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An in depth look at the top young talents who will make a big impact this season. Courtesy of the always excellent Back Page Football.
The Premier League has got to its best and most exciting start of all time. Only one point separates the top three teams, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, while Tottenham Hotspur sits just four points behind.
The main reason for the Blues’ rise to the top after finishing sixth last term is the young players Roberto Di Matteo brought in during the summer.
Young up-and-coming stars Eden Hazard and Oscar have been nothing less than sensational as the ironically nicknamed Pensioners steam-rolled everything before them before their controversial defeat to Manchester United.
The one constant in football is its reliance on youth.
Football clubs are built upon the evolution and development of talented kids who go on to become integral parts of the team. In some rare cases these kids can even go on to become important players in terms of the club’s history—and can even change the game as a whole.
Think of the young players who fans have seen break through.
Who would have thought that Paul Scholes would go on to play over 700 games for Manchester United after he made his debut in 1994?
Who would have predicted that Gareth Bale, who made his debut as a 16-year-old in April 2006 for Southampton, would go on to be the hottest prospect in world football?
Here we look at 20 young up-and-coming Premier League players who are destined to play a bigger part for their teams in 2013—and maybe even beyond.
Arsenal: Jack Wilshere (20)
As the old saying goes; There can be only one—and that is most definitely the case at Arsenal with Jack Wilshere.
We all know that Wilshere, as a player, has huge potential. But in terms of development he is still but a babe.
As a professional he has only made 52 Premier League appearances across his loan spell with Bolton and his one true season, before injury struck, with Arsenal.
Wilshere, a great passer and midfield general of old, will play a bit part for Arsene Wenger toward the end of 2012.
Once fitness returns he will become a far more important member of the team—and that will be in 2013.