Premier League 2019/20: Ten wonderkids set for a breakthrough season, featuring Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal stars

7 Aug

Another Premier League season is on the verge of kicking off once again as Manchester City bid for a third straight title.

The Citizens pipped Liverpool to the crown in 2018/19 season while Huddersfield, Fulham and Cardiff were relegated.

Who will get their hands on the trophy at the end of the season?
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The 28th edition of the Premier League will produce all sorts of drama for all 20 teams.

But which Premier League youngsters should fans keep an eye on in the 2019/20 campaign?

talkSPORT.com has identified ten wonderkids who are set for a breakthrough season.

Marcus Greenwood

The boy wonder at Old Trafford has a phenomenal goalscoring record in youth football and many feel it’s time for him to make the step up.

The 17-year-old netted 26 goals in 30 appearances last season across various youth and senior competitions for Manchester United and, following a fine pre-season with goals against Leeds United and Juventus, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted he could start the league opener against Chelsea.

Solskjaer said: “He [Greenwood] has a chance to start against Chelsea. I won’t say it is not a possibility. It is a good possibility if he keeps going as he does.”

Greenwood has made the most of his chances this summer
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Mason Mount

Another man who has made his case for a starting place in that opening fixture at Old Trafford is Chelsea starlet Mount.

The attacking midfielder conveniently spent last season on loan at Derby, where new Blues boss Frank Lampard was in charge.

His impressive performances earned him an England call-up and he played a pivotal role during Derby’s run to the Play-Off final.

The 20-year-old has scored three goals in pre-season, but he faces stiff competition for the No.10 spot, with fellow Englishman Ross Barkley also impressing ahead of the new campaign.

Mount worked under Lampard at Derby last season
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Eddie Nketiah

There was thought to be a limit to Arsenal’s budget in the transfer market this summer and it allowed their young players to try and make an impact in pre-season.

One player who has given a good account of himself is forward Nketiah, who has even chipped in with a couple of goals in pre-season, including a winner against Bayern Munich.

However, the 20-year-old will have to work his socks off in order to get into the starting XI when the competitive football starts as strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are well-established at the club, and now Nicolas Pepe has arrived at the Emirates.

Nketiah could build on his nine appearances last season
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Oliver Skipp

He made a handful of appearances in Tottenham’s first-team last season and this term is the perfect opportunity for him to kick on.

Midfielder Skipp has had a decent pre-season for Spurs, having featured in their matches against Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus.

There may be opportunities for the 18-year-old next season particularly in the Carabao and FA Cup.

Skipp will want to build on his eight Premier League appearances made last season
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Dean Henderson

The goalkeeper is a Manchester United player, however, he will be playing for newly-promoted Sheffield United after signing a season-long loan deal.

Henderson, 22, excelled last season on loan at Bramall Lane as the Blades finished second in the Championship and he’s viewed highly by Red Devils boss Solskjaer.

Solskjaer said: “We have great faith in Dean’s ability, he has huge potential and his spirit and passion will stand him in good stead this year.”

Given Sheffield United will be up against it in some matches this season, Henderson will have opportunities to showcase his talents.

Dean Henderson impressed for Sheffield United in the 2018/19 season
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Morgan Gibbs-White

It was almost a stretch to put Gibbs-White in this list as you could argue he had a breakthrough season last term.

He made 26 appearances in the Premier League for Wolves in 2018/19 but just five were starts, so perhaps there’s an opportunity for him to increase his role and improve his chances of developing into one of the top midfielders in the division.

Gibbs-White was part of the England squad who won the Under-17 World Cup in 2017 and there are high hopes for him.

Wolves are in the Europa League too so there is further opportunity for him to add to his CV.

Gibbs-White may play in a more attacking midfield role next season
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Phil Foden

You know you’re pretty good when Pep Guardiola says you’re the most talented player he’s ever coached.

Foden made 18 league appearances for Manchester City last season and even scored a crucial winner against Tottenham on route to helping them win the title.

The 19-year-old should look to build on that form this season and become a player central to City’s success.

And with club legend David Silva set to leave at the end of the campaign, Foden seems the natural man to fill his boots.

There are high hopes for Foden at the Etihad Stadium
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Tammy Abraham

The striker has been at Chelsea since he was a boy and is still only 21 but this is his big opportunity to shine at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have been on a transfer ban and only Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi are higher than Abraham in the pecking order right now.

Abraham, who performed well on loan at Aston Villa in the Championship last season, has had good moments during pre-season including a goal during a win against Barcelona.

