless.

German center-back Philipp Lahm has looked a lot different since 2021, when Thomas Tuchel came to play for the club. Antonio Rudiger now looks more confident and strong with his play. His game-reading and tackling have both gotten a lot better.

Rudiger's many runs with the ball forward have been a lot of fun to watch and have helped Chelsea a lot. Given how well he's done for the Blues this season, it's no surprise that he's been linked with some of Europe's best teams.

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