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The four hottest prospects in the Premier League

Wednesday 15th June 2016
We take a look at four of the best young prospects in the Premier League. Each of them are still teenagers and have already made their full debut for their club sides. All four have shown signs of promise both domestically and internationally, proving they have what it takes to make it to the very top of the game. 

Demarai Gray

Demarai Gray came to prominence during his time playing in the Championship with Birmingham City, the talented youngster racked up 72 appearances, scoring eight times. Gray's talent was quickly recognised by Premier League clubs, and at the beginning of 2016 he made the switch to Leicester City, he went on to make 12 appearances this season for the Foxes. There's no doubt that Gray has a promising future at both club and international level, he's represented England at numerous age groups, if he progresses like expected, it won't be too long before we see him in the senior England team. Gray is a typical modern day player, he plays with freedom on the ball, and can produce moments of eye-catching brilliance. He has the speed and skill to take on a defender, and he is also a good finisher. Next season Gray will be hoping to get more of a chance to make an impression in the Leicester first team.

Kelechi Iheanacho 

The young Nigerian striker has been a revelation this season at Manchester City, making 26 Premier League appearances, and scoring eight times in his breakthrough year at the Etihad. Iheanacho is already a full international with Nigeria, where he has scored twice in two games recently for the Super Eagles. Iheanacho has the potential to develop into a world-class striker, he already possesses speed, composure in front of goal, and a devastating long-shot - which he used to full effect this season by scoring some spectacular goals. The future looks bright for Iheanacho, he could become the next global superstar at Manchester City. A lot will depend on Pep Guardiola, and whether he believes Iheanacho is ready to play a role for the club next season. Whatever the answer to that question - Iheanacho is well on his way to establishing himself as a real force in the Premier League.

Reece Oxford

Although Reece Oxford is the youngest player to make the list, at only 17, the West Ham United youngster has immense potential, and could become one of the Premier Leagues finest players at either centre-back or in the defensive midfield role. Oxford made his league debut for West Ham at the beginning of this season at the tender age of 16, it was a daunting task as his first game was away to Arsenal. Oxford produced a masterclass in the middle of the pitch, rarely putting a foot wrong, in just 79 minutes of playing time Reece Oxford had proven what a special talent he was. Oxford was also made captain of the England U17 team at the European under-17 Championships. Not only is he good on the ball, he can also tackle, and he is a natural leader on the pitch. Oxford gained valuable experience in the first team this season under Slaven Bilic - appearing in seven games. Big things are expected of him in the future.

Marcus Rashford

 Manchester United struggled to find a goalscorer towards the end of the season, so Louis Van Gaal turned to young English prospect Marcus Rashford - neither the club nor the player has looked back since. Rashford's rise since making his debut has been exceptional, he scored five goals in the Premier League, including a memorable brace at home to Arsenal. Rashford then went on to score the winner in the Manchester derby, carving his name into football folklore in the process. The talent Rashford demonstrated was impossible to ignore - England manager Roy Hodgson selected Rashford for his initial squad for Euro 2016. Rashford made his England debut against Australia, scoring the opening goal, which proved to be enough to guarantee his place in the final 23 man squad for the Euros. Rashford has immense potential, his pace and goalscoring ability could take him to the very top of the game in the coming years. 
Danny Glendenning

Passions include reading, sport, and nights out with friends. A football fanatic whose writing career began in May 2016. Now 30 years old, lives in South Yorkshire - local team is Doncaster Rovers, although heart lies with Arsenal. Contributing editor for It's Round And It's White. Current claim to fame is an interview with Ron Atkinson. Always looking for work, either editing or writing. Contact via email: Dannysg1988@outlook.com. Or Twitter: @DannySG1988.



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