SEVEN promising youngsters set to take the Premier League by storm

SEVEN promising youngsters set to take the Premier League by storm
Jul 29, 2016

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With all the money being thrown about by Premier League clubs, it’s easy to forget the young talent these sides already possess.

Whether they’ve been at the club for over a decade or just a couple of seasons, most teams have promising young players capable of making an impact in the Premier League if given the chance.

The new TV deal will make it harder for youngsters to get their first team chance, but here’s seven who can make their mark this upcoming season:

 

Jonathan Leko

Leko has already broken into West Brom’s first team set up, as he appeared five times (three starts) last term for Tony Pulis’ side. Having made his debut at the age of 16 and being the first player born in 1999 to start a Premier League match, Leko definitely has tons of potential. The 17-year-old winger/striker definitely has the physical tools to succeed in the top flight; you won’t find many players faster. He’s not only capable of scoring goals but also is very comfortable with the ball, as he has very quick feet and can create for others. His assist against Liverpool on the last day of the season epitomises all of this.

If Leko continues working hard, he has the potential to make it to the very top.

 

Ovie Ejaria

Ejaria, although yet to make an appearance for the first team in a competitive fixture, has a bright future ahead of him. The 18-year-old central midfielder was outstanding (arguably the best player on the pitch) in Liverpool’s preseason friendly against Chelsea; he showed a maturity beyond his years. A product 0f Arsenal’s academy, Ejaria spent nine years in North London before joining The Reds in the summer of 2014.

With all the quality midfielders in Liverpool’s squad, he may struggle to get consistent minutes. But if he can continue playing well when given the chance, he’ll hope he can eventually nail down a spot in the starting eleven.

 

Ola Aina

The 19-year-old primarily plays as a right back but is capable of playing anywhere across the backline. Aina, like Ejaria, made a big impression in the friendly between Liverpool and Chelsea. He kept Coutinho quiet for the majority of the game and didn’t allow Moreno to make much of an impact going forward, either.

Last season, Aina trained with the first team for the majority of the campaign but, as of yet, has not made his competitive debut. But, with Ivanović aging and Baba Rahman seemingly not in Conte’s plans, that could soon be set to change.

 

Reece Oxford

When Reece Oxford first broke onto the scene, West Ham fans were extremely excited about the future of the Tottenham academy product (and probably still are). Bilić picked Oxford (16 at the time) in his starting lineup in a clash against Arsenal. It was a risk picking such a young player against a top side like The Gunners, but Oxford stepped up to the challenge. Playing in a holding midfield role right in front of the back four, he kept Özil quiet throughout as West Ham picked up an impressive 2-0 victory.

Since then, he has failed to cement a place in Bilić’s starting eleven. West Ham supporters will be hoping to see more of him this season than they did the last.

 

Angeliño

Angeliño impressed during his loan spell at New York City FC and has so far done the same for Manchester City this preseason. The 19-year-old left back is very good going forward and suits Guardiola’s possession based style. He already seems to have made an impression on the former Bayern manager, who has described him as “amazing”.

With the left back position at City very much up for grabs, Angeliño will fancy his chances of breaking into the starting XI.

 

Martin Samuelsen

With all the hype around Martin Ødegaard, there’s an amazing Norwegian talent that doesn’t get talked about nearly enough. That talent is Martin Samuelsen. Coming off of a very successful loan spell at Peterborough, Samuelsen will be entering this season full of confidence. The Norwegian winger/attacking midfielder is extremely talented, often leaving spectators in awe of his dazzling skills.

Here’s an example of his fantastic technical ability where he embarrasses a Chesterfield defender.

 

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Under Mourinho, Loftus-Cheek did not play very often. Even when one of Matic/Fabregas was injured or suspended, ‘The Special One’ would opt to play Mikel – much to the dismay of Chelsea supporters. When Hiddink took over, this began to change. Loftus-Cheek began to play more regularly, and, although he wasn’t terrible, he failed to make a substantial impact.

Chelsea fans will hope Conte can get the best out of the 20-year-old. Interestingly, he’s deployed him as a striker so far in preseason.

No matter what position it’s in, Loftus-Cheek will hope to finally live up to the potential he possesses this season.

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