The Premier League has been the destination of some big transfers this summer with players such as Lukaku and Sancho rejoining the league as well as other big name moves such as Varane, Grealish and maybe Harry Kane…? (who knows)
The one thing that in recent years has been good to see is the development of young stars especially those English talents with which many of our hopes as fans will rest on for upcoming years/tournaments. Here I look over 5 of the best young talents that are currently plying their trade in the Premier League and where I think they will be in 5 years time.
The 19 year old teenager who stole the hearts of a nation due to his mature performances and always playing with a smile on his face. The defining moment will of course to many be the 5th and decisive penalty against Italy but as many have already pointed out, what were you doing at 19…my guess is not representing your country in a major football final?
What led to Saka’s surprise call-up was incredible club form which twinned with fellow youth graduate Smith-Rowe practically carried Arsenal for most of the season and salvaged whatever they could from what was ultimately an extremely poor season. Confident, Direct, Techincal and Fearless, Saka is an exciting player to watch and as displayed for both club and country is not afraid to take the game to whoever he is matched up against.
5 years time: Key Man for Arsenal and England
Phil Foden the baby faced mancunian who went into the Euros baring a similar hairstyle to a certain Paul Gascoigne along with the hopes and expectations which Gascoigne used to conjure when playing for England.
Unfortunately game time for Foden was in short supply and therefore the hopes of many were never reached, but aged only 21 there is still plenty of time for Foden to replicate his amazing club form on the international stage. One of the most technically gifted Englishmen in recent years and an extreme work ethic he has all of the attributes to be a star for years to come.
5 years time: Key Man for Man City and England
Jadon Sancho the talented youngster who tore up defences in the Bundesliga appearing for Borussia Dortmund 104 times, scoring 38 times and being involved in numerous others. He is a menace and has proven to be a nightmare for fullbacks for a number of years.
Manchester United now have their man who they have been chasing for 2 years, although it seems to have been ever since he left the blue side of Manchester! Sancho has a big year ahead and now has to prove to many that his form in Germany was not simply down to the overall lack of real quality opponents, should he have the season many predict, there will be no more question marks after the name Jadon Sancho.
5 years time: Barcelona + Squad for England
Ferran Torres had a wonderful debut season for Manchester City managing to contribute 12 goals and looking a handful all the while doing so. The speedy winger/striker link-up play with Jesus was exceptionally well received from Manchester City fans and they will be hoping to see more of the same this coming season. Perhaps his most desirable attribute is he clinical finishing, a natural in front of goal, Torres is young in age but old in experience.
My only worry for Torres this season is the arrival of Grealish and the potential arrival of Kane, this could limit his game time and thereby restrict his growth somewhat. Depending on the system approached this season will determine how much we get to see the exciting Spaniard, fingers crossed for some more game time and more clinical finishing this year.
5 years time: Atlético Madrid + Starting 11 for Spain
Lamptey was a bargain buy from Chelsea for around £3m and shone massively immediately for Brighton, proving to be an extremely attacking and exciting fullback. However last season would unfortunately end in frustration for him when his season was ended prematurely to a hamstring injury. Lamptey possesses an absolute abundence of pace and is not afraid to take on his opposite number. Due to the nature of his current injury the loss of this raw pace is the only thing which could be hampered on his return, although the hope is that youth will be on his side in his recovery.
The quality of distribution and crossing is also a massive boost for a Brighton team that have suffered from previously not creating enough chances. The fans will be looking forward to seeing the young star back on the pitch in the near future and I feel he could prove to be yet another breakaway star from Chelsea that has gone on to posper outside of the capital.
5 years time: Arsenal + Ghanian International