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10 youngsters who can have a breakthrough season this year

Jordon Ibe could be a ready-made replacement for Raheem Sterling if the latter decides to leave the club
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Modified 24 Jun 2015, 18:06 IST
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Over the course of the 2014/15 season, we saw the emergence of many players around Europe’s top leagues and many of them even went on to have a breakthrough season. The likes of Harry Kane, Jose Gaya, Denis Cheryshev, Karim Bellarabi, Hector Bellerin and many more emerged from their shell labeled ‘promising’ to important first team players.Now the 2015/16 season is ready to kick into gear and all major clubs will be preparing for their pre-season tours. The pre-season fixtures give the youngsters at the club a chance to impress their managers and work their way into the gaffers’ first team plans for the coming season.Many such promising players from around Europe are on the verge of breaking through into the first team of their clubs. So here is a list of ten players who can have a breakthrough season this year. 

#1 Jordon Ibe

Club: Liverpool FC

Age: 19

Position: Winger

Liverpool signed young Jordan Ibe from Wycombe Wanderers when he was just 16 years old. The London-born winger played for the clubs youth squads before making his debut against QPR on the final match day of the 2012/13 season as a starter. Ibe put on a positive display in his first start for the senior side and provided the assist for the only goal of the game which was scored by Philippe Coutinho.

Ibe continued playing for the clubs U21 side during 2013/14 season while occasionally playing for the senior side. In the latter half of the season, he went on loan to Championship side Birmingham and played an important role in helping the club escape relegation.

Last season Ibe was loaned to Derby County, and he went on to score 5 goals in 20 games for the club and helped put them as favourites to gain promotion to the Premier League. However, Ibe was recalled by Liverpool in January and he made his first start of the season for Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby. The teenager was the standout performer in the game and was rightfully named the man of the match.

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Ibe is likely to feature more for the Liverpool first team next season after impressing everyone at the club with his performance. If Raheem Sterling leaves the club in the summer then Jordon Ibe could make a case to fill the void left by the England International.

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Published 24 Jun 2015, 12:50 IST
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