A glance into the future of football. We look at the best young players plying their trade in Britain in the 2014/15 season.
Cast your mind back a few years and the future of English football looked bleak. An ageing, under-performing England squad and oligarch cash being thrown at foreign talent all over the Premier League. The average number of English players in premier league squads is still depressing, but that hasn’t stopped a new generation of players finding their way into the England Squad and tearing up the Premier League. Is there even more talent out there? We look at some of the youngsters to keep an eye out for this season.
With Derby failing to achieve promotion to the Premier League, don’t expect the hotly-tipped 18 year old to stick around for long. Rumours that Arsenal, Man United and Newcastle are all interested could mean a big money move for the young English playmaker and a chance to play at the very top. Already immensely experienced for such a young lad, don’t be surprised if he forces his way into International contention before the next major tournament.
This list wouldn’t be complete without Crewe’s outstanding academy getting a mention. Ryan Colclough is one of it’s latest products, and in spite of some off-field problems this year, still looks like he could emerge as a top talent. Can play as a winger or a forward, some of the videos of this lad playing at youth and senior level are truly mouthwatering.
One of the most talked about players on the list, young Jamaal has been linked with moves to top teams since a very young age. Expect him to mature at Nottingham Forest under Stuart Pearce’s leadership. The centre half could have a huge part to play if Pearce’s team are to challenge for promotion from the Championship.
Ings is hardly a well kept secret, and has been exceptional as Burnley achieved promotion to the top flight. We’ve seen promoted English strikers hold their own in the Premership in recent years (Holt, Lambert) so do not be surprised to see young Danny reach double figures and push for an International call up next year.
Bamidele Jermain “Dele” Alli. A name to remember (if you can manage it). The supremely talented young midfielder broke into the MK Dons first team this year at the tender age of 17 and managed seven goals in 37 games. Already capped at youth levels for England, and linked with big moves away from Stadium MK, wherever he finds himself playing this season, expect him to make a big name for himself.
Norwich winger Murphy scored on his debut this year against Watford in the League Cup. Having recently turned 19, he has already played (and scored) for England at youth level, and made seven appearances for the Canaries in the Premier League. With former academy boss Neil Adams taking the reigns at Carrow Road, expect Josh Murphy (and twin brother Jacob) to be a part of his plans for the Championship.
In a similar position to Josh is Cauley Woodrow, who will be looking to break into Fulham’s starting lineup for a promotion charge. The England U21 international has enjoyed a spell on loan at Southend, and already scored for Fulham in the top flight. He’ll be looking for a big season in 2014/15.
Dubbed “The Next Messi”. Scored 7 in 41 from midfield this year in the SPL, still only 18, shortlisted for a young player of the year award. Sorry guys, he’s Scottish.
He’s already well known and has played a fair few games for Arsenal, but Carl Jenkinson could finally have a chance to step up to the plate this year as long-serving full back Bacary Sagna moves on. No Full Back has really made the English number 2 shirt his own, but perhaps Carl could do exactly that this year.