Five most promising players in the English Premier League

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The 2015/2016 English Premier League season was certainly a remarkable one, not least for the amount of young, talented, players that made their debuts across the course of the year.

However, with the Premier League's record-breaking new broadcasting deal set to come into effect over the next few months, chances for young players to make an impression look harder to come by than ever.

With a little over two months to go until the Premier League season resumes once again, we take a look at five of the most promising young players within the Premier League, and assess their likely impact over the coming years.


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Dele Alli

Who better to start with than the young sensation of the season, Tottenham's Dele Alli?

Having joined Tottenham for a fee of £5 million in the January window of 2015, Alli spent the remainder of the season with previous club MK Dons, before joining up with his new team-mates for the 2015/2016 season.

Having made his debut for the club against Manchester United - before going on to score his first goal in a 1-1 draw against eventual champions Leicester - Alli made an immediate impact at the north London club, quickly establishing himself as a first-team regular.

Ending the season with ten Premier League goals and a further nine assists to his name, the 20-year-old Englishman was voted the PFA Young Player of the Year award, before being named in Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad for Euro 2016.

An attacking midfielder with a brilliant eye for a pass, as well as the knack of scoring outstanding individual goals - e.g. his audacious flick and 25-yard strike against Crystal Palace - Alli's form has led many to compare him with former English greats Frank Lampard and Paul Gascoigne.

With Tottenham finally having qualified for the UEFA Champions League once again, Alli will no doubt once again be crucial to the club's chances of both winning their first title in almost 55 years, as well as progressing to the latter stages of Europe's most premier competition.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah

A name unfamiliar to many before the start of the season, 18-year-old Fosu-Mensah's rapid progression through the Manchester United ranks to the first team has got a lot of people very excited.

A graduate of Ajax's famed academy in the Netherlands, Fosu-Mensah joined United's youth setup in 2014, going on to establish himself as one of the club's most promising young players.

Having played in a wide variety of roles for the club's youth teams - including right-back, centre-back, and centre midfield - the young Dutchman was given his first chance in the senior side on February 28, coming on as a 55th-minute substitute for full-back Marcos Rojo.

After impressing both the coach and fans alike with his physicality and tactical awareness, Fosu-Mensah was given a prolonged run in the United team at right-back towards the end of the season, amidst Matteo Darmian's struggles with both injuries and form.

A tall, strong and quick defender with bags of potential, Fosu-Mensah is sure to continue to play a key role under new manager Jose Mourinho, as he looks to improve an already ageing and underwhelming back line.

Reece Oxford

Young Reece Oxford's emergence is just one of a plethora of reasons why West Ham fans can look back at their last ever season at the Boleyn Ground with pride and hope for the future.

Having won West Ham's academy player of the year for the 2014/2015 season, as well as having appeared on the bench for a League Cup encounter aged just 15, Oxford's name had already been linked with several Premier League giants prior to the start of this season.

Since choosing to stay at West Ham - after signing a long-term professional deal in January last year - the versatile young defender went on to become the second youngest player ever to start a Premier League fixture.

Having made his competitive debut in the Europa League qualifying first round fixture against FC Lusitanos, Oxford went on to start the Hammers' first domestic game of the season against Arsenal - with the youngster starring in a surprise 2-0 win at the Emirates.

Ending the season with 12 appearances in all competitions, Oxford has since been linked with a move to Jose Mourinho's Manchester United, although West Ham insist the talented young starlet isn't for sale at any price.

Regardless of where he is plying his trade come next year, Oxford is sure to have a huge season ahead of him, as he looks to continue his development and build upon his impressive early form.

Anthony Martial

One of the stand-out performers in an otherwise underwhelming season for Manchester United, Anthony Martial certainly looks like he can become one of the very best.

Having joined United at the start of the season for a fee of £36 million - rising to a potential £58 million - Martial was instantly thrust into the spotlight after becoming the world's most expensive teenager.

If Martial was feeling any pressure to live up to his price tag however, it certainly didn't show, with the young Frenchman scoring a breathtaking solo goal on his debut against long-standing rivals Liverpool, as well as a brace on his full debut just eight days later.

Going on to score a further 14 goals in what proved to be a mightily impressive debut campaign for the forward, Martial has certainly established himself as a key figure for United, despite his relatively short time spent at the club.

If new manager Mourinho is to challenge for a Champions League spot once again next term - or maybe even for the title - then Anthony Martial, and the pace and finishing ability the young forward brings to United's front line, will no doubt once again prove crucial.

Kelechi Iheanacho

Another young forward who had made a big impression in Manchester this season - only this time in the blue half. Kelechi Iheanacho also looks destined for very big things indeed.

Having joined the club in 2014 from the Taye Academy in his native Nigeria, Iheanacho initially impressed on City's 2014/2015 pre-season tour, scoring against both Sporting Kansas City and AC Milan.

Issues with a work permit led to ongoing problems with his availability, however, resulting in the young Nigerian being unavailable for the entirety of the 2014/2015 season.

After the issues were resolved, however, Iheanacho was again named in City's pre-season squad for the following year and again impressed many with his performances.

Initially used sporadically as a substitute in the latter half of many of City's games, Iheanacho quickly proved that he had both ability and potential to burn, leading to him becoming then-City manager Manuel Pellegrini's second choice striker, over big money signing Wilfried Bony.

He finished the season with a very respectable 14 goals in 35 appearances - only 12 of which were starts. Iheanacho registered one of the Premier League's best minutes-per-goal ratio of the whole season, scoring eight times from only seven starts.

One of the brightest young prospects Manchester City have had in years, Iheanacho certainly looks set to shine under new manager Pep Guardiola and can expect to feature heavily throughout the course of next season.

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