You only have to look at how players like Robert Pires, Nemanja Vidic, Heung-min Son and Patrice Evra struggled in England’s top-flight at first to see how unforgiving the division can be
As a result, rightly or wrongly, some players can be written off before they’ve even had time to adjust to Premier League football when they could have gone to thrive like those aforementioned stars.
It’s a situation that means players improving in the Premier League is something that should really be applauded because it’s not easy to keep bettering yourself in such a brutal environment.
As such, we wanted to look at the Premier League players that have made the biggest strides in the 2020/21 season, showing the world that they can reach levels that fans never knew that they could.
Or to put it another way, moving from 3/10 to 6/10 performances is just as much of an improvement as progressing from 7/10 to 10/10 and thus, both examples of improvement are eligible here.
But caveats aside, you can check out our selection for the most improved Premier League XI of the season down below:
It took something special to oust the much-improved Joao Cancelo from this position, but that’s just how good Justin has been for the Foxes this season, looking like an entirely new player in both full-back roles.
A proud member of our most underrated XI, Vestergaard has been an unsung hero amongst the Saints’ brighter moments this season, elevating himself from a rotational player to a certainty on the teamsheet.
I can’t have been alone in writing off ‘McSauce’ during United’s early struggles last season but I stand corrected because the seven-goal academy product has come on leaps and bounds in the box-to-box role.
You what!? No, we’re not saying that Kane was poor in 2019/20, rather that he’s reached new heights during his first full season under Jose Mourinho with an insane record of 14 goals and 13 assists.
So, there you have it: our eleven picks for that award that everybody wanted to avoid in Sunday League.
But although it might not be fashionable to be branded ‘the most improved’ down the local park, make no mistake that it’s something to proud of when you’re competing in the Premier League.