I feel that next season may be a good season for some good young English players. Here are my pick of the bunch.
10) Ravel Morrison.
I feel Ravel should be higher up than number 10. He has all the talent in the world and could be a world beater if he wanted to be. However, there are major question marks over his temperament. He has been given all the help and support at United that any player could possibly want. In truth, he is just as likely to end up in jail as he is being a United first team player.
9) Scott Sinclair.
After a great season with Swansea in The Championship, it will be interesting to see if he can continue his good form in the Premiership. A player with great pace and a bit of skill he has all the attributes needed to succeed in the Premiership, even if Chelsea didn’t think so.
8 ) Josh McEachran.
The big question mark is whether Chelsea will give him a chance or not. They do not have a track record in giving their young players a chance, instead signing established players to do the job that investing in a good youth set up would do. However, given the chance, I think McEachran would shine at Chelsea. Some rate him as highly as Wilshere, the only difference being, he’s not been given the chance.
7) Jack Wilshere.
Many thought that this season was Jack Wilshere’s break through season. However, season stats of 3 Assists, 2 Arrests and 1 goal does not make for the best of reading. He has all the attributes required to be one of the best in the world, he just needs to improve on a final product to all his good work, just like Arsenal I suppose.
6) Ryan Tunnicliffe
Last season’s Young Player of the year, many expect him to make the step up to the full squad this year. I don’t expect him to get many games, but I think he will impress with his passing, strength and determination. With options short in the centre of the pitch he will get games in the Cups at least, with the possibility of more if he does well.
5) Kyle Walker.
Tottenham struggled for a right back last season. Hutton, Kaboul and Corluka all failed to impress there. It would seem however that they already have the man for the job. A good half season for QPR and then an excellent half season for Aston Villa proved that he is good enough for the Premiership. Also a good showing in the Under 21’s and the Spanish media likening him to Roberto Carlos is a good spring board in to next season and for pushing Glen Johnson for an England place.
4) Tom Cleverley.
Cleverley next year will either get a few games at United, or go out on loan and get a lot of games. I hope that he does go out on loan and show people how good he is and come back to United even better. He showed glimpses of what he can do last season at Wigan, but injuries really stopped him getting a good run of games together. With his good passing, decent control and eye for goal, I feel he will do well next season.
3) Kieran Gibbs.
With Gael Clichy possibly leaving Arsenal in the summer, there is a good chance that Gibbs may be Arsenal’s first choice left back next season. Better going forward than defending, the similarity to ex Arsenal left back Ashley Cole is striking. Already a full international, a full season playing as first choice could really speed up his development.
Now, I am not holding the fact that he chose to sign for Liverpool a head of other Premiership clubs against him. He is a player with bags of pace and lots of skill, a lot like Theo Wallcott. Couple that with Kenny Dalglish’s willingness to give younger players an opportunity means we may see him a little next season.
1) Phil Jones.
I do not think that Phil Jones wiill be first choice centre back for Manchester United next season. However, I do think he will get a few games as Smalling did this season. I also believe he will also get a few games in midfield, especially away in Europe. A future first choice centre back for both Manchester United and England (With Smalling next to him for both) his bravery and his tackling are there for all to see and the coaches at United will help him improve as they did with Smalling.