Tammy Abraham can become a regular for Chelsea this season and force himself into the England squad too
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Joe Willock

Another Arsenal youngster who will be looking to make an impact is midfielder Willock, 19.

He has a few appearances in the Europa League under his belt, including an impressive cameo in last season’s final, but the starlet will feel this season is a great opportunity to properly break into the senior squad.

Willock has given manager Unai Emery plenty to think about this summer by impressing in pre-season matches, with some Gooners even likening him to Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta during a victory over Bayern Munich.

Willock has given a good account for himself during pre-season matches
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Rhian Brewster

Liverpool is currently one of the best places to learn your trade as a young footballer and this season could be a big one for Brewster, 19.

It is understood the striker will be given chances to feature in the first-team and is a good back-up in case any of the Reds’ famous trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane become unavailable.

Brewster made a decent start to Liverpool’s pre-season tour, scoring four goals in three matches which suggests he’s ready to showcase his talents.

Brewster won the Under-17 World Cup with England in 2017, along with Foden and Gibbs-White
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One player each Premier League club should loan out next season, including Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah and Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu

4 Jun

It could be a breakthrough season for certain players in the 2019/20 campaign.

Youngsters will want to gain first-team experience at other clubs, while older players could make temporary moves elsewhere to play regular football.

Eddie Nketiah is yet to taste regular first-team football
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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek was loaned to Crystal Palace last season in a move that worked wonders for him as he earned a place in Gareth Southgate’s 2018 World Cup squad.

And in the 2018/19 season, Liverpool attacker Harry Wilson starred for Derby and is likely to start in their Championship play-off final against Aston Villa on Monday.

Other players could follow the examples set by Loftus-Cheek and Wilson next term.

Here, talkSPORT take a look at players who could benefit from a loan move.

Arsenal – Eddie Nketiah

Eddie Nketiah scored his first Premier League goal on the final day of the 2018/19 season
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Nketiah burst on to the scene after scoring twice in a Carabao Cup win over Norwich last season. But after making just nine appearances, and only starting three times, the 19-year-old needs to play regular first-team football.

He is unlikely to begrudge Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette from the starting XI, so a loan move could do him the world of good.

Aston Villa – Andre Green 

Andre Green’s playing time was restricted in Aston Villa’s promotion-winning season
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Green started just nine Championship games as Aston Villa ended their three-year exile from the Premier League by beating Derby in the play-off final.

The 20-year-old is yet to play first-team football on a regular basis in a whole season, but the 2019/20 campaign could be his year if he is loaned out.

Bournemouth – Mark Travers

Mark Travers kept a clean sheet on his Premier League debut against Tottenham
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Travers started Bournemouth’s final two Premier League games of the season after Eddie Howe lost faith with error-prone goalkeepers Asmir Begovic and Artur Boruc.

With the Cherries reportedly set to make a £15million bid for Burnley’s Nick Pope, Travers could be loaned out to gain experience in England’s lower tiers.

Brighton – Christian Walton

Christian Walton has shone for Wigan
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Walton helped Wigan preserve their Championship status in their 2018/19 campaign, playing in 34 league games.

Mat Ryan has established himself as Brighton’s No.1 goalkeeper, and Walton will not want to return to the Amex Stadium to sit on the bench. A third loan move to the Latics seems sensible.

Burnley – Ben Gibson

Ben Gibson has struggled in his debut season at Burnley
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Gibson was one of the most sought-after defenders in the Championship last summer.

Burnley won the race for his signature by paying Middlesbrough a whopping £15million. That amount seems like a huge waste of money as the 26-year-old made just ONE Premier League appearance all season.

His last outing for the club came in a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City in the FA Cup in January.

Chelsea – Ethan Ampadu

Ethan Ampadu needs to play more regularly
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Who Chelsea loan out will depend on the club’s impending transfer ban and Ampadu is a player who could benefit from a temporary move from Stamford Bridge.

The Wales international is highly-rated by Blues chiefs, but started just three games in the 2018/19 season.  At 18-years-old he is already a Wales international with a big future ahead of him.

Crystal Palace – Connor Wickham

Connor Wickham has struggled for first-team minutes this season
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Wickham has been plagued by injury since moving to Palace in 2015 and after making his return from a serious knee injury against Everton last October, he went on to make just seven more appearances.

The 26-year-old signed a new two-year deal with the Eagles on Tuesday, but that might not rule him out of making a loan exit this summer.

Everton – Ademola Lookman

Ademola Lookman has not started enough games under Marco Silva
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Lookman has been restricted to a substitute’s role under Marco Silva, starting just three Premier League games.

