2018/19 Premier League: Rising Stars – Part 1


2018/19 Premier League: Rising Stars – Part 1

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…


Read Part 2 – Leicester City to Wolves


Name: Mattéo Guendouzi
Age: 19
Why’s he so highly rated? Unai Emery has understandably been busy in the transfer market as he looks to stamp his authority on a club in desperate need of a refresh. Guendouzi’s signing has understandably slipped under the radar, but with plenty of first team football already under his belt at Lorient, he may find the transition to the Arsenal first team easier than many of his young teammates.
Will he play? Unlikely to feature immediately, but the French U20 international looks to be Unai Emery’s first pet project at the Emirates.
Star potential: 7/10


AFC Bournemouth
Name: David Brooks
Age: 21
Why’s he so highly rated? He’s already shown he can light up the Championship with an impressive campaign with Sheffield Utd in 2017/18. He’s also been blooded at international level with three caps for Wales.

Will he play? Eddie Howe has shown during his time with the Cherries he is prepared to put faith in players from lower divisions – and at a reported £12m, he will surely feature.
Star potential: 8/10


Brighton and Hove Albion
Name: Viktor Gyökeres
Age: 20
Why’s he so highly rated? The 6 ft 1 striker is an interesting leftfield find from Brighton’s reliable scouting department, plucked from the Swedish leagues after a free-scoring start to his career. With seven goals in nine appearances for Brighton U23 last year, could he be ready to step up?
Will he play? Unlikely, at least to begin with. The Seagulls still look relatively lightweight up front so he could be an interesting option if Hughton needs a wildcard to turn to mid-campaign. A loan move might suit both parties.
Star potential: 7/10


Name: Dwight McNeil
Age: 18
Why’s he so highly rated? Thrown into first team action by Sean Dyche on the final day of the 2017/18 season, the Burnley boss is a big admirer of the tricky playmaker, who was also named Clarets Young Player of the Year for last season.
Will he play? Burnley will be stretched this season with a European adventure to price in, so Dyche will be forced to shuffle the pack a lot more this campaign. McNeil may never have a better opportunity to shine.
Star potential: 7/10


Cardiff City
Name: Mark Harris
Age: 19
Why’s he so highly rated? Neil Warnock isn’t a man necessarily known for putting his faith in young players, but the widely-experienced manager certainly knows how to spot a player, and has spoken highly of the teenage winger.
Will he play? With the Bluebirds expected to battle for their lives, it’s unlikely Warnock will have much wriggle room to blood Harris in a testing relegation scrap.
Star potential: 6/10


Name: Charly Musonda
Age: 21
Why’s he so highly rated? Chelsea have so many players looking to burst into the senior side it’s hard to pick just one likely to make the grade, but Musonda looks to be one of the more realistic contenders to make that leap into first team contention. He has already notched a goal for the club in a League Cup outing against Nottingham Forest.
Will he play? A difficult loan spell at Celtic last season suggests there is work for Musonda to do to push his way into new manager Mauricio Sarri’s plans. Will Chelsea’s new Italian boss show more faith in young players than his immediate predecessor? He’s taken Musonda and a number of young players on their pre-season tour of Australia which looks encouraging.
Star potential: 7/10


Crystal Palace
Name: Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Age: 20
Why’s he so highly rated? A defender who already looks assured at Premier League level during the few times Roy Hodgson had to call upon him last year. Wan-Bissaka made seven league appearances for Palace last season, winning their Player of the Month award in March 2018. He can surely expect to feature more this campaign.

Will he play? Hodgson had the faith to field Wan-Bissaka against the likes of Spurs, Man Utd and Chelsea so will not be phased in handing him more opportunities.
Star potential: 8/10


Name: Kieran Dowell
Age: 20
Why’s he so highly rated? Sent out last year at Nottingham Forest to prove himself, Dowell thrived in the pressure-cooker environment of the Championship, lifting a very mediocre Forest side to mid-table safety.
Will he play? As things stand, Dowell has expressed his desire to stay and fight for a first team berth at Goodison Park, and Marco Silva is likely to be far more accommodating than Sam Allardyce.
Star potential: 8/10


Name: Ryan Sessegnon
Age: 18
Why’s he so highly rated? Tipped to be a future England star in the making, Sessegnon has made extraordinary progress at Championship level, scoring 16 times in 52 games last season from the left wing. And he’s still only 18.

Ryan Sessegnon
Will he play? Unquestionably. With several Big Six clubs sniffing around, perhaps the bigger question is will he still be wearing a Fulham shirt this time next summer?
Star potential: 9/10


Name: Dom Tear
Age: 18
Why’s he so highly rated? Scooped the Terriers’ Young Player of the Year award in 2017/18. The winger recently signed a new deal with the club and will look to build on a impressive season for their U23 squad last year.
Will he play? Playing time is likely to be limited given Town’s immediate short term survival priorities, but Tear could stand a chance with a gifted motivator in David Wagner at the helm of the Yorkshire club.
Star potential: 6/10

Read Part 2 – Leicester City to Wolves


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