Tottenham supplied the Premier League with some of the best young talent last season and Dele Alli and Eric Dier made their breakthrough at international level. Marcus Rashford was the youngster who held all the headlines at Manchester United but which young talents will be making a name for themselves this season? Here’s a few to keep your eyes on…
Ashley Fletcher – West Ham United
The former Manchester United striker was highly thought of at Old Trafford and was once ahead of Marcus Rashford in the pecking order. His decision to leave on loan to join Barnsley was both a successful one and a highly unlucky one. He could’ve been the youngster to make the jump to the first team like Rashford but instead he was making waves, building an impressive CV of experiences at Barnsley. He competed in two Wembley finals including the League One play-off and became a regular for the Football League side. West Ham have picked up his talent and Fletcher will be hoping he gets a chance to prove why he was so highly valued by the Manchester United academy.
Joshua Onomah – Tottenham Hotspur
The 19 year-old has already made his Premier League bow. He made eight substitute appearances for Tottenham last season as his side carried out a title-chase under Mauricio Pochettino. The attacking midfielder offers options going forward and has great ability on the ball. He plays with intent and confidence and with Tottenham having to battle it out in the Champions League this season, he could be given his chance to shine once again in the first team when rotation is needed.
Ben Chilwell – Leicester City
The young defender was a target for Liverpool this summer and could’ve made a move away from Leicester City after spending much of last season at Huddersfield, completing a loan spell. He impressed and attracted attention from the Premier League’s top clubs due to his ability to read the game better than most his age. Chilwell’s defensive attributes are fantastic but he’s got pace when driving forward on the wing too and offers consistency at left-back. This season he’ll be expecting to feature heavily now the English Champions have to battle it out in Europe and Leicester did well to keep hold of him this summer.
Dominic Solanke – Chelsea
The 18 year-old has been an ever-present in the Chelsea academy and impressed during a loan spell with Vitesse Arnhem last season. The young striker scored seven goals in 25 appearances and not all of his performances were as the front man. Solanke can play on either wing too and offers versatility to new boss Antonio Conte. The Italian manager is renowned for developing youth though and new arrivals may hinder his chances of first team action this year given Chelsea’s lack of European football.
Jerome Sinclair – Watford
The former Liverpool academy star was expected to break into the Reds first team in the next few years but after negotiations broke down over contract talks, Sinclair chose to sign for Watford and now hopes to play regular Premier League action. The young attacker has pace and ability on the ball and is a threat against defenders when in a one-on-one situation. Sinclair made his Liverpool debut at the age of just 16 and made his Premier League bow in 2015, whilst scoring on his first FA Cup tie against Exeter. The 19 year-old now has a point to prove after his ability to make it at the top was questioned by Liverpool and his opportunities should come at Watford this season.
Kevin Stewart – Liverpool
The young midfielder has shown versatility whilst performing in a red shirt. He featured heavily as part of Jurgen Klopp’s pre-season plans, and the manager has already expressed his admiration for the youngster. Stewart can play as a holding midfielder, as well as a central midfielder and offers Liverpool an option at DM where the Reds are strikingly short. He’s already made nine league appearances and four FA Cup stints and will be hoping to reach double figures in first team appearances this season.
Ryan Seager – Southampton
Another product of Southampton’s elusive academy, Seager will be hoping to break into the first team this season after the departures of Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle have made way in attack. As an out-and-out striker he can score goals from almost anywhere in the box and isn’t shy to test the keeper. He’s got pace and ability to go along with his quick instincts and he’ll be hoping Claude Puel gives him an opportunity this year.