Our friends at In The Stands came up with this good selection of up and coming youngsters.
10) Daniel Sturridge, 19 (Chelsea)
A graduate of Manchester City’s successful youth team, Daniel is now among the ranks at Chelsea. The 19 year old looks sharp, Having scored already for Chelsea in pre-season – I just hope he gets first team action team he deserves . Sturridge made 16 appearances for Man City last season scoring four goals and provided three assists. The fans voted him Manchester City Young Player of the Season this year, If he emulates this success for Chelsea he will certainly prove his worth as a future England star.
9) James McCarthy, 18 (Wigan)
An array of Clubs over Europe have had their eye on James for a while, but it was Wolves and Wigan who made bids for the Ireland international. The Scottish born midfielder signed for Wigan this year for 3m, from Hamilton Athletic, leaving Scotland as Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year (2009) and with two young Player of the Month awards for December 2008 and January 2009. Let’s hope we see him repeat this individual success for Wigan.
8 ) Jordan Spence, 19 (West Ham)
At the tender age of 19 Spence is already in the history books for captaining the only England team (at under 17 level) to beat Brazil in a FIFA competition. He has since captained an undefeated U-19 team during the 2007-08 season, making 9 appearences and has been compared to the likes of Bobby Moore and Rio Ferdinand. It is no wonder that he has been tipped as a England’s future captain.
7) Fabian Delph, 19 (Aston Villa)
Aston Villa faced stiff competition for Manchester City and Everton when it came to signing the Leeds prodigy, but from what I have heard it seems to have been worth the effort. The under 21 international looks set to give competition to the Villa midfielders with two of Sidwell, Reo Coker, Downing and Petrov looking to deputise the central midfield positions –but I can see Delph earning a place come mid-season.
6) Kieran Gibbs, 19 (Arsenal)
When Clichy Injured himself against Tottenham, Gibbs took his chance to shine. He made appearances in important games in the Champions league , the FA Cup and the Premier league, yet he didn’t look out of his depth. It looks liekly that Gibbs is set to be our future England left back. (In the Stands)
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