Premier League 2016/17: The rising stars at each club to look out for this season.
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Posted by John Smith | Published on August 8, 2016
It’s becoming more and more evident that every new season within the Premier League offers the golden opportunity for younger players to steal the headlines and make a name for themselves in English football. Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford, and Hector Bellerin are just a few examples of younger stars who have followed this very trend, with some going on to achieve greatness. With the brand new Premier League season kicking off in less than a week, it will be interesting to see which new youngsters will follow the trend of their predecessors and make a statement for themselves within the Premier League. Given the plethora of talent available in the Premier League, there’s no doubt that quite a few youngsters will follow this trend, the following takes a look at one young talent at each respective talent who you should look out for next season.
Name: Rob Holding | Position: Centre Back
Club: Arsenal | Age: 20
Arsenal confirmed the signing of young defender Rob Holding for £2 million earlier in the summer and the transfer appears to be a fantastic piece of business thus far. Although only playing preseason games with the club thus far, the England defender has been especially comfortable at the back whenever he has played there and even earned himself his first goal for the club. Considering the major lack of options in defence for Arsenal, Holding could have already earned himself his debut this week against Liverpool as the new league season kicks off. Since no deal for a new defender seems close at the moment, Holding could play a pivotal part in the opening stages of Arsenal’s Premier League campaign.
Name: Lys Mousset | Position: Striker
Club: Bournemouth | Age: 20
Although unheard of to the majority of English football fans, Bournemouth are rather fond of their new summer signing Lys Mousset. Mousset is a former academy player of Le Havre, a team known for being the starting point for exciting players such as Paul Pogba and Riyad Mahrez. Arriving to the Cherries for approximately £6 million, the striker is already experienced in regards to playing first team football. Last season, he made 28 appearances for former club Le Havre in Ligue 2 and scored 14 goals in the process. The current attacking set up for Bournemouth seems all but confirmed, with Benik Afobe and Callum Wilson looking likely to play for a majority of the season. Nevertheless, Mousset will be given chances in the first team to show off his skills, and he simply can’t put them to waste.
Name: Aiden O’Neill | Position: Centre Midfielder
Club: Burnley | Age: 18
Sean Dyche is manager who is unknown to developing new younger stars, as he has failed to produce any new talent across his three year tenure at Burnley thus far. If a younger star is to become the first player to breakthrough into the first team, the most likeliest of candidates seems to be Aiden O’Neill. Burnley are currently short in regards to their midfielder and there has not be much transfer activity occurring in regards to the position. Should no midfielder join the club, O’Neill could be given a run in the position to offer new possibilities to the Burnley manager, although, a loan deal away seems just as likely for the youngster.
Name: Ola Aina | Position: Right Back
Club: Chelsea | Age: 19
After being appointed as the new manager of Chelsea, Antonio Conte has began to alter the current Chelsea set-up in the attempt of bringing glory back to Stamford Bridge. With experienced right back Branislav Ivanovic out with injury, it gifts academy prospect Ola Aina a golden opportunity to cement his position in the Chelsea first team. The defender has played an important part in the Chelsea Academy, winning trophies such as the UEFA Youth League title as well as the FA Youth Cup, and now looks more than ready to take over the right back position from Ivanovic and become a backbone in Conte’s setup.
Name: Sullay Kaikai | Position: Winger
Club: Crystal Palace | Age: 20
Although already making his professional debut for the Eagles, Kaikai will look to earn a more consistent place within the Crystal Palace lineup. After having successful loan spells with Cambridge United and Shrewsbury Town, now is the perfect time for Kaikai to properly emerge into the Crystal Palace lineup. Kaikai has also had a good preseason with the Eagles, as a team full of youth players winning against Bromley. Although a consistent run in the first team seems unlikely thus far for the winger, consistent appearances in cup games seems likely should he remain at Palace.
Name: Mason Holgate | Position: Centre Back
Club: Everton | Age: 19
Although not playing any games thus far professionally for the first team of Everton, Mason Holgate could very well earn himself a call up to the first team. With John Stones future currently unknown on top of the fact that a replacement for the centre back has not been confirmed yet, Holgate could be called up in his name. The English defender could very well be the solution to the defensive woes considering his versatility allows for him to cover as either a centre back or as a right back – two positions the Toffees lack depth in.
