We are now less than three weeks away from the start of the 2012/13 Premier League and the annual summer transfer rumour mill has been rumbling as ever.
Clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have been adding to their squads in the hope to recruit sufficient talent to attempt an improvement on last year.
Media outlets are covering the possibilities of new transfers almost 24 hours a day, but there isn’t such extensive coverage of the possible gems being found from within a club.
Such is the breadth of coverage on Premier League sides, it is difficult to be surprised by up and coming talents in the elite teams, but there are a number of youngsters who look set to make the breakthrough at first team level.
GMF has been keeping its beady eye on the pre-season action and have picked out one or two candidates from the warm-up games who look like they may be able to make the grade for the season opener on August 18.
While the imminent departure of Robin van Persie may be depressing some of the Gunners fans, there are one or two stars in the making if the pre-season period is anything to go by.
Thomas Eisfeld was signed from the Borussia Dortmund academy in the January transfer window for a fee under £500,000. The 19-year-old has been part of the reserve squad, but he came on in a few of the pre-season games and scored two equalising goals in the process.
Quick feet, good passing and intelligent movement make him a typical Wenger signing, though do not be too surprised if he gets a few substitute appearances next season.
Chuks Aneke was another who made an impact when he came on in the centre of midfield. Also 19, Aneke is a significant physical presence, while was exceptionally calm on the ball and passed it well.
The arrival of Fabio Borini from AS Roma has meant places in the centre of attack have become limited, but Adam Morgan has been promoted from within the ranks and has posted impressive scoring records aong the way.
The 18-year-old Englishman went on Liverpool’s USA tour and bagged goal against Toronto FC, as well as some glowing praise from boss Brendan Rodgers. Morgan has been billed as the ‘new Robbie Fowler’, but he will be concentrating on making a name for himself with his good movement and clinical finishing.
Raheem Sterling has been mentioned on numerous occasions as a possible star for the future, while his move to Liverpool from QPR gained a fair amount of publicity, but this could be the season where he really makes the breakthrough.
A couple of substitute appearances at the tail of last season did not show a great deal, but the lightning-quick 17-year-old has been running defenders ragged in America. This could well be the year he starts t light up the Premier League.
Roman Abramovich has been back to his old self this summer, being generous with his chequebook and making a whole raft of new signings. However, youth product Josh McEachran could well be the name that gets people talking next season.
Again, McEachran has been tipped for big things before, but has been unable to take his chances so far at Stamford Bridge and a loan spell at Swansea City did not produce the expected results. Another year will have done him good and he has been playing well in warm-up matches, so has a chance of getting closer to the first team in the new season.
Ryan Bertrand is going to need patience if he intends to become a regular at left-back, as Ashley Cole has that spot nailed on. However, there have been rumblings over Cole’s future and his age means fitness becomes more of an issue.
Bertrand has made a handful of first-team appearance, looking very assured in the process and has shown positive signs of development while away with Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics. He can safely be called the second-choice back-up for now, but is showing signs of being a long-term option for Roberto di Matteo.
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