Five up-and-coming Brits to keep an eye out for this season

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As with every transfer window, high-profile transfers and big-name players are typically dominating the headlines with the lesser know, up-and-coming players receiving significantly less publicity.

It's something that football has become accustomed to, of course, because it's what fans want to hear, but it remains important to be reminded of those breaking through the ranks and establishing themselves on the big stage, especially those with the potential to one day represent England, or anyone in the UK in fact.

Therefore, here are five names that you ought to familiarise yourself with:


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1. Jordan Pickford - Preston North End

Having started his career in the Sunderland Youth Academy, this budding goalkeeper has long been tipped for a bright future having had loan spells at Burton Albion, Carlisle and Bradford.

Pickford, on loan from Sunderland, hasn't yet come across first-team opportunities given the competition with Vito Mannone and Costel Pantilimon, but is currently first choice at Preston North End. The club also signed veteran shot stopper Chris Kirkland this summer, but he has so far been kept out of the team by the 21-year-old.

In the first three games of the Championship season he has kept clean sheets in each, and with the Tyneside born starlet also having gone through every rank of the England youth squads, Pickford may well become Sunderland's number one in the near future.

2. Joe Gomez - Liverpool

Gomez started his senior career with Charlton Athletic last year aged 17. The defender can play anywhere across the back four, though his favoured position is centre-back, and possesses the strength and pace essential for a central defender of the modern era.

In June this year he made the back pages by signing for Liverpool in a deal thought to be worth £3.5 million - a steep price tag for someone of his age. He started his first two games for the Reds earning an assist in the opening 1-0 win against Stoke and helped achieve further clean sheets against Bournemouth and Arsenal.

At 18-years-old Gomez is playing ahead of his years, and this season will be nothing but a good platform to showcase his talents in the Premier League.

3. Ryan Fraser - Ipswich Town

At the tender age of 16 Fraser signed for his hometown club Aberdeen and made 21 appearances for the Scottish club before securing a move to Bournemouth in 2013.

Now 21, the youngster enjoyed two successful years with the south-coast club, helping steer them to promotion to the Premier League last season, and most recently signed for Ipswich Town on loan where he has already impressed, assisting three times and scoring once in his first four games for the club.

Bursting with pace and enthusiasm, Fraser is certainly one for the future of Scottish football and is being widely tipped to soon be rewarded with a senior-team call-up.

4. Adam Armstrong - Coventry City

Armstrong signed for the Newcastle United Youth Academy at aged nine and has played for them ever since, getting his first senior debut in 2014.

Although he didn't play much as a first-team player, he still made 15 appearances after impressive performances, and in late July joined League One outfit Coventry City on loan until January, though the West Midlands club will almost certainly look to extend his stay on loan.

In three appearances he has scored in each and amassed a tally of five goals, catching the attention of a host of clubs. In addition, the 18-year-old, in 27 appearances in England's youth set up, has scored 21 goals.

A clinical striker at such a young age, Armstrong is one of the most promising young homegrown talent in the country at the moment.

5. Patrick Bamford - Crystal Palace

Having impressed last season at Middlesbrough, on loan from Chelsea, Bamford earned a step up to the Premier League with a loan deal at Crystal Palace. 

He signed for Chelsea aged 18 for £1.5 million but never made a senior appearance for them, mostly going out on loan and representing the Chelsea reserves. With 33 career goals since joining Chelsea, he also has six England youth caps scoring his first and only international goal so far in 2012.

The Football League Championship Player of the Year was outstanding for Middlesbrough last season, netting 17 times for the Teeside club who narrowly missed out on promotion to Norwich in the play-off final, and is one of England's most promising youngsters.

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