2018/19 Premier League: Rising Stars – Part 2

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2018/19 Premier League: Rising Stars – Part 2

With just weeks to go before the start of the 2018/19 Premier League season, which young guns could be ready for their breakthrough year? We’ve picked one player from every club who might just be ready to shine…

Part 1 – Arsenal to Huddersfield

 

Leicester City
Name:
Harvey Barnes
Age: 20
Why’s he so highly rated? Has impressed in loan spells with MK Dons and Barnsley, proving he can put the hard graft in to earn his shot at the next level.

Harvey Barnes

Will he play? Not this year. Barnes has just signed for West Brom to continue his development at Championship level, but was included in Claude Puel’s pre-season training camp in France, suggesting he still has a future at the club. The recent signing of James Maddison from Norwich may block his progress, however, with both occupying similar territory.
Star potential: 8/10

 

Liverpool
Name: Nathaniel Phillips
Age: 21
Why’s he so highly rated? If last year was all about the surprise rise of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Phillips could be the next young Red to progress to first team level. The tenacious young centre-back has looked steady in Liverpool’s opening pre-season games and has captained the club’s U23 team.
Will he play? The Premier League is a harsh breeding ground for young centre backs, so expect to see Phillips feature in the cups or benefit from a loan spell before he gets thrown in at the deep end.
Star potential: 7/10

 

Man City
Name: Lukas Nmecha
Age: 19
Why’s he so highly rated? An out-and-out No. 9, Nmecha has excelled at youth level for City, scoring 45 goals in 48 appearances across all competitions.

Nmecha

Will he play?
 Championship clubs are understandably keen to take on a player of Nmecha’s talent on loan as the new season approaches, but he has travelled with City on their US tour.
Star potential: 8/10

 

Man Utd
Name: Tahith Chong
Age: 18
Why’s he so highly rated? A shining light in Utd’s recent pre-season friendly against Club America, his 30-minute stint won rave reviews from Jose Mouriho.
Will he play? Mourinho’s praise was qualified – pointing out the young winger still has physical limitations which may suggest he’s not quite ready for the cut-and-thrust of Premier League football.
Star potential: 7/10

 

Newcastle
Name: Sean Longstaff
Age: 20
Why’s he so highly rated? Made an impressive senior debut for the first team in their opening pre-season friendly, scoring the opening goal. Impressed at League One level in a loan spell with Blackpool last year.
Will he play? A loan move for Longstaff that had been in the pipeline has now been delayed – with transfer business notoriously slow at St James’ Park, Benitez may be tempted to take a risk on the midfielder.
Star potential: 7/10

 

Southampton
Name: Josh Sims
Age: 21
Why’s he so highly rated? It may have been a torrid 18 months or so at St Mary’s, but they still have an outstanding academy to fall back on. Sims played seven times for Saints last season and this looks like a make-or-break season for the winger.

Josh Sims

Will he play?
 A regular fixture on the bench for Saints last year, Sims will be looking for extra minutes this campaign to prove he can mix it at elite level.
Star potential: 7/10

 

Spurs
Name: Tashan Oakley-Boothe
Age: 18
Why’s he so highly rated? A member of the England side that memorably won the 2017 U20 World Cup, Oakley-Boothe continued his upward momentum last season, making his Spurs debut as a substitute for Deli Alli in a League Cup game against Barnsley.
Will he play? It’s probably a season too soon for the talented midfielder, but he’s likely to enjoy a cameo role in cup games if Spurs can mount a challenge on all fronts.
Star potential: 8/10

 

Watford
Name: Ben Wilmot
Age: 18
Why’s he so highly rated? Won rave reviews with his performances for Stevenage in the latter half of last season. Watford reportedly beat off competition from Spurs for his signature – suggesting a bright future lies ahead.

Will he play? His signing looks to be a shrewd bit of long-term business for the Hornets. Whilst it may be a bit too soon for Wilmot to taste first team action, a loan spell at Championship level could further aid his development.
Star potential: 8/10

 

West Ham
Name: Sead Haksabanovic
Age: 19
Why’s he so highly rated? Signed for an estimated £2.7m from Swedish outfits Halmstads BK, West Ham’s scouting setup clearly spotted enough potential to bring the Swedish playmaker over to England. He’s already a full international too – playing for Montenegro in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.
Will he play? With West Ham making a statement of intent in the transfer window this summer, it’s doubtful he will be gracing the London Stadium pitch any time soon. Another year of progression awaits.
Star potential: 6/10

 

Wolves
Name: Morgan Gibbs-White
Age: 18
Why’s he so highly rated? Another prodigy from England’s triumphant U17 team, Gibbs-White’s talent shone out in that tournament as he scored twice in the quarter-finals and once in the final. He’s also been blooded at Championship level, playing 13 times last season.


Will he play? Nuno Espirito-Santo looks like a man on the mission, with Wolves showing plenty of ambition this summer to avoid simply treading water in the Premier League, which may limit Gibbs-White’s short term progress.
Star potential: 8/10

 

Part 1 – Arsenal to Huddersfield

 

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