28 Dec

Exciting new players! 12 top talents you really need to know about

first_img 12 12 3. Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) – After a season-long spell on loan at Ipswich Town, the Gunners youngster is beginning to breakthrough at the Emirates. Hector Bellerin recently expressed his belief in his team-mate’s talent and admitted he was impressed by his versatility. Able to play anywhere down the right-flank and also in central midfield, he could prove very useful to Arsene Wenger. Calm in possession and decent with set-pieces, he’s probably better used out wide at the moment, but could grow into a central role. His shooting could do with some work too. After a good pre-season, and plenty of murmurs about his talent, Ben Woodburn became Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer against Leeds United in the EFL Cup.At just 17 years and 45 days old, the starlet shows great promise and joins a number of teen stars currently attempting to breakthrough into the first-team at Premier League clubs.So who are the wonderkids we need to keep an eye on for the future? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see 12 teen starlets who could become world-class stars… 12. Tom Davies (Everton) – Already on the fringes of the Toffees’ first-team, Davies is playing well for their Under-23 side and many fans want him to step up after his cameo against Chelsea in his last appearance. He’s also trained with the England senior side after an invite from ex-boss Roy Hodgson, and is already thought of as a leader having captained the national team’s Under-17 team. 12 11. Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Manchester United) – The strong Dutch defensive starlet burst into the Red Devils team towards the tail end of last year. Across eight appearances in all competitions, he looked capable of playing in a number of roles, including right-back and centre-back. Fosu-Mensah displayed incredible maturity when he stepped up to play in Man United’s FA Cup semi-final with Everton at Wembley. 12 4. Joel Asoro (Sunderland) – The Swedish striker has made four appearances for the Black Cats this season and is already drawing interest from Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain. His pace makes him extremely dangerous, while his ability to find space, as highlighted by Sweden Under-21 boss Hakan Ericson, is impressive. Meanwhile, UEFA.com suggest there is a similarity between him and Thierry Henry. 1. Ben Woodburn (Liverpool) – Click the right arrow above for more Premier League teen stars… – Against Leeds United in the EFL Cup, Woodburn became the Reds’ youngest ever scoring at 17 years and 45 days. Heralded as a special talent by Jurgen Klopp, the youngster’s deceptive strength and hardwork off the ball make him a difficult opponent, while his ability to twist out of trouble is a huge asset. He also possesses poacher like instincts, which will bother most defences. 5. Jeff Reine-Adelaide (Arsenal) – Another Gunners starlet on the cusp of the first-team is the French youngster, having started three two EFL Cup games this season. As an attacking midfielder, he made himself available at every turn and was happy to take on opponents to create openings. Reine-Adelaide possesses great composure and his happy to change the tempo of the game. 12 9. Joshua Onomah (Tottenham) – The midfielder broke into Spurs’ first-team last season as Mauricio Pochettino continues to promote youth at White Hart Lane. He usually plays in a central role but has seen opportunities come as a spritely winger. Fans are already behind him and his goal against Gillingham in the EFL Cup this campaign was a great moment. He will want to impress more in the FA Cup and, possibly, the Europa League come the turn of the year. 6. Reece Oxford (West Ham) – The youngster burst onto the scene at the start of the 2015/16 campaign, playing a pivotal role in a win over Arsenal, and made several cameos across the year. A centre-back by trade, he’s also an able defensive midfield, despite his slender frame. Injuries have slowed his progress this time out but it’s likely he’ll play a part in the Hammers FA Cup run in the New Year. 12 7. Lewis Cook (Bournemouth) – It hasn’t quite gone the midfielder’s way since his move from Leeds United in the summer, but his talent remains. Behind Andrew Surman, Harry Arter and Dan Gosling in the pecking order, he may seek a loan move in January. And any club interested in signing the player with be getting a excellent dribbler, who gives plenty to the defensive side of his team too. 12 8. Tammy Abraham (Chelsea – on loan at Bristol City) – The gangly Blues youth made two appearances for the club last season after some impressively prolific displays for their academy sides, helping them to win the UEFA Youth League and the FA Youth Cup. Now, out on loan at Bristol City, the player has been a revelation, netting 12 goals in 21 games, so far. Great on the deck and in the air, his close range finishing is outstanding. His ability to play as the fulcrum of an attack is something which also makes him an excellent prospect. 12 10. Jonathan Leko (West Brom) – Often seen barrelling down the right-flank, happily running at back-tracking defenders, in his Premier League cameos. The Baggies also use Leko centrally in their youth system, which gives him great versatility. We’re likely to see more of him as the season progresses. 2. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – The flourishing of the English teen has slowed a little in his first full season, but a change of pace in unsurprising given the manner of his rise. With pace to burn and a deep skillset, full of tricks and manoeuvres, which allow him to beat men on the flanks, the striker is growing into his role at Old Trafford. His superb movement belies his age and he’s already a fine finisher. 12 12 12 12last_img

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