EPL: 5 U21 players who can become mainstays of their clubs next season
Can any of the these youngsters make a big statement this coming season?
With less than 40 days to go for the new season of the Premier League, managers are busy strengthening their squads in order to add quality to ensure the top prize. While millions are being spent on a number of players, there is a specific set of players who are keen for the season to arrive so that they can prove to their respective managers that they belong in the first team plans, the youngsters.
In this segment, we look at 5 U-21 players who can become crucial to their respective club’s plans in the coming season.
#1 Marcus Rashford: 18 Years Old (Manchester United)
The 18-year-old striker was handed his big opportunity due to an injury to Anthony Martial in the warm-up prior to the game against Midtjylland in the UEFA Europa League and the player repaid his manager’s trust in his abilities with a brace. While the Manchester United fans were still rejoicing his emergence, the player gave them some more reason to cheer as he followed up his Europa League act with a brace and an assist on his Premier League debut against Arsenal.
With 8 goals and 2 assists in his 18 appearances, many might consider him a sure starter in the coming season. However, the arrival of Jose Mourinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan might present the player with a challenge. However, many believe the quick youngster can become a regular feature in the United line-up with his ability to stretch the opposition on and off the ball as well as an ability to convert the chances that are presented to him.