A number of young players burst onto the scene and made an impression in the Premier League last season, and many more youngsters will be hoping that 2016/2017 is their season to show the world just what they are capable of.
Looking at players aged 23 and younger, here’s the player we tip to shine at each Premier League club this season, from Manchester United through to West Ham United.
Part 1 of our list can be found here.
Manchester United – Marcus Rashford, 18
Manchester United have a number of players 23 years of age and younger who are looking to have an impact this season, including Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, and Anthony Martial. However, Rashford is one of the most talked about teenagers in world football at the moment, and already impressed last season for club and country.
When he made his United debut in the Europa League last season, he was an unknown to many, but that soon changed as he scored in that game, in his Premier League debut against Arsenal a few days later, and on the occasion of his England debut.
The young striker has already scored off the bench this season, but the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimović might limit his playing time in the coming months. The Europa League will probably provide his best chance of starting games and he will hope to continue his run of form throughout the season. Rashford hasn’t scored many long-range goals, but always seems to pop up in the right place at the right time to finish off chances, and that is a great talent to have for a striker.
Middlesbrough – Calum Chambers, 21
With the arrival of Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding to Arsenal this summer, Chambers was always going to struggle with game time. Fortunately for him, Middlesbrough were keen to sign him on a season-long loan. After impressing in his first season at Arsenal in the 2014/2015 season, and earning 29 starts in all competitions, the England defender was usurped by Héctor Bellerín for much of last season and only started two Premier League games.
Chambers, and Middlesbrough, will be hoping he can get back on track this season, and he will have plenty of opportunity in this Middlesbrough side as they try and avoid relegation straight back down to the Championship. The defender still has a lot of potential and if he is able to impress this season, he might be included in Arsenal’s first-team plans in the future.
Southampton – James Ward-Prowse, 21
Another player that has been around for a few seasons but is still very young is Saints midfielder Ward-Prowse. After making his debut as a 16-year old in the League Cup in 2011, the youngster has gone on to make over 100 appearances for Southampton. He became a regular for the club in the 2013/2014 season and last year he scored two and assisted a further four goals in the Premier League.
A set-piece specialist, Ward-Prowse has also shone for the England age groups as he captained the England Under-21s to victory in the Toulon Tournament this past summer. The midfielder will get plenty of playing time this season, with Southampton in the Europa League, and should be looking to improve in front of goal in order to really have an impact on his club’s season.
Stoke City – Jack Butland, 23
One of the most promising young goalkeepers in world football at the moment and likely to be England’s next number 1, Butland has the talent to be a world-class goalkeeper in the not so distant future. The English keeper went on several loan spells in the Championship before cementing his place as Stoke’s first-choice keeper last season. He did extremely well, managing to keep 10 clean sheets and was voted as Stoke’s best player.
Unfortunately for Butland, he got injured playing for England in a friendly game before the Euros, which ruled him out of the tournament. Just before the start of this season, he got injured again and has missed the first three games as a result. Despite these problems, Butland has a big year ahead of him. If he can stay fit and perform well, there is every chance he will be England’s number 1 very soon as current first-choice keeper Joe Hart is out of form.
Sunderland – Adnan Januzaj, 21
Attacking midfielder Januzaj came to the attention of football fans in England when he scored two impressive goals for Manchester United on the occasion of his first start against current employers Sunderland. Despite continuing to play well during that season (2013/2014), his impact since then has waned.
The Belgian didn’t score a single goal the following season for club or country. Last season was also disappointing for Januzaj as he was loaned out to Borussia Dortmund for the season, but was recalled to United in January after failing to find the back of the net.
The Belgian will get a lot of playing time at Sunderland, as they currently have a very thin squad, and he is also a very talented player. This season he can prove his critics wrong, and show that he’s not just a flash in the pan. With the ever-clinical Jermain Defoe up top, Januzaj will get plenty of opportunities for assists, and he has already scored a stunning long-range effort for the Black Cats in their EFL Cup win over Shrewsbury Town.
Swansea City – Modou Barrow, 23
The Gambian winger may not be well known outside of Swansea, but he has started all three league games for them this season. In the whole of last season, Barrow only started six games in the Premier League, so he is already earning a lot more game time. Barrow did go out on loan to Blackburn Rovers last year, but only made one start in the Championship.
With manager Francesco Guidolin obviously impressed by the winger in pre-season, Barrow will want to start rewarding him with goals and assists, as he only managed one goal last year in the league. With his pace and direct running, Barrow can be a threat to any team this season.
Tottenham Hotspur – Dele Alli, 20
Another English youngster who had an incredible season last year, earning himself a place in the England starting XI for the Euros in the process. When Alli was only 18, he scored 16 goals for MK Dons in League 1. That prompted a move to Spurs for £5 million in February 2015. He was loaned back to MK Dons for the remainder of that season and it was last season when the midfielder really came to the fore, scoring 10 goals and assisted nine more in the Premier League.
After a disappointing performance in the Euros with England, where he didn’t perform to the standard he did with his club side, Alli will be expecting to improve on his performances of last season. With his technical ability and good finishing, Alli has the potential to be a world class midfielder in the years to come.
Watford – Isaac Success, 20
Not much was known of Nigerian Success before Watford broke their transfer record to sign him for £12.5 million this summer. The striker played for Granada in Spain last season, where he scored six goals in 30 appearances in the league.
Success may not start many games initially, as the strike duo of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo will look to continue their impressive form from last year. However, if Success is able to impress boss Walter Mazzarri in any games he does feature in, he will hope to get a extended run in the side.
West Bromwich Albion – Jonathan Leko, 17
Leko is another young striker who will be looking to gain more first team experience in the coming months. He made his senior debut last season when he was just 16, becoming the first player born in 1999 to start a game in the Premier League. He has not managed to score a goal for the first team to date and will be looking to hit the back of the net this season as a result.
The teenager has already been involved again this season, as he has made two appearances off the bench in West Brom’s three opening league games. However, in his last game, he had to be substituted only minutes after coming on so he will be hoping that it is not a long-term injury and that he can really make an impact on the Baggies’ performances this season.
West Ham United – Manuel Lanzini, 23
The Argentine’s career path has been quite strange compared to some of the rest of the young players in this list. After playing in Argentina and Brazil, he moved to Al Jazira Club, who ply their trade in the UAE Arabian Gulf League.
The attacking midfielder did well enough in that league to attract the interest of West Ham, who signed him initially on loan last season. Lanzini impressed while in London, scoring six goals during the course of the season. This resulted in West Ham signing him permanently this summer.
The 23-year-old was named in the Argentinean provisional squad for the Olympics this summer, but had to pull out through injury. This season, he will be expecting to cement a first-team place for the Hammers and add to his collection of stunning goals scored last year.
Reuben Gready, Pundit Arena
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