The Premier League has witnessed the blossoming of many young stars into some of the world’s best players, but which starlets will be next?
GMF have identified a number of teenagers that look like they could make the step up from promising youngster to world-beater in the next couple of seasons.
Here they are:
Raheem Sterling, Liverpool
The 17-year-old has been a revelation since Brendan Rodgers gave him a run of games in the Anfield club’s starting XI. It was former boss Kenny Dalglish that gave Sterling his first chance in the side, but the arrival of Rodgers in the summer has signalled greater opportunities for the Reds’ more impressive academy talents. Sterling scored his first goal at the weekend and has been a problem for most every team he has faced this season – he looks certain to be a fantastic player.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsenal
‘The Ox’ is not really a promising teen as such, because he is already an established first team player at the Gunners and an England regular. But it is easy to forget that he has only just turned 19 and only became a regular under Wenger midway through last season. Oxlade-Chamberlain has improved vastly since signing from Southampton, becoming more stickily built and developing his interchange play to ready him for the central midfield role Wenger has earmarked him for. He is bound to be a leading light in the Premier League for years to come.
Nick Powell, Manchester United
Signed from Crewe in the summer, Powell has already been labelled the ‘next Paul Scholes’ after impressing during the few cameos he has made so far. One of these did see him score a Scholes-esque goal, dropping a shoulder inside Wigan centre-back Steven Caldwell before slamming the ball home from the edge of the area. Powell is tall, strong and looks to be extremely talented on the ball, with a penchant for spectacular goals. Sir Alex Ferguson will likely use him sparingly at first, but it won’t be in the distant future when before Powell proves he deserves a starting XI spot.
Lucas Piazon, Chelsea
This 18-year-old Brazilian was acquired by the Stamford Bridge club last year from the Sao Paulo academy and has made rapid progress up through the Chelsea youth ranks since arriving. He has a similar playing style to his compatriot and new team-mate Oscar, though he operates in a more advanced position. Dribbling, passing, shooting, Piazon is adept at all and it is no surprise he has been hovering around the first team for the past few months. A very talented youngster that will be ready for first team action soon and has the attributes to become a star.
Serge Gnabry, Arsenal
Not many people other than those taking interest in Arsenal under-21s and under-18s will have known much about the 17-year-old Arsenal signed from Bundesliga side Stuttgart last year before this week, but Gnabry has been exciting many people in the Gunners’ set-up since he arrived. There were glimpses of what he could do in the loss to Schalke 04 on Wednesday night and he has impressed Wenger so much, that the Frenchman is reportedly feeling less concerned about the prospect of Theo Walcott leaving. Fantastic pace, finishing ability and a willingness to take on defender, Gnabry has the tools to become a fearsome opponent in the Premier League and Wenger appears ready to give him his chance.
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