There is always one breakout player in every Premier League season. Last year, Mohamed Salah dominated for Liverpool en route to a Golden Boot award and helping the Reds reach the Champions League final.
This season presents a clean slate for every Premier League player and a fresh opportunity for several youngsters.
Here are seven players under the age of 23 to watch during the 2018-19 Premier League campaign.
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Lucas Torreira – Arsenal
Arguably one of the best holding midfielders in Serie A last season with Sampdoria, Torreira should provide Arsenal plenty of grit in that position.
This has been one of the Gunners’ well-known weaknesses for more than a decade, but even at 22 years of age, Torreira has the capability of becoming a lynchpin.
One of Torreira’s specialties is recovering possession, then passing through tight areas under pressure. That is why he became a starter for Uruguay at the World Cup, despite only making his national team debut last March.
Lucas Torreira – Serie A 17/18 [for @BigDoubleD86] pic.twitter.com/3EZ3CfwemB
— Football Radars (@FussballRadars) July 14, 2018
Torreira should provide those same traits for Arsenal this season, which should make him a fan favourite at the Emirates.
Phil Foden – Manchester City
Most fans will know Foden for his exploits for England at the Under-17 World Cup last summer when he won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
It’s unlikely that Foden will be a regular starter for Manchester City, but Pep Guardiola has stated that the young Englishman is a first-team player, which is a huge testament to Foden’s growth over the past few months.
The 18-year-old’s tendency to collect the ball, drive forward and pick out a killer pass has drawn rave reviews in the English media. All of those attributes were on full display against Chelsea in last weekend’s Community Shield, as Foden assisted Sergio Aguero for the opener.
Top finish from Aguero after a great run from Phil Foden pic.twitter.com/Bu3242kOyc
— City Lens (@MCFCLens) August 5, 2018
With Champions League and two cup competitions to balance for Man City, Foden should earn more minutes this season and take another step in his development.
James Madisson – Leicester City
When Madisson tore up the Championship with Norwich City last season, the general consensus was that it’d be only a matter of time until a Premier League side snapped him up.
Leicester City signed the 21-year-old for a reported fee of £20 million ($33.5 million) after Madisson recorded 14 goals and eight assists in 44 appearances for Norwich. The potential is there, now it’s up to the midfielder to build on that breakthrough campaign.
Madisson is a dynamic No. 10 who has exceptional vision, and an eye for goal, and he has terrific deliveries from set pieces. In a counter-attacking system like Leicester City’s, the youngster …read more