Here are five of the most promising youngsters playing in the Championship waiting to enter the biggest stage of all.
Manchester-born Zach Clough is a 20-year-old versatile forward currently playing for Bolton Wanderers.
Despite standing at ‘just’ 5ft 7in, he is very quick and tenacious in his style of play and can play up front and on the wing.
He joined the Trotters at the age of eight, and manager Neil Lennon rates him very highly.
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Clough made his senior debut on January 3 2015 against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup; a game in which the youngster featured from start and scored the winning goal in their 1-0 victory.
Last season, he made eight appearances with five goals to follow and created six chances. In addition, he put in an impressive display against Liverpool in Bolton’s 1-2 defeat at home.
Demarai Gray is a 19-year-old English winger playing for his hometown club Birmingham City. He’s represented England at various U-levels and made his senior debut on October 1 2013 in Birmingham’s 4-0 win against Millwall.
Gray is lightning quick and can play on either wing. He’s a technically gifted player with quick feet and the ability to punish defenders in one-on-one duels.
He played 41 games last season and scored six goals with 41 chances created. He was linked with a move to the Premier League at the end of last season with Liverpool and newly-promoted Bournemouth monitoring the midfielder, but has recently signed a new three-year-deal with the Blues.
Edward James ‘Teddy’ Bishop is an 18-year-old highly-rated midfielder playing for Ipswich Town.
Coming through the ranks at the club, he made his first team debut in the Capital One Cup against Crawley Town in a 1-0 defeat.
He’s a gifted playmaker with an eye for passing and build up play, and he is a skilled set piece taker with an excellent first touch. In the recent campaign, Bishop featured in 35 games, scoring one goal.
Lasse Vigen Christensen
Christensen is a 20-year-old midfielder playing for Fulham and a Danish U21 international, who has represented his country since U16 level.
He had a trial with Arsenal when he was younger but has had to wait until January 2012 to sign for Fulham following a successful trial.
His debut came on January 4 2014 in a 1-1 draw with Norwich in the Fa Cup.
Last season, he made 25 appearances for Fulham creating 41 chances and scoring five goals.
Christensen is a box-to-box player with an impressive engine but can also feature further up the pitch as a playmaker or even as a defensive midfielder. He’s been linked with a move to Aston Villa.
Will Hughes, 20, is a very gifted attacking midfielder. He’s been playing for Derby County all his career since signing a professional contract with the club at the age of 16.
On November 5 2011, Hughes made his first team debut against Peterborough in the Championship and has been a regular starter at Derby for the past couple of seasons.
He has been linked to a move to some of the biggest clubs in England ever since his 16th birthday, with Liverpool being reported to be tracking the playmaker and considering a bid.
He’s a decent set piece taker with magnificent vision allowing him to pick out his team mates from all over the pitch.
Hughes played 42 games last season scoring two goals and creating 46 chances. He received nine bookings. Hughes is said to be a Liverpool supporter.
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