Four youngsters hoping to make an impact in the Premier League this season
As the days count down ahead of the new Premier League season, supporters are gearing up to return to stadiums and watch their teams in action for the first time in a while, with capacity crowds set to make a comeback. It’s been a long time coming, and it will be a real boost for football fans all over the country to see packed stadiums once again.
Of course, nothing gets a live crowd going like the sight of a young player bursting onto the scene and making an impact, and with so much youthful talent in the Premier League at the moment, football fans are in for a treat this season. Let’s take a look at a few talented young players who will be hoping to improve their team’s chances in the Premier League odds.
With a loan move from Chelsea to Norwich City confirmed for this season, Billy Gilmour has a great chance to impress by playing regular top-flight football. The Canaries arrive back in the Premier League eager to make amends for their disappointing showings in the 2019-20 season, and after losing start midfielder Emiliano Buendía to Aston Villa, the pressure is on Gilmour to stand up and be counted.
As a quick-thinking, light-footed holding midfielder comfortable receiving the ball deep as well as being deployed in an advanced role, Gilmour should be right at home as Norwich attempt to avoid the drop. With some top-level international football under his belt at the European Championships this summer, the 20-year-old is all set to make a major impression.
Having already established himself as one of Arsenal’s key players, it’s easy to forget that Bukayo Saka is still only 19 years old. This season, the aim will be to carry on his rise towards superstardom, and you’d expect him to play a vital role if Mikel Arteta’s side are to defy the English Premier League winner odds and compete at the top end of the table.
Although Saka’s penalty miss in the Euro 2020 final will undoubtedly have come as a major psychological blow, the youngster has proven already in his fledgling career that he is made of stern stuff. Expect a cracking season.
While Liverpool have been relatively inactive in this summer’s transfer window, the return of Harvey Elliott from his loan spell at Blackburn Rovers will feel like a new signing. The 18-year-old impressed greatly during his time in the Championship, scoring seven goals and recording eleven assists in 42 appearances. That consistent first-team football will stand him in good stead as he seeks to wriggle his way into the Liverpool front three.
Jürgen Klopp will be hoping that Elliott can be a good option off the bench for his side, and it would be no surprise to see the teenager really come of age this season in a red shirt.
It was only a matter of time before Reading’s talented youngster Michael Olise earned a move to a Premier League side, with Crystal Palace forking out over £8 million to secure his services. New coach Patrick Vieira is seeking to place more of an emphasis on youth at Selhurst Park, and Olise fits that bill perfectly, having bagged seven goals and 12 assists in the Championship last season.
In Wilfried Zaha and Ebereche Eze, Olise has two like-minded attackers to look up to and learn from, and it could well be an exciting season for the 19-year-old as Palace seek to improve their attacking fortunes.