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One player from every Premier League club who deserves a new contract
Premier League clubs will be looking to tie down players who starred in the 2018/19 season.
From Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser to Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek, despite his unfortunate injury, there will be players who feel they have done enough to warrant a new contract.
Reports claim Matteo Guendouzi is set to sign a new £75,000-a-week deal at Arsenal after a superb breakthrough season in England, less than a year after signing from Lorient.
The Frenchman has played 47 times for the Gunners, but is believed to be one of the lowest-paid players at the club.
talkSPORT look at other players who deserve fresh terms for their performances during the 2018/19 season.
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Arsenal – Matteo Guendouzi
No one is more deserving of a new contract than Guendouzi. The Frenchman was thrown into the deep end by manager Unai Emery against Manchester City on the opening day of the season and has gone from strength to strength ever since.
He has also featured regularly in Arsenal’s Europa League campaign and could start against Chelsea in the May 29 final.
Bournemouth – Ryan Fraser
Not many football fans would have expected Fraser to end the season with 14 assists, and just one behind leading provider Eden Hazard.
He excelled playing on the left wing and also chipped in with seven league goals. His stats read even better given Bournemouth finished the season with just three wins from 14 games. With just one year left on Fraser’s contract, the Cherries will be desperate to extend his stay.
Brighton – Anthony Knockaert
Knockaert signed a new four-year deal in 2017 after helping Brighton win promotion to the Premier League. He has helped preserve their top-flight status over the past two seasons.
Starting 18 games in the 2018/19 campaign, the winger chipped in with six assists in a side which struggled for goals. He brings that extra quality that Brighton will need if they are to avoid another relegation battle.
Burnley – Tom Heaton
Heaton’s deal expires next year and it would be a shock if he wasn’t offered a new one. The 33-year-old dislodged Joe Hart as Sean Dyche’s No.1 in December, and subsequently, Burnley climbed out of the relegation zone and finished the season in 15th place. He is a leader for Burnley.
Cardiff City – Bruno Manga
The defender started 37 of Cardiff’s 38 Premier League games as the Bluebirds narrowly missed out on survival. Last month, Cardiff boss Neil Warnock said he wanted to keep Manga, whose contract expires this summer. He showed his versatility this season, too, playing as a centre-half and makeshift right-back.
Chelsea – Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Loftus-Cheek has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Stamford Bridge, scoring ten goals and registering five assists. Initially, he struggled to get into Maurizio Sarri’s side, but has proven himself in the second half of the season, particularly in the Europa League.
His four goals have helped the Blues to the final where they will play Arsenal.
His contract expires next year with the midfielder reportedly wanting assurances of his playing time, while the process has also been complicated by his injury in the club’s post-season friendly with New England Revolution.
Crystal Palace – Luka Milivojevic
Milivojevic was one of three outfield players to feature in every minute of the 2018/19 Premier League season along with Burnley’s Ben Mee and Wolves’ Conor Coady.
The midfielder’s 12 goals, mostly from the penalty spot, ensured Palace stayed clear of the bottom three. The Eagles skipper has just one year left on his deal.
Everton – Morgan Schneiderlin
Schneiderlin was failing to make Marco Silva’s matchday squads in the first half of the season. But since February, he established himself as a regular in the Everton midfield, edging out Barcelona loanee Andre Gomes. With the Toffees likely to lose Idrissa Gueye, who has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, and Gomes rumoured to be joining Tottenham, Schneiderlin could have a big role to play next season.
Fulham – Tim Ream
Fulham will need leaders if they are to mount a promotion push from the Championship next season – and Ream is one of them.
He was an ever-present in their promotion-winning season last year and also played 25 times in their Premier League campaign.
Huddersfield Town – Christopher Schindler
There is expected to be an overhaul at Huddersfield following relegation.
Schindler missed just one Premier League game all season and could stay with the club in the Championship. His second-tier experience could also be invaluable.
Leicester – James Maddison
Despite only joining Leicester on a five-year deal last summer, Maddison is understood to be attracting interest from Arsenal and Tottenham.
His seven goals and seven assists was a healthy return for a debut season in the top-flight.
He has reportedly been touted as a replacement for Spurs star Christian Eriksen, who has been linked with a summer move to Real Madrid.
Liverpool – Joel Matip
Matip has superbly stepped up to partner Virgil van Dijk in the absence of Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren. He has featured in five of Liverpool’s six Champions League knockout games and is likely to keep his place when Liverpool take on Tottenham in the final on June 1. With his contract expiring next year, the defender has surely done enough to extend his stay at Anfield.
Manchester City – Vincent Kompany
Kompany could end his 11-year spell with City when his contract expires this summer.
The 33-year-old’s 25-yard screamer in a 1-0 win over Leicester proved decisive in the Premier League title race as Pep Guardiola’s men retained their crown last weekend.
Playing 24 times in the 2018/19 season, he still has a lot to offer on and off the pitch.
Manchester United – Marcus Rashford
After scoring an injury-time penalty against Paris Saint-Germain to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals, Rashford’s form nosedived. Despite going eight games without scoring, the England youngster showed that he can be United’s first-choice striker with 13 goals in a challenging campaign.
With Real Madrid reportedly monitoring his situation, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will want to tie down Rashford sooner rather than later.
Newcastle United – Ayoze Perez
Perez has had his best scoring season (13) since joining the club in 2014. Since the turn of the year, he netted ten goals to help Newcastle climb out of the relegation zone and into 13th place.
He is a regular in Rafa Benitez’s side and a fans’ favourite at St James’ Park. Perez struck up a good understanding with striker Salomon Rondon, a player the Magpies will hope to sign on a permanent deal in the summer.
Southampton – Nathan Redmond
Redmond found his shooting boots under Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, scoring nine goals.
The winger was played as a striker by Hasenhuttl in a tactical switch that paid dividends. Redmond’s form was so good that he won the club’s Player of the Year award.
Tottenham – Moussa Sissoko
Sissoko’s turnaround in form has been remarkable. After two tough seasons at Tottenham, the France midfielder has become one of the first names on the team sheet.
Sissoko brings so much energy to Spurs’ midfield and will expect to start in the Champions League final against Liverpool.
Watford – Jose Holebas
At the age of 34, Holebas had a consistent season as Watford’s first-choice left-back.
Three goals and six assists helped Watford to an 11th-placed finish. He has been with the club since 2015 and another fine campaign next year will only make his case for a new contract stronger.
West Ham – Michail Antonio
When Manuel Pellegrini took over at the London Stadium last summer, Antonio was being linked with a move away from the club.
However, he has proven to be a key asset to Pellegrini’s side and most notably scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Tottenham last month.
Wolves – Joao Moutinho
The 32-year-old’s dead-ball deliveries made Wolves a huge threat for any opposition as they finished the season in seventh place.
Eight assists is a decent return in a maiden Premier League campaign and his experience at international and club level will only help the likes of Ruben Neves, Leander Dendoncker and Morgan Gibbs-White.