Manchester United and Arsenal have given their youngsters opportunities to shine in pre-season.
Two players that look set for a bright future are Adnan Januzaj and Serge Gnabry, and here's a look at what they can bring to their respective clubs in the future.
Adnan Januzaj (18) – Manchester United
A versatile playmaker, capable of playing both in wide areas and centrally, Januzaj is a talented young technician with an excellent set piece delivery in a similar vein as Shinji Kagawa.
Though first-team appearances were limited last term, Januzaj has featured in United’s pre-season tour of Asia, attracting praise from David Moyes alongside fellow prospects Zaha and Lingard.
Furthermore, with United looking like they will miss out on their central midfield transfer targets, Januzaj may have more opportunities to shine.
Doubts remain over Januzaj’s ability to deal with the physicality of the Premier League; however, in a team like Manchester United, he should be able to showcase his first-rate touch and ability to pick a pass.
Serge Gnabry (18) – Arsenal
Yet another talented young footballer to come out of Germany, Gnabry is the one of the most exciting young talents at Arsenal at the moment.
Though he prefers to play on the left, Gnabry has the capacity to play centrally and on the right. With an impressive change of pace and direction coupled with excellent ability on the ball, Gnabry has the skill set to beat defenders and punish opposing teams.
These traits, along with a proven eye for goal have led to favourable comparisons with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. Gnabry certainly has the ability to excite crowds this season and Gunners fans in particular will be hoping he can add some quality to their wide options.
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