3 young stars to watch in Premier League
Even though the English Premier League has already started, the squads were not completely finished until about two weeks ago, when the transfer window was shut. Now, it is visible who are going to be the main guys to look to in the season. However, it would also be fun to see who might be the future of British and European football. EPL is the best league in the world and if there are any young stars in it right now, they will definitely be the best in their respective positions going forward.
Here are three young studs to look out for this season in the Premier League.
Phil Foden, Manchester City
Foden came to the forefront of the stacked City line-up last year, bursting onto the scene as a midfield option in a position where manager Pep Guardiola had a plethora of options. However, the simplicity and fluidity of his game were simply too huge not to notice. After some transfer rumors about possibly leaving for Real Madrid in the summer of 2020, Guardiola decided to give Foden a real chance – and his response was magnificent.
Altogether, last year, Foden played 28 games in the Premier League and 50 overall, scoring 16 times. Even though he did not play up to his standards for the England national team in the EURO’s, it was still an amazing season that earned him the Young Player of the Season award and a spot in the Champions League Squad of the Season.
Now that Jack Grealish is here, it is expected that Foden will not feature as much. However, it is undeniable that he has a ton of potential and if Guardiola wants this team to win games in all competitions, he will need to get Foden going as fast as possible. He can play on the left-wing and in the middle, and he can also try him as a center-forward, a position where City is truly lacking. Foden is the future of both City and English football overall, that is for sure.
Mason Greenwood, Manchester United
The young striker for the Red Devils popped up in the last two seasons with a combined 17 Premier League goals. While that does not sound too impressive, especially considering the fact that United had a major need for goalscoring with the underwhelming Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, this is a 20-year-old that is being discussed. Greenwood is incredibly young and beaming with potential, and it is up to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to use that.
Although Cristiano Ronaldo joined the team in the dying days of the transfer window, Greenwood still remains the top threat for opposition goals from United this season, scoring three EPL goals in four games. He is ambidextrous, being able to shoot and dribble with both feet. Additionally, he is very pacey and can play all attacking positions, something United can utilize by playing him with Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani.
These three, with Martial and Rashford coming from the bench, would be able to change positions seamlessly, with Ronaldo and Greenwood constantly swapping positions to confuse the defense. It is clear that Greenwood has the potential to be the best striker in the world and, now, it is all up to him, to use the opportunities given and to score in bunches for the Red Devils as they eye a Premier league title.
Buyako Saka, Arsenal
In these tough times for the Gunners, their fans will be looking towards a player to salvage their season. They should look no further than Buyako Saka. This young phenom, a player from their academy, was on the field in the EURO 2020 for England for a reason. His blistering pace and technique on the wings are great for a player of his age. Additionally, he has a lot of experience, with this being his fourth season in the Premier League for the London club.
It has to be said that Saka might have a poor start of the season, as he is currently experiencing. Arsenal is in a clear crisis, with Mikel Arteta struggling to get his team to play up to the standard they should be adhering to. In addition to that, Saka had a poor end of the summer. During the EURO final, he was selected to shoot the decisive penalty against Italy. His effort was saved and for a then-19-year-old, that must have been traumatic.
However, the potential is still there and his team is bleeding out for a standout star. Last season, he was chosen as the Arsenal Player of the Year and he earned it, scoring five goals in 35 games from a midfield position. He will definitely look to grow and improve as time goes on, so he can be a leader when Arsenal, inevitably, gets back to winning ways in the Premier League.