Premier League: 3 young players to watch out for in the upcoming season
The Premier League is home to some world-class academies developing extraordinary talents. In the past decade, the number of players going out on loan has increased. However, not many have been able to play for their club's first team. This has forced some young talents to move to other leagues to make their career.
It is becoming increasingly evident that clubs are prioritizing transfers over youth. While it is understandable, clubs need to start trusting their youth and deploy them in key roles to enhance their development. This will boost their confidence and polish them further according to the club's needs. However, all players cannot be given this opportunity and hence, clubs must pick out the best young talents.
Here, we take a look at 3 such young players that can play key roles for their clubs this season.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (18, Chelsea)
Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi is one of the most loved footballers in London. The Chelsea fanbase sees him as the heir to Eden Hazard's throne. Playing frequently for Chelsea last season, his performances were consistent and solid. He even managed to get his first international cap, which is quite a remarkable achievement for an 18-year-old.
Towards the end of the season, Hudson-Odoi got injured at a crucial juncture. The injury forced him to miss the remaining part of the season. What is even more heartbreaking is that it is expected that he will miss the first two months of the upcoming season.
In spite of the injury, Hudson-Odoi will be playing a lot more once fit and it is important he remains positive and motivated through rehabilitation.
Hudson-Odoi has all the qualities of a modern-day winger. He possesses fantastic pace and is a great dribbler of the ball. One of his most important features is that he isn't afraid to go into one-on-one situations.
To understand Hudson-Odoi's importance, it is important to analyze Chelsea's situation. Well, Chelsea as a club is struggling, in general. Eden Hazard has moved to Real Madrid while Maurizio Sarri has moved to Juventus. Moreover, Chelsea has been slapped a transfer ban. While they have appealed to the CAS, it seems unlikely that they will be able to get any substantial time even if the ban is uplifted.
Next season, Chelsea will need all their young players to step up and take responsibility. It is important that Hudson-Odoi works hard in rehabilitation and gets back as soon as possible. Hudson-Odoi seems destined to become a star but the next season will truly decide whether he has what it takes to convert his potential into performances.