The top six sides in the Premier League are all expected to compete with each other to achieve domestic success. As a result of such pressure, these clubs like to employ squads with considerable depth, preferably two first-team players in each position.
However, due to financial restrictions or increase in player power, even the big clubs struggle to obtain players who would come in to fill in the squad, and are therefore forced to use young prospects from junior squads to fill in their positions.
Here are five such players who must get an opportunity in the first-team next season:
5. Emile Smith Rowe
Arsenal have always possessed some of the most technically astute talents the league has ever seen in their academy. Having impressed in pre-season in 2018, he was given an opportunity to impress by Unai Emery in the cup competitions and the Europa League, and had the fans gunning for more of him.
With the Gunners struggling to make headway to secure a potential deal for Wilfried Zaha and Henrikh Mkhitaryan having been generally unimpressive since signing from Manchester United, Smith Rowe could add some much-needed creativity to the team.
4. Axel Tuanzebe
Having been first promoted by Louis van Gaal who was on a streak of promoting talents from Manchester United‘s youth squad, Axel Tuanzebe was also appreciated by Jose Mourinho, who certainly knows his defenders.
But now his maturity and growth into a player who can play in the Premier League seems complete, as a brilliant season at Aston Villa has seen him turn out to be the pacy, powerful and positionally astute centre-back everyone expected him to become.
Sporadic chances in the league wouldn’t go amiss as the Red Devils start their long journey to get back to the top.
3. Mason Greenwood
Two-footed, quick and with a knack for scoring goals, Mason Greenwood’s promotion to the first-team was one of the few positives of last season’s tragic end for Manchester United fans.
Rated as a player who has the same attributes and close control as Dybala, Greenwood would be hoping to play a significant role in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s overhauled United squad in the 2019/20 season as he looks to cement his position as a player to keep an eye out for.
2. Mason Mount
An impressive season under Lampard has seen his stock rise, as he scored 11 goals and assisted six times in 43 appearances, showing excellent strength and stamina despite his diminutive size. He also nearly took the Rams to the brink of the Premier League, suffering heartbreak to Aston Villa in the play-off final.
With Lampard taking over the reins at Chelsea, one can assume that Mount, who was appreciated many times by Lampard himself, will get his opportunities to impress, especially considering the Blues’ transfer ban.
1. Rhian Brewster
Rhian Brewster came out of the blocks for the Liverpool U-23s when he was a mere 15 years old, scoring a hat-trick as coach Jurgen Klopp watched on from a distance.
Skilled, fleet-footed and a finisher with composure beyond his years, he has recovered fully from his long-term injury. With Daniel Sturridge having been allowed to leave, Brewster is expected to fill in the role of third-choice striker for the Champions League winners.
Five youngsters at top Premier League clubs who deserve chances in the 2019/20 season