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Adnan Januzaj is the name on everyone's lips.

The 18-year-old Manchester United starlet entered the record books this week by becoming only the second player to score a brace on their full United debut. 

His two goals in the 2-1 win over Sunderland on Saturday marked the Belgium-born youngster's arrival in England. 

Despite it being the early stages of the young man's career, he is being tipped to be the next superstar at United and fill the boots left by David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo. 

When a player like this comes to the fore, it gets everyone hoping and wishing their club will also produce the next sparkling talent too.

With that in mind - take a look at the next bunch of prospects lurking in the academies at Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City - as they look to produce their own 'Januzaj.'

Arsenal - Chuba Akpom 

This London-born 17-year-old is one of England's hottest young striking talents.

Having been with the north London club since the age of six, he has come through the whole youth setup to become a first team player. Akpom was given his under-18's debut at only 15 and was named in Arsenal's Champions League squad last season. 

Arsene Wenger took the youngster on the pre-season tour to Asia and Akpom rewarded his manager's confidence in him by scoring three goals. Having scored six goals in eight appearances for the England under-19 side, he made his Premier League debut as an injury time substitute against Sunderland this season.  

Akpom is set to be a regular feature in the Gunners' first team squad this season and could be their secret weapon. 

Chelsea - Bertrand Traore 

The Chelsea academy star is another player given the chance to impress during his side's pre-season travels. The 18-year-old showed new boss Jose Mourinho exactly what he can do by scoring in the friendly fixture against an Malaysian XI.

Traore was previously with French side Auxerre but made his switch to London official on his 18th birthday last month. Despite his age the forward already has eight Burkina Faso international caps and played at the 2009 FIFA under-17 World Cup. 

With the Blues having a long list of strikers waiting for their chance in the first team, it could be a while before Traore is given the chance to make a name for himself in the Premier League like Januzaj has. 

Liverpool - Jordon Ibe 

Ibe is one of the youngest members of the Liverpool squad this season but has made an impression on manager Brendan Rogers. 

The London-born winger has been a regular feature on the Reds' bench in the Premier League this year after making his full debut in the 1-0 win over QPR in last season's final fixture. 

The former Charlton and Wycombe Wanderers youth marked his England under-19 debut last month with a goal in the 6-1 win over Estonia. Ibe will be looking to take his chances when given to him this season and follow in the footsteps of team mate Raheem Sterling.

Manchester City -  Karim Rekik 

18-year-old Dutchman Rekik is one of City's best young defending talents. 

After progressing through the Feyenoord youth teams in his homeland he was brought to Eastlands in 2011. After a loan spell in the Football League with Portsmouth, the Holland under-19 international made his full City debut in the 1-0 Premier League win over Reading in December 2012.

After a brief spell with Championship side Blackburn at the end of last season, it was announced the centre-back would join PSV for the 2013/14 season in a bid to gain regular first team experience. Rekik has settled well for the Dutch side and featured in the Champions League already. 

TottenhamSouleymane Coulibaly

Having sold star man Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in the summer, Tottenham will be on the look out for the next youngster to progress through the ranks to stardom. That man could be 18-year-old Souleymane Coulibaly. 

The striker followed in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas and Carlos Vela by winning the Golden Boot at the 2011 Under-17 FIFA World Cup. His nine goals in 10 appearances meant he holds the record for the most goals in the tournament, along with former Liverpool man Florent Sinama-Pongolle. 

His performance lead Spurs to bring the starlet to White Hart Lane from Italian side Siena but its yet to make his first team debut.  If the Ivorian can replicate the feats of his nation's superstar Drogba, Spurs fans may have something special to ease the pain of losing Bale.  

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