Three newly promoted players that have excelled in the Premier League

It’s always a massive challenge for newly promoted sides to stay in the Premier League and the pressure to preserve precious top-flight status often prompts clubs to recruit rather than trust the players that have helped them gain promotion in the first place.

Regardless of what happens to Watford, Norwich and Bournemouth by the end of the current campaign, they each have individuals from their successful 2014-15 season that are continuing to impress despite the step up.

So here’s a look at three particular newly promoted stars who have impressed in the Premier League so far this term…

Nathan Redmond

Nathan Redmond (Norwich)

Redmond’s excellent start to the season might have surprised Norwich manager Alex Neil or even the player himself.

While he was a key figure in the Canaries’ promotion last year, the winger scored only six times all season.

He is already on his way to matching that figure with  four strikes and only a quarter of fixtures gone in the bright lights of the Premier League.

At just 5 ft 8in and blessed with pace, the England U21 international is a classic nippy winger.

The former Birmingham man though, is also creative and loves the ball played into his feet. His confidence to take the ball anywhere across the Norwich forward line has led to him catching the eye over the early portion of the season.

Carrow Road fans will be bracing themselves for bids from rival clubs come the January transfer window.

The 21-year-old is an important part of Neil’s side and if he can maintain his form over the season, could yet come into Roy Hodgson’s thinking head of the Euro 2016 competition.

Odion Ighalo

AFC Bournemouth v Watford - Barclays Premier League

Many a striker finishes a Championship season with plenty of goals to his name only to fail to carry that form up into the Premier League.

Odion Ighalo’s 27 strikes last term might be hard to replicate in the top flight but the Nigerian has set about the task impressively so far.

The 26-year-old was a bit of a journeyman in the early stages of his career, having played in Nigeria, Norway, Italy and Spain. Watford snapped him up after he was released by Udinese and the Lagos-born man has not looked back since.

With the Hornets expected to be involved in the relegation fight come the spring, the strike partnership between Ighalo and Troy Deeney will be responsible for scoring the goals to keep them safe.

The side are sitting comfortably in 11th at the moment, thanks largely to their star striker maintaining his impressive form and bagging seven goals with little regard for the supposedly tighter defences at the top level.

Matt Ritchie

Matt Ritchie (centre)

Another diminutive winger that has made no little impact this term.

Ritchie did in fact feature in the Premier League as a young player with Portsmouth several years ago when he made just a couple of appearances.

The wideman, now 26, has played a lot of football at a lower level since then but can now, at last, call himself an established Premier League player.

The former Swindon man has been a stellar fixture for Bournemouth so far this season, continuing the fine form which saw him score 15 times as the Cherries were promoted last year.

His contribution so far has featured a couple of goals in the league including a belter against Sunderland.

It has even been reported that Louis Van Gaal is among several rival Premier League managers monitoring Ritchie.

The Gosport-born man has also made an impact on the international scene with a superb strike for Scotland against Poland. His long range shooting and indeed his crossing, will be valuable assets to Eddie Howe’s men in their fight for survival.