A football player’s development is often a slow and tedious process. It takes a great deal of patience to watch players learn on the job as they rough their way in the hustle and bustle of top level professional football. However, it can be most exciting when a player is just on the verge of breaking into the first team and has already been giving the well established players a run for their money. The start of 2015 has coincided with many players seeing themselves on the verge of a breakthrough and it promises to be a good year for the enthusiasts who enjoy watching the youngsters break the status quo. Here's a look at some of the players who are most likely to make a big impact in the year ahead.
#1 Francis Coquelin (Arsenal)
2015 has already proved to be a good year for him, with him having played a crucial role in all the games so far. It was expected that he would be let go at the end of the season, when his contract expires, but performances in the last few weeks look to have convinced Wenger otherwise as there are reports of a new contract being readied.
Coquelin was sent on loan to Charlton Athletic in the first week of November in an attempt to get him some game time as he wasn't likely to get any at Arsenal after his previous loan spells, which were quite underwhelming. A month later, injuries to key players saw him called back and he hasn't looked back since.
He has already displaced Mathieu Flamini in the pecking order after impressive performances against Hull, Stoke and Manchester City. His attitude and temperament on the pitch have been exceptional and if he continues displaying such great form, this could finally be the year he makes a name for himself at Arsenal.