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Top five: Young stars outside of the Premier League

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Tom Ince is set to have a bright future (©GettyImages)
Tom Ince is set to have a bright future (©GettyImages).

Below are five highly talented prospects from the Championship who could well be plying their trade in the top flight next season.

 Players such as Nathan Redmond and Wilfried Zaha - both moving to Norwich and Manchester United respectively - remonstrate as proof that it is more than possible to make the move from the Championship to the top tier for young, talented footballers.

5. Liam Bridcutt - Brighton and Hove Albion

Bridcutt began his career at Chelsea and rose through the youth system, immediately being earmarked as a player for the future. 

After leaving Chelsea he signed for Brighton on a five-year contract making an instant impact as he played a leading role in their promotion from League One. 

Gus Poyet had often deployed Bridcutt as a defensive midfielder playing in front of a back four, and his underlying ability to distribute from the back and break play up has caught the eye of several Premier League suitors. 

Bridcutt has been voted Brighton's player of the year in consecutive seasons which just indicates how highly he is thought of in the Brighton hierarchy.

A gritty defensive midfielder with the ability to go forward, and at 24, a solid acquisition for any Premier League club.

4.Troy Deeney - Watford

Deeney started his career at Aston Villa, though was later released and commenced his career at Walsall. 

Deeney's stature gives a clear indication of his playing style. He stands at 6ft and is aerially strong, and is more than capable of shooting in and outside the box. 

Gianfranco Zola has played Deeney as a sole striker and last season he amassed a total of 20 goals in 43 appearances. 

Deeney could prove to be a coy buy for any Premier League team with Aston Villa having shown an interest in re-acquiring Deeney, after having let him go as a 15-year-old youngster. 

Deeney has the potential to play in the Premier League but would represent a slight risk having never played in the top flight. 

However a striker who has a proven track record in the lower leagues is worth a punt surely?

3. Kasper Schmeichel - Leicester

Son of Peter, Kasper Schmeichel looks set to follow in his father's footsteps in having a bright future in the game. 

He has established himself as number one at Leicester, and despite reported interest from Hull City this summer the 26-year-old committed his immediate future to the Foxes. 

He has clearly established himself as the number 1 choice keeper under Nigel Pearson at Leicester.

He has huge talent and before the arrival of Joe Hart at Manchester City he looked set to take the reigns as the permanent future first-choice keeper at Man City.

This says a lot about the character of Schmeichel that it took the top English goalkeeper to derail his position at City. 

This young man has the potential to go a long way in the game.

2. Tom Ince - Blackpool

The man on everyone's lips in the Championship at the moment.

Ince looked set to join newly promoted Cardiff City after Blackpool agreed a fee of £8m with the Welsh club, but the youngster snubbed a move to the Welsh capital.

A strong campaign last year caught the attention of several Premier League clubs with a return to Liverpool strongly suggested as a viable option. 

Ince has a natural goalscoring ability coupled with pace and power meaning he certainly has the suitable characteristics to make the step up to the Premier League. 

1. Will Hughes - Derby County

Arguably the most exciting Championship prospect, at only 18 years old Will Hughes has attracted considerable Premier League attention, with all of the "Top Four" registering an interest in signing the talented midfielder. 

Barcelona also had a scouting report filed on him and it was further reported Newcastle were readying themselves to make a £10 million bid for his services.

Hughes - who is just 18 years old - has already established himself in the Derby side and it is surely just a waiting game before temptation gets the better of him to make the jump to the top flight. 

His ability on the ball is second to one whilst within the Derby side he is dominant in the middle of the park. 

Hughes will play in the Premier League, it's just a question of how long before he does. 

Derby are set to receive a sizeable cheque when he does eventually depart the Rams.

 

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