Five Premier League young talents to keep an eye on
The Premier League is a hotbed for talent. It doesn’t quite have representatives that match the conveyor belt of the Ajax academy, or Barcelona’s famed La Masia, though there are a number clubs that are slowly getting there.
As a result, though, Coral suggest five names who you might want to look out for over the next couple of seasons who can definitely take the Premier League by storm if they can realise their potential.
Following the injury of summer signing Mathieu Debuchy, unconvincing performances at right back by fellow new recruit Calum Chambers and the loaning of Carl Jenkinson to West Ham United, 19-year-old Spaniard Bellerin has been given the opportunity to step up. He hasn’t disappointed so far for Arsenal, who are odds-on at 4/9 with Coral to finish in the top four this term.
His attacking, energetic style is perfectly suited to the Gunners’ footballing approach, though, crucially he also tracks back. It is scary to think that he is still a teenager and his potential is vast. Watch out for this kid.
Primed to roll off the ever burgeoning production line at Goodison Park, Everton’s 20-year-old Browning is a top talent. Replacing Tony Hibbert, 13 years his senior, for his debut against Liverpool, no less, he was instructed by Roberto Martinez to keep Mario Balotelli quiet, a task he took to with passion. He doesn’t shy away from a tackle and is aggressive with pace to burn. The Italian striker was subsequently substituted.
If fellow talented right back Seamus Coleman does indeed leave, Toffees fans shouldn’t panic. In Browning, they have a ready made, potentially better replacement. Born just one day before Everton’s next big thing at centre back, John Stones, the two can form a formidable partnership in defence.
Already linked with a number of top clubs, Aston Villa’s Grealish is highly rated 19-year-old winger is a highly regarded by boss Paul Lambert, and really is a player to watch. Elegant in style, the youth academy product has all the attributes to become a leading light for the Republic of Ireland and has appeared for the Under-21s already.
Manchester United’s 19-year-old striker is heralded as the next big thing at Old Trafford. Handed his debut by interim boss Ryan Giggs at the end of last season, he didn’t disappoint, bagging a brace against Hull City.
Rather than signing anymore forwards, manager Louis van Gaal should put his faith in Wilson, or risk losing him should he chase more regular football.
You could pretty much take you pick from a crop of youngsters at Southampton, though cultured left winger McQueen has an abundance of potential, and could be the long term replacement for the recently departed Adam Lallana. The 19-year-old, if given a chance by boss Ronald Koeman, could be a big success at St Mary’s.
Southampton’s talented youngsters, bear resemblance to Man Utd’s class of ’92 and have the potential to be even more successful collectively.