The 2018/2019 season saw the Premier League introduced to names such as James Maddison, David Brooks, and Callum Hudson-Odoi, and whether it be a new signing or a highly-rated youngster, few things get fans as excited as the emergence of a new star.
Ahead of the 2019/2020 season, we’ve taken a look at one player from each of the top six clubs who we hope can have a breakthrough season…
Reiss Nelson – Arsenal
The London-born England U21 international is one of the club’s most highly-rated young talents, having enjoyed a successful season last term on-loan at German side Hoffenheim.
Despite starting just five league games, Nelson finished with seven Bundesliga goals from 19 appearances including one just 14 minutes after coming on a substitute on his debut.
The 19-year-old fell out-of-favour towards the end of the season but will be hoping he has done enough to show Unai Emery he deserves an opportunity at the Emirates.
A regular goalscorer for England’s youth sides, Nelson is capable of playing a variety of roles across the front line and could prove a valuable home-grown option for Arsenal next season.
Chelsea – Ethan Ampadu
The Welsh international is amongst the most promising talents at Stamford Bridge, and the club’s two-window transfer ban could help provide some of their youngsters an opportunity this season.
Chelsea have long had one of Europe’s brightest academies, however, the transition to first-team football has not been easy despite their success at youth level.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is perhaps the best example in recent seasons, but even the England international has not been handed the minutes he deserves whilst Callum Hudson-Odoi handed in a transfer request before featuring more regularly last season.
Ampadu failed to make a Premier League appearance last season under Maurizio Sarri, however, the Italian’s departure and veteran defender Gary Cahill’s exit could hand the composed 18-year-old his chance.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is expected to succeed Sarri, the former Blues midfielder has shown his faith in young talent at Derby, handing opportunities to the likes of Harry Wilson and on-loan Blues duo Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori last season.
Liverpool – Rhian Brewster
The Liverpool forward has had to be patient for his chance at Anfield, recovering from serious knee and ankle problems to try and force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans.
The German is believed to rate the 19-year-old highly, so much so that he has said he is willing to put his faith in the England youth international following the Anfield departure of Daniel Sturridge.
Brewster is yet to make his competitive debut for the club but hopes are high he can be a success on Merseyside. The teenager has showcased his pedigree at youth level on the international stage, scoring 20 goals in 23 appearances for England U17s and being part of the side which won the U17 World Cup in 2017.
Brewster top scored in that tournament, playing alongside the likes of Phil Foden, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Jadon Sancho who have all made an impact in their respective first teams.
2019/2020 could be the season Brewster does the same.
Manchester City – Phil Foden
Foden enjoyed increased game time at Pep Guardiola’s champions last season, but 2019/2020 must be the season he becomes a regular at Manchester City.
Simply, the kid is too good to not be playing week in, week out in the Premier League.
From just 10 starts in all competitions last season, the 19-year-old midfielder scored 7 goals for City, whilst his blend of close control, balance and vision makes him one of the most exciting English footballers to have emerged in recent years.
Guardiola has said he will not loan out the teenager whilst he remains in charge at City, but Foden must surely be given the opportunity to flourish next season.
Admittedly, the youngster faces competition from Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva and Bernardo for a starting role, however, Guardiola must provide his finest home-grown talent with the minutes he needs to progress.
Awarded the Golden Ball as the tournament’s finest player during England’s U17 World Cup win in 2017, Foden is currently representing the U21 side at this summer’s European Championships.
The senior side currently have a dearth of creative midfielders, although the breakthrough of the ‘Stockport Iniesta’ could soon change that.
Manchester United – Mason Greenwood
The 17-year-old has been prolific in the Manchester United youth set-up, scoring 26 goals in 30 appearances across four age groups last season.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he wants an exciting young core to build his side around, and Greenwood could add to the likes of new signing Daniel James and Marcus Rashford as attacking talents.
Solskjaer handed the forward his debut as a substitute in United’s Champions League last-16 second leg win over French champions Paris Saint-Germain, before rewarding the teenager with his first start in the 2-0 defeat to Cardiff on the final day of the Premier League season.
Despite the defeat, Greenwood impressed, with Solskjaer labelling the performance of the youngster as ‘brilliant’.
Blessed with pace, both footed, and a ruthless finisher, Greenwood could help provide optimism for the future as Solskjaer plots his summer rebuild.
Tottenham – Oliver Skipp
The 18-year-old academy graduate made 12 appearances for Maurice Pochettino’s Champions League finalists last season, as the Argentine continued to show his faith in young talent.
Spurs are believed to be keen to add to their midfield options this summer, after Mousa Dembele’s January departure and doubts over the futures of Christian Eriksen and Victor Wanyama.
Pochettino could do worse than look at teenage talent Skipp, who has shown promise in his fleeting first-team appearances.
He notched a pair of assists in Spurs’ FA Cup thumping of Tranmere in January and has provided a steady presence whenever called upon.
The England youth international will hope for increased opportunities next season, with the North London again set to compete on four fronts having secured Champions League football for a fourth consecutive season.
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