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Ten Premier League starlets to watch in 2014/15

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As the season gets ever closer, nowadays signings are becoming more frequent at clubs and usually high sums are shelled out just to acquire these players.

However, football doesn't have to be a business, and the Manchester City's and Chelsea's don't only need to be looking at new recruits when they already have players in their youth setups that can make just as much of an impact at their club.

So, with this in mind, let's take a look at ten players who look like hot prospects going into this years campaign even though they are still very young.

10. John Flanagan (Liverpool)

I must admit, it was a real surprise to see Flanagan in Liverpool's starting XI first time round, however he made more of an impression than many thought last season and became a regular starter for Liverpool, and he isn't only there just to make up the numbers. You'd think that Flanagan will be given chances next season, even though Liverpool are going to sign two more full-backs. At 21-years-old and already on the verge of making Roy Hodgson's squad, we can only expect another good season from him.

9. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United)

In a somewhat dark time for Manchester United last season, it was Januzaj that offered a flicker of light to the despairing team, making a real impression. Perhaps Moyes used him too much though, and you wouldn't expect that he'll get a lot of time on the field under Van Gaal this season, yet when he does expect pace, trickery and goals aplenty. 

8. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion)

The youngster definitely proved his pace and talent back last season, and proved pivotal to West Brom staying up after a generally underwhelming season. Berahino grabbed five goals If Berahino can stay out of trouble off of the field, and get some regular starts once again under Alan Irvine who has also brought in back-up, the Englishman can expect double this tally next season.

7. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace)

After a very slow start the winger managed a good season under Tony Pulis last season, with Pulis really reaping the benefits with his tricky winger. Second season syndrome often is a factor in the Premier League, yet this season you have to expect more goals and assists from Bolasie, after grabbing only four assists in total.

6. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur)

A player with great potential, we knew that from his days at Roma where he grabbed 15 goals in 33 appearances in Serie A. The Argentine will be expected to show why he was bought for a hefty £30 million. After making only 17 appearances last season, he'll hope to avoid injury, and show more of his exceptional dribbling ability and his fast pace this term.

5. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa)

He did well, especially when you consider some of Aston Villa's performances last season in general. After being given the pressure of getting the goals following Benteke's injury Weimann did well, getting five goals and five assists. With Benteke still not returning from injury just yet, the Austrian will yet again be key as they look for improvement and a higher placed finish. You'd think that Weimann can exceed this season's tally, and be aiming at ten goals?

4. Connor Wickham (Sunderland)

The Forward finally showed some of his ability at the end of last season and at last lived up to that hefty £8 million price tag. After five massive goals in 12 appearances towards the end of last season, he will now want to kick on and take his form into next season. A brace against Manchester City and Cardiff whilst also grabbing one against Chelsea all helped to keep Sunderland up after a relegation scare. One thing's for sure, Gus Poyet definitely won't be sending Wickham out on loan this season.

3. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City)

One of Leicester's most impressive creative forces last campaign, as they won the Championship with games to spare and there is no doubting his talent in England's second division. Knockaert was one of the best players in the Champtionship, scoring five goals. However, the Frenchman will be needing to show this in the Premier League, as his club bid for survival in what could be a very tough challenge for them.

2. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)

Although he now faces more competition than ever before, Sterling will now look to push on from last season and be a Liverpool regular, making the right-wing just about his last season. The young Englishman really showed last season just how he can adapt to whatever position he was asked to play and looked a consistent performer under Brendan Rodgers, and at the World Cup in Brazil. After making 30 appearances and scoring nine goals last season, you'd think that Sterling can grab at least 15 this season!

1. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers)

Another who proved a key goalscorer in the Championship back last season, even though he spent the majority out with niggling injuries. In 31 appearances last season, Austin grabbed 17 goals with the 25-year-old also appearing in the play-off final as QPR won 1-0. Good things will be expected of Austin in the Premier League, and his goals will be vital if QPR are to stay up. It looks a long shot, but with England now not blessed with forward options after Jermain Defoe packed for America, a season of goals could just see him make the cut.

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Saido Berahino
Charlie Austin
Andreas Weimann
Tottenham Hotspur
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Connor Wickham
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