Every EPL Team’s Top Up-And-Coming Star
Every Premier League Team's Hope For The Future
With the English Premier League now around three months into its 2013-14 season, a lot has been said about all the summer imports and form early on. But there is another interesting subject, which is the young, upcoming stars at each club.
With the money we see splashed around the leagues these days, the young talents can struggle to make a mark at a young age, with others above them in the pecking order. But there does appear to be at least one man at each club who is a promise for the future, but also beginning to break through and grab people's attention in the present.
Youth Academies and the transfer market are the options to now bring in young talents, there is a wide range of young talents at each club. But having had a look myself, it does seem there is maybe only one or two of note per club. What is interesting however, is the number of young English players who most would say come under the category as promising. The English press and fans spend so much time worried and moaning and about how there isn't enough young English players, or the quality isn't good enough; but then you take a look at this season and you would name probably half the league as having a very impressive young English talent, with maybe others there, too.
It's an interesting debate, but here is a slideshow pointing out just who to keep an eye on for the future, as they begin to catch our attention even now.
Stowe Gregory is an English featured Soccer and Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him or tweet on Twitter @stowegregory.
Arsenal - Jack Wilshere
The 21-year-old made an early breakthrough to first-team football with club and country, but is really just emerging. He has still so much to improve on and offer, he is by far the standout upcoming player at Arsenal, in a group of many others.
Aston Villa - Andreas Weimann
The 22-year-old striker from Austria is becoming one of Villa's most important players. His energy and freedom provides Villa with a real threat going forward, the future is surely only bright.
Cardiff City - Steven Caulker
Caulker made a strong start to his career, impressing for Swansea and Spurs before earning an England call up. Then things dropped off a bit. But for Cardiff it is great to have such a young and promising central defender, he will only get better.
Chelsea - Romelu Lukaku
Jose Mourinho's choice to loan him to Everton may be the mistake of the season. The Belgium striker seems to score every time he plays and is unbelievably only 20. He is a beast and you can see him being Chelsea's leading striker for the next decade.
Crystal Palace - Dwight Gayle
At just 22, he is looking like Palace's best player right now. What ever division Palace are in next season, Gayle being at the club will always be a good thing. He's exciting, young and creative.
Everton - Ross Barkley
His late 2013 England call ups convey exactly how much Barkley has grown since the start of the new season. His power and attacking qualities at just 19 are extremely promising. If he continues to grow, then you can see him being very important to both club and country.
Fulham - Pajtim Kasami
Having spent various periods on loan, the Macedonian is finally getting some first-team action at Craven Cottage. He is powerful and reads the game well. The issue for Fulham, however, is that there are few other young talents at the club currently emerging.
Hull City - Robbie Brady
When he left Manchester Untied, it would be fair to admit that most didn't expect Robbie Brady to really come back to the Premier League and make a name for himself. However, he did exactly the opposite and at 22, looks to be the hope for the future for both club and his country, The Republic of Ireland.
Liverpool - Raheem Sterling
Despite some saying that due to him stalling his progression in late 2013, he won't flourish, he is -- at 18 -- Liverpool's bright little spark. He is still so young and has already shown his abilities at the highest levels -- with club and country. England have called him up on various occasions and had he not suffered injuries then we might have seen him play more in the Premier League for Liverpool.
Manchester City - Stevan Jovetić
At 23, Jovetic really needs to start getting games for City, but he most definitely one for their future. He is so powerful and given a year to get used to English football, you can see him being a real threat, as he was originally expected to be.
Manchester United - Adnan Januzaj
Januzaj caused a storm on his first start for United. Having scored twice to win the match, he was then the centre of a hot dispute between English football fans on whether he is eligible for his club's country. But where he will continue to grab attention will be on the pitch. Described by Sir Alex Ferguson as a "perfectly balanced" midfielder, his talents will continue to grow as he matures.
Newcastle United - Adam Campbell
A worry for Newcastle fans must be the lack of home-grown talent that is coming through right now, but thankfully for them, Adam Campbell provides them with some hope. At just 18, he is still really waiting for his chance at Premier League level, but on various occasions, he has shown he is dangerous, whilst the press have talked him up to be the next Alan Shearer.
Norwich City - Nathan Redmond
Having impressed with Birmingham, we all knew he was a talent. But not to the levels he has shown in the early parts of 2013-14. His pace and ability to cut inside has been a breath of fresh air at Carrow Road. He is another young English player who is seemingly ignored by the English press as they continue to slate the younger generation.
Southampton - Luke Shaw
England have some quality left-back options right now, but one for the future is Luke Shaw. Having been linked with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United in the summer, he decided to sign a new five-year deal at the St. Mary's which is likely to see him develop at a first-team level in the Premier League. Keep an eye on him!
Stoke City - Jack Butland
At 20, Jack Butland has already experienced a lot on the international scene, but not so much for his club. He needs game time and that is why he has been loaned out to Barnsley. He is very promising, but needs to push on right now and more importantly, prove it.
Sunderland - Conor Wickham
Sunderland have far more pressing issues than this, but they don't have many young players on the way up. However, Conor Wickham is their young hope. The £13m price tag that hangs over him must surely have some form of potential in it. But it isn't a very encouraging fact for Sunderland that currently, Wickham is their best hope for the future.
Swansea City - Jonjo Shelvey
Although he can be a little erratic at times, Jonjo Shelvey is a player that fits in well with how Swansea play. His creative, forward-thinking passing is something that means he was a very good purchase from Liverpool in the summer. He is still only 21.
Tottenham Hotspur - Andros Townsend
This is really a no-brainier. Townsend's immediate rise this season has been very, very promising for Spurs fans. His season peaked with that goal on his debut vs Montenegro for England, but it looks like it could get even better. He is benefiting from the trust given to him to take the chance after Gareth Bale's arrival and already looks like one of Spurs' best players.
West Brom - Saido Berahino
The 20-year-old is one of many English talents to have become an upcoming star in an EPL club. His pace and attacking qualities make him a first team player already for the Baggies and a bright hope for the future.
West Ham United - Ravel Morrison
After Manchester United determined his future would only progress in a new city, Morrison has done just that. He is looking very much the player he was described to be, before his behavior issues got in the way. That all appears to be in the past now and he is taking the Premier League by a relatively exciting storm.