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Premier League: Rising star XI

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With so much focus put on spending money at top clubs, some of the Premier League's most exciting young talents are being forgotten. However, these XI starlets have the potential to become huge assets to their clubs in the future.

In a modern 4-2-3-1 formation, these youngsters would be a match for many Premier League teams even at such an early stage in their careers.

Goalkeeper - Jack Butland: Stoke City

Former Birmingham man Butland joined Stoke in January of this year, after some impressive performances between the sticks at St. Andrews. 

Already an England international after receiving his first cap in the friendly against Italy in 2012, Butland has the unenviable task of displacing Asmir Begovic from the goalkeeping position at Stoke. But with all the talent the 20-year-old has, the Bosnian will have to be on his toes to keep him out of the squad.

Right Back - Matt Lowton: Aston Villa

A dependable young right-back, Lowton had a fine season for a youthful Aston Villa squad last time out and capped it with a contender for goal of the season away at Stoke, spanking a volley beyond Begovic from 30 yards.

Villa have started this season well and will look to push on in the Premier League, with Lowton set to be a fixture in the team for a long time.

Centre Back - Nathan Baker: Aston Villa

Lowton's Aston Villa teammate Nathan Baker showed a maturity beyond his years last season as he marshalled Paul Lambert's inexperienced side during a tough relegation battle.

The 6ft 3in defender has been on loan spells to Lincoln City and Millwall in recent seasons but now looks to be an important cog for the Villains' promising young side.

Centre Back - Steven Caulker: Cardiff City

Still only 21, it's easy to mistake Caulker for a Premier League stalwart due to his calming influence and hulking 6ft 3in frame.

The England international left Tottenham this summer in search of first-team football, and Spurs' loss could be Cardiff City's gain if the £8m man keeps the Bluebirds up this season.

Left Back - Luke Shaw: Southampton

Luke Shaw is one of the most in-demand young players in English football and at the tender age of 18, he is already a fixture in Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton side.

Technically gifted and extremely athletic, the youngster has drawn inevitable comparisons with Gareth Bale, but has committed himself to the club for the forseeable future after signing a five-year contract in July.

Centre Midfield - Tom Carroll: Tottenham 

Pint-sized midfielder Tom Carroll is a prospect with fantastic technical ability and passing ability and could be a serious talent for England in the future.

However, after seeing his way into the Spurs squad blocked by Andre Villas-Boas' shopping spree this summer, he has joined up with former boss Harry Redknapp at QPR for the season in order to showcase his considerable skills.

Centre Midfield - Nathaniel Chalobah: Chelsea

If you haven't seen Chalobah's goal for Watford against Leicester City last season yet, make sure you do, it's an absolute stunner.

Far from being a one-hit wonder, Chalobah is an athletic and tough-tackling midfielder who is regarded as a future Chelsea captain by many after some impressive performances during his Hornets loan spell.

Attacking Midfield Left - Alex Kacaniklic: Fulham

A young Swedish international who is tricky on the wing and whose name is even trickier to spell, Kacaniklic showed some impressive performances last season for Martin Jol's Fulham.

With pace to burn and an eye for goal, the Swede is in line for big things if he can retain his place in the Fulham squad this season.

Attacking Midfield Centre - Gedion Zelalem: Arsenal

The youngest entrant in our side, Zelalem is touted as a huge prospect in world football after catching the eye on Arsenal's pre-season tour of Asia and subsequently being promoted to the Gunners' first-team for the 2013/14 season.

With fantastic movement and the vision to spot passes that others can only dream of, the German-born 16-year-old signed from Hertha Berlin in January of this year and has already made his mark on Arsene Wenger's side.

Attacking Midfield Right - Jordan Ibe: Liverpool

Signed from Wycombe Wanderers in 2012, Ibe is already making waves at Anfield following a host of impressive performances for the under-21 team.

A pacey wideman with fantastic dribbling ability, Ibe has already played for the club this season in their 4-2 League Cup win over Notts County, making a big impression on manager Brendan Rodgers.

Striker - Saido Berahino: West Bromwich Albion

Berahino has exploded onto the scene this season with a hat-trick in West Brom's League Cup win over Newport County and following this up with a goal for England under-21s against Moldova.

The Burundi-born 20-year-old has a great eye for goal and will be hoping to be given more opportunities to impress manager Steve Clarke during this campaign.

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