Mark Travers, Adam Idah and Aaron Connolly have been included in the Guardian’s list of Premier League youngsters tipped to shine during their respective sides’ pre-season tours.
The English publication singled out a young prospect for each of the 20 Premier League clubs who they feel could have a big impact this summer, with the Irish trio making the grade.
Bournemouth goalkeeper Travers was included for the Cherries after breaking into the first team towards the end of the season and starting their last two games of the Premier League campaign.
Journalist Ben Fisher outlined that Travers is “extremely highly regarded by Eddie Howe,” and outlined that he “could yet start this season as first choice” for Bournemouth.
The 20-year old has also been included in two of Mick McCarthy’s Irish squads and will be hoping that he can stake a claim for the number one spot for Ireland over the next few months.
Irish U21 international Aaron Connolly was selected as Brighton’s young star to watch following the 19-year old’s tremendous displays for the Seagulls’ underage sides last season.
Fisher outlined that Connolly will be “determined to make a first-team breakthrough under Graham Potter” this season and given the new bosses propensity for giving youth a chance the Galway born striker may well get his opportunity.
Connolly also impressed at the Toulon Tournament for Stephen Kenny’s side over the summer and after his successful recovery from a hamstring injury could be in for a massive couple of months at the Amex.
The final player included is newly promoted Norwich’s young striker Adam Idah.
Idah, another who shone in Toulon, was in tremendous goalscoring form last season for Norwich’s U23s and was recently rewarded with a new contract as Daniel Farke plans to include him in the first team ahead of the Premier League season.
“Blessed with both height and pace, Idah is first and foremost a finisher,” says journalist Paul MacInnes of the 18-year old who bagged a brace for the Canaries in their most recent pre-season game against German side Bonner SC.
The trio’s inclusion is very promising from an Irish perspective and it is hoped that each of them can have a big impact for their respective clubs this season.