He thrived in a loan spell with RB Leipzig, scoring five goals and registering five assists last season. And other clubs could back the 21-year-old to replicate that form with them.

Leicester – Matty James

Matty James has been very unlucky with injuries
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James has been tormented by an ankle injury for over a year. His only appearance during the 2018/19 season came in a shock 2-1 defeat to Newport County in the FA Cup in January.

He has returned to fitness in recent weeks, but is yet to feature under Brendan Rodgers. A fresh start elsewhere could reignite his career.

Liverpool – Rhian Brewster

Rhian Brewster is yet to make a senior appearance for Liverpool
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Brewster was an unused substitute for Liverpool’s 4-0 Champions League semi-final second leg win over Barcelona after injuries had ruled out Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

The 19-year-old, who has battled through ankle and knee problems over the past year, is highly-rated by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Reports claim the German sanctioned a Dominic Solanke’s £19million move to Bournemouth due to his belief in Brewster but he could be shipped out on loan before making his senior Reds debut.

Manchester City – Phil Foden

There is an abundance of quality in Manchester City’s midfield
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With Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola reportedly set to be given a £200million war chest to strengthen his domestic treble-winning squad, Foden could find himself even further down the pecking order.

Even though he started games against Tottenham and Leicester in the title run-in, the 18-year-old failed to make the matchday squad for City’s FA Cup final win over Watford on Saturday.

He has bags of potential, which another club could hugely use.

Manchester United – Angel Gomes

Angel Gomes wants more first-team opportunities
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Gomes made just two brief cameo appearances in United’s underwhelming season. He is said to be frustrated by his lack of game-time and could look elsewhere for temporary solutions.

The 18-year-old is one of United’s star academy players. With a host of attacking players ahead of him, it doesn’t look like Gomes’ playing time is going to improve next season at Old Trafford.

Newcastle – Joselu

Joselu is not a regular starter at Newcastle
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Joselu started just five Premier League games in the 2018/19 season due to the form of Salomon Rondon.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez, whose own future is also uncertain, could get the striker’s wages off the books to free up funds for another forward.

A move back to Spain or Germany could suit Joselu.

Norwich – James Husband

James Husband has not played for Norwich in 13 months
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Husband spent the 2018/19 season on loan with Fleetwood in League One and is unlikely to take part in the club’s Premier League journey. With a year left on his current, he could be loaned out again.

Sheffield United – Leon Clarke

Leon Clarke will be a wanted man in the Championship
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With Sheffield United reportedly trying to sign Swansea striker Oli McBurnie, Clarke’s days appear to be numbered at Bramall Lane.

He was loaned out to Wigan for the second half of the 2018/19 campaign and helped them avoid relegation. Second tier clubs could find his experience invaluable next season.

Southampton – Fraser Forster

Fraser Forster made his first appearance of the season for Southampton in a 3-0 defeat at West Ham earlier this month
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Forster has made just one Southampton appearance since December 2017. He is the club’s third-choice goalkeeper behind Alex McCarthy and Angus Gunn.

The 31-year-old’s contract does not run out for another three years, but he needs to get back to playing regularly.

Tottenham – Vincent Janssen

Vincent Janssen is unlikely to be at Tottenham next season
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With Fernando Llorente likely to leave this summer, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is bound to be in the market for a striker to provide cover for Harry Kane.

Janssen was frozen out by Pochettino before making three substitute appearances towards the end of the season. Despite his brief comeback, the Dutch striker will need to look elsewhere if he wants to play regular football.

Watford – Nathaniel Chalobah

Nathaniel Chalobah needs a run of games
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Chalobah fractured his knee cap at the start of the 2017/18 season and made a return to action against Reading last August. However, he has been restricted to just 13 appearances since, failing to dislodge Etienne Capoue and Abdoulaye Doucoure in midfield.

A newly-promoted Premier League club could take a punt on him.

West Ham – Grady Diangana

Grady Diangana has been restricted to substitute appearances
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West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini showed faith in Diangana during the 2018/19 campaign, handing him six Premier League starts in a breakthrough season. But he could face more difficulty competing against Mark Noble, Declan Rice, a fit-again Jack Wilshere and any other new potential arrivals in midfield.

He would not be short of suitors from Championship clubs.

Wolves – Morgan Gibbs-White

Morgan Gibbs-White can operate as a midfielder or further up the pitch
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With Euro 2020 happening next summer, Gibbs-White will want to play regularly to attempt to break into Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

The Three Lions boss is renowned for giving youngsters a chance on the international stage – and Gibbs-White could be the country’s next breakout star.