Players such as Harry Kane, Hector Bellerin, Francis Coquelin, Jordon Ibe and Ryan Mason all emerged onto the scene and became pivotal figures in the first teams of their respective clubs last season. With the new season still two months away, plenty of other prospects will be hoping to make similar impacts in 2015/16.
Jason Denayer – Man City
Belgian centre-back Denayer enjoyed a fruitful year on loan at Celtic, winning the SPL Young Player of the Year. He will return to the Etihad as a much stronger player having played for a side regularly dominant in possession, like his parent club. Whilst chances for young players at City are rare given the fortunes they sit upon, Denayer is of the ilk to compete with regular centre-backs Vincent Kompany, Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis. All he needs is a chance from Manuel Pellegrini.
Lloyd Isgrove – Southampton
It wouldn’t be a list of the best young players without featuring someone from St Mary’s! There were many stand-out contenders from the club, such as Harrison Reed, Matty Targett and Jake Hesketh, but Isgrove could make the biggest impact in our eyes. Considering the club have a Europa League campaign to juggle, winger Isgrove could be used frequently and really make a name for himself. Impressive performances and it will be only a matter of time before he links up with former Saints man Gareth Bale in the full Wales setup.
Duncan Watmore – Sunderland
Premier League Under-21 Player of the Season Watmore, 21, could be the spark Sunderland so desperately need to push towards mid-table. The winger, who also scored twice for England Under 20s at the Toulon Tournament this summer, was named as ‘Revelation of the Tournament’, and will be pushing to be included in Sunderland’s first team next season. He made Dick Advocaat’s squad just once with the Dutchman deciding to protect the lad from the pressure of a relegation dogfight. Instead Watmore could be the man to help lead Sunderland from another basement battle in 2015/16.