Top 5 young players to watch out for in the Premier League
The Premier League is clearly the best among all its other footballing counterparts. One of the most competitive and demanding footballing environments in the world, the toughness and popularity of the Premier League has helped unearth few of the biggest stars in footballing history.
Young stars from all around the world flock towards a contract in the Premier League for its competitiveness is no match for the other leagues. It's not easy to be a first-team regular as clubs have a straining process of a very high standard and rarely do teenagers make it into the first-team regularly.
Most successful youngsters in the Premier League sides often go to other leagues in the world to gain experience and then return back to their sides. However, there have been few exceptional talents who have thrived in the Premier League and almost every season unearths promising players.
This season too has been no different with many promising prospects coming and going but there have been a few players who have showed that they are here to stay. Let's take a look at 5 young rising stars of the Premier League.
#5. Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) - Age: 21
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is one of the brightest talents in the Premier League and his versatility is his biggest strength. Maitland-Niles can play in multiple positions on the field and is a great reader of the game. He provides a burst of energy and zing to the Arsenal attack and has been employed as a winger, an attacking midfielder or as a full back.
He's as comfortable in all of those positions and isn't easy to handle especially when he comes hurtling down one flank. He has got 5 starts this season and has played more as a defender than up front.
He has a tackle success rate of 67% and has made 96 recoveries indicating his express pace and anticipation. He got sidelined due to injury but has made his way back into the side. Now a first-team regular, Maitland-Niles must establish his stronghold and under Unai Emery.
#4. Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - Age: 21
Ruben Neves has been of optimum importance in the playing style of the Wolves this season. He has distributed the ball across the field very well all season and has executed his role as the defensive midfielder perfectly. Ruben is a very clever player and reads the game exceptionally well. A very accurate passer, he averages about 55 passes per match and has fired 54 shots this season.
His shooting stats from long range puts him near the vicinity of the top 10 which features top players like Aguero, Hazard, Salah and Kane. He has been good on defensive duties and made 19 recoveries and 54 tackles this season.
He is a great long-range shooter and has scored 3 goals this season which includes one from the penalty spot. He's a great talent and Manchester City expressed their desire to sign him but didn't do so before the January Transfer window closed. He will certainly be on the watchlist of top clubs.