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5 Young Players Tipped To Wow The Premier League This Season

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29: Josh Onomah of Tottenham Hotspur has a shot on goal that hit the crossbar in the first half during 2016 International Champions Cup Australia match between Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico de Madrid at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 29, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

With the new season nearly upon us, it is time to look at which youngsters will light up the Premier League this term and who will be in the running to follow in the footsteps of former Young Player of the Year winners Cristiano Ronaldo, Steven Gerrard, Ryan Giggs and more recently Eden Hazard, Harry Kane and last year’s winner Dele Alli.

While Alli will start as the favourite to retain his crown, I will look at the alternatives and those who have the best chance to claim the title as their own.


1. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

It is incredible that this time twelve months ago, ahead of the new campaign, even the most die hard Manchester United fan would have known little about Marcus Rashford.

Rashford only made the bench for the first time in November, when Manchester United faced Watford, but he made his biggest impact in the Europa League against Midtjylland and he never looked back, scoring twice in that game, then netting two and providing an assist against Arsenal in the Premier League three days later.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates scoring his opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on February 28, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The 18-year-old went on to score the winner in the Manchester derby and his performances for the remainder of the season earned him a place at Euro 2016 as part of Roy Hodgson’s England squad.

While the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United this summer may limit Rashford’s playing time, the chance to work with such a legend of the game will only aid the development of the 18 year old.

With Manchester United involved in the Europa League this season, Rashford will get the opportunity to impress once again and who will doubt that he cannot continue to shine.


2. Alex Iwobi (Arsenal)

Trying to make it as a Premier League footballer can be tough, although when your uncle is Jay-Jay Okocha it makes it that little bit harder.

While Iwobi will continue to be compared to the former Bolton star, last season suggested the youngster has the potential to outshine his famous uncle’s achievements in the Premier League.

Iwobi made his first team debut in the League Cup meeting with Sheffield Wednesday last October, making his Premier League debut against Swansea City the following weekend.

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN - AUGUST 07: Alex Iwobi of Arsenal and Raheem Sterling of Manchester City competes for the ball during the Pre-Season Friendly between Arsenal and Manchester City at Ullevi on August 7, 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden. (Photo by Nils Petter Nilsson/Ombrello/Getty Images)

Iwobi continued to impress and with injuries to Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the Nigerian youngster, like Marcus Rashford, grabbed his chance starring in all competitions for the Gunners in the remainder of the season with the highlights being starting the Champions League tie at the Camp Nou as well as netting against Everton and Watford in the Premier League.

With doubts raised over the future of Walcott and his loss of form, 20-year-old Iwobi will get the chance to shine once again this season as he aims to remain a firm fixture in the Arsenal side.


3. Leroy Sane (Manchester City)

While Leroy Sane has yet to kick a ball in the Premier League, if he can transfer his Bundesliga form to the English league then Manchester City have signed a potential star, and definitely one to watch this season.

Sane comes with a hefty price tag, unlike Rashford and Iwobi who both came through the youth system at their clubs.

Man City

Having left the Bundesliga himself for the Premier League, Pep Guardiola was eager to bring the German International with him, which should be a clear indication of the youngster’s ability with Guardiola having watched him closely while manager of Bayern Munich while Sane starred for Schalke.

The attacking midfielder will face competition for a starting place in the Manchester City lineup but his ability will shine through once that opportunity comes, with his pace expected to light up the Etihad.


4. Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City)

Being a striker at Manchester City can be tough with Sergio Aguero ahead of you in the pecking order, yet the Argentine’s injury problems have helped Iheanacho come to the fore when the opportunity arises.

The 19-year-old joined Manchester City’s academy in 2014 and has continued to impress. Last August he made former manager Manuel Pellegrini’s first team squad and scored a late winner against Crystal Palace in September. He also went on to score a hat-trick against a struggling Aston Villa in the FA Cup.

SHENZHEN, CHINA - JULY 28: Kelechi Iheanacho (R) of Manchester City contests the ball against Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Borussia Dortmund during the 2016 International Champions Cup match between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund at Shenzhen Universiade Stadium on July 28, 2016 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Iheanacho will hope to continue his fine start to his Manchester City career under Guardiola this season. With Aguero always going to be the main man at City and with Wilfried Bony expected to depart the club, the chances will come for Iheanacho with Manchester City involved in all major competitions.


5. Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur)

Josh Onomah need look no further than his teammate at Tottenham, Alli, for inspiration this coming season.

Onomah made his Tottenham first team debut replacing Alli in a home victory over Aston Villa last season and remained a part of manager Mauricio Pochettino’s first team squad making appearances in all competitions for Spurs including the Europa League.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29: Josh Onomah of Tottenham Hotspur and Tiago of Atletico de Madrid compete for the ball during 2016 International Champions Cup Australia match between Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico de Madrid at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 29, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

While Alli deservedly stole all the headlines, Onomah quietly made a name for himself and he will continue to be part of the Spurs squad as the club return to the Champions League this season.

While the 19-year-old, who has been compared to former Spurs player Gareth Bale for his trickery and pace on the ball, has been productive for Pochettino when needed, the season ahead will show if Onomah can deliver on his potential and follow in the footsteps of both Bale and Alli and wow the White Hart Lane faithful.

Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena

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