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Opinion: 3 Academy Players Who Broke Into The Starting Eleven This Season

The midway point of the 2021/22 Premier League season has been reached, and it has been an exciting and entertaining season so far, with the high level of competition in the league bringing many surprises as usual.

Some players in the league this season will be pleased with their strong play, while others will be dissatisfied with their contributions, while some will be considered the season's surprise package since they have performed above the expectations of the fans this season.

Summer additions like Jack Grealish, Romelu Lukaku, Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho have gotten much of the attention this season, but they haven't lived up to expectations given their abilities.

But few players in the Premier League this season have exceeded expectations with an out-of-the-blue performance that has exceeded expectations at the start of the campaign.

The three Premier League players that have exceeded expectations this season will be the focus of this article, so read on to learn more about them.

Three of Trevoh Chalobah – (Chelsea)

In spite of his lack of first-team experience prior to the start of the 2021/22 football season, Chalobah is unquestionably a standout performer in the Premier League this year.

A product of Chelsea's youth system, the 22-year-old spent time on loan at a number of clubs as he progressed through the ranks at the club.

Following his pre-season debut last summer, he helped Chelsea win the 2021 UEFA Super Cup on penalties, making his senior Chelsea debut.

In the 12 Premier League appearances since, Chalobah has netted two goals for Chelsea.

Connor Gallagher - 2nd place (Crystal Palace)

Connor Gallagher has outpaced high-profile Crystal Palace acquisitions Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish, scoring six goals and dishing out three assists in 17 outings for the Eagles on loan from Chelsea last season.

Assuming that he does return, he is expected to be fighting for a spot in Chelsea's starting lineup.

1. Emmanuel Dennis – Emmanuel Dennis (Watford)

Dennis has been one of Watford's greatest players this season, contributing to 12 goals, seven of which he scored and five of which he assisted, in 15 league games.

Watford's surprise player of the season, he wouldn't have been expected to make such an impression at the beginning of the season.

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