Name: Joshua Tymon | Position: Centre Back
Club: Hull City | Age: 17
Unfortunately for the Tigers, they are currently facing a terrible injury crisis with reportedly only 12 fit senior players as of writing. Since Hull City are yet to sign anyone in the window with less than a month remaining, it offers the perfect chance for talented academy players to get the call up to the first team. The attacking minded left back Josh Tymon has rumoured to have been called up to the first team, and should look to challenge current left back Andrew Robertson for an inevitable starting position within the first team.
Name: Ben Chilwell | Position: Left Back
Club: Leicester City | Age: 19
Ben Chilwell is a player who seems more than ready to take a step up to Premier League football. After making 3 appearances for the first team of Leicester as well as having a good loan spell with Huddersfield Town, Chilwell earned himself Leicester City’s Academy Player of the Year award for his success across the 2015/16 league season. With Leicester going into the new season with Champions League football on top of the extra pressure to defend their title, the opportunity for first team football will arrive for Chilwell.
Name: Sheyi Ojo | Position: Winger
Club: Liverpool | Age: 19
The current future of talented winger Sheyi Ojo is unknown since Klopp continues to question whether to include Ojo in his plans for the new season or to send him out on loan to gain more experience and playing time. Should Sheyi Ojo remain at Liverpool throughout the new Premier League season, it will be interesting to see how exactly he will fit in. Ojo has currently had a successful preseason for the Reds thus far and will look to carry that form into the new season at Anfield should he remain at the club. A season of cup fixtures and substitute appearances looks likely of what the winger will face, and he’ll want to make every opportunity count.
Name: Jason Denayer | Position: Centre Back
Club: Manchester City | Age: 21
Jason Denayer is one example of many exciting prospects coming through the ranks of Manchester City, and he will most certainly look to be the first of many to burst into the first team. Currently, new manager Pep Guardiola is pursuing a brand new centre back with various reports linking a move for John Stones. However, after it was reported that City do not want to pay his £50 million fee, the deal may not happen, giving Denayer a golden opportunity to emerge into Pep Guardiola’s line up.
Name: Timothy Fosu-Mensah | Position: Right Back
Club: Manchester United | Age: 18
Unfortunately for fans of Manchester United, last season was easily one to forget as they finished in an embarrassing fifth place. An injury crisis struck the Red Devils which had an effect on regular first team players. However, this also gifted the opportunity for younger players to play first team football and show their worth to the Red Devils. Marcus Rashford was the man to steal the headlines for the Red Devils, but defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah was another bright spark who originated from the academy. With Matteo Darmian’s place in the team unconfirmed, Fosu-Mensah could use cup games, as well as his versatility to play either as a right back or defensive midfield role, to his advantage to become a mainstay in the Manchester United first team.
Name: Viktor Fischer | Position: Attacking Midfielder
Club: Middlesbrough | Age: 22
Summer signing Viktor Fischer will look to play an important part in Middlesbrough’s attempt to stay in the Premier League for the coming years. Arriving from Ajax, Fischer was an important player for the Dutch giants as he made over 100 appearances, whilst scoring 33 goals in the process, for the side despite his young age. It seems likely that Fischer will play an important role for Middlesbrough next season in the Premier League and should become the centre piece for producing goals for the side.
Name: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg | Position: Centre Midfielder
Club: Southampton | Age: 21
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg is most certainly one of the most known players on this list. Coming from the youth of Bayern Munich, there is a lot of praise and hype surrounding the 21 year old and he should play a fair amount within the Premier League this season. Højbjerg is not unknown to first team football, after making 23 Bundesliga appearances on loan to Schalke last season. Hailed for his quick feet and dribbling ability, it seems inevitable that the midfielder will play a part in Claude Puel’s plans for the coming season.
