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Premier League youngsters set for a huge 2015

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The new year is a start for people to cut a clean slate. A new year may well mean a new beginning. For several players in the Premier League, players who perhaps didn't enjoy the best of 2014, can look forward to returning back to the forefront of their teams' displays. 

Yet as 2015 has come, some of the Premier League's brightest young stars will be looking to come to prominence and show exactly what they are capable of. Some have shown glimpses already and will want to go to the next level and are ready for the big time.

So here are the top five young players who will be looking to have a storming year in England's top-flight...

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

The 20-year-old would certainly fall under the category of players who have shown flashes of brilliant potential so far. Ward-Prowse has impressed many with his incredibly calm head in the centre of midfield for Southampton and is yet another success to come out of the Saints' outstanding academy. 

In his first seven games in Southampton's excellent 2013/14 season, Ward-Prowse averaged 2.1 key passes per game as well as a crossing average of 3.1 per match. He showed remarkable composure on the ball for such a young man and was influential in the Saints' flowing football during his breakthrough season.

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Over one year later and Ward-Prowse is still impressing. Despite not getting on the scoresheet so far in this campaign, his assist tally of five from midfield has left him with a lot of admirers and his passing success rate of 89 percent only points to the expectation that he will have another excellent year ahead of him.

Saido Berahino (West Brom)

After breaking through the ranks last season with a series of impressive displays, Berahino just keeps improving in every game. His pace, power and finishing abilities mean that he is already the main man at the Hawthorns.

The 21-year-old notched eight league goals this campaign and most recently scored four in West Brom's 7-0 drubbing of Gateshead in the FA Cup at the weekend.

Despite suffering a dip after scoring seven goals in his first league games, Berahino has still been essential to the Baggies' play and his pass success rate of 86.3 percent shows that he provides excellent vision and composure on the ball.

There is much expected from Berahino in 2015, his undoubted pace and dazzling skill is bound to entertain many, with an England call-up also not far round the corner. There has been interest from the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool, who are looking for a consistent finisher that Berahino could be.

If he stays at West Brom however, we could see even more brilliance from the young Berahino in 2015. 

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)

The fact that Sterling is only 20-years-old seems remarkable considering the amount he has been talked about over the last couple of years. After the departure of Luis Suarez from Anfield and the continuing injury problems of fellow England compatriot Daniel Sturridge there is huge expectation on the shoulders of young Sterling.  

There is no doubting the enormous potential of the 2014 Golden Boy winner and his stats have been very impressive for someone so young. His form in 2013/14 was superb, with the Liverpool winger piling up nine goals and five assists.

His stunning late season form lead manager Brendan Rodgers to claim that he was the 'best young player in Europe' at the time. This season, albeit without consistency, has seen more brilliance from Sterling so far. He has scored four goals, as well as bagging four assists and producing two man of the match displays - underlining his importance to Liverpool.

There is no doubt that we are likely to see much more of the exciting pace and skill that Sterling possesses. There is more pressure for him deliver in 2015, however.

After the near title-winning 2013/14, Liverpool have struggled massively so far this campaign. Yet if Sterling can deliver a second successive year of Champions League football this year, his already burning reputation will only increase. 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)

After struggling originally for starts, Oxlade-Chamberlain has become a key man for Arsenal. His driving runs, impressive pace and mesmerising skill have caught the eye of many over the past 18 months. The 21-year-old already boasts 20 caps for England, as well as passing 100 appearances for the Gunners in November.

Although Oxlade-Chamberlain's goal and assist return do not raise any eyebrows - two goals and three assists in all competitions this season - it is the work-rate and attacking threat that he delivers which makes him such a talent.

So far this campaign, Oxlade-Chamberlain boasts an average of 3.4 successful dribbles in the Premier League and 3.7 in the Champions League. He also has an average of 1.3 key passes in the league as well as an impressive work rate to boot.

The former Southampton winger, much like Sterling at Liverpool, will be crucial to Arsenal's attacking play, even more so considering the huge injury list currently at the Emirates Stadium.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has mentioned that he would like to try out a more central role at the club in the near future. Nevertheless, wherever he plays, 2015 could be a big year for the Arsenal man.

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)

Clyne's strong and consistent performances have been a feature of Southampton's impressive season so far - defensive solidarity and pace and power in attack.

The 23-year-old has shown how far he has developed from a raw, quick right-back to a strong and all-round full-back. Clyne broke into the England squad at the back end of 2014 and an international career looks very bright after his excellent Premier League performances. 

Clyne's stats only enhance the view that he is one of the best full-backs in the country at the moment. The defensive side to his game has certainly been admirable with him averaging 4.3 tackles and 1.8 interceptions per game in 18 appearances so far this season.

Not only that, but the right-back has chipped in with two goals, including a screamer at Anfield in Southampton's opening match of the campaign. His bombing runs down the wing have also been key to the club's attacking play.

Clyne's performances have been outstanding so far and he has already gained the reputation as the Premier League's top tackler after racking up 78 successful challenges in the first half of the season - more than any other player.

If Clyne can keep up his fantastic displays for Southampton, big things could be ahead for him in 2015.

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West Bromwich Albion
Saido Berahino
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Raheem Sterling
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