There’s no denying that the Premier League has changed over the past 10 years or so.
Teams promoted from the Championship no longer try to bully their way into avoiding relegation like Tony Pulis’ Stoke City did all those years ago, and most, with Brentford and Brighton & Hove Albion only but a few recent examples, try to play their way out of trouble, with more or less success.
That means a need for different players, which is why players such as Leandro Trossard can succeed in today’s Premier League, as explained by Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke.
The Belgian forward, who has four goals and an assist to his name under Patrick Vieira this season, was interviewed by Sport/Foot Magazine about the evolution of the league over the years, which is when he brought up his compatriot.
He said: “I think my strength was that no one knew me. I spoke about it sometimes with Marouane Fellaini, who also knew that before me. I was able to make the most of that period. These days, the expectations are higher with the young Belgians.
“On the other hand, when I see someone like Trossard play, I tell myself he’s a very good player, but that he might not have had his chance in the Premier League 10 years ago.”
Since arriving from KRC Genk back in 2019, the Brighton star has scored 14 goals and assisted another nine in 91 appearances for Graham Potter’s side, and has been key to their success in the Premier League over the years.