The current season has not yet finished, but there are some English youngsters hoping to make a big impression in the 2013/14 Premier League campaign.
Having seen the likes of Tom Cleverley, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Phil Jones among many others come to the fold for both the club and country, it’s time for other future stars to take stage in the Premier League.
Here are some who could have an important and impressive 2013/14 :
Raheem Sterling | Liverpool
Raheem Sterling was born in Jamaica but moved to England as a youngster and won his first senior cap in a friendly against Sweden last November.
Having started his career with QPR at the age of 10, Sterling joined Liverpool in 2010 - another Rafa Benitez signing. He impressed in the first half of this season, scoring two goals in 24 league appearances which is good compared to his style of play being a complete winger.
His pace has gifted him the ability to run past players and create chances. If given games he could really be vital to Liverpool’s progress.
Wilfried Zaha | Manchester United
A move to Manchester United has happened and Wilfried Zaha, who was born in Ivory Coast but made his England debut last year, is expected to feature more than often considering the current lack of form of the wingers in United’s current squad. This gives Zaha a chance to impress and add to his 16 goals in English football.
Zaha has caught the imagination of pundits all across England particularly after his Man of the Match performance against Manchester United, knocking the English giants out the League Cup. Zaha is surely one to look out for in the coming years. He also finished third in England’s Under-21 awards in 2012.
Luke Shaw | Southampton
Often labelled "the next Ashley Cole" due to his attacking style of play from left-back. He has been described as "technically very gifted" by Sir Trevor Brooking. His impressive form this season has led to his managers, Nigel Adkins and Mauricio Pocchetino, playing him in 24 league matches, which shows the amount of ability this 17-year-old possesses.
Nick Powell | Manchester United
The 18-year-old is certainly the best youth product of Crewe Alexandra, which says a lot about the quality of this midfielder.
He has only made six appearances for Manchester United this season but has shown signs of things to come. Scoring an absolute belter at Old Trafford in his very first appearance against Wigan, he was also praised for his performance against Galatasaray in the Champions League. Powell certainly adds to a very important midfield option for Sir Alex Ferguson next season.
Nathaniel Chalobah | Chelsea
Nathaniel Chalobah, who was born in Sierra Leone but has represented England at various youth levels, is currently on loan at Watford. His remarkable achievement in 2012 was winning England’s Youth Player Award. He also has the ability to switch to midfield.
For Watford he has scored four goals in 33 appearances which is excellent for a defender of his age. Chalobah was also vital for England’s Under-17 European triumph in 2010.
The 18-year-old will certainly be loaned out to a Premier League club next season which could really help him progress and make him a part of the Chelsea ranks in the coming years.
England certainly look well-equipped for the coming challenges. A progressive attitude with youth could help England foster one of the most gifted squads the world has ever seen.
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