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young talents usually struggle to get game time in the Premier League and often find themselves shipped out on loan as a result.

However, some players get the opportunity to shine and are included in their manager’s plan. We saw last season how Everton gave defenders John Stones and Luke Garbutt their chance along with the emergence of Arsenal ace Hector Bellerin, who took his chance following Mathieu Debuchy’s injury.

Jordon Ibe got minutes at Liverpool to prove his ability to replace Raheem Sterling in the forthcoming season and Aston Villa's Jack Grealish became an integral part of the team.

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Last season also saw wonderkid Adnan Januzaj, who dazzled in midfield the previous season, fall down the peeking order at Manchester United because of Louis van Gaal’s preference to experience and proven players.

Manchester United are desperate to regain their dominance at the top of English football meaning that they have continued their spending this summer.

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Last season, Chelsea’s youth team showed their status as the best in Europe, and many of the players will be looking for their chance.

However, Chelsea have a history of relying on experience over youngster, which have brought them great success in the past. Whether even the most talented youngsters on contract at England’s elite will succeed at their current clubs will be up to their managers combined with patience and more hard work.

Here are some of the most promising players in Premier League looking for their chance in the new season and look to impress in pre-season.

Dele Alli – Tottenham

Alli, 19, signed for Tottenham in February 2015 for a fee of £5 million after attracting interest from the top of the Premier League for his performances at MK Dons. Standing at 6 ft 2 in, the midfielder possesses physical presence as well as technical ability and decent finishing.

He is described as a versatile midfielder able to drive the ball forward and finishing off attacks. He made 62 appearances scoring 18 goals since his league debut for MK Dons as a 16-year-old in November 2012.

Alli does not intend to sit on the bench; nor does he want to go out on loan and with Tottenham looking to ‘refurbish’ their midfield, he might get his chance. The departures of Etienne Capoue and Paulinho combined with uncertainty over Benjamin Stambouli mean that manager Mauricio Pochettino currently is able to offer Alli valuable minutes.

Ryan Mason and Bentaleb currently controls Tottenham’s central are, but Alli could offer something different and a bit more ‘wow factor’ in central midfield.

Chances of breakthrough this season: High

Andreas Pereira – Manchester United

The Brazilian U20 is believed to be one of the biggest talents at Manchester United since Paul Pogba. As a result, many United fans were unhappy with the news that he had rejected a contract offer. In addition, Juventus were lurking in an attempt to snatch him away on a free – just like Pogba.

However, Pereira, 19, recently signed a contract extension to keep him at Old Trafford until 2018. In that time, he will be looking to have an impact on the first team since making his league debut last season against Tottenham.

Pereira is playmaker with impressive technique and ‘trickery’, and he knows how to control the tempo of a game. He’s capable of using both feet and very intelligent and quick with the ball at his feet.

United have continued last season’s spending spree with midfield signings Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin. Manager Lois van Gaal is mounting a serious challenge on the league next season and looks for experience rather than youth, and with the likes of Ander Herrera and Juan Mata in the team as well, Pereira will struggle for his chance this season.

Chances of breakthrough this season: Low

Bertrand Traore – Chelsea

The Burkina Faso international is believed to be one of Jose Mourinho’s personal favourites among some talented players at Chelsea, who constantly wait for their chance at the highest level. Chelsea officially signed Traore, 19, in 2013 on a four-and-a-half year deal. He was then loaned out to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in January 2014 after failing to receive a work permit. Traore received his work permit this summer and is now ready to play for Chelsea.

He’s used to playing on the wing but has featured up front for Vitesse scoring 13 goals and creating 48 chances in 30 league appearances. He wants to be involved in play rather than positioning himself in the box, and he can shoot with both feet. Chelsea currently brought in Radamel Falcao to support Diego Costa, but Loic Remy look to be on his way after just one season at the club.

Youngsters usually find it very difficult to get a run in the league for Chelsea, but Traore may be handed his chance by Jose Mourinho, should Loic Remy leave. If Remy stays, Traoré could be loaned out again, or find himself shifted out on the right in a battle with Willian.

Chances of breakthrough this season: Medium

Chuba Akpom – Arsenal

Akpom, 19, has been at Arsenal since the age of six and considered a prospect ever since. He made his Premier League debut in a 3-1 victory against Sunderland in 2013 and attended brief loan spells with Brentford, Coventry in 2014 and Nottingham Forrest in 2015. Arsene Wenger recently stated that the striker will be a part of Arsenal’s first team in the coming season.

There were rumours linking Akpom to Liverpool following delays over a new contract with Arsenal, but he signed a new long-term extension in January 2015, ending speculation. Many within Arsenal consider him to be next in line for his breakthrough following Hector Bellerin’s succes last season. The 6 ft forward has the necessary ability to make an impact in the near future. Akpom showed his potential in Arsenal’s pre-season grabbing a hat trick against Singapore Select XI.

The problem for Akpom will be his competition for the top spot. Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott are ahead of him in the peaking order, but as Arsenal are very injury prone and lacking in quality striker, Wenger may just give Akpom some games to gain experience and add some youthfull aggression to Arsenal’s attack.

Chances of breakthrough this season: Medium

Joe Gomez - Liverpool

Liverpool signed Gomez, 18, this summer from Charlton Athletic on a five-year deal worth £3.5 million after fighting off reported competition from Arsenal and Manchester City. He was a first team regular last season making 24 appearances as Charlton secured 12th place in the Championship. Despite his brief stay at the reds, the 6ft 2in defender will be looking for minutes in the Premier League as soon as possible.

Gomez is considered a central defender, but he played the majority of last at right back and put in convincing displays. He’s right back experience means that he is comfortable with the ball at his feet and able to drive it forward from defence. Liverpool recently signed Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton to replace departing Glen Johnson at right back, but given his versatility, Gomez can cover all over defence and do a job.

Add to that the unassured performances by the Liverpool defence combined with their injury records, Gomez may well get his opportunities in the League. Gomez is undoubtedly a future Liverpool regular at defence and a player, which manager Brendan Rodgers will help develop into a top player.

Chances of breakthrough this season: Medium

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