2019/20 EPL Breakout Stars of the Season: Which lads could feel more at home?
Here is our list of some of the most promising, rising football stars in England. We believe they’re going to make their names bigger in the 2019/20 season.
1. Rhian Brewster, England
Position: Centre forward
He is yet to make a debut appearance for the European champions but the young forward is about as talented as they get. He scored 20 goals in 23 appearances for the England U-17 side, also winning the Golden Boot for scoring the most goals when the Three Lions won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017. He is probably one of the reasons why Dominic Solanke was moved on by Liverpool to Bournemouth. Ahead of the 2019/20 season, Liverpool manager in Jurgen Klopp suggested that both the Chelsea Academy graduate and Chamberlain would be like new signings. Behind Mane, Salah and Firmino in the pecking order, it may take a while before Rhian gets some consistent game time but when the time comes, best believe he would lace up for the occasion. The kid was born scoring goals.
2. Joseph George Willock, England
Inarguably Arsenal’s best player in their pre-season ahead of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign. No wonder Unai Emery has picked him in the Gunners starting line-up in the first few games, in what Joe has described to be a special “time for his family,” which boast of quite a number of footballers including his two brothers. The Arsenal youth academy graduate made his senior debut back in 2017 and now looks more likely to become a regular first team player. You should see how he was shoved off the ball by Jonjo Shelvey in Arsenal’s opening EPL at Newcastle, only to pick himself up and shoved Shelvey even better much to the delight of his gaffer, Unai Emery. So much hunger and fight in the young lad whom we will surely hear even more of in the time to come.
3. Domingos Quina, Portugal
Position: Attacking/Central Midfielder
The Guinea Bissau born starlet was made in the Benfica, Chelsea and West Ham football academies, once attracting interest from a host of Premier League clubs that include Arsenal before being snapped up by the Hornets in August 2018. Quina is a powerful and very technically gifted player who has a few long range strikes in his locker. He has represented the Portuguese youth teams, that is the U-17 and U-19 sides with whom he won the UEFA European Championships in 2016 and 2018 respectively, making the team of the tournament on both occasions. After making his debut Premier League appearance for Watford in December 2018 against Manchester City, the 2019/20 might be the season we see even more of him.
4. Mason Mount, England
One of the distinguished beneficiaries of Frank Lampard’s youth revolution at Chelsea. Mount, who’s Chelsea through and through by reason of growing up in their academy, had quite successful loan spells at Dutch Eredivisie club, Vitesse in the 2017/18 season and Sky Bet Championship side Derby County in the 2018/19 campaign under the management of you guessed who, Frank Lampard. At Vitesse, Mount was a hit scoring as much as 14 goals in 39 matches and made the Eredivisie team of the season. After scoring 8 goals in 35 appearances at Derby, you can surely understand why Lampard was quick to recall him when he got the Chelsea job. The young midfielder who can play centrally or on either wings has already scored 2 Premier League goals in his first 3 senior appearances for the club and honestly looks very comfortable in his skin. This won’t be the last we will hear of Mount.
5. Benjamin Johnson, England
Club: WestHam United
Ben Johnson is another product of the West Ham academy. He began his playing career as a forward player but gradually evolved to become a full-back. Ben was first named on the West Ham bench against Manchester City in 2017 and then made his Premier League appearance February 2019 away at Manchester City as a left-back. He is probably one to be the Cityzens’nightmare quite soon. With Pablo Zabaleta leaving at the end of the season, he will become on the readiest options to edge his name as a first team regular for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
6. Mason Greenwood, England
Club: Manchester United
Position: Centre forward
Remember how Marcus Rashford arrived on the scene? Bruce Willised the armageddon with a brace on his debut. Well, Greenwood didn’t but quite a number of things have been said about him already. Some have called him, the new “Robin Van Persie,” and his manager, Ole has spoken at length about his versatility up front and ability to kick the ball with his right just as he can with his left-foot. “He is almost what you’d call 50-50, maybe 51-49 left footed,” the United boss said. Greenwood became the second youngest player ever to play a European club game when he came on for Ashely Young away at PSG in the 2018/19 campaign when he was still 17 years and 156 days old. With Lukaku and Sanchez off to Inter, he remains the most direct back-up option to Anthony Martial upfront and the 2019/20 season could be where he establishes himself at Old Trafford.
8. Adrian Bernabe, Spain
Club: Manchester City
Competing with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Bernado Silva; it doesn’t make a lot of sense to envision such a youngster breaking into the champions’ squad. But if anyone can, it will actually be Adrian. There is a reason why Guardiola brought him to the Etihad in the summer of 2018 and that’s reason enough to believe the highly gifted Spaniard could make his name bigger in England. The Barcelona and Espanyol youth product could be one of City’s ideas in replacing the veteran Spaniard, David Silva who will depart at the end of the season.
There you have it, seven of the best youngsters to defy age in this new Premier League season. Who you got? Did we miss anyone?