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Future Stars 2015

12th October 2015

With the English Premier League now well under way, I thought it would be interesting to look at the younger players within these clubs who were utilised in preseason but are now set for a campaign flirting between the first XI benches and playing full time for the U21’s.

With the amount of money there is involved in the Premier League it is no surprise that clubs these days look for quick fixes; expensive foreign imports often get more game time than home grown British talent. Are there any hidden gems playing for your club’s reserve side?

Alex Iwobi - Arsenal

Iwobi burst onto the scene in preseason, featuring on the clubs tour in Singapore as well as scoring in the preseason Emirates Cup. He normally operates as a winger but can play both as full back and up front, the versatile and pacey wideman adds something different to Arsenal’s attacking options but he seems unlikely to get a look in this season.

We may well see him get some minutes in the Capital One Cup before being farmed out in January, similar to team mate Chuba Akpom and it will be interesting to see what Wenger does with this array of young attacking talent

Alex Pritchard - Spurs

Big things have been expected from Pritchard this season following an excellent campaign at Brentford last season as well as looking good for the England U21’s before injury cut short his time there.

An attacking midfielder by nature and an eye for pass, his slight build may work against him in the Premier League but given he will be working on the training ground alongside Eriksen his technical qualities should see him progress this season.

A tough ask for him to get into the Spurs side and if not then imagine a host of clubs will be sniffing around to take him on a loan for the second half of the campaign.

Sean Goss - Manchester United

Who? You may well ask! Goss was signed by Man Utd a couple of summers ago in a swoop from Exeter and the talented defensive midfielder also has a knack of going undetected during games

Goss is by trade a similar player to the mould of Carrick and Schweinsteiger. He is a keep ball player who plays the game simply and allows others the chance to thrive around him.

He was one of the only youth players taken by Van Gaal on the Man Utd preseason tour and he clearly rates him highly. Be prepared to hear plenty about him in the future

Matthew Grimes - Swansea

Keeping on from the Exeter City conveyer belt of talent, Grimes is another one who impressed for them before earning a move to Swansea in January.

The England U20 international is the complete package in the middle of the park, with the ability to split the play up and progress the ball forward. So far he has yet to really be given a shot at Swansea but he is very highly rated within the camp and he should get a chance to shine in the second half of the season

Reece Oxford - West Ham

West Ham managed to keep hold of their prized asset from last January and he was a surprise starter in the first game of the Premier League season under Bilic

Safe to say the hype around him hit tenfold when he managed to keep Ozil in his back pocket and earned a near man of the match performance.

Understandably the Hammers want to protect their player and he has been in and out of the side since. The England U17 centre back come centre midfielder has the build and ability to play both positions, but similarly they do not want to overburden him and they are happy to ease him into adults football.

There are plenty of other players worth mentioning, but these are the ones who may get some much needed game time in cup competitions and the chance to shine from then onwards. Do you think these could be future potential stars, or have I missed some more blatant ones?


Written by Simon Yu

Simon Yu is a Football Analyst at Smartodds specialising in the English leagues.

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