Written by Jay Payze
The anticipation increases prior to the Barclays Premier League season, as this is seen to be the most competitive year in a long time. With many high-caliber managers recently joining the league such as Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte for example, the competitive nature towards the game has risen to a whole new level. I will be addressing three youngsters who may have their breakthrough season into the first team and will catch the eye of many supporters and pundits across the country.
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1. Joshua Onomah
The English youngster from Tottenham has recently turned 19 years of age, but when you see his confidence on the ball and his direct approach of play you would think he has been in the league for many years. Contributing in Tottenham’s pre-season friendlies against the likes of Champions League finalists Athletico Madrid and Italian giants Juventus you can see he is a part of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans in the upcoming season. Playing in Spurs’ Europa League campaign last year at 18 years of age Mauricio must have huge amounts of trust towards Onomah and understands his capabilities no matter what opposition is put up against him. He represented England under 19’s team in the European Championships and finished semi-finalists, if only the senior team could go that far.
2. Ben Chilwell
Many Premier League clubs have been monitoring the left back with Liverpool reportedly willing to pay up to £7m for his signature as they look to address their defensive woes, the price tag justify’s his true talent. As he rose through the ranks of Leicester’s academy he is emerging into the first team squad for the champions, as he played in many FA Cup games last year and impressed many. With Christian Fuchs solidifying his role at left back for The Foxes after an extraordinary 2015/2016 campaign, he would have to perform wonders to replace the Austrian international from the starting lineup, as he commits his future to Leicester signing a contract keeping him at the club till year 2021, Claudio Ranieri certainly sees the potential in this defender.
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3. Bertrand Traore
The Chelsea striker made his international debut for the Burkina Faso senior team at the ago of only 15 years old, with recording a flurry of games nearing the end of last season with Chelsea’s awful attempt at retaining Premier League glory Gus Hiddink gave the youngsters a chance as they had nothing to play for. Don’t let this fool you though as Traore is a very mobile striker and bagged two goals in the Fa Cup in four games, so he certainly knows where the back of the net is. The addition of Belgium Forward Michy Batshuayi surely leaves Bertrand third string to him and Diego Costa. I believe he has the talent and maturity to be patience regarding when he will get his chance, and when he does, don’t be surprised when you see his name on the score sheet.
Written by @JayPayzey
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