Name: Julien Ngoy | Position: Striker
Club: Stoke City | Age: 18
The Britannia Stadium is currently lacking a clinical striker who could help Stoke challenge for a potential place in Europe. During the transfer window thus far, Stoke have put in a bid in the attempt to sign Saido Berahino, but there has been no word yet of whether they will complete the signing or not. Should Stoke fail to sign a striker, this could be the chance for exciting prospect Julien Ngoy to try and break into the first team. Stoke already have the likes of Marko Arnautovic and Mato Joselu who are more than capable of leading the line. Despite this, the addition of a hungry challenger in Ngoy offers current manager Mark Hughes a completely different option in regards to his attack considering his speed and technique he offers in attack.
Name: Jordan Pickford | Position: Goalkeeper
Club: Sunderland | Age: 22
If there’s a young goalkeeper to keep an eye on going into the new season, it’s Jordan Pickford. The English goalkeeper made sporadic appearances for the Black Cats last season and even put in good performances against the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham despite losses to both. Despite being a bright spark in two losing games, Pickford was replaced by Vito Mannone for the rest of the season. After signing a new long-term contract earlier in the year, Pickford will most certainly be as hungry as ever to challenge and potentially even replace Vito Mannone as the number one goalkeeper of Sunderland.
Name: Stephen Kingsley | Position: Left Back
Club: Swansea City | Age: 22
At this moment in time, Swansea do not currently have starting left back Neil Taylor available as a result of the fact that he is still on break following Wales fantastic run in the Euros. Since a place in the starting eleven is up for grabs, it seems likely that Scottish left back Stephen Kingsley will become a mainstay in the starting lineup for the following weeks. Kingsley has only made 5 first team appearances for the Swans and should look to use Taylor’s absence in his favour to play a regular amount of first team football for Swansea across the Premier League season.
Name: Joshua Onomah | Position: Centre Midfielder
Club: Tottenham Hotspur | Age: 19
Joshua Onomah is one of the most exciting prospects coming out of the Tottenham academy for the time being, and is already familiar playing alongside the first team. The midfielder made 19 appearances in all competition last season for Spurs and has looked to become a future star for the North London side. Onomah has currently had a good preseason with Tottenham but still lacks in producing a goal or an assist. With Tottenham in the Champions League next season, it seems inevitable that the midfielder will make recurring appearances for Pochettino’s side across the new season.
Name: Isaac Success | Position: Striker
Club: Watford | Age: 20
New Watford signing Isaac Success joined the club earlier in the summer for an approximate fee of £12.5 million. It appears that new manager Walter Mazzarri has confirmed his attacking options for the new league season with Success looking to play an important part alongside current strikers Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney. Success played an important role at former club Granada last season and will look to improve his overall ability at his new club throughout the upcoming season. It appears highly likely that the new striker will feature for a significant amount of the new season at his new club.
Name: Jonathan Leko | Position: Striker
Club: West Bromwich Albion | Age: 17
As noted above, different clubs in the Premier League are in pursuit of West Brom striker Saido Berahino. After the attempt of signing Diafra Sakho broke down due to an injury, the striker may not be able to leave the Magpies after all. However, regardless of who West Brom do and do not have in attack come the end of the transfer window, it could be time for promising striker Jonathan Leko to earn a call up to the first team. Although a loan away looks far more likely for the youngster, the ability to play in cup competitions and make sporadic appearances in Premier League also looks likely for the player. With his increasing pace and calmness on the ball, Leko could be an underrated asset for West Brom for the upcoming season should he stay at the club.
Name: Reece Oxford | Position: Defensive Midfielder
Club: West Ham United | Age: 17
Arguably the most known prospect on this list is none other than Reece Oxford. The Englishman is known for his versatility considering his ability to play in the centre of defence as well as playing in a defensive midfield role. Oxford is not unknown to playing in the Premier League either, making 7 appearances across the entirety of the season. The West Ham man is typically a calm player and has been hailed for posing a threat for the opposition as well as his calm nature overall. As a result of the lack of playing time received this season, the Englishman will most certainly look to make a greater statement in English football and become a mainstay within the first team of West Ham.