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The 5 Young Players Set To Take The Premier League By Storm


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In the premier league, many column lines are dedicated to speculating on which big foreign players are set to come and ply their trade over in England.

But often some of the seasons most exciting new players come from promising youngsters that have broken through to senior level.

Last season saw 20-year-old Christian Benteke and 19-year-old Romelu Lukaku picking apart defences with an ability beyond their years. Since then, players and pundits have been examining the leagues' young players in attempt to identify the next big thing.

With the season underway, TNS has identified five names that could shine in the premier league this season.

A new manager has brought new opportunities for Everton Midfielder Ross Barkley. Afforded a start in the opening game of the season, 19-year-old Barkley took his chance superbly, scoring a sublime goal from distance then setting up Seamus Coleman’s finish. Since then, he has had 13 attempts on goal, more than any other midfielder and equal to the amount of shots on goal by Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie. In a team that is struggling to find the net, Ross Barkley looks set to be a major provider of goals for the squad.

Southampton’s ability to produce quality midfielders cannot be questioned, with the likes of Bale and Walcott emerging through their youth system. Set to follow in their footsteps is creative midfield James Ward-Prowse. The 18-year-old has appeared to break into Mauricio Pochettino’s squad, starting in each of the clubs three games so far this season. Trusted with set pieces, and showing an increasingly promising passing game, Ward-Prowse is clearly seen as Southampton’s key to unlocking opposition defences.

Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival of Southampton has also bought 18-year-old Left back Luke Shaw to the fore. In a team that has strengthened defensively, Shaw and fellow Englishman Nathaniel Clyne have been encouraged to press forward, using their width, creativity and pace to offer Southampton a real threat from out wide. If Shaw can eliminate his tendency to drift out of position he could become one of the seasons stand out defenders.

Previously billed as one of the best youth players of a generation, Ravel Morrison had a lot to prove after being forced out of Manchester United for his off field attitude. After a loan spell at Birmingham, Morrison has returned to new club West Ham with a mature approach and determination to break into the team. Six goals in the Hammer’s preseason has seen anticipation rise once more, and the man heralded as the next Paul Gascoigne could show Manchester United exactly what they let go.

When Harry Redknapp bought him on loan to QPR, little was known of 22-year-old Andros Townsend, but a string of impressive performances showed Townsend to be a shining light in the woeful QPR squad. Now back at parent club Tottenham Hotspurs, Townsend’s midfield trickery is earning him a place in the completive Spurs midfield, one that he cemented with a brace in the clubs demolition of Petrolul Ploiesti in the Europa League. With a strong defensive contribution to match his attacking threat Townsend is making a strong claim for a part in Andre Villas Boas’ plans this season.

In a highly competitive transfer market; managers are increasingly looking to afford young players a place in their squads in the hopes of turning potential into class. Given consistent opportunities, these players will be making a significant impact on their clubs, with international opportunities on the horizon.

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