As football fans, it’s always fun to discuss what *might* happen with our favourite teams and players in the future.
But the beauty of the sport is its unpredictable nature, which means correctly guessing the future of football is obviously pretty difficult.
A week is a long time in the world of football, let alone two or three years.
Let’s take a look…
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Dalian Yifang
The Irish Guy fears Arsenal will lose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as early as next summer if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The Gabon international, who has scored 50 goals in 78 games, has been tipped to join Chinese side Dalian Yifang by 2014 because he likes splashing the cash - as his flashy gold-coated supercars clearly prove.
Jack Grealish: Leeds United
Jack Grealish to join a Europa League club before ending up at Leeds United by 2024? That’s the prediction for Aston Villa’s star man.
Whether Leeds will finally be a Premier League club again by then, however, remains to be seen.
Callum Wilson: Bournemouth
Callum Wilson scored five Premier League goals in his first eight appearances of the current season, but hasn’t netted in five games since then.
Is the 27-year-old, who has been capped four times by England, good enough for a bigger club? The Irish Guy expects he’ll still be playing at the Vitality Stadium in five years’ time.
Pascal Gross: Fortuna Dusseldorf
The prediction for Brighton’s Pascal Gross is that he ends up dropping off the radar by 2024, when he will have turned 33 years old.
“He’ll be stapled to the bench of Fortuna Dusseldorf, halfway down Germany’s second tier,” adds the YouTuber.
Dwight McNeil: Tottenham
The most talented teenager at Burnley right now, England Under-21 international Dwight McNeil appears to have a bright future ahead of him.
He’s tipped to join Tottenham and boast a market value of £50 million by 2024.
N’Golo Kante: AS Monaco
“This is the biggest club N’Golo Kante will play for”.
Despite the fact the Frenchman would walk into just about every team in the world right now, The Irish Guy expects him to stay at Stamford Bridge before returning to France with Monaco within the next five years.
Wilfried Zaha: Everton
Wilfried Zaha wanted to leave Crystal Palace in the summer but was priced out of a move to Arsenal. It’s hard to see him sticking around at Selhurst Park for too much longer.
The Ivory Coast winger, who struggled at Manchester United, has been tipped to move on to Everton, following in the footsteps of his former teammate Yannick Bolasie.
Richarlison: Atletico Madrid
Still only 22 years old, Richarlison has the potential to play for a top Champions League club one day - and The Irish Guy suspects that club will be Atletico Madrid.
The Brazilian is perhaps not at the level of Real Madrid or Barcelona, but you could see him playing at the Wanda Metropolitano within five years if he continues to improve.
James Maddison: Manchester United
James Maddison has made a big impact in the Premier League since joining Leicester City from Norwich and is improving all the time.
He recently made his England debut and a big-money move to Old Trafford next summer looks a real possibility. Then again, why would you leave Leicester for Man Utd at this moment in time?
Mohamed Salah: Inter Milan
The Irish Guy points to the fact that world-class players don’t tend to stick around at Anfield for very long, with the exception of Steven Gerrard. Times have changed, though, right?
He can see the Egyptian heading back to Italy, signing for Inter Milan by the time he reaches his early-30s.
Kevin De Bruyne: Manchester City
Kevin De Bruyne to follow in David Silva’s footsteps, spending most of his career at Man City and becoming a club legend in the process? That’s the prediction for the Belgian midfielder.
David de Gea: Paris Saint-Germain
“By 2024, David de Gea will be nowhere near Old Trafford,” says HITC Sport’s YouTuber.
No need to remind him that De Gea recently signed a new long-term deal with the Red Devils, United fans - he knows. He just doesn’t expect the Spanish shot-stopper to stick around much longer given the fact he’s come close to leaving the club on a couple of previous occasions.
Allan Saint-Maximin: Marseille
On the basis that other Newcastle wingers have ended up at Marseille in the past, including Hatem Ben Arfa, Allan Saint-Maximin is tipped to join the French outfit within five years.
The 22-year-old only arrived at St James’ Park from Nice in the summer.
Teemu Pukki: Brondby
Teemu Pukki made an incredible start to the current Premier League season, scoring six goals in his first five appearances with Norwich City - but the goals have dried up since.
The Finland international, 29, has now gone seven league matches without hitting the back of the net and he’s tipped to rejoin his former club, Brondby, when he leaves Carrow Road.
Nathan Redmond: Birmingham
Described as a “bang-average Premier League winger”, the idea of Nathan Redmond ending up back at Birmingham City by 2024 is hardly far-fetched.
Unless super-fan Pep Guardiola suddenly decides he wants to bring Redmond to Manchester City, we can definitely see the one-time England international plying his trade in the Championship within the next five years.
Dean Henderson: Manchester United
Dean Henderson to become Man Utd’s No. 1 by 2024? You heard it from The Irish Guy first…
Harry Kane: Tottenham
Will Harry Kane ever bring himself to leave his beloved Tottenham?
Unless Spurs’ form improves between now and the end of the season, the England striker may have a big decision to make ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
He’s tipped to stay with his current employers and close in on Alan Shearer’s all-time Premier League goalscorer record.
Abdoulaye Doucoure: Rennes
Abdoulaye Doucoure joined Watford from Rennes in 2016, and the French midfielder is expected to return to his former club when he eventually leaves Vicarage Road.
Declan Rice: Chelsea
Still only 20 years old, Declan Rice is tipped to replace Kante at Chelsea within the next five years.
Rice was previously in Chelsea’s youth academy, where he played alongside his fellow England international Mason Mount.
Ruben Neves: Inter Milan
“If Ruben Neves ends up spending seven years at Wolves, I will eat a bowl of pig kidneys. You have my words on that, lads - it is NOT going to happen!”
We’ll see, Irish Guy. We’ll see.
We’ll be seeing the Portuguese midfielder playing alongside Salah at the San Siro by 2024, then.
For our money, the most realistic predictions are De Bruyne and Kane staying at Man City and Spurs, respectively.
De Gea to PSG is also a possibility, but we’d be surprised if Henderson becomes Man Utd’s first-choice ‘keeper.
You never know, though. It’ll be fun to revisit these shouts five years from now.News Now - Sport News