EPL 2nd-half breakout candidates

Daniel Sturridge, Edin Dzeko among four players primed for big second halves

Updated: January 18, 2013, 11:58 AM ET
By Joe Prince-Wright | ESPN Insider
Man City/ArsenalMichael Regan/Getty ImagesEdin Dzeko, who has scored 10 goals for Manchester City this season, has been on a tear as of late.

Recovering from injury, moving to a new club or simply just regaining their mojo. Those are a few of the reasons why certain EPL players turn their seasons around, acting as catalysts for their clubs' resurgence in the process.

The second half of the 2012-13 EPL season is underway after a busy festive period, with several sides hoping for a marked improvement on the results they gained over the first half.

Now they need a game-changing player, be it a lightning-quick striker, creative midfielder, powerhouse forward or a steady influence in front of the back four. Luckily for Liverpool, Manchester City, West Ham and Manchester United, they seem to have some stars in those positions beginning to shine.

Here are are four EPL players who are set to take the second half of the season by storm.

Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers piled the pressure onto Sturridge following his $18 million move from Chelsea at the beginning of the January transfer window.

Joe Prince-Wright is a freelance writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is a former college soccer player and now plays for Arbroath FC in the Scottish Second Division. He's covered the English Premier League, Serie A, Major League Soccer and the U.S. national team for several years.