Demarai Gray will be hoping to earn a regular spot at Leicester.

Five English youngsters to watch out for during next season

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English football hit a new low this summer as the national team were knocked out of Euro 2016 following a humiliating defeat at the hands of Iceland.

Needless to say, there is little optimism as attention turns towards the 2018 World Cup, yet there is still plenty of young English talent that will be looking to make their mark when the Premier League returns next month.

Here are five English youngsters to keep your eye on next season:


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Demarai Gray - Leicester City

The 20-year-old arrived from Birmingham City back in January, and though he only managed one Premier League start for champions Leicester City, the winger showed his undoubted potential during 11 substitute appearances.

The youngster was courted by a number of clubs before he joined Leicester, a sign that he's regarded as a hot prospect.

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Gray will be hoping to become a first team regular under Claudio Ranieri this season, but will have to work hard if he is to usurp the impressive Marc Albrighton.

The club's additional Champions League commitments will likely mean greater rotation over the coming season which should allow Gray to make his mark.

Lewis Cook - AFC Bournemouth

Seen as one of the most promising midfielders in the country, Leeds United fans were understandably dismayed to see Lewis Cook complete a switch to Bournemouth earlier this month.

The 19-year-old shone during the 2015/16 campaign and was named the Football League Young Player of the Year.

Portsmouth v Bournemouth - Pre-Season Friendly

When you consider that previous winners include Gareth Bale and Dele Alli, it is unsurprising that Cook has been tipped to go all the way to the top.

At Bournemouth, Cook will play under a young manager in Eddie Howe which should be great for his development. If he can establish himself in the first team, then we could see big things from him over the coming year.

Ben Chilwell - Leicester City

Chilwell is another who will be looking to benefit from Leicester's increased number of fixtures.

The 19-year-old left back is already attracting the interest of Liverpool despite having no Premier League appearances to his name. The recent form of Christian Fuchs will make it difficult for Chilwell to nail down a regular spot in Ranieri's team, but he will surely earn some minutes.

Celtic v Leicester City - Pre-Season Friendly

Ranieri clearly rates the youngster, declaring: "He is a very, very good player and he will be a fantastic player for Leicester City."

Indeed a lot has been written and said about the player, but we've yet to see much of him out on the pitch. It will be interesting to see if he lives up to the hype when he eventually gets his opportunity.

Jordan Ibe - AFC Bournemouth

When Raheem Sterling departed for Manchester City last year, Jordan Ibe was seen as a natural successor, however, his career at Liverpool stalled completely.

The 20-year-old departed Anfield this summer and made his way to Howe's Bournemouth, where he is expected to be a first team regular.

Portsmouth v Bournemouth - Pre-Season Friendly

The club's large investment in the winger suggests that Howe sees him as someone who can be a crucial figure for them next season. The club have just lost Matt Ritchie to Newcastle United, so will be hoping that Ibe can provide similar inspiration from the wing.

Jonathan Leko - West Bromwich Albion

Leko became the first player born in 1999 to make an appearance in the Premier League when he was handed his debut back in April. The pacey winger started the final three games of the season and impressed Albion fans with his pace and attacking nature.

The departure of Stephane Sessegnon means that Leko can stake a claim for a regular spot in Tony Pulis' team next season, and West Brom's recruitment chief has suggested that Leko may be ready to step up.

The style of play under Pulis has been regularly criticised and Leko could provide some much-needed excitement over the coming season.

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