Top Six: Pre-season surprise packages

Ollie Irish

11th, August 2008

Don’t peak too soon, son
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1. Jack Wilshere
We told you he was making an impression at the end of last season, and he has continued that form into the new campaign earning a place in Arsenal’s first-team squad in the process.
2. Darren Bent
It’s amazing what the sale of two of the biggest threats to your first-team place can do for your confidence. Bent can’t stop scoring for Spurs and has 12 goals from six pre-season games. That’s a good return in anyone’s book.
3. Valeri Bojinov
Even Manchester City fans could be forgiven for forgetting about their Bulgarian striker. He made just four appearances last season after picking up a nasty knee ligament injury last August. But he has scored two goals in two pre-season games, including one against AC Milan last Saturday.

4. Danny Guthrie
Newcastle have had a miserable pre-season (Saturday’s win over Valencia apart) but new signing Guthrie has made the best of a bad situation. He has weighed in with a couple of goals and the ex-Liverpool and Bolton man looks at home at St James’s Park.

5. Dani Pachecho

The former Barcelona youngster must know that he has his work cut trying to cement a place in the Liverpool attack, but his pre-season exploits have done him no harm at all.
6. Dean Ashton
The fit-again West Ham man has been finding the net left, right and centre and looks to be returning to his best form this season. Hopefully he can stay injury-free this time and reach his full potential.

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