The premier league is one of the biggest leagues in the world, with the commercial value of the league and the associated revenue for stakeholders ensures that the best talent in the world is currently plying their trade in this league. With the ever increasing stakes in the league, it is imperative for clubs to have a strong foundation of young players as they usually come with little baggage, lesser transfer fees (mostly) and can build a legacy with their performances. Manchester United class of 92 has always been revered for achieving unprecedented success, in the recent times the likes of Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Cesc Fabregas and rest have exploded on the Premier League stage and have taken the world of football with storm. The current crop of young players is surely making their mark and the best part is a lot of good English players are also coming through the ranks. Let’s glance through the five young players to watch out for in the near future.
19 year old Raheem Sterling is a product of the Queens Park Rangers academy. While a lot of the top clubs were keen to bring him aboard, it was Rafael Benitez who won the race by signing him as a Liverpool player in 2010. 2013-14 campaign was his breakthrough season where he played 33 games, scoring 9 goals, making 5 assists and his rate of successful passing was more than 80%. He is one of the hottest prospects in the English Premier League and has already signed an extension in 2013 campaign. It is rumored that Real Madrid will make a move for him in the near future; whether he stays on to set the Premier League on fire or leaves for Bernabeu is something we will have to wait and see.
He shares his date of birth with Cristiano Ronaldo, and is also expected to make a similar impact as the Portuguese made at The Theatre of Dreams. Adnan Januzaj can be seen as one of the final contributions made by Sir Alex to his glittering carrier at Manchester United. He played 27 games last season, scoring 4 goals and making 3 assists while having a successful passes completion rate of 82%. His progress might be stalled for now as Manchester United doesn’t have any European games at offer however with Van Gaal being the best nurturer of talent, we hope he will be a star player for Manchester United.
Ross Barkley impressive run of performances since his breakthrough season of 2013-14, made his current boss at Everton compare him with Paul Gascoigne, his teammates and admirer feel he has qualities of German legend Ballack and few also compare him to Wayne Rooney. A product of the Everton youth system, he is clearly one of the most gifted young midfielders and is likely to make a move to one of the Bigger clubs in the future. He scored 6 goals and had a successful passes completion rate of 85% in the last campaign, his blistering start to this season has ensured his transfer price will only increase hereon. With his ability to shoot with right or left foot, ease with which he runs past players and his ability to score; he is surely a Superstar in the making.
Saido Berahino had set this campaign of English Premier League alive with scoring goals for fun. He has a story to tell as he has made his way from the streets of Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital city to one of the biggest football leagues in the world. He has a presence on the field; quick footed, he is good in the air too. However he has had his fair share of hiccups, some attributed to his cockiness and others related to incidents where he has been caught on the wrong side of law. In the past there have been instances of players like Van Persie, Ronaldo etc. being caught in controversies and they have turned it around but Berahino has a lot to prove before he can call himself a star player and more importantly he has to get his career back on track and start scoring again for his team.
We all like to talk about young talent with blistering pace, trickery and goal scoring ability and somehow we miss the young crop of defenders which come through and are imperative to any team’s fortunes. Somehow, even in this analysis we only have one such player, Chelsea’s young defender Kurt Zouma. The Frenchmen has been bought from Saint-Étienne and has limited time as a Blue, but with Jose Mourinho at the helms of affairs we can see his role develop in the 2015 campaign, especially with John Terry in the twilight of his career. He has played twice in Champions League this season and the 6’3” centre back looks certain to be regularly employed at the heart of defense for Chelsea in the future.
(Note: There are a few talented youngsters missing from the list as we have tried to limit ourselves to five players.)
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