5 youngsters to look out for in the EPL

As Premier League action gets underway, here are five newcomers who could give the likes of Dele Alli and Leroy Sane a run for their money.

Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City and Phil Foden of Manchester City celebrate winning the premier league after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Huddersfield Town at Etihad Stadium.   -  GETTY IMAGES

With the start of every new Premier League season, rivalries resurface, trash talk from managers ensue and players remain eager to impress.

Another key element of interest is the surfacing of promising young talent in the league. Some of the most raved about youngsters last season included Dele Alli and Leroy Sane, with the latter going on to win the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

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Here are five newcomers who could give the likes of Alli and Sane a run for their money.
 

Phil Foden - Manchester City

The most promising youngster in the EPL this season has to be the youngest ever player to receive a Premier League winner's medal - Manchester City's Phil Foden.   -  GETTY IMAGES

 

The most promising youngster in the EPL this season has to be the youngest ever player to receive a Premier League winner's medal - Manchester City's Phil Foden. The Stockport born midfielder has grown rapidly since his exploits at the U-17 FIFA World Cup last year - where he won the Golden Ball and steered England to the coveted title.

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Having emerged from City’s youth academy, the 18-year-old showed flashes of brilliance last season and even featured in the Champions League. After impressive showings in the pre-season tour, he played a pivotal role in the Citizens’ 2-0 drubbing of Chelsea in the Community Shield last week. He made his mark when he played a delightful pass to Sergio Aguero for the Argentine to score his 200th club goal. Foden's skillful display and blistering pace have left fans and pundits yearning for more.

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With Foden emerging as a fan favourite and Pep Guardiola stating that the youngster is ready for first team action, it’s safe to say that we’ll be seeing a lot more of the ‘Stockport Iniesta.’

Callum Hudson-Odoi - Chelsea

Hudson-Odoi featured in all of the Blues’ preseason games and has emerged as one of Maurizio Sarri’s favourites.   -  getty images

 

Callum Hudson-Odoi is one of Chelsea's brightest prospects of the season. He featured in all of the Blues’ preseason games and has emerged as one of Maurizio Sarri’s favourites. His best show came against Arsenal, where he had Hector Bellerin running for cover. Such was his searing pace and wily footwork that he made the experienced Bellerin look plain silly.

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And Sarri has insisted that the 17-year-old will remain at Stamford Bridge for the entire season. Asked about Hudson-Odoi’s future after the friendly against Arsenal, the Italian said “he will stay with us for all the season.”

Having started in the Community Shield game against Manchester City - where he showed moments of brilliance - he will look to gain more game time and improve his record from last season, where he made four substitute appearances for the first team.

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He is bound to face stiff competition from experienced campaigners such as N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, and Willian, but he sure has shown the ability to make the starting XI.

Ryan Sessegnon - Fulham

The 18-year-old has attracted interest from a host of European giants including Paris Saint Germain, Manchester United and Real Madrid.   -  GETTY IMAGES

 

Ryan Sessegnon enjoyed a stunning Championship run at Craven Cottage last season where he scored a stunning 15 goals to power Fulham back to the Premier League.

Traditionally a left-back, the winger made heads turn with his exemplary skill and composure. A testament to this is the fact that he picked up five individual awards last season alone and was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, the first Championship footballer to be nominated in the award's history.

Adding to that is the interest the 18-year-old has attracted from a host of European giants including Paris Saint Germain, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Fulham will have a challenging season in the Premier League and will look to avoid relegation, a cause that Sessegnon will have to champion.

Rhian Brewster - Liverpool

With Jurgen Klopp always eager to infuse fresh talent into the side, it won’t be long before we see the youngster share the pitch with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane.   -  GETTY IMAGES

 

Another U-17 World Cup winner to look out for is Rhian Brewster, who scored a remarkable eight goals to power England to the title. His stirring run at the WC put Brewster in the spotlight and he has since represented The Reds in the UEFA Youth Cup but hasn’t made his Premier League debut yet.

The 18-year-old was caught in an intense transfer speculation at the end of last season, with Liverpool going as far as cancelling a friendly with Borussia Monchengladbach after reports suggested that the German side had tapped him up.

With Jurgen Klopp always eager to infuse fresh talent into the side, it won’t be long before we see the youngster share the pitch with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane.
 

Reiss Nelson - Arsenal

One of the brightest talents to emerge from Arsenal’s academy, Reiss Nelson has been with The Gooners since the age of nine.   -  GETTY IMAGES

 

One of the brightest talents to emerge from Arsenal’s academy, Reiss Nelson has been with The Gooners since the age of nine. The pacy winger has worked his way through the youth teams and is reported to have recently signed a five-year contract with the Unai Emery managed-side. Having already represented Arsenal in the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup, and the Carabao Cup, he will be a starting option for Emery.

Given that Arsenal hasn’t signed any attacking players this window and the rumour mill suggesting that Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez want out, this could be a fine chance for the 18-year-old winger to earn some quality game time with the first team.

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