After a couple of months without competitive football, we are now less than three weeks away from the start of the new Premier League season.
Without a doubt, Manchester City will go into the season as favourites for the title, having won it in each of the past two seasons, accumulating a quite incredible 198 points. They have strengthened as well this summer, breaking their transfer record to sign midfielder Rodri from Atletico Madrid.
Liverpool came closest to dethroning them last season, finishing just a point behind. They will hope to go one better this time around, and potentially win their first Premier League title.
This will also be a big season for Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, after his side struggled in the final couple of months of last season, and eventually finished a disappointing sixth.
Another manager who faces a big season is Frank Lampard, who has taken over at his former club Chelsea after a season at Derby County, and he faces the challenge of a transfer ban at Stamford Bridge.
As a result, Lampard will be one of many managers who will be looking to bring through young players into the first team. Although big money has continued to be spent across the league, on the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Mateo Kovacic and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, teams are still looking to bring through home grown talent.
Here are five young players to look out for in the Premier League this season.
#1 Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal)
It has been a frustrating summer for Arsenal so far. They have failed to reach an agreement to sign their number one target, Wilfried Zaha, and given Crystal Palace’s valuation of £80 million, it looks like it is a saga that could run and run. It has been a similar story in the pursuit of Celtic’s Kieran Tierney, although the Gunners are expected to complete a loan move for Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos in the coming days.
Arsenal’s lack of activity could open up opportunities for their younger players, and one of those hoping to take advantage will be Emile Smith Rowe. The 18-year-old midfielder appeared four times in the Europa League last season, scoring two goals, before spending the second half of the campaign on loan at RB Leipzig. His time there was interrupted by injuries, but he is a serious talent, and will be looking to break into the Arsenal side this season.