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The 10 Most Improved Players of the Premier League Season – Ranked

The 2023/24 Premier League season was full of surprises: Aston Villa climbed into the top four, Jürgen Klopp decided to leave Liverpool and Arsenal moved up against Manchester City in the title race.

The biggest surprise, however, was how many previously unthought-of players have become real Premier League stars.

From Jean-Philippe Mateta to Dominic Solanke to Cole Palmer, here are the players who have improved the most this season, ranked.

Rodrigo Muniz

Muniz was a surprise star / Clive Rose/GettyImages

Considering Fulham seemed desperate to sign Armando Broja during the January transfer window, it’s fair to say that not much was expected from Rodrigo Muniz.

Not only has Muniz become the first choice, displacing Raul Jimenez in the process, he has also become a regular goalscorer.

Leon Bailey

Bailey impressed / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Much was expected of Leon Bailey when he first joined Aston Villa in 2021, but not much has been delivered in the first two seasons.

One goal in his first Premier League season was followed by four in his second, which is…not great.

This season, however, Bailey has finally found his footing.

His ten goals and nine assists were crucial to Villa’s rise in the 2023/24 Premier League table.

Ross Barkley

Barkley is back at his best / Matt McNulty/GettyImages

After many, many seasons in the football doldrums, not many people thought Ross Barkley still had it.

In 2023/24 he proved that he still does.

The creative midfielder had returned to form at Luton Town, providing stability and class during a renaissance season.

Jean Philippe Mateta

BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM / Malcolm Couzens/GettyImages

Jean-Philippe Mateta experienced the hottest phase of his life in front of goal in the final stages of the 2023/24 Premier League season.

After scoring just two league goals all of last season, the 26-year-old has hit double figures since the end of February, including braces against West Ham and Newcastle United.

The fact that he tucks his jersey into his pants is also pure Barclays. We love it.

Douglas Luiz

One of the best in the league / Neville Williams/GettyImages

There was always a very, very good player somewhere in Douglas Luiz, and this season he found him.

The box-to-box midfielder was one of the best players in the Premier League, possessing defensive strength, excellent ball retention and over a dozen goal involvements.

He did everything for Villa.

Jarrod Bowen

Bowen has become prolific / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

David Moyes’ decision to move Jarrod Bowen into the number nine role may have been one of the best of his career.

The England international immediately became one of the division’s best strikers as he moved upfield from his regular position on the right wing, scoring a ton more goals than he did in the 2022/23 season.

Jarrad Branthwaite

Future Star / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Can Everton avoid relegation without Jarrad Branthwaite’s promotion?

Honestly, probably not.

The towering centre-back was at the heart of Sean Dyche’s defense throughout the season, helping the Toffees concede 15 fewer goals than any of their relegation rivals.

Dominic Solanke

Prolific in front of goal this season / Michael Steele/GettyImages

Dominic Solanke was a prolific goalscorer in the Championship for several seasons, but there were always doubts as to whether he could carry those goals into the top flight.

Under the guidance of Andoni Iraola, he managed to do just that.

His 19 Premier League goals for a team like Bournemouth are truly remarkable and should be enough to earn him a place on the plane to Euro 2024 this summer.

Anthony Gordon

Actually very good / Stu Forster/GettyImages

When Newcastle United decided to spend £45 million on Anthony Gordon in the January 2023 transfer window, many raised eyebrows.

In the second half of the 2022/23 season, his only goal in 16 games did little to prove his doubters wrong.

However, his 11 goals and 10 assists this season certainly did.

Gordon has looked like a completely different footballer over the last 12 months, playing with a confidence and swagger that we really didn’t think was possible.

Cole Palmer

Top players / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

From third or fourth choice in a year to one of the best footballers in the Premier League.

It’s been quite a climb for Cole Palmer.

The attacking midfielder has been exceptional since getting the chance to play regular football at Chelsea, recording a remarkable 30+ goal involvements in his first season as a Premier League starter.

There are no limits for Palmer.

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