Seconds after Manchester City lifted the Premier League title to bring the curtain down on a dramatic 2018-19 season; teams would have been immediately reflecting on their own seasons and looking at what can be done to change their fortunes next season.
The answer most clubs will come to is by heavily investing in players; searching high and low across the whole of Europe. However, for some clubs, the answer to their prayers may already be within the ranks of their youth teams. But, which players can Premier League fans expect to be seeing more of next season?
Mason Greenwood (Manchester United)
The Manchester United fans’ have been crying out to see the 17-year-old in the senior team all season, and they finally got their way when Greenwood made his senior debut on the final day of the Premier League season against Cardiff City. Despite it being another disappointing result for the Red Devils, the flashes of brilliance from the young striker was eye-catching.
He also played his part as a late substitute in their famous Champions League win over PSG. However, it has been in the youth setup where Greenwood has shone this season. He had scored 15 goals in 18 appearances in the U18 Premier League; while he also scored three goals in two games before United were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup. He is a potential star, and with United possibly selling Romelu Lukaku over the summer, Greenwood could be given his chance at Old Trafford.
Rhian Brewster (Liverpool)
2018 has been a relatively quiet year for the Liverpool striker after he has suffered with nightmare injuries which have limited his playing chances. However, the 2019-20 season could be the time when he can flourish in Jurgen Klopp’s side. Should he finally be given his chance next season you would likely see him among the favourites in the first goalscorer markets, and, punters could take advantage of the ComeOn voucher code to ensure maximum profits are achieved.
Brewster played a vital role in England’s 2017 U17 World Cup win and has represented Liverpool at every level possible. He picked up a severe injury against Manchester City U23’s which meant he was only able to make two appearances in Premier League 2 this season, but there is no question about his quality.
His pace and directness will mean that he fits directly into Klopp’s tactics, and should Daniel Sturridge leave Liverpool over the summer; they already have the perfect replacement in Brewster waiting in the wings for his spot.
Aaron Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion)
There is little doubt that younger players from teams outside of the top six have a better opportunity for minutes, and Connolly could be a player that Brighton fans have been dreaming about. His record in Premier League 2 is second to none; as he has netted eleven goals in 15 appearances.
It has been reported that Manchester United, Manchester City and Hoffenheim are all looking at the 19-year-old, but should Brighton keep hold of their man he could be the ideal replacement for Glenn Murray next season. The announcement as Graham Potter as the club’s next manager will be a welcome one for all youth players at the club since he is known for giving young players their chance.