Following the introduction of the new Premier League rules, the pressure is on clubs to give their young stars more playing time this season. Here at Caughtoffside, we will be taking a look at some of the stars to watch out for, and Liverpool’s recent signing Jonjo Shelvey is sure to get first-team opportunities this season.
Position: Central Midfielder
Since signing for Liverpool, Jonjo Shelvey has expressed his desire to become the next Steven Gerrard, and with Liverpool looking to start afresh this season, he is in with a shout to get some Premier League appearances under his belt.
Shelvey made his breakthrough for Charlton in the 2007/2008 season, after scoring 14 goals in 23 appearances for their Under 18’s side. He became the club’s youngest ever player at the age of 16 years and 59 days, making his senior debut against Barnsley in April 2008. He then went on to become the club’s youngest ever goal-scorer, just 55 days shy of his 17th birthday, netting against Norwich City in the FA Cup.
Shelvey was signed by former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez in April 2010 for £1.7m, with the fee set to double after his first Premier League appearance. Prior to his signing, Shelvey was reported to have attracted interest from a host of Premier League bosses, including then Fulham manager Roy Hodgson. With Hodgson now in charge at Liverpool, it is thought that he will be prepared to give Shelvey chances in competitions such as the League Cup and Europa League. If he impresses, there is no reason why he could not feature in a number of Premier League games.
Shelvey possesses similar qualities to team-mate Steven Gerrard, with a dynamic style of play and an eye for goal. Having scored goals at every level he has played at, he will now be looking to take the step up to the Premier League.