As the new year begins, who should you be watching in 2021? Which individuals, teams and leagues will be exciting?

In England, Leeds have been exciting on their long awaited return to the Premier League, and the football they have been playing, whilst not consistent, has definitely been exciting! Patrick Bamford looks like a quality top flight striker, which no one would have predicted last season, but they still struggle to keep clean sheets, so goals are almost guaranteed in every Leeds game!

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 02: Patrick Bamford of Leeds United is challenged by Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 02, 2021 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Ian Walton – Pool/Getty Images)

Alongside the goal fests they have been providing, Leeds have historic rivalries with a lot of teams in the English top flight, and in the new year, if fans can get back into stadiums, we may see some classic games reborn, especially with the attacking football Bielsa loves!

Elsewhere, AC Milan have been surprisingly great so far this season, and they will hope that 2021 is the year they return to Europes elites. The Rossoneri have been exciting and rejuvenated this season, seemingly spurred on by the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Many neutrals will be hoping for a deep Europa League run, and possibly a match up against one of the other big teams in the competition.

NAPLES, ITALY – NOVEMBER 22: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan celebrates with his team mates after scoring his 2nd goal ,during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and AC Milan at Stadio San Paolo on November 22, 2020 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

On the topic of the Europa League, will the new year be the year Spurs put an end to their trophy drought? This may be their best chance in years, especially with Jose Mourinho’s new signings seemingly to fit in well in London. Maybe the lily-whites could be a team to watch, especially as a neutral, in 2021.

Elsewhere, following Mauricio Pochettino’s appointment at PSG following Thomas Tuchels sacking on Christmas Eve, maybe this will be the year the Parisians can add the Champions league to their trophy cabinet, after years of trying, and spending record amounts on players season after season. With Pochettino at the helm, will PSG finally win the competition they crave so much?

PARIS, FRANCE – DECEMBER 23: Thomas Tuchel, coach of PSG, during the post-match press conference following the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and RC Strasbourg at Parc des Princes stadium on December 23, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)

A player who could be due a huge year is Timo Werner, who has failed to hit the ground running so far at Chelsea, but the stats show that he has been incredibly unlucky so far this season. Maybe when Chelsea’s star players return from injury, Werner could show some of the promise he had shown in the Bundesliga in the Premier League.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 28: Timo Werner of Chelsea is challenged by Kortney Hause of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on December 28, 2020 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Another player who could have a huge year is Erling Braut Haaland, who could become recognised as one of the best strikers in the world in the new year. Having now spent a year in Germany with Borussia Dortmund, the arrival of Lucien Favre’s replacement could see him benefit in a system built around him in 2021.

Do you have anyone you are excited to watch in the new year? Make sure to let us know on Twitter!

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By Sam Hutchison

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