Top 5 Young Football Players to watch in 2021 – Premier League

Marcus Rashford

Still only just 19 years of age Marcus Rashford was the name on many football fans lips last season.

He scored five times in sixteen Premier League appearances last campaign and grabbed the last minute winner against Anderlecht to send Manchester United through to the semi-final of the Europa League.

The introduction of Romelu Lukaku has seen Mourinho starting the pre-season campaign with two strikers up front, a move that can only enhance Rashford’s chances of more playing time. United qualifying for the Champions League also means a busy schedule for Mourinho’s men. Rashford will get chances to show he is the real deal and with Pogba in behind and Lukaku playing alongside we believe Ashford will have a big impact on Manchester United’s chances of winning the Premier League.

Nathaniel Chalobah

The 22 year old completed his summer move to Watford for a fee in the region of £5 million. A move that is sure to see him given more playing time and help kickstart his career as a regular Premier League player.

He played 15 times for Chelsea last year, 10 of them in the league and enough to earn a Premier League winners medal as the Blues regained the title. Chalobah is England’s most capped player at youth level having played 97 times at different age groups. He featured in England Under-21s’ recent run to the semi-final of the European Championships in Poland.

The 22-year-old has a good amount of experience for a young player having played in major tournaments and spending time on loan at Watford, Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Burnley, Reading and Napoli.

Watford’s new manager Marco Silva impressed us with his attractive style of football he got Hull City playing after a few weeks of taking charge at the KCOM stadium and we think Chalobah will be at the centre of all his plans this season. The young central midfielder has great technique and is a fantastic passer of the ball and could provide Watford with a bit of resilience and creativity they were missing last season.

We are predicting a big season for Nathaniel Chalobah and at £5 million he is an absolute steal in our eyes.

Tom Davies

Tom Davies enjoyed an outstanding breakthrough season under Ronald Koeman in 2020.

Evertonians got a first glimpse of exciting prospect Tom Davies in April 2020, when the young midfielder, an Academy graduate, was handed his Premier League debut from the bench in the 1-1 draw against Southampton.

The midfielder, 18 at the time, picked up three awards at Everton’s end of season award event. Winning Young Player of the Year, Individual Performance of the Season for his display in the 4-0 win over Manchester City in January, and Goal of the Season for his fine solo effort in that match, which was Davies’ first senior goal for the Club.

Davies all action fearless approach has seen him cement his place in Everton’s first team. With the new additions of experienced pro’s like Wayne Rooney and Davy Klaassen to learn from Davies is only going to keep improving.

There’s a hype building around Goodison for this young lad and clear to see why. We are backing Davies to earn his first senior England cap this season.

Gabriel Jesus

The 20 year old made a massive impact when he joined City in January, scoring on his first start and pushing City hero Sergio Augero to the bench.

In eight Premier League starts for City he has scored 7 goals and registered 4 assists. Pep Guardiola must still be wondering what would have happened last season if Jesus hadn’t have been sidelined for three months with a broken foot.

Neymar recently said that Jesus is the second most skilful player he has linked up with on the pitch other than his first choice Lionel Messi.

His hunger and talent is clear to see and it is exciting for any football fan waiting to see what he can do in his first full season in the Premier League. Jesus will certainly help Manchester City lay down a title fight and could even challenge Harry Kane for the golden boot.

Harry Winks

Winks made 33 appearances for Tottenham last term, most from the substitutes bench before an ankle injury cut his season short.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has shown belief in the 21-year old giving him his first starts in both the Premier League and Champions League last term. The Tottenham boss has a the nickname for Winks, calling him ‘Little Iniesta’ around the Tottenham training ground.

With Tottenham playing in Europe again this year Winks will get plenty of chances to show his talents. England manager Southgate has already expressed he is a fan of Winks and will keep an eye on his progress this season.

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