Glenn Hoddle believes Marcus Rashford is in danger of emulating Chelsea player

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Young English talent in the Premier League has been a subject which has come under much scrutiny since the division was formed, even more so in the oil-rich era we are currently residing in.

When a young homegrown talent bursts onto the scene, optimism quickly grips the nation with many hoping that the country have a real superstar on their hands.

This theory was perfectly put into practice by the spectacular rise of Manchester United's Marcus Rashford last season.


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The striker broke into the first team under Louis van Gaal and proceeded to stun the nation with his mature performances and outstanding eye for goal.

A place in England's Euro 2016 squad was a just reward for the youngster, but now, the teenage prodigy has found minutes hard to come by under new Red Devils boss, Jose Mourinho.

Rashford is yet to start in the Premier League so far this season and Glenn Hoddle expresses his concern in his Daily Mail column on the plight of one of England's brightest talents in many years.

In fact, the Tottenham legend believes that the striker could follow a similar path to another one of Mourinho's discarded youth projects, Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

"So I look at Marcus Rashford at Manchester United and worry that over the next few years he might go the same way as Loftus-Cheek," Hoddle said.

"He started on Thursday and didn’t look particularly good but then again none of his team-mates did either. He had looked excellent coming on against Manchester City and scored the winner at Hull.

"But I can’t see him getting a clear run in the first team at Manchester United. Certainly he’ll be fortunate to have made 100 starts by the age of 21. But those three years are crucial to your development as a player. If you’re on the bench and coming on occasionally, you aren’t learning."

The Chelsea man broke into the first team a few years back but has seen his involvement in recent years within the setup decline.

Hoddle believes the situation surrounding the Blues man has become all too common and that several of England's younger talents are not being nurtured in the correct way.

Too often these players are being condemned to the bench for long stretches during what is meant to be the period for learning more about their trade and adapting to the elite surroundings of the Premier League.

Mourinho is well-known for placing little faith in youth and this theory was put into motion once more when the Portuguese manager signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to effectively banish Rashford to the bench.

Of course, a superstar of this calibre was needed at Old Trafford but it is a worrying trend that so many English talents are being harmed in this way.

The perfect model for English growth in the Premier League seems to be utilised by only one team at this moment in time, Hoddle's old stomping ground, Tottenham.

The likes of Dele Alli and Harry Kane have all developed at an exceptional rate under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane.

It is a system which needs to be mirrored by more big teams in England, otherwise we face the prospect of missing out on so many talented players.

Players like Rashford and Loftus-Cheek should be the primary focus for club's development processes, not burdens.

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